> Open to any sort of constructive criticism, just trying to do my best
> to help out in the way that I feel most able...
> I keep going back and forth feeling like this is the perfect demand
> for us to gain focus and father momentum to feeling like it's too
> simultaneously too vague and too limited. Thoughts?
> text copied here:
> "Our First Demand: Justice
> A Special Counsel and a Special Grand Jury must be appointed to
> investigate, indict, and prosecute the individuals and corporations
> responsible for the Sub-prime Mortgage Crisis of 2008 .
> The trial must commence before the end of this year and a verdict must
> be reached by the end June, 2012.
> There are those who say that our movement is scattered, unfocused,
> and incoherent. Until now, they have been right.
> We have always known that the people united are a force
> unstoppable. But we have, I believe, been intimidated by our
> misconceptions of unity. Unity is not conformity, it is not unanimous
> agreement, it is not the elimination of dissension. It is rather,
> quite simply, the recognition of commonality, the acknowledgment that
> we are all in this together, and the determination to work together
> for the greater good. It was not too long ago, amidst the long, dark
> days of lies and misdirection, that the spirit of resistance in
> America seemed dead and beaten; but now, we can gather courage from
> our actions, for we have already accomplished perhaps the most
> difficult step: we are here together. We are not leaving, and the
> World is watching. So let us be brave and let us raise a rallying cry,
> for the cause of America is the cause of liberty and equal
> opportunity, and it is truly the cause of the World. Let us show the
> world the unshakable strength of our convictions, the unbreakable bond
> of our solidarity, the unbridled might of our will united. To do that,
> we must find our shared center and begin to direct our efforts as one.
> Why are we here, now? We are here right now because of unbounded
> greed and ruthless selfishness, because of those who participated in
> the reckless business of sub-prime mortgage trading, predatory lending
> practices, and woefully unmonitored speculative securities and
> derivatives gambles. We are here because we have seen our hopes for
> good governance dashed—again and again and again. We are here because
> we can longer accept the status quo.
> We are not here because we want to burn capitalism to the ground.
> We are here because we can no longer abide the things that have
> already broken our way of life: overwhelming inequality, unchecked
> corruption, and rules rigged against the underdog. We are here because
> the soul of capitalism-- fair play, social mobility, and equal
> opportunity-- have been eviscerated in pursuit of multinational bottom
> lines. We are here because we are fed up with supporting a system
> built on the malevolent exploitation of the many at the hands of the
> few. We are here to stand up for those who cannot stand up for
> themselves, the struggling mothers and fathers, the hungry children,
> the un-insured and the un-employed. We are here seeking justice for
> the crimes committed against us and the crimes committed in our names.
> But we are also here because we have not yet lost hope that things
> do not need to be this way. We are here because it has become too
> much, and we must at last stand up for what is right: for decency, for
> compassion, for common sense. We are here to begin the process of
> healing our wounded nation, to restore our place. We are here because
> we are the ones who will do the things that must be done. We are
> standing here today because if we do not, no one will stand in our
> place. We are here for many different reasons, and have widely varied
> opinions, but ultimately we are all here because we want to make our
> country, and our world, a better place.
> The potential that lies ahead of us is unrivaled in human history.
> Potential for nearly unimaginable greatness, and potential for
> unfathomable carnage. We must acknowledge that we live in times of
> incredibly rapid change, as we are riding the ever-steepening curves
> of the ongoing population boom, of skyrocketing energy and food
> consumption, of the exploding, world-rattling developments in
> genomics, biotechnology, and the continuously mind-boggling advances
> in computational power. We live in exponential times, and so the
> efforts we make today will be magnified unimaginable through a hundred
> thousand tomorrows- but so too will our failures, and none will
> reverberate with more chilling effect than a failure to try. In the
> days to come, we will stand at the crossroads of the infinite, a
> tipping point, one of those precious few moments in the vast stretches
> of humanity's history where the actions of a dedicated few can guide
> the course of all mankind.
> So we must take a moment to ask ourselves an important question:
> what is the future we want to live in?
> What is the future we want for the children of the world?
> Is it a future divided and bloodied by endless strife, fueled by
> willful ignorance and petty disagreement? Is it a future dominated by
> dizzying new heights of thoughtless greed and unthinking self-
> absorption, a future of zero-sum, where the gain of one man must be
> taken as the loss of another? Is it a future where the unrestrained
> freedom of the few is bought at the cost of the liberty of the many
> and where the happenstances of birth-- the chaotic lottery of genetics
> and lineage and class and geography-- shall determine the course and
> the worth of a child's life?
> Or is a future where the grand possibilities of cooperation have
> been recognized and the untold bounties of our combined efforts
> realized? Is it a future where those in need are given the help they
> need, the endless varieties of help we all sometimes need in order to
> be able to help ourselves? Is it a future full of compassion and
> community, where the first thought is not “whose fault is this?”, but
> rather, “how can we make it better”? Is it a future where we strive to
> be our best and to see humanity's impossible dreams made manifest, or
> where we merely grasp in vain at what seems best for ourselves?
> I know what future I want, and I know that I, am prepared to shed
> my sweat as well as my blood to bring it about.
> We must take action now to prove to ourselves-- and to the
> world-- that the dark days are ending. We will no longer abide the old
> norms of ruthlessness and fear, we will no longer accept the status
> quo that “greed is good” and “more is better”, and we will not stand
> idly by as our country, our livelihoods, and our values are parceled
> off for crass profit. We will take a stand— here, now --and we will
> not back down until we are acknowledged. For we are brave, we are
> determined, and we are many. We are many and they are few, and those
> responsible must be held accountable.
> It is of the utmost importance that this does nor devolve into a
> witch hunt or some crass parade of scapegoats. This must be an open
> and fair pursuit of justice, because more than anything else it must
> serve to prove that justice still exists. We have lost faith in our
> system, and we can make no progress until our trust is restored.
> Justice must be our first step towards a better tomorrow.
> Now is our moment. Now is our moment to prove that not only is it
> possible for us to make a better world, but it is in fact necessary
> that we do so. Now is our moment to begin to retake control of the
> national narrative, to rebuild our confidence that we are a nation of
> good people, and to regain our rightful place in the world as a beacon
> of truth, justice, and light.
> And so, in service of that goal, let the waiting world hear these
> words, the first of our demands, and let the high and mighty tremble
> at the sound of their coming reckoning.
> e pluribus proficius
> coming up soon: you war profiteers, you purveyors of corruption,
> you sowers of fear and lies...watch out—you're next.