ORDER OF POSSIBILITIES FOR A BETTER WORLD

The Declaration of, by, and for Women
1 JULY 2012 7pm #NatGatFemGa
Feminist General Assembly

We, the Women of the United States of America on behalf of all women everywhere, hereby declare that we are inviolable sovereign entities whose worth is self-evident and whose life, liberty, pursuit of happiness and self-determination are inalienable fundamental human rights does this limit it and can we state it without being presumptuous that we claim for all women everywhere?

Whereas Women have been, are, and will be the basic human template, bearers and sustainers of life, the gardeners, the herbalists, the healers, the nurturers, the teachers, homemakers, the breadwinners, the builders of community and nations, the cornerstone of society and the family

Whereas the rule by patriarchy for thousands of years has resulted in our rights being abridged, our being treated as property, our bodies being assaulted and sold, the Earth, our mother, plundered and polluted by profligate greed, our peace destroyed by continual war, our communities and families broken, and our institutions corrupted

Whereas Women have been systematically excluded from the realms of power, subjected to rape, molestation, physical assault, emotional abuse, genital mutilation, psychological intimidation, sexual harassment, sexual exploitation, workplace inequity, domestic violence, enforced poverty, lack of recognition or artistic achievements, scientific inventions, intellectual contribution and scholarly works, and lack of representation in government, despite the fact that we are 51% of the population

Whereas the world is dangerously out-of-balance due to the abuse of power characteristic of patriarchy and empire-building, and as there will never be an end to conflict and injustice or lasting peace and harmony so long as women are mistreated and live in one form of bondage or another in societies ruled by men

We the Women hereby declare our independence from sanction or approval by a patriarchal culture or world system. We abjure and condemn all forms of domination of and violence towards women and girls everywhere. We declare our human right to live in a world free from misogyny and male supremacy that oppresses us and attempts to alienate us from our sisters in the struggle for truth, justice, fairness, equality, and peace

We unite in spirit and in action with all women and all men of conscience who join us in the struggle against the oppression of patriarchy until every woman in every nation everywhere across the globe can live in a world that is safe, harmonious, and respectful of life and nature, where women and the sacred feminine are again respected and honored as was the case in antiquity, and where we can live in peace and prosperity as many matri-focal societies have done

We hereby join in solidarity with our sisters throughout the world in reclaiming our rightful place in roles of leadership in the family, the workplace, society, worship, and government, and we demand gender parity in the form of fair and equal representation. We reclaim our long denied birthright to fully explore and utilize our physical strength, independence and prowess, gifts, talents, intellect, spirituality, emotional sensibilities, sexuality, creativity, and power and declare this day, July 1, 2012 as our day of GLOBAL LIBERATION

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Commentary by Dr. Batya Weinbaum, Editor, Femspec (see femspec.org):
While many papers and talks were given at the Oakland National Women’s Studies about the Occupied movement, nothing beats primary source documentation. I was on the scene at the national and participated in the drafting of the national feminist vision statement. While this is not the final version, the final version was sent to us in a PDF which we could not manipulate into the document to get your way. The process was long and arduous. The feminist GA leadership that hot and blistering day spent its first ten minutes telling everyone how to follow on twitter, facebook and mechanical devices and how to meet in an internet cafe the following day, and then proudly proclaimed that we were not a man-hating fest. We broke into small groups and shared around topics, consciousness-raising style, but the organizer who designed this process was not even aware of the origin of the term. The groups later were to report back, but one of the white male speakers grabbed the mike and reported for himself what his thoughts were on why he could not call himself a feminist, which made some of the local Philadelphia feminists perturbed. We all tried to meet to draft the vision statement as was announced the next day several blocks away in the internet cafe, but the men organizing that spot did not know that had been the announced intent, so we had to try again on yet a third day. Some reporters came to the media tent and tried to get the statement, including a young woman from a major Philadelphia paper, but the organizer did not want to give it out; she then met with the committee who said just put it on the internet. I insisted it be read at the final assembly of the gathering and so it was, by a series of its drafters and other participants; thus a feminist statement was made. There was a lot of discussion throughout the three or four days on why women’s space was needed, and why creating space for women to do things was not about hating men but about developing leadership abilities with each other. It was a cross-generational experience, which I had been sticking my neck out to have, based on Alix’s speech which I had heard at the Kate Millet festival the previous week. If any reader wants the final, email me for it at femspec@aol.com and I will send you the pdf.--bsw.

from Dr. Batya Weinbaum, Editor, Femspec

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The Declaration of, by, and for Women developed at the Occupy National Gathering Feminist General Assembly declaration working group (working document)

We, the Women of the United States of America on behalf of all women everywhere, hereby declare that we are inviolable sovereign entities whose worth is self-evident and whose life, liberty, pursuit of happiness and self-determination are inalienable fundamental human rights

Whereas Women have been, are, and will be the basic human template, bearers and sustainers of life, the gardeners, the herbalists, the healers, the nurturers, the teachers, homemakers, the breadwinners, the builders of community and nations, the cornerstone of society and the family

Whereas the rule by patriarchy for thousands of years has resulted in our rights being abridged, our being treated as property, our bodies being assaulted and sold, the Earth, our mother, plundered and polluted by profligate greed, our peace destroyed by continual war, our communities and families broken, and our institutions corrupted

Whereas patriarchy has perpetuated male dominance by:

• Systematically excluding women from the realms of power, blocking
the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment, working against equal
representation in government, despite the fact that we are 51% of the
population

• Denying women economic parity by relying on women’s unpaid domestic
labor, raising children, caring for elders or loved ones who are chronically
ill, denying women promotions, equal pay for equal work, working against
increases in minimum wage and cost-of-living increases to Social Security

• Oppressing women and causing immeasurable physical, psychological and
emotional harm through commodification, sexual exploitation, trafficking,
sexual harassment, rape, molestation, physical assault, emotional abuse,
genital mutilation, psychological intimidation, domestic violence,

• Attempting to control women’s reproduction by blocking access to sex
education and family planning, thereby restricting women’s autonomy and
ability to reach full potential, even endangering women’s lives and health

Whereas the world is dangerously out-of-balance due to the abuse of power
characteristic of patriarchy and empire-building, and as there will never be an
end to conflict and injustice or lasting peace and harmony so long as women are mistreated and live in one form of bondage or another in societies ruled by men

We the Women hereby declare our independence from sanction or approval
by a patriarchal culture or world system. We abjure and condemn all forms of
domination of and violence towards women and girls everywhere. We declare
our human right to live in a world free from misogyny and male supremacy that oppresses us and attempts to alienate us from our sisters in the struggle for truth, justice, fairness, equality, and peace

We unite in spirit and in action with all women and all men of conscience who join us in the struggle against the oppression of patriarchy until every woman in every nation everywhere across the globe can live in a world that is safe, harmonious, and respectful of life and nature, where women and the sacred feminine are again respected and honored as was the case in antiquity, and where we can live in peace and prosperity as many matri-focal societies have done

We hereby join in solidarity with our sisters throughout the world in reclaiming our rightful place in roles of leadership in the family, the workplace, society, worship, and government, and we demand gender parity in the form of fair and equal representation. We reclaim our long denied birthright to fully and freely explore and utilize our gifts, talents, intellect, spirituality, emotional sensibilities, sexuality, creativity, and power and declare this day, July 1, 2012 as our day of GLOBAL LIBERATION
http://www.womenoccupy.org/2012/07/watch-reading-of-the-womens-declaration-from-the-natgat-femga/

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