YOU ARE THE 99%...You are the overwhelming majority of the people in this country.
-The people working long hours for little pay.
-The people who go with out more and more, year after year.
-The people who cannot afford to compete with the wall of money blockading the entry ways to our democracy.
The top 1% owns 42% of American Wealth. More than the bottom 95% combined.
You have fought all the wars. You have worked for all the bosses. Have you harvested the fruits of your labors, the price of your victories? Does the past comfort you? Does the present smile on you? Does the future promise you anything? Together we can work to reclaim our future, to rebuild our country and live up to our greatest ideals.
YOU ARE THE 99%. WE ARE THE 99%. OCCUPY.
We are the 99%, and we have occupied our own cities and towns all across the world! The Occupy the Midwest initiative seeks to take us beyond that. We seek to create new spaces to share information, resources, ideas, and express our solidarity together across the region. We want to give the people a resource to connect with others occupying space in a broader area.
Join us on August 23rd-26th for a Midwest regional conference in Detroit, MI.
Occupy The Midwest Principles
During the last Occupy The Midwest Conference in St. Louis, the General Assembly adopted the "Chicago Principles" as the "Occupy The Midwest Principles" which are as follows:
"Our solidarity will be based on respect for a political diversity within the struggle for social, economic and environmental justice. As individuals and groups, we may choose to engage in a diversity of tactics and plans of action but are committed to treating each other with respect and working towards a common goal of peace and justice.
As we plan our actions and tactics, we will take care to maintain appropriate separations of time and space between divergent tactics.
We oppose any state repression of dissent, including surveillance, infiltration, disruption, limiting our action to “free speech zones,” and violence, or attempts to divide our movement through the conscious creation of divisions regarding tactics, organization, strategies, and alliances.
Any debates or criticisms will stay internal to the movement, avoiding any public or media denunciations of fellow activists and events."