Now that Occupy Wall Street has shown that it’s not going away, many have begun to ask where it’s headed. Aside from a short declaration of grievances released in late September, the movement has issued no official demands or goals.
An OWS Working group has undertaken the task of debating, organizing and implementing the 99% Declaration (which contains a Petition for the Redress of Grievances and an Action Plan) and unveiled its proposal for the election of a National General Assembly to convene on July 4, 2012 in Philadelphia.
The National General Assembly would consist of 870 Delegates elected from the 435 Congressional districts. Each Congressional district would elect one woman and one man by direct ballot voting.
These Delegates will attend the National General Assembly in July where a final Petition for the Redress of Grievances will be voted upon and delivered to all three branches of the federal government before the 2012 election, states the official forum.
The feasibility of such an Assembly has not yet been fully debated or voted upon by the General Assembly, and there are some who still oppose any sort of structured demands. But if successful, a National General Assembly of the 99% could completely alter the results of the 2012 election and the future of the American people.
…Once organized and the delegates have been elected by direct ballot in all 435 districts. They must demand that our elected leaders take action. If they do not take action within one year of the demand, we will demand their mass resignations and that new elections be held so we can take back our democracy from the corporations and those who BUY power and influence with MONEY. Yes this includes unions and lobbyists.
Is this the beginning of the third political party that so many Americans have asked for? Maybe. But it’s also something more. It’s about taking the desire for a people-led government out of the discussion phase and into the action phase. It’s about telling crooked politicians and the corporations that own them we’re tired of their deceit, and if they’re not willing to change, the 99% will occupy streets, parks, Capitol buildings and banks until they’re removed from office.
If the final Petition for the Redress of Grievances is not acted upon by the government, the Delegates shall organize a nationwide, grassroots, non-partisan effort to elect independent candidates in the 2014 midterm election. This election of independent candidates will seek to replace ALL of the existing members of the House of Representatives and ALL Senators up for election in 2014.
The demanding tone of this proposal has irritated some Occupy Wall Street organizers, however. So there’s a chance that none of these ambitious plans will ever see the light of day in their current form. But the good news is that the General Assembly is at least talking about the ways in which this movement can be legitimately leveraged to create political and economical change in the very near future.
It’s about to get cold out there, and I’m sure the 99% is pleased to know their discomfort and bravery won’t be in vain.
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