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Where Does Occupy Wall Street Go From Here? ...a proposal from Michael Moore

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Michael Moore

Tuesday, November 22, 2011 3:45 PM

Friends,

This past weekend I participated in a four-hour meeting of Occupy Wall Street activists whose job it is to come up with the vision and goals of the movement. It was attended by 40+ people and the discussion was both inspiring and invigorating. Here is what we ended up proposing as the movement's "vision statement" to the General Assembly of Occupy Wall Street:

We Envision: [1] a truly free, democratic, and just society; [2] where we, the people, come together and solve our problems by consensus; [3] where people are encouraged to take personal and collective responsibility and participate in decision making; [4] where we learn to live in harmony and embrace principles of toleration and respect for diversity and the differing views of others; [5] where we secure the civil and human rights of all from violation by tyrannical forces and unjust governments; [6] where political and economic institutions work to benefit all, not just the privileged few; [7] where we provide full and free education to everyone, not merely to get jobs but to grow and flourish as human beings; [8] where we value human needs over monetary gain, to ensure decent standards of living without which effective democracy is impossible; [9] where we work together to protect the global environment to ensure that future generations will have safe and clean air, water and food supplies, and will be able to enjoy the beauty and bounty of nature that past generations have enjoyed.

The next step will be to develop a specific list of goals and demands. As one of the millions of people who are participating in the Occupy Wall Street movement, I would like to respectfully offer my suggestions of what we can all get behind now to wrestle the control of our country out of the hands of the 1% and place it squarely with the 99% majority.

Here is what I will propose to the General Assembly of Occupy Wall Street:

10 Things We Want
A Proposal for Occupy Wall Street
Submitted by Michael Moore

1. Eradicate the Bush tax cuts for the rich and institute new taxes on the wealthiest Americans and on corporations, including a tax on all trading on Wall Street (where they currently pay 0%).

2. Assess a penalty tax on any corporation that moves American jobs to other countries when that company is already making profits in America. Our jobs are the most important national treasure and they cannot be removed from the country simply because someone wants to make more money.

3. Require that all Americans pay the same Social Security tax on all of their earnings (normally, the middle class pays about 6% of their income to Social Security; someone making $1 million a year pays about 0.6% (or 90% less than the average person). This law would simply make the rich pay what everyone else pays.

4. Reinstate the Glass-Steagall Act, placing serious regulations on how business is conducted by Wall Street and the banks.

5. Investigate the Crash of 2008, and bring to justice those who committed any crimes.

6. Reorder our nation's spending priorities (including the ending of all foreign wars and their cost of over $2 billion a week). This will re-open libraries, reinstate band and art and civics classes in our schools, fix our roads and bridges and infrastructure, wire the entire country for 21st century internet, and support scientific research that improves our lives.

7. Join the rest of the free world and create a single-payer, free and universal health care system that covers all Americans all of the time.

8. Immediately reduce carbon emissions that are destroying the planet and discover ways to live without the oil that will be depleted and gone by the end of this century.

9. Require corporations with more than 10,000 employees to restructure their board of directors so that 50% of its members are elected by the company's workers. We can never have a real democracy as long as most people have no say in what happens at the place they spend most of their time: their job. (For any U.S. businesspeople freaking out at this idea because you think workers can't run a successful company: Germany has a law like this and it has helped to make Germany the world's leading manufacturing exporter.)

10. We, the people, must pass three constitutional amendments that will go a long way toward fixing the core problems we now have. These include:

a) A constitutional amendment that fixes our broken electoral system by 1) completely removing campaign contributions from the political process; 2) requiring all elections to be publicly financed; 3) moving election day to the weekend to increase voter turnout; 4) making all Americans registered voters at the moment of their birth; 5) banning computerized voting and requiring that all elections take place on paper ballots.

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Michael Francis Moore (born April 23, 1954) is an American film director, author, and social commentator. He is widely known for his outspoken, critical views on globalization, large corporations, gun violence, the Iraq War, and the George W. Bush administration. (more...)
 
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Michael's on the right track!  Occupy movemen... by Scott Baker on Wednesday, Nov 23, 2011 at 3:29:19 AM
with just a bit of a quibble over the language use... by John Sanchez Jr. on Wednesday, Nov 23, 2011 at 7:12:13 AM
What a beautiful statement of everything god about... by Joanne Boyer on Wednesday, Nov 23, 2011 at 8:21:07 AM
HR 2990 IS CRITICAL TO CHANGE we are trying achiev... by Thomas Brown on Wednesday, Nov 23, 2011 at 9:42:52 AM
I find myself agreeing with a lot that Michael Moo... by Steven G. Erickson on Wednesday, Nov 23, 2011 at 9:49:24 AM
all of these things are exactly what the doctor or... by Michael Shaw on Wednesday, Nov 23, 2011 at 11:11:38 AM
  I would caution against subjective issu... by Paul Repstock on Wednesday, Nov 23, 2011 at 3:28:48 PM
I'd like the law allowing corporations to patent l... by Adam Graham on Wednesday, Nov 23, 2011 at 7:18:22 PM
The national debt of the United States to the Fed ... by Lance Ciepiela on Wednesday, Nov 23, 2011 at 7:41:40 PM
We need to focus our message to point out why most... by E. J. N. on Wednesday, Nov 23, 2011 at 8:04:41 PM
How did the financiers gain control over the world... by R A Bows on Wednesday, Nov 23, 2011 at 9:05:56 PM
I think MM's proposals should make a good campaign... by Frederik Lips on Wednesday, Nov 23, 2011 at 9:33:45 PM
There is a movement to Amend the Constitution by s... by Mari Eliza on Thursday, Nov 24, 2011 at 1:09:55 AM
OWS is going to be what the people make it. I hop... by Michael Dewey on Thursday, Nov 24, 2011 at 3:35:21 AM
I'd comment if the author, in this case M.M., had ... by Gentry L Rowsey on Thursday, Nov 24, 2011 at 7:15:55 AM
You have to wonder just who is writing this s... by Ray O. Sunshine on Thursday, Nov 24, 2011 at 8:52:59 AM
...this proposal is great in it's idealism and imm... by Gustav Wynn on Thursday, Nov 24, 2011 at 9:01:52 AM
Reduce the list to the possible.  1,3 & 4... by jeremy Lansman on Thursday, Nov 24, 2011 at 9:33:39 AM
To Michael Moore in response:  Dear Michael M... by S. Juniper on Thursday, Nov 24, 2011 at 9:46:39 AM
There is a long laundry list of stuff we know abou... by jeremy Lansman on Thursday, Nov 24, 2011 at 10:29:36 AM
In order to get these 10 proposals done we first n... by greg timmons on Thursday, Nov 24, 2011 at 10:21:11 AM
DEBT FORGIVENESS ON ALL STUDENT LOANS - NOW!... by Linda Laurin on Thursday, Nov 24, 2011 at 12:12:50 PM
Mr Michael  Moore,   You lied to us ab... by aberamsay on Thursday, Nov 24, 2011 at 5:53:32 PM
It's going to take a lot more radical changes than... by Vernon Huffman on Thursday, Nov 24, 2011 at 10:00:55 PM
agenda and if it does not include everything every... by Michael Shaw on Friday, Nov 25, 2011 at 2:18:50 AM
Every liberal has his or her own set of pet causes... by AAA AAA on Friday, Nov 25, 2011 at 3:53:49 AM
and don't forget that some of these people promoti... by Michael Shaw on Friday, Nov 25, 2011 at 1:17:21 PM
...the entourage had nothing to do with the crime ... by aberamsay on Friday, Nov 25, 2011 at 7:23:52 AM
all of it and much of what you are talking about i... by Michael Shaw on Friday, Nov 25, 2011 at 1:53:31 PM
Mr Michael Shaw,I do not specutale and am not a th... by aberamsay on Friday, Nov 25, 2011 at 4:14:27 PM
Also like any documentary filmmaker, Moore depends... by Michael Shaw on Friday, Nov 25, 2011 at 11:52:10 PM
Moving elections to the weekend merely makes it ha... by Jill Herendeen on Friday, Nov 25, 2011 at 1:38:52 PM
Dear Michael;   I have contacted you beca... by christopher diamant on Friday, Nov 25, 2011 at 2:01:52 PM
To exactly which version of the Bible do you refer... by AAA AAA on Friday, Nov 25, 2011 at 6:26:11 PM
Chrstopher Diamont signs his letter, saying, "In l... by E. J. N. on Friday, Nov 25, 2011 at 8:12:37 PM
I like what we have here.I would like like to prop... by Kevin Cody on Friday, Nov 25, 2011 at 8:47:18 PM
The Washington Post says OWS is dead! What do you ... by Michael Shaw on Friday, Nov 25, 2011 at 11:10:43 PM
I couldn't agree more with the Vision Statement, w... by Rommey on Saturday, Nov 26, 2011 at 8:51:06 AM