Is Occupy Wall Street Planning A National Convention In 2012?

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.

But that might be about to change.

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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Bruce S.
Bruce S5 years ago

Just when everone started to listen, there was nobody to articulate what they wanted.

Brenda Towers
Brenda Towers5 years ago

Please keep us informed with developments.

Louise F.
Louise Frontiero5 years ago

It has to be a legal format - if the 99% want Congress and the Senate to listen to us . I agree with Phillip W. - a big under taking

Sylvia B.
Sylvia B5 years ago

I like the proposals stated in the article. America needs a SERIOUS blood transfusion! Long over due.

june t.
june t5 years ago

well, if the Tea Party can do it, why not the OWS? They have as much right as anybody to put structure to their thoughts.

Deborah W.
deborah w5 years ago

I think it's time the people took action against corruption and the greedy corporations who are destroying the planet.

I fully support them. We had a gathering in Sydney Australia too.

This will be noticed by the culprits and hopefully change will come about.

I want to see CEOs earning less money and this money to be distributed to the needy. Well, we are all becoming the 'needy' through their greed.

Why are prices rising rapidly on everything? Why is housing so unaffordable? I am 60 and am still renting.

Linda T.
Linda T5 years ago

Way to go. A national convention would be meaningful and helpful. This means you are serious about change and allowing input from your core supporters. I hope you also consider running canidates or using your voice to get behind canidates that will use your politcal voice to make the serious changes needed in this country.

Patricia Hughes
Patricia Hughes5 years ago

This is a non-violent shared-leadership movement of citizens of all ages, faiths and backgrounds. This is America rising up to reclaim the country from the greed and corruption of the 1%.

Devon N.
Devon N5 years ago

I voted "no" on this and there is a reason for that vote: It will only cause more problems than solves. First, it will happen right at the height of the campaign season, and 870 people will not agree on anything in time to actually affect the elections. Second, the only way that this movement is going to move forward is for people to run for office, not demand that politicians (who will not resign anyway) act in accordance with the wishes of this convention. Third, while impressive that they would try to emulate history, this is not 1776 with only a handful of men discussing the issues for over two years - it is 870 people who seem hellbent on acting through consensus, not majority rule, in one day. This only leads to confusion and disagreement which can be fatal to any movement. And finally, Congress will adjourn in August, and except for a few short sessions will not reconvene until after the elections, and a new Congress session will not start until January 2013. Not one politician who is involved nor any President will resign just because of a piece of paper and there is no legal recourse under our Constitution to remove them by the people alone. So unless these people are prepared to take up arms to remove these politicians, this is a wasted and ridiculous effort.

Phillip M.
Phillip M.5 years ago

Perhaps, they're talking about a Constitutional Convention. This has nothing to do with any party. It is in the Constitution. It was designed to be used when the Congress became so hopelessly caught in a polarized battle where nothing could get accomplished and they quit listening to their constituents and only represented the corporate money who support their elections. As we know, That's pretty much 100% of the republican party and 80% of the democratic party. That doesn't leave many who are listening to the 99% of the rest of us.

When this happens, The states can elect or vote bills to be addressed and implemented because Congress will not do it against their own interests. This will force them to listen and obey our issues. It takes quite a few states for this to kick in. This might be what Occupy Wall Street is talking about or it could be an whole new idea. We shall see.