Occupy Muskegon Declaration
This declaration was created to outline some of the demands of the muskegon occupation.
This draft is not final and WILL change as time goes by and wording is solidified.
It is posted simply to help explain our missions here in muskegon. This should be
considered a working draft.
Declaration of the Occupiers of Muskegon, MI
We the people, citizens and inhabitants of the United States in the State of Michigan,
in solidarity with the global Occupation Movement, have come together to assert
nonviolently our indignation and defiance in the face of manifest dangers threatening
our democracy, our homes, our freedoms, and our fundamental values. By common consent,
we assert the following principles:
We condemn the use of violence and intimidation against all peoples exercising their
rights of free speech and peaceable assembly.
We demand that no State of Emergency be used to deny or abridge our Constitutional
and human rights and demand that all emergency measures, published or secret, that
infringe upon these rights be terminated.
We condemn the misuse of national security and secrecy legislation to conceal fraud,
waste, corruption, incompetence, and malfeasance at home and abroad.
We condemn the use of undeclared and recurring wars as an instrument of national
We condemn the outrageously irresponsible [and criminal] actions by officers of
banks and financial institutions that have brought this country to the brink of
ruin, inflicting untold damage on millions of our citizens while unjustly enriching
the perpetrators. We demand full investigations of these actions and vigorous prosecutions
to bring corporate scofflaws to justice.
We demand the restoration and enforcement of antitrust laws to reverse the dangerous
growth of certain banks and institutions that, by reason of their size, have achieved
an unfair competitive advantage in restraint of free trade. We assert that no bank,
financial institution or insurance company can be allowed to become “too big to
We condemn the brazen and systematic use of fraudulent documentation in effecting
We observe that the outrageous and irresponsible conduct of our banks and financial
institutions has been aided and abetted by the Federal Reserve and regulatory agencies,
endangering the security of our nation, and demand that this be stopped immediately.
We call for sweeping reforms in the financing of political campaigns and condemn
the ability of corporations and the very wealthy to buy our elections and elected
officials through unlimited monetary contributions and secretive lobbying.
We demand that a living wage be made the norm for all employees and condemn the
exploitation of workers anywhere.
We call for a truly equitable restructuring and simplification of our tax laws.
We demand that government surveillance of the Internet and of libraries be curbed,
and that freedom of inquiry be assured.
We call for government action to render unprofitable the exportation of American
We demand the breakup of media monopolies and the restoration of a truly free and
independent press, with full and equal protection[s] for all journalists in all
We demand that the rights of employees to bargain collectively be guaranteed.
We hold that access to health care is a basic human right without which no one can
enjoy life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and demand that effective action
be taken to make it affordable to all citizens regardless of their economic status.
We reassert all human and civil rights enumerated in the Declaration of Independence,
the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and
all other [customary] rights retained by the people. We maintain that corporations
are not human beings. As mere human constructions and creatures of law, they must
be firmly regulated.
We demand the restoration of true democracy and the rule of law, the assurance of
liberty and justice for all, and the absolute right of the people to hold referenda
on laws passed by our elected officials.
We demand that the environment be protected from unsound practices that desecrate
and destroy our air, forests, waters, and wildlife, sacrificing the health, safety,
and welfare of all the Earth's species, including our own.