Statement of Solidarity with Move to Amend by Occupy Traverse City
After a long GA at the Occupy National (Inter)National gathering on Friday, August 23, and the contentious discussion surrounding the Occupy Strategy Proposal of Solidarity with Move to Amend, Occupy Traverse City held their own GA on Saturday. They approved the original language of the Proposal of Solidarity. “Our over riding concern was the need for unity,” said Barbara Smith. OTC displayed their work in the main hall Saturday and Saturday evening, and gave David Cobb his own copy.
August 24, 2013 Kalamazoo, Michigan
We recognize that:
“The future of the human race requires the cooperation of its’ members”.
“Corporations place profit over people, self-interest over justice and oppression over equality”.
The issues we face today cannot be addressed by only one person or one group working alone. Rather, we must seek to eliminate division and build unity, partnerships, coalitions and solidarity.
“It will take all of us for all of us to survive!”
Therefore, Occupy Traverse City approves the proposal submitted by the Occupy Strategy Group that read:
We, Occupy Traverse City, are in solidarity with the group Move to Amend and we will join the Move to Amend coalition of groups in solidarity with the effort to amend the Constitution, to firmly establish that money is not speech, and human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights. Additionally, we are in solidarity with other groups and their efforts on the federal, state or local levels of government, to firmly establish that money is not speech, and human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights. We are in solidarity with these groups and their efforts, as we see these efforts as steps toward ending the corporatocracy by limiting the power and legal rights of corporations and affirming the power and legal rights of the human people of the United States of America.
(Quotes from OWS Declaration, Shamako Noble, Hip Hop Congress)