From:   grimwomyn <>
Sent time:   Friday, September 23, 2011 3:31:13 PM
Subject:   SPAM-MED: Re: [september17discuss] Open Letter to the People of the United States and the World (draft)

I love it but it is really too wordy this needs to be cut by at least 50% if anyone is going to read this

On Sep 23, 2011 5:23 PM, "Snafu" <> wrote:
> Dear Friend,
> We are the citizens and non-citizens of the General Assembly of New York
> City. We come from every walk of life, a variety of cultural, political,
> and religious backgrounds. Yet we share the same indignation for the
> common wealth that has been pillaged by the global institutions of
> finance with the complacency of the world's governments---a looting that
> has led to massive unemployment, generalized cuts to public services,
> despair and resignation. It is the same indignation that has prompted
> the people of Greece and Spain to occupy streets and squares on a
> permanent basis, the people of Egypt and Tunisia to overthrow their
> governments, the people of Iceland to nationalize their bank system and
> rewrite the constitution.
> Over the past few weeks we have begun to share this indignation and
> listen to each other in a series of public meetings open to everyone.
> Freely inspired by the general assemblies that are mushrooming in every
> corner of the planet we have begun to bring our differences together
> through a consensual decision-making process. Such process does not aim
> at erasing differences. On the contrary it wants to multiply them so
> that we may begin to rebuild this nation and this world anew.
> One of the first concrete steps we have decided to take is to*initiate
> on September 17 a peaceful occupation of the streets and squares
> surrounding Wall Street. We have set our headquarters in Liberty Square
> (Zuccotti Park) and we ask you to join and support us in order to extend
> and continue this occupation.* At the moment we do not have not
> formulated a definitive list of demands. However, the Assembly initiated
> a conversation through which a number of proposals and perspectives
> unfolded. The main points that are currently under discussion try to
> link the struggle for social and economic justice to the struggle for
> real democracy:
> - Reinstitution of the 1933 Glass-Steagall Act that separates investment
> banking from commercial banking.
> - Introduction of a Robin Hood Tax (or Tobin Tax) on all financial
> transactions.
> - Abolition of the Tax Reconciliation Act and immediate pairing of taxes
> long-term capital gains with income tax.
> - Abrogation of the extension of the 14th Amendment protection to
> corporations (end of corporate personhood).
> - Ban on corporate funding to political candidates. Introduction of a
> tax bonus that allows each citizen to donate the same amount of money to
> a candidate or party of his or her choice.
> - Radical reform of the electoral system, with the introduction of
> proportional correctives that will enable new political formations to
> compete on an equal foot with the two major parties.
> These are only some concrete proposals we have begun to discuss in the
> NYCGA. Many of us think that what truly matters at this stage is to
> create a shared framework which may enable everyone to speak out, be
> heard, co-evolve and grow with others. If you look through this
> framework you may not see one defined picture. If you walk through it
> you will be amazed at the strange world on the other side. It is time to
> take back our lives. We ask you to join us now in Liberty Square or
> start your own General Assembly in your own town.
> In solidarity and struggle,
> The General Assembly of New York City