From:   Charlie Grapski <cjgrapski@gmail.com>
Sent time:   Saturday, October 29, 2011 12:57:34 PM
To:   september17@googlegroups.com
Subject:   SPAM-MED: Re: [september17discuss] Principles of Solidarity of the Wall Street Occupation
 

I agree in large part with that - which is why the revision that we are discussing is in the form it is - when I made those changes - I did so without trying to add anything that was not already there.  Only to make what was there better.

On Sat, Oct 29, 2011 at 2:21 PM, shaista husain <shaistahusain@gmail.com> wrote:
Before we begin discussing citizens and reform/revolution---it should
be noted that on the NYCGA there is draft FOUR consensed on the 25th
after several break out groups added much to this document.  "poetic"
additions etc --it is important to have a consolidated version to work
with, that incorporates all the additions, so before we start arguing
about single points-- (who is a citizen: political stances re
reform/revolution), and forgive me throwing in a wrench---this version
below is stated to be the latest--- on the NYCGA--the discrepancies
and additions should not be taken lightly, these are points that have
been added by groups and already consensed.  If it is NOT the last
version from the GA, why are we going backwards? FOR the sake of
inclusion, the longer document is a product of our democratic
process....

http://www.nycga.net/groups/principles-of-solidarity-consolidation/docs/principles-of-solidarity-draft-4-expanded-version-of-draft-3-which-reached-ga-consensus-on-923-and-additional-poetics

Shaista


On Sat, Oct 29, 2011 at 1:49 PM, shaista husain <shaistahusain@gmail.com> wrote:
> There are several versions of this Principles being proposed, not sure
> which stage is the one being addressed, the abridged version which
> doesn't include much of Marisa's excellent points!!! and there is also
> a very long 4th draft, a "poetic" consolidation of additions to the
> document. I am extremely confused as to the process of editing
> here..the longer version is indeed very frustrating...not to elaborate
> further, but several break out groups added much, so to begin with,
> can you clarify exactly which document is on the floor.
> Thanks,
> Shaista
>
>    Engaging in direct and transparent participatory democracy;
> (word citizen has been omitted--for example...)
>    Exercising personal and collective responsibility;
>    Recognizing individuals’ inherent privilege and the influence it
> has on all interactions;
>    Empowering one another against all forms of oppression;
>    Redefining how labor is valued;
>    The sanctity of individual privacy;
>    The belief that education is human right; and
>    Endeavoring to practice and support wide application of open source.
>
>
> On Sat, Oct 29, 2011 at 1:40 PM, Amin Husain <amin.husain@gmail.com> wrote:
>> I am with Marisa on a lot of things.  Marisa, can you join the Principles of
>> Solidarity working group?  Please!
>>
>> On Sat, Oct 29, 2011 at 1:36 PM, Marisa Holmes <marisaholmes@gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>>>
>>> I would block this document.
>>> Engaging as citizens in direct and transparent participatory democracy
>>> We should engage people or human beings not "citizens."
>>> Think of all the non-citizens living in this country.
>>> We should not exclude them in this document.
>>> Reforming our social and political institutions and processes to achieve
>>> true democracy in practice
>>> True democracy will never come with reforms.
>>> Many of us on this list and in the greater occupy movement are in it for
>>> revolution!
>>> Re-establishing a viable political public sphere;
>>> The notion of a public sphere as defined by Habermas is bourgeois.
>>> We should seek to liberate space.
>>> Exercising personal and collective responsibility
>>> Ok. This is general enough that I can't be opposed to it.
>>>
>>> Recognizing the inherent rights of individuals and the influence these
>>> have on social interactions
>>> Liberty goes beyond the framework of rights.
>>> We should assume freedom not ask for it or seek to own it.
>>> Empowering one another against all forms of oppression
>>> I'm all for taking on oppression, but the wording of this awkward,
>>> and I'd run it by the POC Caucus.
>>>
>>> Redefining and revaluing labor
>>> This is unclear, but I'm intrigued.
>>>
>>> Respecting the sanctity of individual privacy.
>>> There is too much emphasis here on the individual and not the collective.
>>> It's unclear.
>>>
>>> Establishing the principle that education is a human right and a societal
>>> responsibility;
>>> What kind of education? Who is doing the educating?
>>> Endeavoring to practice and support the wide application of open source
>>> principles and concepts.
>>>
>>> Ok. I'm down with open source
>>>
>>> Let's not loose sight of our utopian visions in favor of familiar
>>> frameworks.
>>> In solidarity,
>>> Marisa
>>>
>>> On Fri, Oct 28, 2011 at 4:13 PM, Charlie Grapski <cjgrapski@gmail.com>
>>> wrote:
>>>>
>>>> I have signed up.  Here is a PDF with the revisions clearly marked with
>>>> strikeout and amend.
>>>>
>>>> On Fri, Oct 28, 2011 at 8:59 AM, Winter Siroco <wintersiroco@gmail.com>
>>>> wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>> Charlie, It is hard to find where the differences are, it may be better
>>>>> if you send your comments
>>>>> to http://www.nycga.net/groups/principles-of-solidarity-consolidation/ and/or
>>>>> if you join the working group that will consolidate the thoughts and
>>>>> comments of everybody else.
>>>>> Cesar
>>>>>
>>>>> On Fri, Oct 28, 2011 at 8:05 AM, Charlie Grapski <cjgrapski@gmail.com>
>>>>> wrote:
>>>>>>
>>>>>> I have made, offered, and sent the following revisions.  Please
>>>>>> comment:
>>>>>>
>>>>>> On September 17, 2011, people from across the United States of America
>>>>>> and the world joined together to protest the injustices blatant in our times
>>>>>> that are being perpetuated by economic and political elites within a
>>>>>> corrupted social, political, and economic system.
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>> As individuals we rose up against systematic political
>>>>>> disenfranchisement and widespread social and economic injustice.  We spoke
>>>>>> out, resisted, and successfully occupied Wall Street.
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Today, we proudly remain in Liberty Square constituting ourselves as a
>>>>>> community of autonomous political beings engaged in non-violent civil
>>>>>> disobedience and building solidarity based on mutual respect, acceptance,
>>>>>> and love.
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>> We have been joined in these efforts by Occupations across the Nation
>>>>>> and the globe in a Movement that continues to grow.
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>> It is from these reclaimed grounds that we say to all Americans and to
>>>>>> the world:
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Enough!  How many crises does it take?  The time has come for action.
>>>>>> We are the 99% and we are acting to reclaim our mortgaged future. Through
>>>>>> direct democratic process we have come together as individuals and crafted
>>>>>> the following principles of solidarity.  These points of unity include but
>>>>>> are not limited to:
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Engaging as citizens in direct and transparent participatory democracy;
>>>>>> Reforming our social and political institutions and processes to
>>>>>> achieve true democracy in practice;
>>>>>> Re-establishing a viable political public sphere;
>>>>>> Exercising personal and collective responsibility;
>>>>>> Recognizing the inherent rights of individuals and the influence these
>>>>>> have on social interactions;
>>>>>> Empowering one another against all forms of oppression;
>>>>>> Redefining and revaluing labor;
>>>>>> Respecting the sanctity of individual privacy;
>>>>>> Establishing the principle that education is a human right and a
>>>>>> societal responsibility; and
>>>>>> Endeavoring to practice and support the wide application of open source
>>>>>> principles and concepts.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> We dare to imagine an alternative social, political, and economic
>>>>>> system that offers and ensures greater possibilities of equality and
>>>>>> justice.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> We will continue to formulate and consolidate the principles of
>>>>>> solidarity which unite us and will seek in due time to translate these into
>>>>>> viable and practical solutions to the current ills of society in the United
>>>>>> States and the wider world.
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>> On Fri, Oct 28, 2011 at 5:45 AM, Winter Siroco <wintersiroco@gmail.com>
>>>>>> wrote:
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> There is a new working group for the consolidation of the Principles
>>>>>>> of Solidarity of the Wall Street Occupation
>>>>>>> http://www.nycga.net/groups/principles-of-solidarity-consolidation/
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> We are synthesizing and consolidating the Principles of Solidarity of
>>>>>>> the Wall Street Occupation. These principles were drafted in the General
>>>>>>> Assembly break out groups during the first days and weeks of the occupation.
>>>>>>> There have been three drafts of this document thus far; each consolidated
>>>>>>> draft was returned to the General Assembly and again edited by GA break out
>>>>>>> groups. The last draft (#3) passed with consensus on September 23. It, along
>>>>>>> with the Declaration, are the only documents with GA consensus. This
>>>>>>> (working) draft is online at: nycga.net/resources/principles-of-solidarity.
>>>>>>> We will be posting it here as well. This working draft, however, is not
>>>>>>> complete (it passed with consensus as a working draft), we are moving the
>>>>>>> fourth draft along and we aim for consensus as soon as possible (keeping in
>>>>>>> mind that Principles of Solidarity is a living document).
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> The principles document aims to be as inclusive as possible and keeps
>>>>>>> in mind the realistic parameters, i.,e. principles of solidarity originated
>>>>>>> here in the square and was drafted by using the direct democratic process of
>>>>>>> the GA. It is important for this document to remain true to the process in
>>>>>>> which it was created. To be clear, the Consolidation group does not write
>>>>>>> the principles of the occupation, we only figure out how to structure a
>>>>>>> bullet point or sentence that includes everyone’s input abut the same
>>>>>>> principle.
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> The members of this group have been busy with other tasks recently,
>>>>>>> but we are giving our best efforts to move this document along. We are still
>>>>>>> working on the fourth (and complete) draft. This is the first time we are
>>>>>>> putting working drafts online that have yet to gain GA consensus. We welcome
>>>>>>> your edits, suggestions, and thoughts. It would especially be helpful to
>>>>>>> include what you are responding to directly (one idea would be to copy and
>>>>>>> paste the line or principle you are editing). We will be synthesizing these
>>>>>>> principles next week (possibly after another GA break out group) and will
>>>>>>> hopefully bring it to the GA for consensus on the full draft in the next
>>>>>>> week or two (this may be an unrealistic goal…). The documents are also here
>>>>>>> for transparency, accessibility, and to familiarize new comers to the
>>>>>>> principles document.
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> HOW TO GET INVOLVED:
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> 1. Make edits!
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> 2. Leave Comments and/or suggestions about the document (including
>>>>>>> structure, voice, tone, etc.)
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> 2. If you’re interested in synthesizing the principles please send an
>>>>>>> email to:principlesofsolidarity@gmail.com. We are trying to arrange a
>>>>>>> meeting for next week. Unfortunately, due to the nature of the task,
>>>>>>> consolidation operates best with just a handful of people (we are looking
>>>>>>> for available people!), however, our meetings will discuss other structural
>>>>>>> approaches to the document, the future of solidarity and like documents,
>>>>>>> forums, etc.
>>>>>
>>>>
>>>
>>
>>
>

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