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Occupy Canada Consensus Of Consensi

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Occupy Canada Consesus Of Consensi.
 
 
First, the results: 
 
1.Major reform of the economic system towards a system of universal equality and cooperation and away from competetiveness and individual accumulation of wealth and status. 
2.Major, universal action to prevent further damage to the earth's natural systems and repair as much of the damage done as possible. 
3. While definitions of discrimination, particularily racism and gender discrimination vary between and within camps, and no definition was consistent, all Occupy camps in Canada had statements and/or internal policies opposing discimination, particularily based on race, gender, sexual preference, and disability. 
4.Almost all Occupy camps in Canada began meetings with an acknowledgement that we are on stolen land, and had demands regarding accountability for institutional crimes against First Nations. 
   5. Opposition to Stephen Harper's Conservative government, and demands for repeal for specific legislation from Harper, was nearly universal. Many remaining Occupy groups work under the 'Stop Harper' banner in their public work. 
 
A careful study of every available Consusus statement from Occupy camps across Canada, looking specifically for what the statements have in common, and what specific demands had the largest approval rating among a majority or near totality of people involved in the Occupy movement with the intent of establishing a common consensus to 
base future submissions on behalf of the Occupy movement to various international bodies and continue working for the causes that brought all of us together in the first place. 
We also examined the 'meme consensus',ie, political posts, image propaganda, etc. of Occupy supporters leading up to, during, and shortly after the formation, engagement and shut down of the camps. 
 
This kind of analysis has been essential for the 'continuing Occupiers', that is, volunteers who have continued to do whatever they can to get the reforms demanded by the Occupy movement implemented at the international level. 
A decision was agreed on by most of the remaining Occupiers in late 2012 that we would suspend public actions and statements under the Occupy name or drawing publicity to what we were doing until we had made a significant progress towards
achieving those goals. 
 
People from Occupy Canada have been involved in many ongoing international Occupy-originated projects. 
 The article was focused on Canada, but in the US some major breakthroughs continue to be made. One is Occupy The Securities Exchange Commission, who have managed to influence the reform process through constant lobbying since they started in 2011. 
 
Another is the Occupy Rolling Jubillee, which raised money to buy debtloads at 'wholesale' prices, the prices that debt collectors pay to the companies, often as low as 5% of the debt itself. In the process, Occupy has paid around 15 million in debt with just under 7 hundred thousand.
 
The Consensus Of Consensi project began when the Occupy-United Nations Liason group was formed in the fall of 2012 and needed a policy base to work from that would give voice to the positions Occupiers had agreed on. 
Our work within the United Nations, and the global social impact of the Occupy movement through our various actions, especially the camps, can be seen reflected in reports coming out of the United Nations MDG 2015 Global Open Consultations, a major change from the corporate 'vs' state bureaucrat dominated process of the late 1980s, early 1990s that culminated in the Rio Summit 1992, birthplace of the infamous 'Agenda 21'. 
 
 The spirit of October 2011 can be seen in the general direction the consultations are taking as a whole.
 
 Just the quote on the back of the recently released http://www.worldwewant2015.org/node/382890 Report Of The Thematic Consultation On Environmental Sustainability sounds like an Occupy statement: 'In the world we want, poverty has been eradicated and nature thrives; every woman, man, boy and girl, now and in the future can equally fulfil their rights and have sustainable, reslient, livelihoods that operate within planetary boundaries.'.  The report reflects this, and is one of the core documents given to world leaders and other delegates at the recent UN General Assembly. 
 
Other data were analyzed included media statements by various organizations supporting or opposed to Occupy, as well as various social research studies regarding Occupy as a social or political phenomena. 
 
We'll begin with what some studies of the social media data collected on the Occupy movement as a whole has shown. 
We already knew each other. We were already connected. 
 
Occupy was closely watched by those in power and by people who analyze social dynamics for the benefit of those in power. 
 
So it's no surprise to see high level social science research regarding social networking trends involving Occupy. These studies make for interesting reading, especially if you're thinking towards the future and the next movement and how to avoid the mistakes and divisions that prevented us from keeping the focus on common cause during Occupy. 
 
One interesting thing is that we were mostly connected prior to Occupy. Many Occupiers didn't personally know all the people at their local camp at the beginning,  but knew someone who did know them previously, at least enough to be on the same person's Twitter feed, as one of the studies confirms something many observers noted while it was happening. 
 
Assuming similar research is being done relating to Idle No More, what can be learned from the analysis of Occupy that might help INM maintain it's presence longer and possibly narrow it's positions to the main central environmental issues that it centered around to beging with, which will allow it to expand itself into the full mass movement based on common ground that we need. 
 
The Digital Evolution Of Occupy Wall Street , from Center for Complex Networks and Systems Research, School of Informatics and Computing, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, Analyzes Twitter feeds starting a few months before the first action on September 17, 2011 in New York and continues for 15 months after that, showing the fast rise and slow descend of Occupy as a commonly tweeted word (the movement is still very much alive) from beginning to near end. 
 
From the abstract to the study: 
 
We examine the temporal evolution of digital communication activity relating to the American anti-capitalist movement Occupy Wall Street. Using a high-volume sample from the microblogging site Twitter, we investigate changes in Occupy participant engagement, interests, and social connectivity over a fifteen month period starting three months prior to the movement's first protest action. The results of this analysis indicate that, on Twitter, the Occupy movement tended to elicit participation from a set of highly interconnected users with pre-existing interests in domestic politics and foreign social movements. These users, while highly vocal in the months immediately following the birth of the movement, appear to have lost interest in Occupy related communication over the remainder of the study period.
 
Another study that utilized data related to Occupy from the same institution is The Geo-Spatial Charactaristics Of A Social Movement Communication Network . 
 
 
This study is another analysis of social networking posts with a different question in mind. I see a bias, or at least a piece of misinformation, in the abstract when they refer to Occupy as an 'anti-capitalist' movement when it was distinctly not anti-capitalist in the beginning. From the abstract: 
 
Social movements rely in large measure on networked communication technologies to organize and disseminate information relating to the movements' objectives. In this work we seek to understand how the goals and needs of a protest movement are reflected in the geographic patterns of its communication network, and how these patterns differ from those of stable political communication. To this end, we examine an online communication network reconstructed from over 600,000 tweets from a thirty-six week period covering the birth and maturation of the American anticapitalist movement, Occupy Wall Street. We find that, compared to a network of stable domestic political communication, the Occupy Wall Street network exhibits higher levels of locality and a hub and spoke structure, in which the majority of non-local attention is allocated to high-profile locations such as New York, California, and Washington D.C. Moreover, we observe that information flows across state boundaries are more likely to contain framing language and references to the media, while communication among individuals in the same state is more likely to reference protest action and specific places and times. Tying these results to social movement theory, we propose that these features reflect the movement's efforts to mobilize resources at the local level and to develop narrative frames that reinforce collective purpose at the national level. 
 
The Deptartment of Media and Communication, City University of Hong Kong did a similar study called Discussing occupy wall street on Twitter: longitudinal network analysis of equality, emotion, and stability of public discussion. on centered on Twitter communications involving the Occupy movement, this time looking at posts to get a sense of the emotional state of the person commicating. 
 
"To evaluate the quality of public discussion about social movements on Twitter and to understand the structural features and evolution of longitudinal discussion networks, we analyze tweets about the Occupy Wall Street movement posted over the course of 16 days by investigating the relationship between inequality, emotion, and the stability of online discussion. The results reveal that (1) the discussion is highly unequal for both initiating discussions and receiving conversations; (2) the stability of the discussion is much higher for receivers than for initiators; (3) the inequality of online discussions moderates the stability of online discussions; and (4) on an individual level, there is no significant relationship between emotion and political discussion. The implications help evaluate the quality of public discussion, and to understand the relationship between online discussion and social movements."
 
 
Media stories regarding Occupy were closely studied for statements as well, especially friendlier media such as The Huffington Post, Al-Jazeera and Media Co-op, who had an area of their  websites dedicated to stories related to the Occupy movement. 
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Maple Ridge, British Columbia
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Moncton, New Brunswick
'OccupyNB' is inviting the public to take part in a direct horizontal democratic process that will allow for engagement and awareness among New Brunswickers. We are determined to recognize the grievances of our citizens with regards to our Economic and Financial Policies. It has become clear that there is a great deal of unethical and unjust behaviour among our corporate elite, and elected officials. We will propose demands that will ensure of the eradication of economic and social inequality, while putting an end to corporate greed and bad governance. We invite all to join us in occupying Moncton and taking part in our General Assemblies.

We are the 99%. You are the 99%. And The 1% doesn't want You to know how powerful We are!

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Occupy Fredericton
http://www.facebook.com/OccupyFredericton

Occupy Fredericton is the NB capital's chapter of the global Occupy Movement, focused on sustainable and ethical community and economic development.
Mission

Sustainable and ethical community and economic development.

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Occupy Saint John
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Occupy-Saint-John/163909853697018

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Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
We, a group of concerned Islanders, have come together to say that we stand in solidarity with the Occupy movements happening across the world.
Description
We are a grassroots organization of concerned citizens who have come together to discuss the social, economic and political issues negatively impacting our lives. We recognize that many of these have their roots in an unjust political economic system and are being worsened through practices of neoliberalization. We are currently undergoing a process through which we hope to identify the provincial, federal, national and international issues that affect/concern us as Islanders. On Saturday we are holding a 'town hall' type of event at which we encourage people to come out and voice their concerns and share their stories of frustration and exploitation (info below). After identifying key issues to Islanders, we aim to move forward with a series of learning modules, walk abouts, and more politically based events and actions. The direction of these approaches will be decided through collaboration between interested group members.
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Halifax, Nova Scotia
 
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London, Ontario
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Kingston, Ontario
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Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
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Kelowna, British Columbia
Occupy Kelowna is a representation of the whole community. We are business owners, mothers, fathers, minimum wage earners and career workers, union members, retirees, students, and even council candidates – past and future. We are the 99% of Kelowna citizens who feel under-represented. We are the 80% that have not voted in years. We are part of the 70% who did not vote Harper in. We are awake and know now that ignoring the way the system works is never going to fix anything. We are the citizens that realize Einstein was right: you cannot expect different results from the same actions.

What does Occupy Kelowna want?

Simply put: social justice.
We are here to get everyone engaged in the political process. We are here to help make democratic process the people’s voice. We are the only answer to a broken system. We are here to educate others and ourselves. We are here to raise awareness of the rising money gap between the middle and upper classes. We are here to discuss what we see as problems in the system and make others aware these problems exist. We are here to find solutions to the same problems. We are here to take action to help fix the problems we have seen.

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Kamloops, British Columbia
To build a movement against financial inequality and corporate domination, in the spirit of Occupy Wall St. Our 'real' mission is being decided at our events by those attending. Bring an open mind and a willingness to discuss, and create, the kind of movement you want to see with other attendees. The future is in the hands of the people.
Description

We are occupying our minds, our city, our hearts, our lives! Since the physical occupation ended, we have been having weekly meetings. Check out our website for Calendar listings of meetings, working groups, and workshops. 
Tell your friends, your neighbours, your coworkers. We are the 99%. Together we are strong, and now we know it.

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Occupy Edmonton

We are part of the 99% and we are Occupy Edmonton.

We are here because we identify with the call that is sounding around the world.

We stand in solidarity with all genders, all races, and all peoples across Canada and across the planet who are exploited and oppressed by systems that work against the 99% of us.

We stand in solidarity with the people and identify with the common expressions of the students, workers and Indigenous strikes of Chile, the Arab springs, the general strike of Madison, Wisconsin, with the Occupy Wall Street/Occupy Together movement in hundred’s of cities across the United States, Canada and beyond. We stand with all peoples and movements pushing and fighting for a better, more just world.

We stand unified and are a part of a growing global movement because neither unfettered Capitalism, a system whose primary motive is profit at the expense of all, nor a state infected by corporate interest, has the answers to our needs or the needs of this world.

Exploitation of the many by the few must end.

We seek a way to live in harmony with our planet’s natural environment and to abolish the suicidal systems that are pushing us closer to the brink of ecological and climate collapse.

We stand in solidarity and support the struggle of First Nations peoples. We live on Indigenous traditional territory and recognize the colonial history of injustice on which Canada is built.

We seek to build a world free of oppression, a world with equality for all regardless of gender, age, race, sexual identity, ability or nationhood.

We seek an inclusive world where all peoples have the power to make decisions for our own lives. A world where the global right to live and thrive, not merely survive, exists. A world made for the good of all.

We come together with our diverse experiences to transform the existing disparity that is increasing daily, to halt the advancing environmental collapse, and to build together a world that provides economic security, genuine equality, and the protection of the environment for all.

Together we are the majority. Together we will fight for the world we need to see.

We are the 99%.

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Occupy Calgary: 
http://forum.occupycalgary.ca/
 
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Regina
Most consensus agreements during the encampment were centered on camp logistics and immediate reactions to situations. 
However, public actions and statements generally surrounded the global financial system. 
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Occupy Toronto
No official consensus statements on issues were reached during the encampment in St. James Park in Toronto. Statements that were made after came out of 
a small breakaway group primarily made up of 'official' activists from pre-Occupy organizations.. 
 
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Occupy Newfoundland:
 
Open Letter in Telegram -- "Making the right decision on the Occupy Movement'"
 
** This open letter appeared in the Telegram on November 24, 2011 under the title "Making the right decision on the Occupy Movement." If anyone can find the link to it, please leave in comments. **  
 
Dear Mayor O’Keefe,
We write today to express our thanks and congratulations to you and your council on the mature and wise way in which you are handling the Occupy Newfoundland and Labrador camp down at Harbourside Park. We have watched the Occupy movement grow from the first Occupy Wall Street camp in Zuccotti Park in New York in September to hundreds of camps all over the world. They are all different but all express a sense of outrage at the growing inequality in the world, a condemnation at the injustices all around us and a desire to stand in solidarity with the massive majority suffering from a clearly ‘broken’ world system. Of course their goals are ‘unclear’; how could they not be faced with such runaway chaos with complex roots and no clear solutions? But their passion to stand up and say ‘enough’ is clear enough, and their desire to find peaceful and cooperative ways to run their camps is deeply impressive.
 
 
Some of us have had the opportunity to visit a number of occupy camps in other cities over the last few weeks. Different in size and character and the problems they face, they all share fundamental values and a desire to demonstrate both a frustration and a determination to find another approach. Their ability to negotiate with authorities and the general public is polite, persistent and formidable; their sense of how to organise the basics – medical tent, library, access to clean water and sanitation, media access and discussions - is efficient. Above all, they have developed effective and inclusive discussions. Anyone who has witnessed the ‘people’s microphone’, where every word a speaker says is relayed by word of mouth to the outer edges of a crowd, however big, will have been inspired by how effective and respectful the process is. All this is happening in St. John’s. Of course, the camp at Harbourside Park is small compared with Toronto or Montreal. But all the essentials are there. Because they are few, it is harder for them to get their message out – and our weather means they have to be extra hardy. But they are there; their messages and practices are genuinely collaborative, peaceful and inclusive. We are proud of them, and want to do all we can to stand alongside them and their cause.
 
But we have seen, especially over the last few days, an atmosphere of intolerance, backed by police violence, that has broken out across the US and some cities in Canada. We have watched in horror as camps have been dismantled in places like London, Ontario and Halifax. We have shared personal experiences like that of Iain McCurdy (Telegram 19 November 2011) who witnessed the police invasion of Zucotti Park last weekend. And we have watched and admired the quiet and supportive way in which the City of St John’s has treated our own Occupiers. We know that you may not agree with some of the principles expressed by our Occupiers so we find it all the more admirable that you can demonstrate the tolerance that is at the heart of true democracy in allowing Occupy Newfoundland and Labrador to continue, and in doing so ensure their safety and health and the safety and health of those around them. We wish that the media would focus less on the violence and confrontation in places like Oakland and more on the successes of collaboration and tolerance in places like Montreal and St. John’s. We see your current stand as building on our long tradition of toughness, independence, mutual support, compassion and an ability to see the wider picture. We want to build on what we are all learning from the Occupy movement and your support of this movement gives us confidence that something new and strong will emerge here at home in Newfoundland and Labrador.
 
Marilyn Porter (Professor Emeritus, Memorial University)
Gerry Rogers,
Phyllis Artiss,
Kathleen Connors,
Jean Guthrie,
Linda Cullum,
Kelly Bruton,
Patti Thistle,
John Carrick Greene,
Elizabeth Yeoman,
Diana Gustafson,
Patti MacPherson,
Jenne Nolan,
Jennifer Murphy,
Jinette Ally,
Glenda Cabot,
Nicole Power,
Brenda Murphy.
 
 
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Occupy London
This statement from Occupy London’s International Outreach Working Group to create global dialogue reached consensus at the General Assembly by St Paul’s Cathedral in November 2011.
 
Our global system is unsustainable. It is undemocratic and unjust, driven by profit in the interest of the few.
An economic system based on infinite growth, but which relies on finite resources, is leading humanity and the environment to destruction. As long as this system remains in place, people of the world continue to suffer from an increasingly unfair share of income and wealth.
We seek a global system that is democratic, just and sustainable. The world’s resources must not go to the military or corporate profit, but instead go towards caring for people’s needs: water, food, housing, education, health, community.
 
An international, global collaboration has started, and is working on a statement that will unite the occupy movements across the world in their struggle for an alternative that is focused on and originates from people and their environment.
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 Demands for Occupy Vancouver
In sum, we demand the creation of a just and sustainable society.
If we remove too many demands from the final version we risk having an unjust and unsustainable society. That is unacceptable .
Economic demands
1. We demand that the wealthiest 1% pay their fair share by the closing of tax loopholes such as dark pools of liquidity and employer-side payroll taxes. Progressive taxation principles must prevail, income from capital must be taxed at the same level as wage income.
2. We demand that the banks be nationalized and limit interest payments to 1%. The Board of Directors of the Bank of Canada and top tier of management must now include at least 50% representatives for Labor/wage earners and the balance must contain a mix of academics, as well as business people. The mandate of the Bank of Canada must now include the pursuit of low unemployment in addition to low inflation. (An alternative demand to nationalization of the banks is: "We demand a cap on interest rates at 5% plus prime.")
3. We demand that crimes committed by banks and corporations be prosecuted more rigorously – a dedicated justice fund for white-collar crimes must be created. Canadian corporations must also be held accountable for crimes (such as bribery and pollution) committed abroad.
4. We demand that all income tax for those who make less than the living wage be eliminated.
5. We demand that a "ministry of whistle-blowing" be created with the power to protect any whistle blower – corporate or otherwise – from harm of any kind. We need to be able to safely call attention to injustice. Previous failed attempts to do this should be learned from.
6. We demand a higher minimum wage – one that equals a living wage. Those unable to work due to disability or infirmity should have a guaranteed income which will allow a dignified existence.
7. We demand that Canada pulls out of all free trade agreements - including repealing NAFTA - which are actually "investors rights" agreements and have little to do with trade. We demand an end to future attempts at "free trade" agreements and/or the North American Union. All monopolies – national or international – must be prohibited.
8. We demand that EI payments from people not eligible to receive from the program be eliminated.
9. We demand that supply management of agricultural products be ended.
10. We demand that the federal government keep out of private sector union negotiations.
11. We demand the prohibition of self-regulation by large-scale industries.
12. We demand that corporate person-hood is repealed.
Political demands
13. We demand the influence of lobbyists and influence peddlers be reduced by requiring all lobbyists and corporate representatives conduct all meetings with representatives out in the open, with records of what was said and what was spent easily accessible to the public.
14. We demand the electoral playing field be leveled by limiting each political party to equal small amounts of taxpayer money. We demand the elimination of campaign contributions entirely.
15. We demand the installation of a proportional representation system in all municipal, provincial and federal elections. We demand the adoption of Swiss-style direct democracy and Nunavut-style consensus-decision-making into all political processes.
16. We demand an immediate end to Canada's role in the war in Afghanistan. We demand Canada pulls out of NATO.
17. We demand the government makes sure the CBC is independent from influence by powerful groups by getting enough funding so it can go commercial free so it no longer must depend on big business for advertizing, and that it becomes immune from future budget cuts.
18. We demand the elimination of the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2001, which criminalizes activities similar to the ones conducted by the French Resistance in WW2 and Nelson Mandela's ANC in South Africa.
19. We demand Canada pulls out of the SPP – the "Security and Prosperity Partnership" – the military and economic harmonization between Canada and the United States. Canada must remain sovereign.
20. We demand the return of the long form census and an end to the practice of outsourcing census work to multinationals such as Lockheed Martin.
21. We demand that Statistics Canada and the Parliamentary Budget Office be made arms-length organizations outside the direct jurisdiction of partisans.
22. We demand that publicly funded science be made available to the public. No tax-payer-funded scientists should be gagged or censored in any way.
23. We demand that the science minister be replaced with an MP who recognizes the realities of evolution and global human-caused climate change.
24. We demand an end to all gag-orders on public servants.
25. We demand an independent investigation into 9/11 which will examine all evidence including that which would support a false-flag explanation.
26. We demand that "none of the above" be an option on all electoral ballots.
Societal demands
27. We demand - as Bertrand Russell suggested - there be two police forces – one to prove your guilt and another to prove your innocence. We demand lawyers be required to work in pairs so that a lack of resources won't be a factor in deciding a case. (Alternative: We demand increased funding for legal aid.)
28. We demand a majority of the defense budget be redistributed to health, education and housing.
29. We demand massage, dental and eye care be covered under the health care system.
30. We demand an end to gender and racial discrimination in the workplace. We demand pay equity and employment equity. We demand equal pay for different but equivalent work.
31. We demand the right of self-determination for all indigenous nations. We demand a speedy resolutions to all outstanding land claims acceptable to all parties concerned.
32. We demand the repeal of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. All synthetic drugs and hard drugs (including cocaine and heroin) must be distributed by prescription through a pharmacist.
33. We demand that all botanical drugs be distributed like coffee beans. Human medical autonomy must now be respected by all.
34. We demand that all harmless people be protected in the constitution. If a new law is written and a new set of people are to be criminalized, the burden of proof will now be on the government to provide evidence that this new group of criminals is inherently harmful to others. This will end scapegoating.
35. We demand that post-secondary education be free with no hidden user fees. We demand that most outstanding student loans should be forgiven based upon income.
36. We demand that herbalists and naturopaths have their services covered by the health-care system.
37. We demand that judicial sentencing discretion should be preserved.
38. We demand that the omnibus crime bill be eliminated.
39. We demand that prostitution be legalized and regulated as it is in New Zealand.
40. We demand public universities and colleges stop taking money from the corporate sector.
41. We demand the release of all non-violent prisoners.
42. We demand an end to the corporate funding and control of collages and universities.
Environmental demands
43. We demand that subsidies shift from fossil fuel and nuclear energy to renewable resources such as sun, wind, wave, geothermal and cellulose-based ethanol.
44. We demand that GMO's – extra-natural genetic modification - be banned because there is no consensus that they increase yield, are safe to consume, are safe for the environment and pose no threat to global food security but there is general agreement that they allow seed monopolies and lawsuits based upon pollen drift. The patenting of life must be illegal and terminator seeds banned from sale in Canada.
45. We demand that chemical fertilizers and pesticides be phased out over the next five years while farmers learn to use organic methods because chemical fertilizers and pesticides are unnecessary and kill the soil vitality needed for human survival.
46. We demand that "open-net/open water" fish farming be banned.
47. We demand that environmental laws be enforced more rigorously.
48. We demand that soil vitality be a priority.
49. We demand that the nuclear industry be phased out.
50. We demand that the health and environmental costs be factored into the cost of each product, and taxed appropriately.
51. We demand the shutting down of the Tar Sands project.
52. We demand that fracking – hydraulic fracturing - be prohibited.
53. We demand the removal of all the red tape around the growing of industrial hemp.
54. We demand Canada pull out of the Keystone Pipeline.
55. We demand the prohibition of all off-shore drilling. We demand maximum liability on all oil spills.
56. We demand a national ban on products and packaging that can't be recycled locally.
57. We demand a ban on factory farming or CAFO's (concentrated animal feeding operations).
58. We demand an end to all logging in old-growth forests and an end to clear-cutting everywhere.
59. We demand protection of water rights and transparency in all Canadian water deals.
60. We demand Canada adopts the Bolivian Earth Charter.
 
Read more: http://bc.ctvnews.ca/list-of-occupy-vancouver-demands-not-official-1.721296#ixzz2woXcmFuC
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This statement involved hundreds of people from Occupy groups around the world and was eventually approved by around a hundred who are still
involved. 
Global Declaration of Occupation
Finalized Friday, October 4, 2013 at 11:54pm
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GLOBAL DECLARATION OF OCCUPATION
With Provisional Articles of Occupation
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May 1st, 2012
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STATEMENT OF LIVING DOCTRINE
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It is to be recognized that any part of any declaration, article or doctrine achieved through Global General Assembly may be altered, amended, abolished or ratified only through the free and democratic consensus of the Global Occupation General Assembly. Where unanimous consensus cannot be achieved and three or more blocks have been mediated without resolution, a demand for a majority of at least two-thirds of the assembly should be respected for the ratification of any motion. No valid motion put forward or ratified shall in any way abolish, abridge or make usurpations against the individual sovereignty, basic and fundamental human rights, or rightful liberty of any human being, nor of the collective authority of a Global General Assembly, maintained openly for the benefit of all humanity through free association and consensus.
 
PRE-RATIFICATION CLARIFICATION ADDENDA
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1. These articles should not be interpreted as a binding mandate unto humanity, but as a summary guarantee of the blessings of rightful liberty and individual sovereignty unto each and every human being, as well as of the collective authority of the people in the democratic self-determination of any and all public policies rendered unto and affecting individuals or the human race.
 
2. The structure of the General Assembly and Global Police Action Team shall be fully democratic and horizontal, assuring the equal authority of every member therein and granting no privileges of office which shall in any way undermine this core value.
 
3. The organization of the Global Police Action Team shall also be horizontal, it’s structure shall be voluntary, transparent and open to all, it’s operational success will be dependent upon the logical individual action of it’s volunteer officers in accordance with global law, the spirit of justice, and upon the support of the General Assembly.
 
GLOBAL DECLARATION OF OCCUPATION
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We the people of Earth, being herein an organized collective of free-thinking individuals and citizens of the world endeavoring to secure the bulwark of the will and consensus of 99% of the human population, in order to establish an enduring standard of morale as to encourage the continuity of this global campaign for socioecomic justice and freedom, to establish and defend a basic human standard of rightful justice and liberty, to prepare our global community to become well-organized and mobilized for the hard work ahead, to expand our global communications capabilities and infrastructure, to acknowledge the collective authority of humanity, to encourage the continued growth of global empathy and humanitarianism, and to create a forum for public strategy in hopes of achieving a stable, sustainable and unified human civilization, do hereby organize this Global General Assembly and bring it to order upon this First Day of May, 2012, in conjunction with the commencement of the first World Wide General Strike against socioeconomic iniquity, social injustice and tyranny in human history.
 
DECLARATION OF OCCUPATION AND STATEMENT OF GRIEVANCES
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In Assembly
 
May 1st, 2012
 
The Unanimous Declaration
 
of the Global Occupation
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When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for the people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with their nations, and to assume among themselves their destined authority over the powers of the earth, to assume their duties there upon to sustain her and to provide for one another…the rightful station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. As the human race has moved beyond it’s capacity to withstand the bondage of divisive, un-democratic standards of nationalism, and that the human animal is genetically predisposed to a profound hatred for all manner of tyranny or non-consensual subjugation, we hereby list the causes which impel us to the separation and emancipation of the whole of humanity from those institutions which assert over the people the authority to challenge and usurp their rightful liberty.
 
 
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men and women are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the embodiment, exercise or pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among people, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security. –Such has been the patient sufferance of the people of the world; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of government. The history of the present standing nations and factions is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over the whole of humanity. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.
 
 
They have refused their assent to laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
 
 
They have given their consent to laws contrary to the public good, allowing the multitudes to be exploited by industrialist institutions and rendered harm upon without just compensation for their labor, losses or suffering, the measure of which has been the homelessness, unabated illness, poverty and starvation of the masses.
 
 
They have endeavored through means of falsehood and political subterfuge to wage unjustifiable wars of aggression, both criminal under international law in their planning and contrary to the conventions of war in their execution.  The cost has been the lives of countless millions of unarmed noncombatants.
 
 
They have refused commitment to transparency and consent to the oversight of the general public, even after all risk of jeopardy associated with exposure has passed, in the execution of government, military and associated industrial agendas, under which the impacts of their clandestine actions have effected the people in a derogatory manner and caused harm unto the masses.
 
 
They have enabled the captains of industry to ignore established laws, and through acts of their judiciaries, to unlawfully seize the personal property and possessions of the people without evidence of title, or under the pretext of fraudulent evidence of title.
 
 
They have undermined the treasuries and established laws of our nations to grant large sums of money to their industrialist cohorts through devious means, without agreement to or schedule for repayment or rates of interest and without securing the equity of the people in their enterprises.
 
 
They have collectively, under mutual consent of standing undemocratic authorities, utilized agriculture, industry and military means to inundate our food and water supplies as well as our medicines and all possible goods traded in commerce with toxic chemical and biological agents, to the ends of engaging in a campaign of eugenics to reduce the human population of the world, to lessen the natural biological extent of human fertility, to pacify resistance, and to render humanity easier to govern by despotic means.
 
 
They have forbidden or thwarted the people in passing laws, establishing or enforcing regulations of immediate and pressing importance to their well being, unless suspended in their operation until their assent or that of their industrialist cohorts could be obtained; and when so suspended, they have utterly neglected to attend to them.
 
 
They have refused to pass other laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, or elsewise refused to recognize the sovereignty of those people in any manner, unless those people would relinquish the right of representation in any legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
 
 
They have called together legislative and diplomatic bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the centers of power for the people and from the depositories of their public records, for the intended purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with their measures.
 
 
They have forcibly dissolved representative bodies and revolutionary organizations repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness their invasions on the rights of the people.
 
 
They have refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to allow others freely nominated and supported by the will of the majority, to be elected; whereby the legislative powers, incapable of annihilation, have returned to the people at large for their exercise; the states there under remaining in the meantime exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
 
 
They have clandestinely drafted and ratified legislations which usurp the rightful liberty of the people to be secure in the due process of law, to the extent of authorizing governments to detain and incarcerate their people without charge, without trial and without provision for transparent oversight for the assurance of their humanitarian treatment under the holding of said governments.
 
 
They have endeavored to prevent the growth of population of various regions and nations; for that purpose obstructing the amendment or abolition of laws governing the naturalization of foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migration hither, and raising the conditions of new appropriations of lands.
 
 
They have obstructed the administration of justice, by refusing their assent to laws for the democratic establishment of global judiciary powers.
 
 
They have made judiciaries dependent on the will of the servants of an industrialist minority alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
 
 
They have erected a multitude of offices contrary to the will of or without regard for the democratic consent of the people, and sent hither swarms of officers across every corner of the world to harass our people, and eat out their substance.
 
 
They have kept amongst the people of the world and upon the lands of the nations of one another, in times of peace, standing armies without the democratic consent of the people governed, burdened or jeopardized.
 
 
They have affected to render their military forces independent of and superior to civil power.
 
 
They have combined with others to subject the people to a jurisdiction foreign to their legislatures or collective democratic authority, and unacknowledged by the democratic laws of said people; giving their assent amongst one another to their mutual acts of pretended legislation.
 
 
For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
 
 
For protecting them, by mock trial, from punishment for any murders which they should commit upon the inhabitants of the world:
 
 
For divisively cutting off our trade and communications with one another without democratic consent:
 
 
For imposing taxes on us without our democratic consent:
 
 
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of trial by jury:
 
 
For transporting us beyond seas to be tried or incarcerated without trial for pretended offenses:
 
 
For abolishing the right of the people to establish a free system of international laws throughout the world, establishing therein an arbitrary government, and enlarging the grasp of it’s authority so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing an undemocratic practice of absolute rule through the consent of established undemocratic governments:
 
 
For taking away our charters, abolishing our most valuable laws, and altering fundamentally the forms of our governments:
 
 
For usurping undemocratically and organizing factions to seize the power of our legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever:
 
 
For seizing or enabling to be seized the private property of the people through unlawful process:
 
 
For undermining the right of the people to be secure in the due process of law:
 
 
For the usurpation of the treasuries of standing governments for the sole benefit of an industrialist minority, and contrary to the will of the people:
 
 
For profiting off of the torture, confinement, and cruel treatment of countless non-human animals, and actively seeking to conceal these practices:
 
 
For continuously seeking to strip the workers of the right to collectively negotiate for better pay and safer working conditions:
 
 
For enabling industrialists to exploit labor throughout the world at the expense of the economic security, prosperity and domestic tranquility of the neighbors of those who directly benefit by the process:
 
 
For enabling their various judiciaries to imbue corporate authorities with greater rights and entitlements than the common people:
 
 
For undermining and neglecting the health, welfare and solidarity of humanity:
 
 
For ceaseless usurpation upon the rightful privacy and liberty of the people:
 
 
For the use of military force in preventing the freedom of the press:
 
 
For continuing the undemocratic determination of economic policies sought by their industrialist cohorts, despite the catastrophic failures their policies have produced and continue to produce:
 
 
For accepting the donation of large sums of money from the industrialist interests they are supposed to be regulating, while these parties continue reckless practices unabated with flagrant disregard to the damage rendered unto the health of the people and the environment:
 
 
For their continued efforts to block the development of alternate forms of energy to liberate the people from dependence on the burning of fossil fuels for energy:
 
 
For their continued efforts to block advances in healthcare and medical research which would serve the public interest:
 
 
For the purposeful engagement in conspiracies with their industrialist cohorts to cover up or conceal oil spills, accidents, faulty bookkeeping, and the inactive ingredients of consumable trade goods in pursuit of profit:
 
 
For purposefully keeping people misinformed and fearful through their divisive and manipulative control over most common media outlets:
 
 
For engaging in criminal conspiracies with their industrialist cohorts to issue and accept private contracts to murder prisoners even when presented with serious doubts about their guilt:
 
 
For perpetuating inequality and discrimination in the workplace, in their legislatures and in their judiciaries based on age, the color of one’s skin, sex, gender identity and sexual orientation:
 
 
For undermining the rightful liberty of women and promoting sexual iniquity throughout the world:
 
 
For plotting acts of intolerable usurpation against the whole of humanity to engage in a campaign of eugenics for the reduction of the human population:
 
 
For perpetuating imperialism and colonialism throughout the world:
 
 
For reaping benefit from slavery or iniquitable human exploitation and facilitating their industrialist cohorts to do the same in many lands still to this day:
 
 
For countless acts of genocide, mass-murder and unjustifiable aggression throughout history:
 
 
For engaging in conspiracies for the accomplishment of crime against peace:
 
 
For overseeing and participating in the torture and murder of innocent civilians throughout the world:
 
 
For their continued efforts to create and manufacture weapons of mass destruction in order to secure wealth:
 
 
For encouraging, promoting and facilitating the scourge of war:
 
 
For declaring the domiciles of unarmed noncombatants as open battlefields and free fire zones in their efforts to wage intolerable wars of aggression:
 
 
For planning, initiating and waging wars of aggression and other crimes against peace:
 
 
For the commission of countless war crimes and crimes against humanity:
 
 
For declaring every inch of this Earth as a battlefield and thus, pitching all of the people therein into another world war.
 
 
They have abdicated their government over the people, by declaring us out of their protection and waging war against us.
 
 
They have plundered and polluted our seas, ravaged our coasts, burned our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
 
 
They are at this time and across many lands transporting large armies of corporate mercenaries and established nationalist forces to complete the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of cruelty and perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the heads of civilized nations.
 
 
They have constrained our fellow people taken captive upon land and upon the high seas to bear arms against their neighbors or fellow countrymen, to bear false witness or to become the torturers and executioners of their friends and brethren, or to fall themselves by their hands.
 
 
They have excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and have endeavored to bring on the eager participants of their various campaigns of aggression, their merciless industrialist and technocratic mercenary forces, whose known rule of warfare, is undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions for the sake of personal profit and the satisfaction of infantile greed.
 
 
In every stage of these oppressions we have petitioned for redress in the most humble terms: our repeated petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. Any assembly of men, whose characters are thus marked by every act which may define a tyrant, are unfit to be the rulers of a free people.
 
 
Nor have we been wanting in attention to our nationalist brethren or their industrialist cohorts. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislatures to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our presence in this world and of our solidarity with one another. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our separation, and hold them, as we should hold any divisive institution foreign to the free association of the people it seeks to govern, enemies in war, in peace friends.
 
 
We, therefore, the people of the world, in General Assembly, having reached consensus, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the name, and by the authority of the good people of the Earth, solemnly publish and declare, that the people of all lands are, and of right ought to be free and independent of their bondage to the bodies of governance into which they have been born or subjected; that they are absolved from all allegiance to these nations, states, factions, parties and tribes, that all political connection established without consent between them and the authorities mentioned, is and ought to be totally dissolved; that the only rightful dominion over a body of humanity is one borne of their own free association; that the highest authority of government of right ought to be the true and equitable democratic assembly of all of the people; and that as a free and independent people, they have full power to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliances, establish commerce, occupy their native land of birth or that rightfully consented to them by their fellow people, and to do all other acts and things which independent people may of right do amongst the democratic consent of their fellow humans, all things which do not infringe upon the rightful liberty of another, and all things not prohibited within the confines of their own rule of law established through true and equitable democratic processes. For the support of this declaration, and with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our Sacred Honor.
 
 
STATEMENT OF PLAN AND INTENT FOR RECTIFICATION
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Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,
 
Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people,
 
Whereas it is essential, if humanity is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law,
 
Whereas it is essential to promote the development of friendly relations between people,
 
Whereas the people of the Global Occupation have in the Charter reaffirmed their faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person and in the equal rights of men and women and have determined to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom,
 
Whereas people have pledged themselves to achieve, in cooperation with the Global Occupation, the promotion of universal respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms,
 
Whereas a common understanding of these rights and freedoms is of the greatest importance for the full realization of this pledge,
 
Now, Therefore THE GLOBAL OCCUPATION GENERAL ASSEMBLY proclaims THIS UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS, as originally drafted in part by the General Assembly of the United Nations, as a common standard of achievement for all people, to the end that every individual and every organ of society, keeping this Declaration constantly in mind, shall strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms and by progressive measures, national and international, to secure their universal and effective recognition and observance, both among the peoples of members themselves and among the peoples of all territories and jurisdictions.
 
UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS
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Article 1.
 
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of comradery.
 
Article 2.
 
Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.
 
Article 3.
 
Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.
 
Article 4.
 
No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.
 
Article 5.
 
No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
 
Article 6.
 
Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law.
 
Article 7.
 
All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination.
 
Article 8.
 
Everyone has the right to an effective remedy by competent tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted them by the constitution or by law.
 
Article 9.
 
No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.
 
Article 10.
 
Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him.
 
Article 11.
 
(1) Everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at which they have had all the guarantees necessary for their defence.
 
(2) No one shall be held guilty of any penal offence on account of any act or omission which did not constitute a penal offence, under national or international law, at the time when it was committed. Nor shall a heavier penalty be imposed than the one that was applicable at the time the penal offence was committed.
 
Article 12.
 
No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with their privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.
 
Article 13.
 
(1) Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state.
 
(2) Everyone has the right to leave any country, including their own, and to return to their country.
 
Article 14.
 
(1) Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.
 
(2) This right may not be invoked in the case of prosecutions genuinely arising from non-political crimes or from acts contrary to the purposes and principles of the Global Occupation.
 
Article 15.
 
(1) Everyone has the right to a nationality, as well as to freely absolve themselves of it.
 
(2) No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of their nationality nor denied the right to change their nationality.
 
Article 16.
 
(1) Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution.
 
(2) Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses.
 
(3) The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.
 
Article 17.
 
(1) Everyone has the right to be secure in their property alone as well as in association with others.
 
(2) No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of their property.
 
Article 18.
 
Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change their religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.
 
Article 19.
 
Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.
 
Article 20.
 
(1) Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.
 
(2) No one may be compelled to belong to an association.
 
Article 21.
 
(1) Everyone has the right to take part in the government of their country, directly or through freely chosen representatives.
 
(2) Everyone has the right of equal access to public service in their country.
 
(3) The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret vote or by equivalent free voting procedures.
 
Article 22.
 
Everyone, as a member of society, has the right to social security and is entitled to realization, through national effort and international co-operation and in accordance with the organization and resources of each State, of the economic, social and cultural rights indispensable for their dignity and the free development of their personality.
 
Article 23.
 
(1) Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.
 
(2) Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work.
 
(3) Everyone who works has the right to just and favourable remuneration ensuring for themself and their family an existence worthy of human dignity, and supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection.
 
(4) Everyone has the right to form and to join industrial or trade unions for the protection of their interests.
 
Article 24.
 
Everyone has the right to rest and leisure, including reasonable limitation of working hours and periodic holidays with pay.
 
Article 25.
 
(1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of themself and of their family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond their control.
 
(2) Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.
 
Article 26.
 
(1) Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.
 
(2) Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all people, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the Global Occupation for the maintenance of peace.
 
(3) Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.
 
Article 27.
 
(1) Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.
 
(2) Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which they are the author.
 
Article 28.
 
Everyone is entitled to a social and international order in which the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration can be fully realized.
 
Article 29.
 
(1) Everyone has duties to the community in which alone the free and full development of their personality is possible.
 
(2) In the exercise of their rights and freedoms, everyone shall be subject only to such limitations as are determined by law solely for the purpose of securing due recognition and respect for the rights and freedoms of others and of meeting the just requirements of morality, public order and the general welfare in a democratic society.
 
(3) These rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the Global Occupation.
 
Article 30.
 
Nothing in this Declaration may be interpreted as implying for any State, group or person any right to engage in any activity or to perform any act aimed at the destruction of any of the rights and freedoms set forth herein.
 
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Prior the establishment of the camps in Canada, the economic system itself was the main focus that made people want to get involved. 
This statement from 'We Are The 99 Percent' was one of the most widely shared links among Occupiers leading up to the establishment of the camps: 
 
ALLOW US TO INTRODUCE OURSELVES
 
Who are we? Well, who are you? If you’re reading this, there’s a 99 percent chance that you’re one of us.
You’re someone who doesn’t know whether there’s going to be enough money to make this month’s rent. You’re someone who gets sick and toughs it out because you’ll never afford the hospital bills. You’re someone who’s trying to move a mountain of debt that never seems to get any smaller no matter how hard you try. You do all the things you’re supposed to do. You buy store brands. You get a second job. You take classes to improve your skills. But it’s not enough. It’s never enough. The anxiety, the frustration, the powerlessness is still there, hovering like a storm crow. Every month you make it is a victory, but a Pyrrhic one — once you’re over the hump, all you can do is think about the next one and how much harder it’s all going to be.
They say it’s because you’re lazy. They say it’s because you make poor choices. They say it’s because you’re spoiled. If you’d only apply yourself a little more, worked a little harder, planned a little better, things would go well for you. Why do you need more help? Haven’t they helped you enough? They say you have no one to blame but yourself. They say it’s all your fault.
They are the 1 percent. They are the banks, the mortgage industry, the insurance industry. They are the important ones. They need help and get bailed out and are praised as job creators. We need help and get nothing and are called entitled. We live in a society made for them, not for us. It’s their world, not ours. If we’re lucky, they’ll let us work in it so long as we don’t question the extent of their charity.
We are the 99 percent. We are everyone else. And we will no longer be silent. It’s time the 1 percent got to know us a little better. On Sept. 17, 2011, the 99 percent will converge on Wall Street to let the 1 percent know just how frustrated they are with living in a world made for someone else. Let us know why you’ll be there. Let us know how you are the 99 percent.
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