Global Brainstorming on Human Rights

This is a call to join heads and discuss issues related to Human Rights: their importance, their relevance in the new assembly context, the need to update them or ways for ensuring they are respected. We encourage you all to participate in sharing ideas, experiences and proposals!

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[1] Collaborative document

Over the last weeks we have been calling for global assemblies to deal with different subjects we have in common. The one on Human Rights will be held on the 18th of November. It will take place on the platforms listed below. As a provisional space to express our ideas we have opened a pad write them down: titanpad.com/humanrights. We will try to get a wiki up soon. Please follow the guidelines for participation written inside, if not it could get really chaotic, thanks.

[2] WebChat at freenode

Web chat is a written chat, you can have it open and follow it from time to time. This chat is the same as using any IRC client on freenode.net

Join the meeting room here #HumanRights

To change the default name to yourname_yourcity please put the following in the chat line
/nick yourname_yourcity

Example: /nick Groucho_Toledo

To open a new room type the following phrase in the chat line

/join #humanrights-NameOfTheRoom

For example if you want to set up a channel to speak in Japanese

Example: /join #humanrights-jp

[3] Voice conference on Mumble

There will be several independent voice conferences in the next weeks on Mumble. We will post them on the site with the due details. To set the software up please follow the instructions at http://takethesquare.net/2011/10/04/mumble-setup-walkthrough/.

To connect use the following:

Label: Takethesquare (for example, it must be a name that gives you a clue to which server are you connecting to)
Server: tomalaplaza.net
Port: 64738
Username: We recommend you use a format such as: name_country or city or occupation. For example John_UK or London or LSX. This is aimed to make communication more fluid, however, it is completely up to you.

14 total comments on this postSubmit yours
  1. Is there a call scheduled for tomorrow #humanrights? Hay una llamada programada para manana de #humanrights?

  2. I would like to see Chapter meetings with experts such as Unions or Teachers or College students in specific fields come up with concrete actions, then move it along to have the head of each city’s chapters meet with each State/Provincial Chapter, to meet with National Chapters and perhaps once it moves up along the rungs of these organized public assemblies we could arrange to have an International sharing of agreed upon Human Rights and Freedoms the Global Occupy movements demand of the worlds governing bodies….. Then if this kind of organization were to happen, virtual or otherwise… something tells me the world would stand up and take notice. Every American has a voice on basic principals they want for their Nation…but I am sure there are Basic principals that we all could agree on for a standard for the world to begin implementing?

  3. The declaration should include animal rights in general, yes?

  4. I believe every city in the world has a large symbolic tree somewere in its central area that holds some symbolic value, or even is a source of natural beauty for the municipality. You know the big old tree in the park or downtown that people of the city know and can identify with. Why not gather the flash mobs to encircle the “sacred” tree while chanting for rights for all living beings. Occupy the trees. at the same time each city mob can highlight and glorify their natural municiple treasure as a way to include the “voice of the earth” into our movement.

  5. Including animal rights and “occupying the trees” are an easy way to lose grasp of what the occupy movement is trying to achieve. Though I do agree and support these views, we must not give the media more reason to call us “tree hugging hippies”. This movement is a focused one centered on human rights and taking our freedom back. Though I do share your sentiments on animal rights and the such, we must not stray from the original goals as to not lose support from the people who do not share those ideologies but still support the occupy movement.

  6. Good governance is the key to all rights…US government needs rehabilitation:

    1. Institute term limits thereby negating endemic ‘backroom’ cronyism.

    2. Promote candidates via the public service sector thereby negating media
    control of Congress.

    3. Prohibit political action committees thereby negating corporate control of
    Congress.

  7. This “free sharing” of ifonrmation seems too good to be true. Like communism.

  8. …remember the three parts of the puzzle:

    The ruling States that combined through insidious and precision planning to conquer this reality.

    1. Vatican – hidden knowledge bred the oppression
    2. London – seat of law, ownership and kept us ignorant
    3. DC – the US base of world military oppression.

    The light of truth is shining.
    Long may we love them to pieces…as we unite together. Well done World!

  9. Include animal and environmental/earth rights. Stop the machine.

  10. Could we unite for some action people? For example, collect names from people who want to act, for example taking money out from certain banks, boycott certain companies and their products etc.Collect emails, and when time has come, send email to all and start acting! This kind of masses would be so powerful if they were active!! I mean this has gone beyond just standing with banderolls on streets, which is of course important as well. We need real action, that’s what elite etc are really affraid of.

  11. I support the movement of global change peaceful , for trying stop the marriage between power and money for ever in all countries , because it made 99 percent of people in our world do not take what they deserve .

  12. Glad that I found this through today’s 12/10/2011 Day of Action
    If someone in the know reads this please reply and let me know where I can find the wrap up on this November 18th Meeting no past…
    Peace Love and Light

  13. We, as Human Beings, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual preferences or orientation—all comprise this one living organism we call planet Earth. As such, our single overriding purpose, for the sake of all life on this planet, now and in the future, is best expressed as a Grand Imperative—“ABOLISH EMPIRE AND ESTABLISH EARTH COMMUNITY!” This is our ultimate goal—THE ONE GLOBAL DEMAND. It succinctly synthesizes what we are against and what we are for in one short, uncomplicated yet all-encompassing sentence. “Look still further upstream beyond Wall Street—even beyond the money-is-wealth illusion—and we find the yet bigger picture—a five-thousand-year history of rule and expropriation by rulers intent on securing their privilege and pampering their egos by any means,” this according to David C. Korten in his book AGENDA FOR A NEW ECONOMY: From Phantom Wealth To Real Wealth. He elaborates: “In an earlier time, rulers were kings and emperors. Now they are corporate CEOs and hedge fund managers. Wall Street is Empire’s most recent stage, and hopefully the last in this tragic drama. Five thousand years is enough. This is an epic moment. We now have the imperative and the means as a nation and a species to end the era of Empire and liberate ourselves from a needless tragedy.”1

    In the grand narrative of human history, October 15, 2011, will mark the millennial moment of epic convergence as the “Occupy Wall Street” movement that began on September 17, by 2,000 people and 150 youths camped out at “Liberty Plaza,” officially went global as 1,500 cities in over 82 countries from around the world continued to expand a cultural and spiritual awakening indicative of the outrage approaching a tipping point. According to the United For #Global Change, “people from all over the world will take to the streets and squares. From America to Asia, from Africa to Europe, people are rising up to claim their rights and demand a true democracy. Now it is time for all of us to join in a global nonviolent protest. The ruling powers work for the benefit of just a few, ignoring the will of the vast majority and the human and environmental price we all have to pay. This intolerable situation must end. United in one voice, we will let politicians, and the financial elites they serve, know it is up to us, the people, to decide our future. We are not goods in the hands of politicians and bankers who do not represent us. On October 15th, we will meet on the streets to initiate the global change we want. We will peacefully demonstrate, talk and organize until we make it happen. It’s time for us to unite. It’s time for them to listen. People of the world, rise up….” 2

    THE FIRST ORDER

    On October 15, 2011 the global power elites took notice. However, to date, the Occupy Movement has retreated from Adbusters’ initial rallying call to come up with one simple demand. A lot of legitimate reasons for this were given but basically it comes down to one: it has become increasingly clear that every aspect of the system is problematic and that all the problems are interrelated; therefore, no single demand, (it is mistakenly thought) could encapsulate the enormity of the crisis at hand. But as I have suggested on behalf of the 99% within S3K, it is possible. We understood that the first order of business was to identify the true source of our social problems so that our future demands, plans, goals, objectives and tactics are to be strategically directed at the appropriate targets that yield the maximum impact with the greatest number of people. This was how The Grand Imperative—ABOLISH EMPIRE & ESTABLISH EARTH COMMUNITY—was developed as the suggested one global demand for the October 15 worldwide occupations. It accurately aims at the root cause of our current condition, rather than proposing symptoms-oriented-solutions. “The source of most of the economic, social, and environmental pathologies of our time—including sexism, racism, economic injustice, violence, and environmental destruction—originate upstream in institutions that grant unaccountable power and privilege to the few and assign the majority to lives of hardship and desperation,” this according to David C. Korten’s book, The Great Turning: From Empire To Earth Community. The origins of such pathological pursuits of money and power is the CULTURE of Empire, in other words, the dominant society’s mode of thought and way of life, which consist of the worldview, values and lifestyle of western industrial civilization predicated on infinite economic growth, monopoly capitalism, extreme competition, excessive individualism, survival of the fittest, materialism, exploitation, hierarchy, violence, and the imperial pursuits of domination by the power elite and wealthy ruling class through global financial institutions like the WTO, IMF and World Bank led by the Bilderberg Group, Trilateral Commission, Council On Foreign Relations and the Federal Reserve. They accomplish this through financial weapons of mass destruction, enslaving nations and individuals with debt by utilizing central banking, fiat currency, fractional reserve financing and compound interest within the monetary-market system. Although elite factions might engage in ruthless competition with one another, they generally aligned in common cause to secure the continuity of the institutions of their collective privilege, often using intermarriage as a mechanism of alliance building. If many of the patterns associated with ancient kings, pharaohs, and emperors seem strangely familiar to our own time of the democratic ideal, it is because…the dominator cultures and institutions of Empire simply morphed into new forms in the face of the democratic chal-lenge—[today in the form of] a “constitutional plutocracy with an agenda of imperial expansion.” 3

    According to John Perkins, The Secret History of American Empire, the United States exhibits all the characteristics of Empire, which he defines as a “nation-state that dominates other nation-states and exhibits one or more the following seven traits:

    1. Consumes large quantities of resources; amounts that are disproportionate for the size of its population relative to those of other nations. (The United States represents less than 5% of the global population yet it consumes more than 25% of the world’s resources.)

    2.Exploits resources from the lands it dominates. (The United States is able to consume disproportionally more resources to a large degree through the exploitation of the developing world by way of “Free-Trade” agreements, outsourcing jobs to third world countries for cheap labor and global financial institutions like the WTO, IMF and the World Bank.)

    3. Maintains a large military that enforces its policies when more subtle measures fail. (The United States maintains the largest and the most sophisticated military in the world. Although this empire has primarily been built through financial means (like the use of Economic Hit Men), world leaders understand that whenever other measures fail the military will step in as it did in Iraq.)

    4. Spreads its language, literature, art and various aspects of its culture throughout its sphere of influence. (The English language and American culture dominate the world.)

    5. Taxes not just its own citizens but also people in other countries. (Although the United States does not tax countries directly, the Corporatocracy does impose a subtle indirect global tax due to inflation and the dollar as the standard currency for global commerce.)

    6. Imposes its own currency on the lands under its control. (Although the US dollar has not replaced other monies in local markets it is the world reserve currency. Initially through the gold standard after World War II then as the petro-dollar on August 15, 1971, when the Nixon Administration dropped the gold standard altogether due the French demand to redeem their dollars for gold. Washington scrambled to convince the world to continue accepting the dollar as standard currency. Under the Saudi Arabian Money Laundering Affair (SAMA), which John Perkins help engineered in the early 1970s, the royal House of Saud committed to selling oil for U.S. dollars. Because the Saudis controlled the petroleum market the rest of the Organization of Petroleum Export Countries (OPEC) was forced to comply. As long as oil reigned as the supreme resource the dollar’s domination as the world reserve currency was assured and the indirect tax would ensue.)

    7. Ruled by an emperor or king, who has control over the government, the media and is not elected by the people, is not subject to their will and whose term is not limited by law. (The appearance that we live in a democracy is illusionary. The U.S. is ruled by a group of people who collectively act very much like a king. They run our very large corporations and through them our government. They cycle through the revolving door, back and forth between business and government. Because they fund political campaigns and the media, they control elected officials and the information we receive. These men and women, the Corporatocracy [corporate consolidation of power and wealth], are in charge regardless of whether Republicans or Democrats control the White House or Congress. They are not subject to the people’s will and their terms are not limited by law.)

    This modern empire has been built surreptitiously, most of its own citizens are not aware of its own existence, however, those exploited by it are and many suffer from extreme poverty. On average twenty-four thousand people die of hunger and hunger-related diseases every day. More than half the planet’s population lives on less than two dollars a day—often not enough to provide the basic amenities, and about the same in real terms as they received thirty years ago. For us to live comfortable lives, millions must pay a very high price. While we have become aware of the environmental damage engendered by our consumptive lifestyles, the majority of us are either oblivious to or in denial of the costs in human suffering. Our children, however, will have no choice but to take responsibility for the imbalances we have created.

    In the process of building this empire, we in the United States have managed to dis-card our most fundamental beliefs, those that in the past defined the very essence of what it is to be an American. We have denied ourselves and those we colonize the rights so eloquently expressed by our Declaration of Independence. We have forfeited the principles of universal equality, justice, and prosperity.

    History teaches that empires do not endure; they collapse or are overthrown. Wars ensue and another empire fills the vacuum. The past sends a compelling message. We must change. We cannot afford to allow history to repeat itself. The power base of the corporatocracy is its corporations. They define our world. When we look at a globe we see the outlines of slightly less than two hundred countries. Many of the boundaries were established by colonial powers and most of these countries have minimal impact on their neighbors. From a geopolitical viewpoint this model is archaic; the reality of our modern world might better be represented by huge clouds that encircle the planet, each symbolizing a multinational corporation. These powerful entities impact every single country. Their tentacles reach into the deepest rainforests and to the most remote deserts.

    The corporatocracy makes a show of promoting democracy and transparency among the nations of the world, yet its corporations are imperialistic dictatorships where a very few make all the decisions and reap most of the profits. In our electoral process—the very heart of our democracy—most of us get to vote only for candidates whose campaign chests are full; therefore, we must select from among those who are beholden to the corporations and the men who own them. Contrary to our ideals, this empire is built on foundations of greed, secrecy, and excessive materialism.

    All of this comprise the stratified social system of oppression that we live under as wage slaves indentured to debt but disguised as the free-market, while falsely believing we live in a democracy when our politicians are bought and sold to the highest bidder in the legalize system of bribery, otherwise known as lobbying.
    Where does that leave us? December 10, 2011 will mark the next global phase of the Occupy Movement as “people all around the world will stand up together to demand the rights we were promised in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, signed and approved by most of the world’s governments and the basis for many of our constitutions,” this according to “#10D International Day of Action for #GlobalChange” website.

    “The struggle for our rights as human beings underlies everything we have demanded in every square and every demonstration in this historic year of global change. From East to West, North to South: on the 10th of December we will take to the streets and squares together to demand the fundamental principles that were promised and are inherent to Human Beings.” We, the Cognitive Work Group of Occupy Cortland would like to propose the incorporation of the “Earth Charter,” as supplemental to the “Universal Declaration of Human Rights.”

  14. We, as Human Beings, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual preferences or orientation—all comprise this one living organism we call planet Earth. As such, our single overriding purpose, for the sake of all life on this planet, now and in the future, is best expressed as a Grand Imperative—“ABOLISH EMPIRE AND ESTABLISH EARTH COMMUNITY!” This is our ultimate goal—THE ONE GLOBAL DEMAND. It succinctly synthesizes what we are against and what we are for in one short, uncomplicated yet all-encompassing sentence. “Look still further upstream beyond Wall Street—even beyond the money-is-wealth illusion—and we find the yet bigger picture—a five-thousand-year history of rule and expropriation by rulers intent on securing their privilege and pampering their egos by any means,” this according to David C. Korten in his book AGENDA FOR A NEW ECONOMY: From Phantom Wealth To Real Wealth. He elaborates: “In an earlier time, rulers were kings and emperors. Now they are corporate CEOs and hedge fund managers. Wall Street is Empire’s most recent stage, and hopefully the last in this tragic drama. Five thousand years is enough. This is an epic moment. We now have the imperative and the means as a nation and a species to end the era of Empire and liberate ourselves from a needless tragedy.”1

    In the grand narrative of human history, October 15, 2011, will mark the millennial moment of epic convergence as the “Occupy Wall Street” movement that began on September 17, by 2,000 people and 150 youths camped out at “Liberty Plaza,” officially went global as 1,500 cities in over 82 countries from around the world continued to expand a cultural and spiritual awakening indicative of the outrage approaching a tipping point. According to the United For #Global Change, “people from all over the world will take to the streets and squares. From America to Asia, from Africa to Europe, people are rising up to claim their rights and demand a true democracy. Now it is time for all of us to join in a global nonviolent protest. The ruling powers work for the benefit of just a few, ignoring the will of the vast majority and the human and environmental price we all have to pay. This intolerable situation must end. United in one voice, we will let politicians, and the financial elites they serve, know it is up to us, the people, to decide our future. We are not goods in the hands of politicians and bankers who do not represent us. On October 15th, we will meet on the streets to initiate the global change we want. We will peacefully demonstrate, talk and organize until we make it happen. It’s time for us to unite. It’s time for them to listen. People of the world, rise up….” 2

    THE FIRST ORDER

    On October 15, 2011 the global power elites took notice. However, to date, the Occupy Movement has retreated from Adbusters’ initial rallying call to come up with one simple demand. A lot of legitimate reasons for this were given but basically it comes down to one: it has become increasingly clear that every aspect of the system is problematic and that all the problems are interrelated; therefore, no single demand, (it is mistakenly thought) could encapsulate the enormity of the crisis at hand. But as I have suggested on behalf of the 99% within S3K, it is possible. We understood that the first order of business was to identify the true source of our social problems so that our future demands, plans, goals, objectives and tactics are to be strategically directed at the appropriate targets that yield the maximum impact with the greatest number of people. This was how The Grand Imperative—ABOLISH EMPIRE & ESTABLISH EARTH COMMUNITY—was developed as the suggested one global demand for the October 15 worldwide occupations. It accurately aims at the root cause of our current condition, rather than proposing symptoms-oriented-solutions. “The source of most of the economic, social, and environmental pathologies of our time—including sexism, racism, economic injustice, violence, and environmental destruction—originate upstream in institutions that grant unaccountable power and privilege to the few and assign the majority to lives of hardship and desperation,” this according to David C. Korten’s book, The Great Turning: From Empire To Earth Community. The origins of such pathological pursuits of money and power is the CULTURE of Empire, in other words, the dominant society’s mode of thought and way of life, which consist of the worldview, values and lifestyle of western industrial civilization predicated on infinite economic growth, monopoly capitalism, extreme competition, excessive individualism, survival of the fittest, materialism, exploitation, hierarchy, violence, and the imperial pursuits of domination by the power elite and wealthy ruling class through global financial institutions like the WTO, IMF and World Bank led by the Bilderberg Group, Trilateral Commission, Council On Foreign Relations and the Federal Reserve. They accomplish this through financial weapons of mass destruction, enslaving nations and individuals with debt by utilizing central banking, fiat currency, fractional reserve financing and compound interest within the monetary-market system. Although elite factions might engage in ruthless competition with one another, they generally aligned in common cause to secure the continuity of the institutions of their collective privilege, often using intermarriage as a mechanism of alliance building. If many of the patterns associated with ancient kings, pharaohs, and emperors seem strangely familiar to our own time of the democratic ideal, it is because…the dominator cultures and institutions of Empire simply morphed into new forms in the face of the democratic challenge—[today in the form of] a “constitutional plutocracy with an agenda of imperial expansion.” 3

    According to John Perkins, The Secret History of American Empire, the United States exhibits all the characteristics of Empire, which he defines as a “nation-state that dominates other nation-states and exhibits one or more the following seven traits:

    1. Consumes large quantities of resources; amounts that are disproportionate for the size of its population relative to those of other nations. (The United States represents less than 5% of the global population yet it consumes more than 25% of the world’s resources.)

    2. Exploits resources from the lands it dominates. (The United States is able to consume disproportionally more resources to a large degree through the exploitation of the developing world by way of “Free-Trade” agreements, outsourcing jobs to third world countries for cheap labor and global financial institutions like the WTO, IMF and the World Bank.)

    3. Maintains a large military that enforces its policies when more subtle measures fail. (The United States maintains the largest and the most sophisticated military in the world. Although this empire has primarily been built through financial means (like the use of Economic Hit Men), world leaders understand that whenever other measures fail the military will step in as it did in Iraq.)

    4. Spreads its language, literature, art and various aspects of its culture throughout its sphere of influence. (The English language and American culture dominate the world.)

    5. Taxes not just its own citizens but also people in other countries. (Although the United States does not tax countries directly, the Corporatocracy does impose a subtle indirect global tax due to inflation and the dollar as the standard currency for global commerce.)

    6. Imposes its own currency on the lands under its control. (Although the US dollar has not replaced other monies in local markets it is the world reserve currency. Initially through the gold standard after World War II then as the petro-dollar on August 15, 1971, when the Nixon Administration dropped the gold standard altogether due the French demand to redeem their dollars for gold. Washington scrambled to convince the world to continue accepting the dollar as standard currency. Under the Saudi Arabian Money Laundering Affair (SAMA), which John Perkins help engineered in the early 1970s, the royal House of Saud committed to selling oil for U.S. dollars. Because the Saudis controlled the petroleum market the rest of the Organization of Petroleum Export Countries (OPEC) was forced to comply. As long as oil reigned as the supreme resource the dollar’s domination as the world reserve currency was assured and the indirect tax would ensue.)

    7. Ruled by an emperor or king, who has control over the government, the media and is not elected by the people, is not subject to their will and whose term is not limited by law. (The appearance that we live in a democracy is illusionary. The U.S. is ruled by a group of people who collectively act very much like a king. They run our very large corporations and through them our government. They cycle through the revolving door, back and forth between business and government. Because they fund political campaigns and the media, they control elected officials and the information we receive. These men and women, the Corporatocracy [corporate consolidation of power and wealth], are in charge regardless of whether Republicans or Democrats control the White House or Congress. They are not subject to the people’s will and their terms are not limited by law.)

    This modern empire has been built surreptitiously, most of its own citizens are not aware of its own existence, however, those exploited by it are and many suffer from extreme poverty. On average twenty-four thousand people die of hunger and hunger-related diseases every day. More than half the planet’s population lives on less than two dollars a day—often not enough to provide the basic amenities, and about the same in real terms as they received thirty years ago. For us to live comfortable lives, millions must pay a very high price. While we have become aware of the environmental damage engendered by our consumptive lifestyles, the majority of us are either oblivious to or in denial of the costs in human suffering. Our children, however, will have no choice but to take responsibility for the imbalances we have created.

    In the process of building this empire, we in the United States have managed to discard our most fundamental beliefs, those that in the past defined the very essence of what it is to be an American. We have denied ourselves and those we colonize the rights so eloquently expressed by our Declaration of Independence. We have forfeited the principles of universal equality, justice, and prosperity.

    History teaches that empires do not endure; they collapse or are overthrown. Wars ensue and another empire fills the vacuum. The past sends a compelling message. We must change. We cannot afford to allow history to repeat itself. The power base of the corporatocracy is its corporations. They define our world. When we look at a globe we see the outlines of slightly less than two hundred countries. Many of the boundaries were established by colonial powers and most of these countries have minimal impact on their neighbors. From a geopolitical viewpoint this model is archaic; the reality of our modern world might better be represented by huge clouds that encircle the planet, each symbolizing a multinational corporation. These powerful entities impact every single country. Their tentacles reach into the deepest rainforests and to the most remote deserts.

    The corporatocracy makes a show of promoting democracy and transparency among the nations of the world, yet its corporations are imperialistic dictatorships where a very few make all the decisions and reap most of the profits. In our electoral process—the very heart of our democracy—most of us get to vote only for candidates whose campaign chests are full; therefore, we must select from among those who are beholden to the corporations and the men who own them. Contrary to our ideals, this empire is built on foundations of greed, secrecy, and excessive materialism.

    All of this comprise the stratified social system of oppression that we live under as wage slaves indentured to debt but disguised as the free-market, while falsely believing we live in a democracy when our politicians are bought and sold to the highest bidder in the legalize system of bribery, otherwise known as lobbying.
    Where does that leave us? December 10, 2011 will mark the next global phase of the Occupy Movement as “people all around the world will stand up together to demand the rights we were promised in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, signed and approved by most of the world’s governments and the basis for many of our constitutions,” this according to “#10D International Day of Action for #GlobalChange” website.

    “The struggle for our rights as human beings underlies everything we have demanded in every square and every demonstration in this historic year of global change. From East to West, North to South: on the 10th of December we will take to the streets and squares together to demand the fundamental principles that were promised and are inherent to Human Beings.” We, the Cognitive Work Group of Occupy Cortland would like to propose the incorporation of the “Earth Charter,” as supplemental to the “Universal Declaration of Human Rights.”

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