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Amy Goodman: The Silenced Majority Tour in Portland, OR

http://www.filterfreeradio.com - Amy Goodman host of Democracy Now! and author of the new book The Silenced Majority: Stories of Uprisings, Occupations, Resistance, and Hope comes to Portland, OR 10-25-2012 on her 100 city Silenced Majority Tour! Big thanks to Amy, Denis Moynihan, KBOO Community Radio, Bob White Theater, and all the volunteers and people who made this possible. Visit http://www.democracynow.org and http://kboo.fm for more information.

Clip 1 of 8 - Jacob Dean's Exclusive Filter Free Radio Interview with Amy Goodman.

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Clip 2 of 8 - What Romney/Koch Hand Shake? - Amy shares a fantastic story of clever media coverage editing before Romney's speech at the 2012 Republican National Convention.

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Clip 3 of 8 - The Purpose and Growth of Independent Media - Amy talks about what the real job of the media is. Also, she talks about how Democracy Now grew to over 1,100 affiliates now today!

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Clip 4 of 8 - The Presidential Debates - Amy explains Democracy Now's expansion of the debates and tells the story of how the private corporation Commission on Presidential Debates took over control of the debates from the League of Women's Voters in the 1980's- we covered these topics more in recent FFR programs #47 & #49.

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Clip 5 of 8 - Movements, Uprisings, Occupations, and Hope - Amy shares great stories of real independent journalism and broadcasting giving voice to the silenced majority covering movements, uprisings, occupations, and hope. Be sure to check out Amy and Denis' new book The Silenced Majority.

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Clip 6 of 8 - Building Alternative Media - Amy shares great stories of real independent journalism and broadcasting giving voice to the silenced majority and how to build up alternative media. Be sure to check out Amy and Denis' new book The Silenced Majority.

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Clip 7 of 8 - Police Militarization - Amy talks about the war on peace and police militarization, then tells the story of her and the Democracy Now Press crew was arrested and abused at the Republican National Convention in 2008.

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Clip 8 of 8 - Give Voice To The Silenced Majority - Amy's closing remarks.

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A Green New Deal for America in 2012

Visit http://www.jillstein.org for more info about The Green New Deal for 2012....

THE GREEN NEW DEAL SUMMARY: The Green New Deal is a four part program for moving America quickly out of crisis into a secure, sustainable future. Inspired by the New Deal programs that helped us out of the Great Depression of the 1930s, the Green New Deal will provide similar relief and create an economy that makes our communities sustainable, healthy and just.

THE FOUR PILLARS OF THE GREEN NEW DEAL:

I - THE ECONOMIC BILL OF RIGHTS- Our country cannot truly move forward until the roots of inequality are pulled up, and the seeds of a new, healthier economy are planted. Thus, the Green New Deal begins with an Economic Bill of Rights that ensures all citizens: 1. The right to employment through a Full Employment Program that will create 25 million jobs by implementing a nationally funded, but locally controlled direct employment initiative replacing unemployment offices with local employment offices offering public sector jobs which are “stored” in job banks in order to take up any slack in private sector employment. • Local communities will use a process of broad stakeholder input and democratic decision making to fairly implement these programs. • Pay-to-play prohibitions will ensure that campaign contributions or lobbying favors do not impact decision-making. • We will end unemployment in America once and for all by guaranteeing a job at a living wage for every American willing and able to work. 2. Worker’s rights including the right to a living wage, to a safe workplace, to fair trade, and to organize a union at work without fear of firing or reprisal. 3. The right to quality health care which will be achieved through a single-payer Medicare-for-All program. 4. The right to a tuition-free, quality, federally funded, local controlled public education system from pre-school through college. We will also forgive student loan debt from the current era of unaffordable college education.  5. The right to decent affordable housing, including an immediate halt to all foreclosures and evictions. We will: • create a federal bank with local branches to take over homes with distressed mortgages and either restructure the mortgages to affordable levels, or if the occupants cannot afford a mortgage, rent homes to the occupants; • expand rental and home ownership assistance; • create ample public housing; and, • offer capital grants to non-profit developers of affordable housing until all people can obtain decent housing at no more than 25% of their income. 6. The right to accessible and affordable utilities – heat, electricity, phone, internet, and public transportation – through democratically run, publicly owned utilities that operate at cost, not for profit. 7. The right to fair taxation that’s distributed in proportion to ability to pay. In addition, corporate tax subsidies will be made transparent by detailing them in public budgets where they can be scrutinized, not hidden as tax breaks.

II - A GREEN TRANSITION- The second priority of the Green New Deal is a Green Transition Program that will convert the old, gray economy into a new, sustainable economy that is environmentally sound, economically viable and socially responsible. We will: 1. Invest in green business by providing grants and low-interest loans to grow green businesses and cooperatives, with an emphasis on small, locally-based companies that keep the wealth created by local labor circulating in the community rather than being drained off to enrich absentee investors. 2. Prioritize green research by redirecting research funds from fossil fuels and other dead-end industries toward research in wind, solar and geothermal. We will invest in research in sustainable, nontoxic materials, closed-loop cycles that eliminate waste and pollution, as well as organic agriculture, permaculture, and sustainable forestry. 3. Provide green jobs by enacting the Full Employment Program which will directly provide 16 million jobs in sustainable energy and energy efficiency retrofitting, mass transit and “complete streets” that promote safe bike and pedestrian traffic, regional food systems based on sustainable organic agriculture, and clean manufacturing.

III - REAL FINANCIAL REFORM- The takeover of our economy by big banks and well-connected financiers has destabilized both our democracy and our economy. It’s time to take Wall Street out of the driver’s seat and to free the truly productive segments of working America to make this economy work for all of us. Real Financial Reform will: 1. Relieve the debt overhang holding back the economy by reducing homeowner and student debt burdens. 2. Democratize monetary policy to bring about public control of the money supply and credit creation. This means we’ll nationalize the private bank-dominated Federal Reserve Banks and place them under a Monetary Authority within the Treasury Department. 3. Break up the oversized banks that are “too big to fail.” 4. End taxpayer-funded bailouts for banks, insurers, and other financial companies. We’ll use the FDIC resolution process for failed banks to reopen them as public banks where possible after failed loans and underlying assets are auctioned off. 5. Regulate all financial derivatives and require them to be traded on open exchanges. 6. Restore the Glass-Steagall separation of depository commercial banks from speculative investment banks. 7. Establish a 90% tax on bonuses for bailed out bankers. 8. Support the formation of federal, state, and municipal public-owned banks that function as non-profit utilities. Under the Green New Deal we will start building a financial system that is open, honest, stable, and serves the real economy rather than the phony economy of high finance.

IV - A FUNCTIONING DEMOCRACY- We won’t get these vital reforms without a fourth and final set of reforms to give us a real, functioning democracy. Just as we are replacing the old economy with a new one, we need a new politics to restore the promise of American democracy. The New Green Deal will: 1. Revoke corporate personhood by amending our Constitution to make clear that corporations are not persons and money is not speech. Those rights belong to living, breathing human beings - not to business entities controlled by the wealthy. 2. Protect our right to vote by supporting Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr.’s proposed “Right to Vote Amendment,” to clarify to the Supreme Court that yes, we do have a constitutional right to vote. 3. Enact the Voter Bill of Rights that will: • guarantee us a voter-marked paper ballot for all voting; • require that all votes are counted before election results are released; • replace partisan oversight of elections with non-partisan election commissions; • celebrate our democratic aspirations by making Election Day a national holiday; • bring simplified, safe same-day voter registration to the nation so that no qualified voter is barred from the polls; • do away with so-called “winner take all” elections in which the “winner” does not have the support of most of the voters, and replace that system with instant runoff voting and proportional representation, systems most advanced countries now use to good effect; • replace big money control of election campaigns with full public financing and free and equal access to the airwaves; • guarantee equal access to the ballot and to the debates to all qualified candidates; • abolish the Electoral College and implement direct election of the President; • restore the vote to ex-offenders who’ve paid their debt to society; and, • enact Statehood for the District of Columbia so that those Americans have representation in Congress and full rights to self rule like the rest of us. 4. Protect local democracy and democratic rights by commissioning a thorough review of federal preemption law and its impact on the practice of local democracy in the United States. This review will put at its center the “democracy question” – that is, what level of government is most open to democratic participation and most suited to protecting democratic rights. 5. Create a Corporation for Economic Democracy, a new federal corporation (like the Corporation for Public Broadcasting) to provide publicity, training, education, and direct financing for cooperative development and for democratic reforms to make government agencies, private associations, and business enterprises more participatory. 6. Strengthen media democracy by expanding federal support for locally-owned broadcast media and local print media. 7. Protect our personal liberty and freedoms by: • repealing the Patriot Act and those parts of the National Defense Authorization Act that violate our civil liberties; • prohibiting the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI from conspiring with local police forces to suppress our freedoms of assembly and of speech; and, • ending the war on immigrants – including the cruel, so-called “secure communities” program. • Rein in the military-industrial complex by • reducing military spending by 50% and closing U.S. military bases around the world; • restoring the National Guard as the centerpiece of our system of national defense; and, • creating a new round of nuclear disarmament initiatives. Let us not rest until we have pulled our nation back from the brink, and until we have secured the peaceful, just, green future we all deserve.

 

Marijuana Is SAFER Facts & Talking Points

These are some of my favorite marijuana facts and talking points from the book "Marijuana Is Safer So Why Are We Driving People To Drink?" by Steve Fox, Paul Armentano and Mason Tvert. Please read the book and help spread the message. - Filter Free Radio

- Foreword by Norm Stamper  Former Chief of Seattle Police Department:

The Purpose is to reassess the way you think about marijuana. Ask: When's the last time you had to fight somebody under the influence of marijuana? (Not pot plus alcohol, just pot.) Then ask: When's the last time you had to fight a drunk? Decades of experience with both alcohol and marijuana in the police force, says: The plain and simple truth is alcohol fuels violent behavior and marijuana does not. Marijuana is rarely, if ever, the cause of harmfully disruptive or violent behavior. Marijuana causes very little social harm is reason enough in a free society to legalize it for adults.

- Soccer Story Introduction True Story:

June 2004 - Lisbon, Portugal is preparing for an epic encounter as frightening as war in its potential for violence. Rivals England vs. France opening round of the Euro 2004 soccer tournament. Anticipating drunken antics, alcohol-fuel fights, assults, and possibly even an all-out riot. What were the authorities to do? Ban alcohol? (Good guess, but no.) The police announced that French and English soccer fans would not be arrested or sanctioned in any way for smoking marijuana. Our priority is alcohol. Guess what? It worked. The game took place without incident. Police made no arrests during the game. The plan was successful..... only until later that evening after English fans drowned their sorrows of losing 2 to 1 to rivals France at the local pubs, violence erupted among clashing fans and several hundred people were arrested. Would the legalization of marijuana for adults reduce alcohol-related harms in society? Why do we criminally discipline people for consuming a substance that is not associated with acts of violence, yet tolerate and at times celebrate the use of another that is?

- Clarify Legalizing Marijuana: A comprehensive plan of legalizing marijuana includes regulating and controlling marijuana just like alcohol with identical laws: Adult-only access (21 and over), Sold at only state licensed establishments with proper age controls. This eliminates all underage access by regulating the legal market and essentially eliminating the illegal market.

-Alcohol vs. Marijuana The NUMBERS (Which is Safer?) 2008 World Health Organization (WHO) Study: 90% of Americans have tried/consumed alcohol - 45% marijuana Ukraine: Highest Alcohol usage 97% AND Lowest Marijuana 6.5% -Weed illegal Netherlands: 93% alcohol - 20% marijuana (weed is legal) 2007 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Data: 66% of Americans age 12 and older (near 163 million) used alcohol that year. Over half  of all Americans (127 million) drink alcohol regularly. Because Marijuana is illegal in America, it's impossible to know # of users, but there are some estimates... United States Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration SAMHSA: 25 million Americans used cannabis in 2007  15 million regular users (once per month) University of Michigan at Ann Arbor data: 40-50% high school seniors tried pot. 2006 Columbia University Report: Americans spend 130 billion yearly on alcohol 2008 Georgetown University study: Alcohol industry bought over 340,000 tv ads in 2007 - totaling $1 billion dollars. By contrast: Zero commerical advertising dollars are spent marketing marijuana to the public, aside from tens of millions spent by the federal government to DISCOURAGE pot use. Experts estimate the retail value of the domestic marijuana market in US to be $113 billion per year - Marijuana is the largest retail cash crop in the United States.

- Why Is Alcohol Socially Accepted and Marijuana is Taboo? The use of alcohol by adults is marketed aggressively, celebrated openly, and is normally depicted by the media is a postive manner. That's why most Americans give no thought to the moral and health implications and risks. People don't think really about how or why they consume alcohol, rather, the use of booze is simply viewed as a tradionally and socially acceptable means to complement a festive occasion. Think about how often you are exposed to images glammorizing the use of alcohol. Even if you don't drink alcohol at all, most agree that consenting adults have the right to use it if they choose. A billion dollars in tv ads PER YEAR goes along way.

-Marijuana FACTS People Don't Know... President Barack Obama: "I inhaled frequently, that was the point." Unlike Alcohol, the overindulgence in marijuana produces very few negative side effects, and cannot lead to death. (34,000 alcohol-only related deaths per year.) Hemp (the seeds, the stalk) contains no psychoactive properties (doesn't get you high, only the marijuana flower or bud does) Hemp seeds contain high balanced levels of essential amino acids - for food. Most industrialized nations including China, Japan, Australia, the EU already regulate the commercial production of hemp for industrial purposes to make everything from food, and clothing to fuel! According to the US government most current marijuana users are gainfully employed. For the first 300 years of our nation's history, American farmers cultivated cannabis for it's fiber content. America's Founding Fathers including George Washington and Thomas Jefferson cultivated cannabis for the production of rope, sails, cloth, and paper. Recently as World War II the U.S. Government commissioned tens of thousands of domestic farmers to grow marijuana to assist with wartime needs. A 1943 film produced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture called "Hemp For Victory" called the plant "indispensable... in the service of mankind." Marijuana is classified by the US government as a Schedule I illicit drug along side substances like Heroin, and defined as possessing "no currently accepted medical use in treatment."  Marijuana contains active, but non-psychoactive components, called cannabinoids, which possess a variety of therapeutic applications. 17 States Have Legalized Medical Marijuana. *****The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services holds a patent - Patent # 6630507 - on the use of cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants. That's right, the same federal government that classifies cannabis as a Schedule I illicit drug, owns the intellectual property rights to several of the plant's naturally occurring therapeutic chemicals!***** In 1988 US Drug Enforement Administration's administrative law judge concluded "In strict medical terms, marijuana is far safer than many of the foods we commonly consume... Marijuana in it's natural form is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man." US Investigators first reported on the prolific anticancer properties of cannabis more than thirty years ago in 1974! (To this day, the US Government has never commissioned one single follow-up study assessing the potential of cannabis to treat and cure cancer.

-Marijuana Has Proven Medical Benefits and Uses Pain reducing, stress reducing, mood-elevating, nausea reducing, appetite stimulating, neuroprotective, antibacterial, Helps with glaucoma and intraocular pressure in the eye, alleviate anxiety, reduce involuntary muscle spasms, can help induce sleep, help with MS multiple sclerosis, Chron's Disease, and much more! and its even cancer fighting- In laboratory settings, controlled administration of cannbinoids selectively targets and kills malignant cancer cells associated with brain cancer, prostate cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer, skin cancer, pancreatic cancer, and lymphoma. Cannabinoids are selective antitutmor compounds, killing tumor cells without affecting non-transformed normal cells.

-Marijuana Is Not Harmless and Must Be Regulated Like Alcohol Marijuana can alter mood, influence emotions, temporarily alter perception Marijuana should never be taken before driving, operating equipment, or engaging in learning skills (youth restricted access.) Pregnant women should avoid cannabis. People with COPD should not smoke (coughing, wheezing, bronchitis) (Brownies, Cookies, Lip Balm, etc...!) Marijuana can temporarily increase heart rate - Not for high blood pressure folks. People suffering from mental illness should avoid marijuana.

-What Do The Experts Say??? 1997 World Health Organization Scientists / Researchers concluded: "Overall, most of these risks associated with marijuana are small to moderate in size. In aggregate they are unlikely to produce public health problems comparable in scale to those currently produced by alcohol and tobacco... On existing patterns of use, cannabis poses a much less serious public health problem than is currently posed by alcohol and tobacco in Western societies." The WHO ultimately removed these findings from its final report titled "Cannabis: A Health Perspective and Research Agenda." 1998 French medical research institute INSERM: Alcohol, Heroin, and Cocaine most dangerous substances, tobacco and hallucinogens moderate risk substances, Cannabis poses the LEAST danger to public health. 1989 California research advisory panel on health effects of pot and alcohol:  "Objective consideration of marijuana shows that it is responsible for less damage to the individual and to society than are alcohol and cigarettes." 2002 Canadian senate committee: "scientific evidence overwhelmingly indicates that cannabis is substantially less harmful than alcohol and should be treated not as a criminal issue but as a social and public health issue." 2007: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare: "Alcohol harm was responsible for 3.2% of the total burden of disease and injury in Australia" By comparision cannabis use was responsible for zero deaths and only 0.2% of the total burden of disease and injury. British Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs: "The evidence for the existence of an association between frequent cannabis use and the development of psychosis, is weak." 2005 University of Oxford analysis: Marijuana smoking even over the long term will not cause "any lasting physical or mental harm... Overall, by comparison with other drugs used mainly for 'recreational' purposes, cannabis could be rated to be a relatively safe drug." *****March 22, 1972 National Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse Report to Congress and President Richard Nixon: "Looking at only the effects on the individual, there is little proven danger of physical or psychological harm from the experimental or intermittent use of the natural preparations of cannabis... cannabis does not lead to physical dependence... The fact should be emphasized that the overwhelming majority of marijuana users do not progress to other drugs... No substantial evidence existed of a causal connection between the use of marijuana and the commission of violent acts..." The Commission's chairperson Republican Governor Raymond P. Shafer of Pennsylvania, speaking before Congress, concluded: "The recommendations of the Commission ... is that we do not feel that private use or private possession of marijuana is one's own home should have the stigma of criminalization and that the people who experiment with marijuana should not be criminalized for that particular behavior." (Decriminalization) The commission further recommended that cannabis no longer be classified as a Schedule I illicit drug under federal law. President Nixon ignored his commission's findings and did the exact opposite of what it recommended. Nixon created the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and announced his administration was launching the first official "war" on drugs (his term.) Annual Marijuana related arrests rose from 119,000 in 1969 (when Nixon took office) to over 445,000 in 1974 (when he resigned.)

-Reality Check - Truth Behind Marijuana Myths... The origins of cannabis prohibition were steeped in prejudice, misinformation, and fear mongering (much like a political party today using fear and not facts to attack it's opponent for example.) Myth: Using Marijuana will inevitable lead to the use of harder drugs like heroin Fact: Marijuana isn't a "gateway drug" alcohol and tobacco are! The overwhelming majority of marijuana users never try another illicit substance. And virtually everyone who has tried cannabis had tried tobacco and alcohol first. When you have to access marijuana via a black market illegally, you subject yourself to people who operate in an illegal atmosphere. Those same people are more likely to have other "harder" drugs as well as marijuana. It's marijuana prohibition and black market access that leads to harder substance usage, not the marijuana itself. In a regulated market this is solved. Myth: Marijuana is highly addictive. Millions of Americans seek treatment every year because they become dependent upon marijuana. FACT: Marijuana lacks the physical and psychological dependence liability associated with other intoxicants - including tobacco and alcohol. Very few cannabis users volunterily seek drug treatment for pot "addiction" because the majority of marijuana smokers in drug treatment were arrested for pot possession and ordered into treatment as a condition of their probation. Myth: Smoking cannabis is more harmful to health than smoking tobacco and causes lung cancer. FACT: Smoking cannabis is not associated with higher incidences of lung cancer or any other types of cancer. Compounds in marijuana may even be protective against the spread of various forms of cancer. Myth: Smoking Marijuana causes permanent damage to the brain. FACT: Marijuana use by adults - even long term, heavy use, has at most only a negligible residual impact on cognition and memory skills. The Refer Madness Myth: Marijuana leads to violence and psychotic behavior. FACT: Smoking cannabis does not cause the user to engage in violent or delinquent behavior. Marijuana does not appear to be a cause of mental illness in otherwise healthy individuals.

-Reasons To Legalize and Regulate Marijuana for Adults 1) Taxing and regulating marijuana would produce significant economic revenues for federal and state governments (debt $16 Trillion in the hole) AND A legalized market would CREATE JOBS and additional benefits in the form of tourism, spin off industries (coffee shops, paraphernalia, hemp, etc...) A 2009 California report said: Legalizing would create $12 - $18 billion total economic activity - 60,000 - 110,000 new jobs, $2.5 - $3.5 billion in legal new wages, additional income and business taxes for the state alone. 2) Arresting more than 850,000 Americans each year for marijuana related offenses is a waste of law enforcement resources, and is terribly destructive to the lives of otherwise law-abiding citizens. Free up police, courts, and jails for more serious violent crimes. 3) Take the money out of the black market drug cartels and prevent underage access. Drug dealers don't card, marijuana prohibition has inadvertently made it easier for kids to buy pot. Regulated laws like a 21 and over law for example identical to alcohol prevents underage access and eliminates a majority of the illegal black market access. - According to the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, the primary reason pot is outlawed today is to prevent young people from trying it. Unfortunately, America's current policies do not achieve this goal. 4) Regulating marijuana would make it safer because consumers would be aware of the product's quality, purity, potency, even know if it's organic or not! 5) Marijuana prohibition, not the use of marijuana itself, creates the so-called gateway to other illegal drugs- and it also produces a dangerous criminal market. A legalized, regulated approach would fix this.

-Providing An Alternative Legalizing Marijuana is not "adding another vice" as some might say, but rather it is providing a safer alternative for enjoyable recreation. Americans are afraid of the idea of adding the PERCEIVED dangers associated with marijuana to a society that is already reeling from the KNOWN harms associated with alcohol. The fact that alcohol cause so many problems in our society is not a reason to keep pot illegal, but rather it is the reason we must make it legal. Making Marijuana available to adults will actually reduce the use of a more harmful substance, alcohol.

Marijuana is SAFER: Safer Alternative For Enjoyable Recreation!!!

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Measure 80 Oregon Cannabis Tax Act Author Paul Stanford

www.filterfreeradio.com - Jacob Dean speaks with producer, host, author, and activist Paul Stanford, the man who wrote Measure 80 The Oregon Cannabis Tax Act, about the bill Oregon voters will vote on this year in November 2012 at Hempstalk, Kelley Point Park Portland, OR September 9, 2012 For more information on Measure 80 in Oregon visit: http://www.vote80.org

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Governor John Kitzhaber Interview on Coal

Filter Free Radio's Jacob Dean got a quick interview with Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber at the 2012 Labor Day event at Oaks Park in Portland, OR and asked him about the new coal export proposal that would bring coal through Oregon and export to China...

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My Declaration of Independence From Wall Street by Mark Taylor Canfield

My Declaration of Independence From Wall Street

By Mark Taylor-Canfield

When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for people to dissolve the economic and political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature entitle them, a decent respect for the opinions of the world community requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all people are created equal, that they are endowed with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

That to secure these rights, institutions are established among the people, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of economic policy becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish these policies, and to create new systems, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.

Prudence, indeed, will dictate that economic systems long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly experience has shown that people are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.

But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute corporate despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such institutions, and to provide new guards for their future security.

--Such has been the patient sufferance of the people of the world; and such is now the necessity which inspires them to alter their former financial systems and economic policies. The history of the present corporate global empire is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over the people and their governments.

To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.

Multinational corporations and Wall Street financiers have:

Falsely claimed to have the same rights as individual human beings

Accepted public bailouts and subsequently refused to establish necessary reforms

Invested trillions of dollars in high risk derivatives and speculative finance and trading schemes, putting the US and entire world economy at risk

Protected the interests of the wealthiest members of our society while enforcing austerity measures on the poor and middle class, including cuts to funding for vital social services, public healthcare, education and transportation

Supported and promoted destructive international trade agreements which undermine democracy and violate the sovereignty of the people

Taken away our homes

Devalued our pension funds

Contributed to the writing of federal and local government regulations in a manner which favors corporate profit and endangers the health, safety and welfare of the people

Controlled our electoral system through unlimited funding of political campaigns

Dominated our financial system and economic policies, resulting in the outsourcing of jobs, high unemployment, lower wages, cuts to health, dental and pension benefits for workers and widespread suffering and impoverishment for the people

Conspired with the Federal Reserve to print and distribute currency without public oversight

Conducted secret meetings with government officials to draft legislation and regulatory statutes

Attacked the rights of labor to organize and form unions

Benefited financially from one trillion dollars in government-backed student loans, while contributing to the privatization of our schools and lobbying for cuts in funding for public education, resulting in increased tuition

Ruined locally owned businesses by monopolizing the marketplace

Produced and marketed unhealthy food and forced genetically modified organisms upon an unsuspecting public

Used their influence on local and federal governments to avoid paying their fair share of the national tax burden and debt relief

Falsified records and committed securities fraud

Attempted to privatize and monopolize our public healthcare systems and our public airwaves

Allowed the degradation of the national industrial and transportation infrastructure

Polluted, degraded and devastated the natural environment motivated solely by irresponsible greed

Condoned and facilitated violations of the US Constitution by cooperating with government agencies who were seeking access to private communications and personal information

Profited financially from the establishment of police state policies and violations of the Bill of Rights' protections on freedom of speech, privacy, and due process of law including extra-judicial drone assassinations of US citizens under the provisions of the "War on Terror" regime, mass covert surveillance of the population, mandatory airport body searches, suppression of alternative media sources, and militarization of local law enforcement agencies resulting in mass arrests, the use of so-called "less-lethal" weaponry by police during protests, and the systematic harassment and intimidation of activists

Weakened the Fourth Estate through mass commercialization and corporate consolidation of the media, resulting in a loss of press freedom

Encouraged and financed the military/industrial/prison complex by financing, promoting and profiting from foreign military interventions which have resulted in massive death and destruction, and by lobbying for increased jail sentences for drug offenders while financing, constructing and managing private prisons

We, therefore, the people, do solemnly publish and declare, that we are, and of right ought to be free and independent from corporate domination and control of our economy, our government and our electoral system; that we are absolved from all allegiance to the corrupt bankers on Wall Street, and that all political connection between them and the government of the United States of America, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that we as free and independent states, have full power to protect the rights of the people, conclude peace, contract alliances, establish trade, and to do all other acts and things which independent states may of right do without influence, intervention or interference from corporate interests.

And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on our solidarity with people all around the world who are struggling against tyranny to establish peace and freedom, we pledge to each other our mutual aid, assistance and support.

 

Written by Mark Taylor-Canfield - Visit www.facebook.com/mtaylorcanfield and follow him on Twitter: @mtsea