Organizers discuss plans for the first GA during the second part of an early meeting, which began at Kudu Coffee and moved to Marion Square. About ~30 people in attendance total. Taken October 4 2011 by William J Hamilton.
This our official resolution, approved at GA. We are using this formal resolution as a foundation for our literature that will be worded in a variety of more accessible ways. Our pamphlets, flyers, and brochures will be available for download in PDF format soon.
#OccupyCharleston ACE Plan: Accountability, Corruption, and Equitability
We the people of Occupy Charleston, SC in an effort to sustain the vision of our Founding Fathers, of a Nation governed by the People and for the People, do hereby petition the government for a redress of the following:
Whereas, no criminal convictions have been imposed on Board members and Executives of Goldman Sachs, Bank of America and other Wall Street companies who hedge funds against their own products and profited from the recent recession, and
Whereas, these same Wall Street companies benefited from American taxpayer funds to be bailed out, continue to hoard cash and continue to maximize record profits from the overworked and indentured middle class, and
Whereas, no criminal convictions have been imposed on Executives and those responsible for the British Petroleum disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, and
Whereas, corporations are not held criminally liable by the United States federal government for human rights violations in foreign or domestic places, and
Whereas, the Federal Reserve lacks adequate supervision, and belongs in the public realm with congressional oversight and
Whereas, corporate board members continue to use the corporate veil to avoid being criminally liable for their companies’ impacts on people, places and our planet;
Whereas, Citizens United v. FEC legitimized corporations’ unlimited funding of political campaigns, and
Whereas, it is impossible for individuals to compete with billion dollar corporations for influence over our political leaders, and
Whereas, the companies and industries regulated by the federal government regularly recruit government regulators with large salaries creating a lack of genuineness in crafting and complying with reasonable regulations, and
Whereas, a corporation cannot vote as an individual but may contribute unlimited amounts of money to political campaigns;
Whereas, the number of Americans living in poverty continues to increase, and
Whereas, median income in America continues to decline, and
Whereas, the number one cause of bankruptcy in America is due to medical bills, and
Whereas, minimum wage is not sufficient to foster a society full of healthy family life, and
Whereas, the middle and working classes continue to be distressed at the hands of big oil, big insurance, big coal and big banks;
Now, therefore be it resolved that we the people of Occupy Charleston, SC demand a meaningful redress of the heretofore grievances and do hereby demand:
A law prohibiting government regulators from working in the industry they regulated for a minimum of five years after terminating employment with the government;
A constitutional amendment to fix the Citizens United decision and remove corporate money from political campaigns;
A criminal code to prosecute responsible parties within a corporation whose decisions result in human rights and environmental violations;
Reinstate the Glass-Steagall Act that creates the necessary separation between banking, insurance and investment to prevent another economic crisis.
Return the Federal Reserve to the public sector.
A living wage that provides dignity and security to all workers and a tax code that includes a fair share from corporations and individuals.