We are Occupy Des Moines, a local, community-based movement in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street and the global Occupy movement. We are everyday people from all walks of life. We are all races, religions, and socioeconomic statuses. We are citizens who seek to make an honest and fruitful living doing work that expresses our values and passions. We are wage earners, business owners, salaried professionals, students, retirees, the working poor and the unemployed. We are your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers. We are the 99%. We seek to build the land of possibilities we were promised during our youths: a place where opportunity means more than the pursuit of material wealth at the expense of others. By the power of our presence, our earnestness, and our resolve, we will stand as an effective counter to the greed, manipulation, and insincerity that have infiltrated the corporate, financial, and political infrastructure of our nation and our world. We define the 1% as those individuals who engage in unethical and destructive behaviors that diminish our democracy. The 1% perpetuate a broken system which furthers their own ends with no regard for fellow people. The 1% possess a staggeringly disproportionate amount of the nation’s wealth and their actions accelerate the disparity between themselves and the 99%. The 1% now own and control the mass media, fund thousands of lobbyists, and serve as the heads of many corporations and financial institutions. With such power and influence, the 1% have reduced Congress, the Presidency and the Judiciary to servants of a narrow and exclusive agenda. Therefore, we occupy with the resolute purpose of establishing a democratic and egalitarian community in which every person is treated with respect, dignity and honor. We will challenge economic, social and political injustice by liberating the collective consciousness and vast creative resources of the people. We will launch a multifaceted strategy against the current power structure through direct action, nonviolent confrontation, education, community interaction, participation in government, and the creation of alternative institutions. We will loosen the controlling grip the 1% has over our society and begin to build a politically and economically just future.
Occupy Des Moines Facebook group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/168151666612442/