Thursday, October 6, 2011

OWS Manifesto

On Tuesday, I went to Mont Kiara to attend the Friendship Toastmasters meeting armed with an invitation from Grace Tan – I was there, in fact, to evaluate her advanced speech that she delivered with wit and charm. In fact, this meeting also saw Susan Lim making steady progress when she gave another titillating speech. Certainly, club hot shots like Kim Chow and Grace propitiously precipitated a meeting that was overflowing with good-natured fun. For sure, this meeting scored an 8 out of a 10. By the way, I was not only voted Best Evaluator but also Best Table Topics Speaker (the latter award was shared with Lorna Leong)! Double wow! And Grace unsurprisingly was voted Best Project Speaker.

The whole idea of Occupy Wall Street was to mobilize the people in order that they can express their anger over the rule of the “capitalist political system” and the rule of the rich. Some referred to the movement simply as September 17, after the date of the rally. Others dubbed it the “United States Day of Rage.”

A manifesto of sorts has emerged from Occupy Wall Street:

As we gather together in solidarity to express a feeling of mass injustice, we must not lose sight of what brought us together. We write so that all people who feel wronged by the corporate forces of the world can know that we are your allies.

As one people, united, we acknowledge the reality: that the future of the human race requires the cooperation of its members; that our system must protect our rights, and upon corruption of that system, it is up to the individuals to protect their own rights, and those of their neighbors; that a democratic government derives its just power from the people, but corporations do not seek consent to extract wealth from the people and the Earth; and that no true democracy is attainable when the process is determined by economic power. We come to you at a time when corporations, which place profit over people, self-interest over justice, and oppression over equality, run our governments. We have peaceably assembled here, as is our right, to let these facts be known.

To read the full document "Declaration of New York City", check out webpage, posted September 30, 2011.

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