At the core of the Occupy movement are a handful of deeply radical principles. These are important factors in understanding why the movement has been both contagious and powerful. Currently Occupy St. Louis is a bureaucratic nightmare, but in October it was so beautiful. Engaging these principles is paramount to rediscovering our power, whether that be in winter or spring. Please read, respond, discuss, and share.
Occupy Central Principles
We hold ourselves and each other to the following principles as best we can.
-We are the 99%- This society, government, and economy has nothing to offer us. We are the bottom 99% and this is our movement.
-We are a Movement- We stand with Occupiers around the world. We are not building an organization, but participating in a movement. Our efforts are best spent expanding, defending, and deepening our movement.
–This is not a Protest– We take what we want, we do not ask permission. We do not negotiate with those in power or make demands of them. Our power comes from each other.
–We are Non-Political– Politics has nothing to offer us. This is about the Top vs. Bottom, not the Left vs. Right. We pander to no one.
–Occupy Everything– We actively spread the principles of our Occupation to all sectors of society, including work, school, prison, our place of living, family, community, personal relationships. We stand with those outside of our occupation who do the same.
–Horizontalism– As individuals we treat each other equally and with respect. We are egalitarian and do not tolerate oppression, internally or externally. Everyone is here as an individual. We have no leaders. Representatives (paid or otherwise) of organizations, be they the police, unions, politicians, media, administration, businesses, NGO’s, etc. are not here as individuals, their agenda is not ours.
–Solidarity– We stand with each other and with other Occupiers the world over. Our movement is diverse and often complicated but we choose to figure out our differences together.
–Autonomy– We are all individuals making our own decisions.
–Consensus– We strive to reach consensus for internal policies and official statements.
–Zero Bureaucracy– Groups created for specific tasks are to be dissolved after they are completed. As individuals we are all responsible for thinking, planning, and acting. We are all organizers, facilitators, publishers, and educators.