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The 99% Declaration


WHEREAS THE FIRST AMENDMENT TO THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION PROVIDES THAT:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

BE IT RESOLVED THAT WETHE PEOPLE of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, in order to form a more perfect Union, by, for and of the People, shall elect citizen Delegates between June 1-7, 2012 to attend and convene a NEW CONTINENTAL CONGRESS the week of July 4, 2012 in the City Of Philadelphia. The Delegates shall then deliberate, draft and ratify a PETITION FOR A REDRESS OF GRIEVANCES to be served upon the United States Congress, Supreme Court and President, prior to November 6, 2012.

THE PEOPLE through these non-partisan locally elected Delegates shall gather to condemn and demand redress from the individuals currently in control of the United States government. We denounce the entrenched politicians and lobbyists:

-for engaging in all manner of corrupt practices to remain in office at any cost, attain money and accrue personal power;

-for continuously violating the public's trust and general welfare of the People of the United States of America by auctioning public policy to the highest bidder;

-for abandoning the precious covenant between those who govern and the People based upon an oath to protect and defend our Constitution;

-for placing petty partisan political interests above all other concerns including the short and long term interests of the People of the United States of America and the very continuation of this planet as a viable ecosystem for our children; and

-for failing to govern with integrity, equity and ethics absent all self-serving conflicts of interest.

I. Voter Qualifications and Procedure for the Election of Delegates.

Between June 1, 2012 to June 7, 2012, the People, consisting of all United States citizens and lawful permanent residents who have reached the age of 18, regardless of party affiliation and voter registration status, shall elect two Delegates, one identifying as male and one identifying as female, by online vote, from each of the 435 Congressional Districts, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia to represent the People at a new Continental Congress referred to herein as CONTINENTAL CONGRESS 2.0.

The office of Delegate shall be open to all United States citizens and lawful permanent residents who have attained the age of 18 years. No candidate for Delegate to CONTINENTAL CONGRESS 2.0 will be permitted to run on a party line or use any party label while running for or serving as a Delegate. No candidate or Delegate may take contributions from any source except to fund his or her trip to CONTINENTAL CONGRESS 2.0 in Philadelphia. No politician holding elected or appointed office at the time of the Delegate election, including members of Congress, are eligible to run for or sit as a Delegate to CONTINENTAL CONGRESS 2.0.

The 99% Working Group and its steering committee shall organize, coordinate and transparently fund the election of Delegates. The Delegates shall be free from the corrupting influence of corporate money and all funds raised by the 99% Working Group shall be used for the purpose of funding the election of Delegates. Additional rules for the election of Delegates are published HERE

II. CONTINENTAL CONGRESS 2.0 on July 2nd-4th, 2012

In addition to ensuring a free and fair election of the Delegates to CONTINENTAL CONGRESS 2.0, the 99% Working Group shall be responsible for raising sufficient funds to secure a venue wherein the 878* Delegates may convene, deliberate and ratify the PETITION FOR A REDRESS OF GRIEVANCES.

Because the time to deliberate in Philadelphia will be limited, the Delegate candidates and elected Delegates shall meet electronically, or in person if possible, to confer with the People to write a draft of the PETITION FOR A REDRESS OF GRIEVANCES before convening in July.

Similar to the first two Continental Congresses of 1774-1776, the elected Delegates alone, in consultation with their constituents will be responsible for the content of the final petition ratified in Philadelphia. Moreover, subject to the election rules and requirements for Delegates, the Delegates to CONTINENTAL CONGRESS 2.0 shall implement their own procedures, agenda, code of conduct, internal elections and/or appointments of committee members and officers to efficiently and expeditiously accomplish the People's mandate to present a PETITION FOR A REDRESS OF GRIEVANCES to all three branches of the government of the United States of America before the 2012 general election in November.

III. Ratification of the Petition for a Redress of Grievances.

The PETITION FOR A REDRESS OF GRIEVANCES, ratified by CONTINENTAL CONGRESS 2.0, shall be non-partisan and specifically address the critical issues now confronting the 99% of the People of the United States of America primarily due to the corrupting influence of unlimited money flowing into political campaigns and the urgent need for sweeping election reform. The ratified PETITION FOR A REDRESS OF GRIEVANCES will be signed by the Delegates and presented at a reading ceremony on the afternoon of July 4, 2012. The Petition will then be presented to all 535 members of Congress, the 9 members of the Supreme Court and the President of the United States for response before the November 6, 2012 general election.

IV. Suggested Content of the Petition for a Redress of Grievances.

Each state delegation to CONTINENTAL CONGRESS 2.0, prior to June 15, 2012, shall submit to the 99% Working Group, a list of their state's five most signficant grievances against the federal government. The grievances from each state will then be compiled into a master list of suggested grievances to be voted upon by the Delegates during the three day convention in July. The final PETITION FOR A REDRESS OF GRIEVANCES may or may not include the following points:

Corporations Are Not People

Corporations, unions, political organizations and all entities created by operation of law are not human beings and any law, rule, regulation or court ruling so holding must be overruled, repealed or overturned even if it requires a Constitutional amendment.

Money Is Property Not Speech

Money is not speech it is property and any law, rule, regulation or court ruling so holding must be overruled, repealed or overturned even if it requires a Constitutional amendment.

Campaign Finance Reform

New legislation to enact a 100% public campaign finance system requiring an immediate ban on all direct and indirect private contributions of money, or anything of value, from all sources including individuals, to all politicians or political parties to be replaced by a "blind" public trust whereby taxpayers will fund all federal election campaigns. Private donors may also contribute to the blind trust for a tax deduction but those private contributions may not be earmarked for a specific candidate or political party.

Adopting Professor Lawrence Lessig's $50 voucher system with $100 private contribution limits in federal political campaigns.

New legislation to impose a $2500 aggregate campaign contributions limit per human being per election cycle.  Legal entities such as corporations, PACS, Super-PACS and unions to be barred from making any direct or indirect contributions to politicians.

A total ban on corporate and union political expenditures to or in favor of political candidates or political parties.

Retaining the current campaign finance system but enacting new laws making all direct and indirect political contributions to politicians and political parties completely transparent and published online and elsewhere. Specifically, there must be total transparency for any person, corporation, union or other entity including PACS, Super-PACS or not-for-profit organizations that make political contributions or buy advertising time to advocate for any politician, political party or political view because money is property and not speech. 

New laws banning all private expenditures on advertisements endorsing a particular candidate or political party or attacking a candidate or political party

New laws banning foreign money and the use of cash in all federal political campaigns.

Public broadcasting licenses granted by the FCC and other regulators must mandate calendar specific dates and specific time slots which are available to candidates for elected federal office at a 90% discounted market rate for the purpose of campaigning whether funded by taxpayers or by private sources.

Healthcare

Repeal of prior healthcare laws and immediate enactment of "Medicare for all" or a new single-payer healthcare system.

New laws permitting the federal government to negotiate directly with pharmaceutical companies to set prices for medications.

Reintroduction of compulsory exercise programs in all public schools to combat the epidemic of obesity.

Employment

Passage of a comprehensive jobs and job-training act like the "American Jobs Act" to employ our citizens in jobs that are available with free relocation services, specialized re-training through partnerships between companies seeking employees and community colleges and other educational institutions.

Immediate passage of a law, similar to the “Lilly Ledbetter” bill, requiring equal pay for women with stiff financial penalties imposed on employers for violating the law.

Re-institution of the Works Progress Administration, Civilian Conservation Corps and similar emergency governmental agencies tasked with creating new projects to provide jobs for the families of the 151 million People living in poverty and low income homes.

Tax incentives granted to companies who partner with educational institutions to re-train workers to work in green energy and new sources of American manufacturing to reduce reliance on imported goods, services and natural resources.

Tax incentives should also be offered to U.S. companies that invest in reconstructing the manufacturing capacity of the United States and hiring our citizens to produce and innovate.

Tax incentives to entice businesses to hire our citizens rather than outsource jobs and a new “outsourcing tax” should be introduced to discourage businesses from sending jobs overseas and companies that continue to outsource will be barred from earning income in U.S. markets.

Protection Of The Environment

The rights to clean air, water, safe food, and conservation of the planet for future generations shall no longer be infringed by greed-driven corporations and selfish individuals who care for nothing except money and instant gratification.

A new federal charter to establish a "Green Bank" to fund "Demand Driven Clean Energy" including electric and low emission vehicles, solar, wind, fusion, hydroelectric, geothermal.

Tax incentives to rapidly transition away from poisonous fossil fuels and nuclear energy {those government subsidies should be eliminated immediately} to safe, non-toxic, reusable or carbon neutral sources of energy such as wind, solar, geothermal and hydroelectric.

New comprehensive treaties, laws and regulations must be immediately enacted to give the Environmental Protection Agency, and other environmental protection regulators around the world, expanded cross-border powers and resources to shut down corporations, businesses or entities that intentionally or recklessly damage the environment.

New federal laws enforcing mandatory recycling programs now in effect in some US cities and many countries must be uniformly adopted in the US in addition to controlling the unchecked dumping of waste into our oceans, air and ground by imposing meaningful fines on violators.

A new treaty to reduce the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere from its current level of 392 parts per million to below 350 parts per million.

No “corporate veil” protection for any employee, officer or director of a corporation that is directly or indirectly engaged in the intentional or reckless decimation of the planet for profit.

Tax Reform

A Progressive tax on gross income, from a minimum tax rate of X% to a maximum tax rate of 3X%.

A federal consumption tax of 10% on each dollar except for purchases of food, medicine, housing and clothing.

Any corporation or entity that does business in the United States and generates income from that business in the United States shall be fully taxed on that income by removing deductions, subsidies and loopholes regardless of corporate domicile or they will be barred from earning their profits in the United States.

The $4 billion per year “hedge fund loophole” which permits certain individuals engaged in financial transactions to evade graduated income tax rates by treating their income as capital gains shall be immediately abolished.

Elimination of all tax deductions except: (1) interest paid on mortgages for one's primary residence; (2) Contributions to charitable institutions, up to a total of one-tenth of annual gross income; (3) Interest earned on bonds issued by the governments of any state, municipality or other sub-division of the federal and U.S. domestic government.

No household with an income at or below the poverty line (responsibility for making this calculation having been shifted to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) shall be subject to federal income tax action.

Criminal Justice Reform

Abolish the death penalty in all states or lose federal funding for law enforcement.

Curtailing the “Private Prison Industrial Complex” by removing all incentives in the legal system set-up to imprison non-violent drug offenders and the mentally ill rather than treat or provide alternatives to incarceration. Non-violent drug offenders who do not engage in drug sales, and those with mental health issues must be treated rather than imprisoned and adjudicated through specialized drug and mental health courts.

The federal government and all states must provide a free attorney to every criminal defendants at all stages of every criminal case beginning at arrest and arraignment or lose all federal funding for law enforcement.

Legalization of marihuana for recreational and medicinal use in all US Jurisdictions or loss of federal funding for law enforcement to states and municipalities.

Require that all prisoners be granted a DNA test at taxpayer expense in their cases if a genetic sample is available in the particular case.

The United States should sign the treaty submitting to the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court, which tries individuals for committing war crimes.

All laws prohibiting convicted felons from voting must be repealed unless the felon was convicted of election or voter fraud.

Election Reform & Ending Voter Disenfranchisement

Abolishing the Electoral College In favor of the popular vote In presidential elections.

Election day shall becomes a federal holiday requiring employees to provide sufficient time for employees to vote on that day.

Compulsory voting with fines imposed on voters for failing to vote.

New election laws and rules, and amendment of the constitution if necessary, to provide for a gender balance in Congress so that 50% of the seats are reserved for people who identify as women and 50% reserved for people who identify as men.

Uniform rules for the mandatory use of verifiable, tamper-proof voting machines in all states supervised by the Federal Elections Commission rather than local political parties.

New election laws banning all rules in all states that hinder the right to vote whether it is called a test or requiring the presentation of identification; the federal government shall issue free photo identification cards to all voters.

New election laws banning all rules in all states that prevent equal access to the ballot by giving advantages to certain political parties or penalizing independent candidates for office.

New federal laws passed authorizing the FEC to impose uniform rules in all states and districts setting forth the criteria for excluding a person from voting and the use of the same verifiable voting systems in all voting precincts; all elections are to be run by employees of the Federal Election Commission only; municipalities will no longer run elections when federal candidates are running for office; the federal government shall pay for this uniform, secure, cost-effective and verifiable voting system.

The practice of "gerrymandering" shall be ended and replaced with a non-partisan commission to redraw all voting district lines using a neutral, objective mathematical formula or algorithm that does not take into consideration the wealth, party affiliation, race, religion or other demographics of voters.

New federal laws requiring that no political party shall be privileged or receive special advantage in any state for their candidates running for Congress or the Presidency.

New election laws to ban all publically reported polling two weeks before election day and completely ending the practice of so-called "exit polling" and early return reporting by the media which contaminates the democratic process.

Open primaries in all states for all parties in all races for federal office so that all voters may vote in any primary.

Reinstatement of the "equal time" rules so that each candidate for office is given equal free air time on television, radio, cable, or any other medium licensed and regulated by the federal government.

Fiscal Responsibility

Passage of a law to reduce the $15 trillion national debt to a sustainable percentage of GDP by 2020 by re-implementing the Clinton era income tax rates, increasing the capital gains tax rate, ending the hedge fund loophole, no oil and gas subsidies, and mandatory cuts in defense and entitlement spending except for social security which is self-sustaining.

Congress must pass immediate legislation (see e.g. H.R. 639) to encourage China (which undervalues its currency by up to 40%) to end currency manipulation and take additional steps to reduce our massive trade deficit.

Passage of a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.

The immediate formation of a non-partisan commission to audit and investigate the short-term and long-term economic risks and benefits in eliminating the Federal Reserve Bank and transferring all its functions to the United States Treasury Department

Passage of the line item veto amendment to the Constitution.

The United States government shall begin to measure economic growth by the GPI (Genuine Progress Indicator) rather than GDP (Gross Domestic Product)

To reduce the principal on all outstanding student loans, a financial transaction surcharge, similar to those fees charged by banks on consumers, will be introduced to banks and securities firms.

Government Ethics Reform & Closing “The Revolving Door”

After leaving government service, no federal elected or unelected official shall receive anything of value, for a period of five years, or work in any capacity to influence the actions of the federal government, with the sole exception of exercising their own personal First Amendment right to speak and publish.

All federal employees, politicians and officials are entitled to their salary, benefits, pension and nothing else. Any gift or thing of value given or promised to a politician or federal employee or immediate family valued at more than $5 will be deemed a bribe and punished under the criminal laws.

The revolving door between the federal government and the private lobbying sector must be closed and no federal employee, official or politicians may ever work as a lobbyist upon leaving office.

Amend the constitution to establish an elected "General Public Assembly" as a fourth branch of government to oversee the two houses of Congress in all matters particularly ethics.

Immediate passage of laws stating that the trading of inside information shall be a crime for all elected and unelected officials and government employees just as it is a crime for all other Americans. No politician or government employee is above the law.

New laws to require mandatory minimum prison sentences for anyone convicted, upon plea or after trial, of public corruption or bribery involving any public official or employee.

New laws enacted to end the so-called “filibuster rule” in the Senate, which requires a supermajority of votes to pass virtually any legislation.

No elected or unelected official or their immediate family members may hold stocks of any public company while in office or five years after leaving office unless said stocks are held in a blind investment trust.

No member of the military shall own or hold any stock or share in any corporation or other entity that the official specifically regulates while in service and shall last five years after the term of military service ends.

Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia

A Congress sanctioned and binding process aimed to fully decolonize Puerto Rico using internationally recognized non-territorial, non-colonial status formulas resulting in statehood, independence or free association.

Declaratory relief from the US Supreme Court for citizens residing in Puerto Rico and the four US territories to revise and repeal of the so-called "insular cases".

Full voting representation in Congress for the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

Tax reforms to treat the citizens of Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia as if they were citizens of any other state.

Veterans Benefits

All Veterans and their dependents must have access to the consolidated military health care system just as active duty dependents have access.

Funding must be increased to assist veterans returning to civilian life to pursue their education goals and become gainfully employed. 

Protecting Consumers From Predatory Practices on Wall Street and Main Street

An immediate freeze on all primary residential home foreclosures (not second homes) and new direct loan mortgages or refinancing to all homeowners by the federal government at the discount window rate (about 0-.25%) less processing fees incurred by the federal government; all lending institutions shall barred from the mortgage writing business in favor of these direct federal loans.

Creation and proper funding of a non-partisan task force specifically designed to regulate mortgage-backed securities and speculative financial instruments.

Immediate reenactment of the Glass-Steagall Act; implementation of the regulations required under the Dodd-Franks Act; vigorous enforcement of the “Volcker Rule” and enforcement of the Sherman Anti-Trust Act in all industries to enhance competition and free speech.

Increased funding for the SEC, FINRA, CFTC, CFPB, and to the Justice Department and State Attorneys General to investigate potential criminal practices of the Securities and Banking industries especially in the areas of mortgage backed securities, hedge funds and speculation

Student Loan Debt Relief & Grants

Because education is the only way to secure our future success as a nation, interest on student debts must be immediately reduced to 2% or less (plus the discount window rate currently 0.0 to 0.25%) and repayments deferred for periods of unemployment or illness or disability. Employers will receive a student loan repayment tax deduction for paying off the student loans of their employees.

Outright federal grants provided to those students who pursue and obtain degrees in the sciences, green energy, environmental sustainability, mathematics, technology and engineering.

Public and private universities and colleges that do not reduce tuition to affordable levels so that middle class-families can again afford to send their children to obtain a higher education shall lose all federal funding including grants and loans.

Ending The Communications Monopolies

Broadcast and cable television, radio and print communications are controlled by too few corporations and individuals so new laws and regulations must be passed immediately to fund, authorize and mandate the Anti-Trust Division of the U.S. Justice Department to break-up the 6-10 massive media conglomerates that control virtually all media content which is an existential threat to free thought and speech in the United States.

Immigration Reform

The immediate passage of “The Dream Act” by Congress.

New legislation to secure our borders while streamlining the path to US citizenship especially for those qualified to work in high demand industries or skills required in the United States.

Non-citizens who obtain their education in the United States in highly demand fields should be provided an accelerated path to citizenship so the investments made in these students remain in the United States.

Protection Of Civil & Human Rights

New treaties, laws and regulations must be passed to ensure that the Internet will remain free for all people in the world to use and express themselves without government or corporate interference.

The immediate ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment.

Repeal those portions of the Patriot Act that limit civil rights and repeal of those sections of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act that permit indefinite detention of US Citizens.

The so-called Defense Of Marriage Act must be repealed for the reasons recently stated by the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

Ending Perpetual War For Profit

Immediately recalling all combat troops from Afghanistan.

Reinstitution of the draft or mandatory public service for males and females without any deferments or exceptions so that the wealthy and privileged who profit from war will be required to send their children to die with the children of the poor and middle class.

New laws to counter the Military Industrial Complex’s mission of perpetual war for profit, particularly in the Middle East, which dramatically benefits the Oil and Gas Industrial Complex due to fluctuations and speculation in the price of oil caused by incessant and unwarranted military intervention.

A new treaty with Russia, China, India, North Korea, Pakistan, Israel and the other countries with nuclear weapons or plans to make nuclear weapons, to reduce the number of nuclear weapons so complete nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation may be achieved by 2020 or sooner.Arrest and extradition to the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court, any person indicted or charged with war crimes, on upon probable cause, for intentionally and knowingly engaging in warfare based upon a false premise or pretext.

New laws to reinvigorate the War Powers Resolution to limit the deployment of military forces to only those instances where Congressional approval has been granted by at least a simple majority in both houses.

Term Limits

No new term limits should be imposed but new laws enacted so that Senators will not serve consecutive (six-year) terms and Representatives shall not serve more than two (two-year) terms consecutively.

Term limits: 4 years for house; 6 years for senate

Term limits: 8 years for house; 12 years for senate

Term limits: 12 years for house; 18 years for senate

Term limits: 16 years for house; 24 years for senate

Term limits: 10 years for the Supreme Court of the United States

Term limits: 20 years for the Supreme Court of the United States

V. Public Pledge, Demand For Redress and Other Political Action. Based upon the foregoing Declaration and plan of action, IT IS FURTHER RESOLVED that IF the July 4, 2012 PETITION FOR A REDRESS OF GRIEVANCES, ratified by CONTINENTAL CONGRESS 2.0 is not redressed by the three branches of the United States government within a reasonable time and to the satisfaction of the Delegates, said Delegates shall (i) file a law suit in federal court against the government seeking injuntice relief; (ii) demand that the states call an Article V Constitutional Convention to amend the Constitution so that the grievances ratified on July 4, 2012 are remedied and (iii) organize and fund grassroots campaigns for independent congressional candidates in all 50 states in all 435 districts to fill every available congressional seat in the mid-term election of 2014. Only congressional candidates, regardless of party affiliation, who publicly pledge to redress all of the grievances and solutions contained in the ratified July 4, 2012 Petition will be supported. 

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Benjamin Bangsberg commented 2012-07-12 17:27:41 -0700 · Flag
I’m having trouble finding the ratified ‘Redress of Grievances’.. It is about a week after the actual reading ceremony and your site doesn’t have the ‘finalized’ list of grievances anywhere easily accessable. :(
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Rick Bayan commented 2012-07-12 11:39:09 -0700 · Flag
Your Petition for a Redress of Grievances is valiant and potentially historic… but it desperately needs more press coverage. I just posted the second half of my 99% Declaration coverage at The New Moderate: http://newmoderate.com/2012/07/12/the-new-moderate-witnesses-the-99-declaration-part-2-of-2/
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David Itkin commented 2012-07-08 18:58:35 -0700 · Flag
What’s all this bullshit about a DVD being sold for $20.00. It damned well better not include the voices or images of anyone who did not sign a release.

If it does, I know a lawyer who’ll be happy to sue the corporation that sells or distributes it.

Overjoyed to.
Kj Lowry commented 2012-07-08 10:25:29 -0700 · Flag
I just noticed at typo that we previously missed in the 12th grievance. It should read: “After Congress has allowed or required our men and women to be sent into military action, it has failed to uphold its promises of benefits and medical care to those who have served unless they have been physically injured. This is not right.”
Bruce Lowry commented 2012-07-08 09:58:48 -0700 · Flag
Here it is:
Continental Congress 2.0
Petition for a Redress of Grievances

A New Declaration

WHEREAS THE FIRST AMENDMENT TO THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION PROVIDES THAT:
The people have the right to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
BE IT RESOLVED THAT WE, THE PEOPLE of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, in order to form a more perfect Union, by, for and of the People, have convened a NEW CONTINENTAL CONGRESS this week of July 4, 2012 in the City of Philadelphia. We, the people, have deliberated, drafted and ratified a PETITION FOR A REDRESS OF GRIEVANCES to be served upon the United States Congress, Supreme Court, and President, prior to November 6, 2012.
Our country is beset by problems too large to fit comfortably under rubrics like liberal, independent, or conservative.

No single label fits, and no single ideology suits, but what we all have in common is that we are all (left, right, and center) being marginalized and defeated by the moneyed interests of the 1% as we struggle for life, liberty, happiness, comfort, and health. The 1% have enjoyed inordinate power and influence over our lives as they spread propaganda through the corporate media, and extract our nation’s wealth, only to deposit it out of the country. All the while, the 1% are delighted by our inability to recognize and address our common plight in any meaningful way.

NO MORE!!

We are the truckers, the teachers, the first-responders, the engineers, the self-employed and unemployed, the off-grid and organic farmers as well as the cutting-edge, fully-wired, 4G digital entrepreneurs. We are the butchers, the bakers, the builders and the makers. We are the foundation of our country!

We gather in Philadelphia for a cause larger than ourselves. If we are to succeed in taking back our country we must put aside the petty partisan differences that might divide us. We must recognize that many of those differences have been created and demonstrated by the 1% in their efforts to maintain control and profits at our expense.

We will not agree on everything and that is to be expected. We only need to agree on ONE THING:

American Government cannot continue to be sold to the highest bidder.

Another group of Americans joined together in Philadelphia over the days leading up to what we now proudly call Independence Day. Those Georgia planters, New York bankers, Massachusetts lawyers and Virginia scholars had radical differences and little in common when they began, but they finished by signing a Declaration that gave birth to our great nation and changed the world. We, too, can change the world by renewing their vision and our democracy.

We petition the government for redress of the following grievances:

Our government has allowed organizations to have undue influence and control over policy decisions affecting the people. The rights of organizations, including corporations, nation states, labor unions, and other collected bodies, are not the same as living human beings. No single organization shall have more influence over our government than that of an individual citizen. Corporations are not people.

Our government has allowed freedom of speech to be corrupted by the influence of money. Money is property, not speech.

Our electoral system has been unjustly weighted in favor of two major political parties. This, in combination with enormous campaign expenditures has subverted our democracy and discouraged citizens from participating in the electoral process.

Our current political system allows for the legal bribery of our government officials. They have been part of a “revolving door” with the private lobbying sector and have engaged in insider trading with the very companies they are charged with regulating.

Mainstream media, with no regard for the public they are meant to serve, have misled and misinformed the people, suppressing informed debate and crippling democracy in their single-minded pursuit of profit.

Our privately-controlled and exploitative monetary system, unjust trade policies, and regressive tax system, which greatly favor the 1%, are increasing inequality and eroding the American dream.

Our congress has aided and abetted a massive fraud by predatory lenders, bankers, speculators, and financiers which has deprived millions of Americans of their homes, property, and livelihoods.

Our government has not recognized our right to clean air, clean water, untainted soil, and safe food. It has failed or refused to enact and enforce laws preventing the destruction of our natural ecosystem, willfully ignoring empirical evidence of significant harm caused by human interaction with the environment.

Our government has failed to protect essential civil liberties guaranteed in the Bill of Rights. American citizens should not be indefinitely detained without due process of law. Their rights to privacy and freedom of speech on the internet should be ensured, and the choices of romantic partners must not be restricted by the government.

Our country imprisons more people per capita than any other country in the world to feed the profits of the growing private prison-industrial complex. Many people are imprisoned for non-violent drug crimes causing harm only to themselves while white collar criminals, who have defrauded the American people, walk free.

Our congress has abdicated its responsibility for the declaration of war, allowing the United States military to engage in unconstitutional military actions and occupations abroad. There is an unacceptable lack of transparency in negotiations between the military and multi-national industrial contractors who profit from perpetual war.

After Congress has allowed or required our men and women to be sent into military action, it is has failed to uphold its promises of benefits and medical care to those who have served unless they have been physically injured. This is not right.

Our government has failed to prevent healthcare, insurance, and pharmaceutical companies from profiteering off of the illnesses and injuries of the American people. The for-profit healthcare system is immoral and economically unsustainable.

The current state of our education system is abysmal and under-funded. Without a well-educated populace, a democracy cannot adequately provide for its own common defense or promote the general welfare.

Our government has been derelict in its duty to substantially and equitably invest in the productivity of its people by supporting job training initiatives that will create more domestic employment opportunities and enable our workforce to transition to an independent renewable energy economy.

Our fellow citizens in Puerto Rico and the United States territories’ have been disenfranchised as voters. This is incompatible with American representative democracy. We recognize the right of Puerto Rico to become a state of the Union.

Citizens of the District of Columbia have been unjustly deprived of their right to determine their own governance. They have been denied congressional voting rights and control over their own local affairs. We recognize the right of the District of Columbia to self-determinative government.

We will be delivering the forgoing list of grievances, along with suggestions for their redress, to all branches of the federal government in the coming weeks. The American people expect a timely response. If our grievances are insufficiently addressed, we will take legal action in federal court seeking injunctive relief.

The sovereignty of the United States derives from WE, THE PEOPLE.

We will be heard.

And…in time — pushing through obstacles, overcoming set-backs, and basking in hard-won victories — we WILL restore our democracy.

7/04/2012 per the style committee charged with writing a verbal announcement of our petition for redress of grievances. KJ Lowry, Kristin Wilkerson, and Brandon ?? (Style committee members)
David Itkin commented 2012-07-08 09:28:35 -0700 · Flag
http://99declaration.proboards.com/index.cgi?action=display&board=marketing&thread=192&page=1

This is a link to a thread on the 99% Declaration Forum Boards.

It includes a downloadable version of the greivances as approved at the Congress and read aloud at Independence Mall
Rick Bayan commented 2012-07-08 09:25:08 -0700 · Flag
What we’re seeing here is the preliminary list of grievances. We need to see the final list that was drawn up at CC 2.0. Anybody want to share it with us? The world is waiting.
Timothy Price commented 2012-07-07 09:02:53 -0700 · Flag
Are these grievances now listed supposed to be what the Congress 2.0 wrote?
I hope not cause they are not.

When will we see the actual grievances the the Continental Congress actually wrote?
George Russert commented 2012-07-07 08:01:42 -0700 · Flag
Great background article Rick. Looking forward to Part 2!
Cheers
Rick Bayan commented 2012-07-07 07:09:10 -0700 · Flag
Congratulations on a noble and (I hope) effective attempt to reboot American democracy. I wrote an article about the 99% Declaration at The New Moderate. Here’s part 1 of 2: http://newmoderate.com/2012/07/07/the-new-moderate-witnesses-the-99-declaration-part-1-of-2/
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