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Occupy Wall Street Straw Poll Demands.


By Ralph Lopez - Posted on 20 November 2011

Cross-posted at New York City General Assembly

For consolidation with overlapping demands lists.  Following straw poll is at media site coupmedia.org. Voting software prevented repeat voting from the same IP.   Voting closed on Oct. 21, 2011. Total of around 1/4 million votes cast.  Following that are proposed demands by Matt Taibbi, political and financial writer for the Rolling Stone, which have gained broad attention.  Finally there is a proposed “one demand” to “get the money out of politics,” and additional proposed demands.

COUP MEDIA OCCUPY WALL STREET STRAW POLL DEMANDS PASSED, VOTING CLOSED ON OCT. 21, 2011 (2/3 “YES” VOTE THRESHOLD FOR INCLUSION INTO FINAL LIST)

Statement from “Coup Media: Occupy Wall Street Demands”

The Sovereign People’s Movement, represented nationally through the people occupying the various Liberty Square locations across this great country, have laid out and democratically submitted and are currently voting on the list of following Demands to then be distilled into one Unified Common demand of the people.

Demand synopses

Official Voting Page

1. Repeal of the Patriot Act

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” — Fourth Amendment to the Constitution

Forty-five days after 9/11, Congress passed the USA PATRIOT Act without reading it. This new law was supposed to protect you from terrorism, but it has really left you unprotected against lawless federal agents. The Patriot Act contains numerous violations of the Fourth Amendment. It gives federal agents vast new powers that have been abused to investigate innocent Americans.

2. ELIMINATE “PERSONHOOD” LEGAL STATUS FOR CORPORATIONS

3. Forced Acquisition of the Federal Reserve for $1Billion

No Congress, no President has been strong enough to stand up to the foreign-controlled Federal Reserve Bank. Yet there is a catch – one that President Kennedy recognized before he was slain – the original deal in 1913 creating the Federal Reserve Bank had a simple backout clause. The investors loaned the United States Government $1 billion. And the backout clause allows the United States to buy out the system for that $1 billion. If the Federal Reserve Bank were demolished and the Congress of the United States took control of the currency, as required in the Constitution, the National Debt would virtually end overnight, and the need for more taxes and even the income tax, itself. Thomas Jefferson was concise in his early warning to the American nation, “If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issuance of their currency, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all their property until their children will wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.”

Article I, Section 8, Clause 5, of the United States Constitution provides that Congress shall have the power to coin money and regulate the value thereof and of any foreign coins. But that is not the case. The United States government has no power to issue money, control the flow of money, or to even distribute it – that belongs to a private corporation registered in the State of Delaware – the Federal Reserve Bank.

4. Re Investigate the Attacks of 9-11-2001

More and more evidence is being released to the public surrounding the suspicious circumstances surrounding 911. This measure would be included in the list of demands to show that the original investigation was significantly flawed.

5. What to name the Occupy Wall Street “Demands”

6. CONGRESS ENACT LEGISLATION TO PROTECT OUR DEMOCRACY BY REVERSING THE EFFECTS OF THE CITIZENS UNITED SUPREME COURT DECISION

which essentially said corporations can spend as much as they want on elections. The result is that corporations can pretty much buy elections. Corporations should be highly limited in ability to contribute to political campaigns no matter what the election and no matter what the form of media. This legislation should also RE-ESTABLISH THE PUBLIC AIRWAVES IN THE U.S. SO THAT POLITICAL CANDIDATES ARE GIVEN EQUAL TIME FOR FREE AT REASONABLE INTERVALS IN DAILY PROGRAMMING DURING CAMPAIGN SEASON. The same should extend to other media.

7. End the War On Drugs

The war on drugs has been going on for more than three decades. Today, nearly 500,000 Americans are imprisoned on drug charges. In 1980 the number was 50,000. Last year $40 billion in taxpayer dollars were spent in fighting the war on drugs. As a result of the incarceration obsession, the United States operates the largest prison system on the planet, and the U.S. nonviolent prisoner population is larger than the combined populations of Wyoming and Alaska. 21 Sep 2011 – 15:17 21 Oct 2011 – 17:17 6570

8. Require all Corporations to have Labour Representatives on Company Boards

9. National Repeal of Capital Punishment

10. Nationalize Health Care (ALSO SEE “REAL HEALTH CARE REFORM” BELOW, VOTE STILL OPEN)

11. Free education Kindergarten through college

Redraft education financing legislation. Lower educational expenses for students instead of raising tuition costs. Pull money form the “WAR” system to refund education and continuing education. Forgive Student Loan Dept or restructure the Student Loan System so that students are not punished for self improvement and made into corporate slaves upon educating themselves. Standardized testing does not account for stereotype effect or cultural differences in learning styles in elementry schools. Reform education to make it either free or affordable to all. Reappropriation of tax to focus on educations subsidies.

12. CONGRESS PASS HR 1489 (“RETURN TO PRUDENT BANKING ACT)

http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h112-1489 ). THIS REINSTATES MANY PROVISIONS OF THE GLASS-STEAGALL ACT. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glass–Steagall_Act — Wiki entry summary: The repeal of provisions of the Glass–Steagall Act of 1933 by the Gramm–Leach–Bliley Act in 1999 effectively removed the separation that previously existed between investment banking which issued securities and commercial banks which accepted deposits. The deregulation also removed conflict of interest prohibitions between investment bankers serving as officers of commercial banks. Most economists believe this repeal directly contributed to the severity of the Financial crisis of 2007–2011 by allowing Wall Street investment banking firms to gamble with their depositors’ money that was held in commercial banks owned or created by the investment firms. Here’s detail on repeal in 1999 and how it happened: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glass–Steagall_Act#Repeal .

13. Outlaw flash trading

14. End Gender Discrimination – Equal Pay for Women

15. Office of the Citizen

16. The United States must sign and ratify all human rights agreements with all other countries

17. USE CONGRESSIONAL AUTHORITY AND OVERSIGHT TO ENSURE APPROPRIATE FEDERAL AGENCIES FULLY INVESTIGATE AND PROSECUTE THE WALL STREET CRIMINALS

We want indictments and prosecutions of all crimes committed by banks, brokerage firms and insurance companies. We want a clear message sent to the entire financial industry, this will no longer be tolerated.
 

18.  Repeal REX-84 – Concerning Martial Law

The mechanism for declaring martial law could be quickly implemented and carried out under REX. The Cheney/Bush administration has a plan which would accommodate the detention of large numbers of American citizens during times of emergency. The plan is called REX 84, short for Readiness Exercise 1984. Through Rex-84 an undisclosed number of concentration camps were set in operation throughout the United States, for internment of dissidents and others potentially harmful to the state. The Rex 84 Program was originally established on the reasoning that if a “mass exodus” of illegal aliens crossed the Mexican/US border, they would be quickly rounded up and detained in detention centers by FEMA. Existence of the Rex 84 plan was first revealed during the Iran-Contra Hearings in 1987, and subsequently reported by the Miami Herald on July 5, 1987” These camps are to be operated by FEMA should martial law need to be implemented in the United States and all it would take is a presidential signature on a proclamation and the attorney general’s signature on a warrant to which a list of names is attached.

19. Real Health Care Reform

Make Healthcare affordable and available to all without a “Mandate”. Nearly all other countries on this planet have a system that works. Access to adequate health care is a human right not a privilage. (NOTE: This is somewhat in competition with #10, Nationalize Healthcare.  This reform would not necessarily involve nationalization and calls for repeal of Obamacare “mandate.” )

THE ABOVE LINKED AT:
http://coupmedia.org/occupywallstree…l-demands-2009

 

MATT TAIBBI PROPOSED DEMANDS

The Rolling Stones’ Matt Taibbi has put forth a set of proposals.  Some of these are complementary or overlap the Coup Media Straw Poll Demands.

1. Break up the monopolies. The so-called “Too Big to Fail” financial companies – now sometimes called by the more accurate term “Systemically Dangerous Institutions” – are a direct threat to national security. They are above the law and above market consequence, making them more dangerous and unaccountable than a thousand mafias combined. There are about 20 such firms in America, and they need to be dismantled; a good start would be to repeal the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act and mandate the separation of insurance companies, investment banks and commercial banks.

2. Pay for your own bailouts. A tax of 0.1 percent on all trades of stocks and bonds and a 0.01 percent tax on all trades of derivatives would generate enough revenue to pay us back for the bailouts, and still have plenty left over to fight the deficits the banks claim to be so worried about. It would also deter the endless chase for instant profits through computerized insider-trading schemes like High Frequency Trading, and force Wall Street to go back to the job it’s supposed to be doing, i.e., making sober investments in job-creating businesses and watching them grow.

3. No public money for private lobbying. A company that receives a public bailout should not be allowed to use the taxpayer’s own money to lobby against him. You can either suck on the public teat or influence the next presidential race, but you can’t do both. Butt out for once and let the people choose the next president and Congress.

4. Tax hedge-fund gamblers. For starters, we need an immediate repeal of the preposterous and indefensible carried-interest tax break, which allows hedge-fund titans like Stevie Cohen and John Paulson to pay taxes of only 15 percent on their billions in gambling income, while ordinary Americans pay twice that for teaching kids and putting out fires. I defy any politician to stand up and defend that loophole during an election year.

5. Change the way bankers get paid. We need new laws preventing Wall Street executives from getting bonuses upfront for deals that might blow up in all of our faces later. It should be: You make a deal today, you get company stock you can redeem two or three years from now. That forces everyone to be invested in his own company’s long-term health – no more Joe Cassanos pocketing multimillion-dollar bonuses for destroying the AIGs of the world.

Matt Taibbi Clarifies His Proposed Demands

 

 

A PROPOSED “ONE DEMAND” TO GET THE MONEY OUT OF POLITICS

A draft of a proposal to Get the Money Out of Politics, published at Coup Media Group:

Synopsis:

It has been argued that Occupy Wall Street should not validate existing power relationships by making demands for change within that system.  This is true.  Occupy Wall Street must wisely choose its initial demands to those which fundamentally change those power relationships.  Once this is done many other reforms fall into place.  The majority of the population is now against the wars, yet the wars continue.  Bank bailouts are unpopular yet they are passed.  Why?  Because the politicians are answerable not to the voters in their districts, but to money from everywhere.  When money is removed, all outcomes will more accurately reflect the popular will, which politicians are fully aware of, yet simply do not care.

On many issues, from pollution to predatory financial practices, the problem is not so much that we do not know exactly what to do, and what will work, as finding the political will among politicians to do them. 

One of the little-known and most startling facts of American politics is that, on average, 80% of congressional campaign contributions come from outside the district, and largely from outside the state. Citizens should only be allowed to give money to candidates who would represent them in Congress. Giving money to one who would not should be considered bribery. Citizens who would not be represented by a particular candidate have no business giving money which dilutes the influence of citizens in other districts on their own congressmen.

Proposed Demand:

Set a limit on campaign contributions to $2,000, per cycle, to come only from private individuals who are living within the district. No corporate contributions from within or outside the district, no contributions from special interests of any kind, be they union, NRA, or corporate PACs. Only people who can actually vote for a particular candidate can give money to him…(FOR FULL REPORT PLEASE SEE ARTICLE: “Demand to Get the Money Out of Politics: A “One Demand?”)

 

 

ADDITIONAL POSSIBLE DEMANDS

- Re-establish the Bill of Rights of the Constitution as the Law of the Land, by repealing the Military Commissions Act of 2006 (HR-6166) which allows for the indefinite detention and trial by military tribunal of American citizens.   Prosecute President Obama for the illegal, extrajudicial execution of Anwar al-Awlaki, and American citizen murdered outside of the heat of combat and outside of a true war zone, without benefit of his Sixth Amendment right to a jury trial.  As a constitutional law teacher Obama cannot plead ignorance that this was flatly illegal.

- Repeal The Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008, which bails out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac with unlimited lines of credit, and allow homeowners to renegotiate with banks based on present values, not purchase values.

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