Official Statement of Purpose

Occupy Providence Statement of Purpose [approved by General Assembly, October 24, 2011]

Occupy Providence is a gathering of people who seek to exercise their right to freedom of speech and peaceful assembly, inspired by people’s occupations spreading rapidly across the globe. We occupy to demonstrate an alternative to the fundamental inequality and injustice of a system which places profit over people and oppression over liberation. We seek to give voice to the 99% — the majority of Americans, who have not been adequately represented in our flawed political process — by means of a truly democratic General Assembly. We believe in developing a society that is truly of, by and for the people. Our indefinite occupation is non-violent, non-destructive, non-discriminatory and harassment-free. Occupy Providence welcomes all people regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, ethnicity, age, level of ability, legal status, religious views or position on the political spectrum. We work towards organizing a movement capable of overcoming an unjust system and forming a new society within the shell of the old.

5 thoughts on “Official Statement of Purpose

  1. There is a celtic saying: If you are king; Druid, Warrior, or farmer you are equaly important to each other. The king to rule the country, Druid to teach and educate the people. The warroir to protect the lands. The farmer to provide the people with the food and materal to live by. We are just as important as the each other! We have forgotten this. If you don’t understand it ! Throus who forget the past are condemn to repeat it in the future!

  2. I have visited the emcampment during the day i have also tried to contact you folks regarding an serious issue overlooked VIA the email on your website. I have not heard back.

  3. I think this is a great statement – especially about forming a society inside the shell of the old one – metamorphosis! We have written a few articles that I think fit very well with this message: OWS is about more than making demands in the old system, it is about creating new ones too. Permaculture provides us with many of the tools needed! Please check out our articles on this page:
    Much Love, keep it up!

  4. Inequality of voice in the political process is a fundamental problem. The central issue is that we need change within the electoral process. I urge you to look at Instant Runoff Voting (it is described on the website of Specific policy changes – regardless of what they are – will not change the system. We need electoral reform. That is accomplished on a state by state basis – even for Federal Elections. INSTANT RUNOFF VOTING!!

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