United with the World for Global Democracy | Occupy Boston

This statement was ratified and accepted by the Boston General Assembly on Oct. 13 2011.

On 15th October 2011, united in our diversity, united for global change, we demand global democracy: global governance by the people, for the people. Inspired by our sisters and brothers in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Syria, Bahrain, New York, Palestine-Israel, Spain and Greece, we too call for a regime change: a global regime change. In the words of Vandana Shiva, the Indian activist, today we demand replacing the G8 with the whole of humanity – the G 7,000,000,000.

Undemocratic international institutions are our global Mubarak, our global Assad, our global Gaddafi. These include: the IMF, the WTO, global markets, multinational banks, the G8\G20, the European Central Bank and the UN Security Council. Like Mubarak and Assad, these institutions must not be allowed to run people’s lives without their consent. We are all born equal, rich or poor, woman or man. Every African and Asian is equal to every European and American. Our global institutions must reflect this, or be overturned.

Today, more than ever before, global forces shape people’s lives. Our jobs, health, housing, education and pensions are controlled by global banks, markets, tax-havens, corporations and financial crises. Our environment is being destroyed by pollution in other continents. Our safety is determined by international wars and international trade in arms, drugs and natural resources. We are losing control over our lives. This must stop. This will stop. The citizens of the world must get control over the decisions that influence them in all levels – from global to local. That is global democracy. That is what we demand today.

Today, like the Mexican Zapatistas, we say “¡Ya basta! Aquí el pueblo manda y el gobierno obedece”: Enough! Here the people command and global institutions obey! Like the Spanish Tomalaplaza we say “Democracia Real Ya”: True global democracy now!” Today we call the citizens of the world: let us globalise Tahrir Square! Let us globalise Puerta del Sol!

Follow it on Facebook from October 14th: http://www.facebook.com/pages/United-for-Global-Democracy/281998261825102

Discuss it on Twitter with the hashtag #globaldemocracy

Endorsements

Noam Chomsky

Vandana Shiva

Eduardo Galeano

Michael Hardt

Naomi Klein

Tim Gee

Nicola Vallinoto- Council member of the World Federalist Movement

ATTAC Spain

ATTAC France

Egality London

Egality Berlin

War on Want – London

Globalise Resistance – London

Uncut UK

Uncut Italy

DRY International

Gaia Foundation

Democracia Real – Argentina

General Assembly Puerta del Sol – Madrid

General Assembly London

General Assembly Buenos Aires

General Assembly Sao Paulo

General Assembly Manchester

via United with the World for Global Democracy | Occupy Boston.

Something that officially represents the voice of Occupy Boston, rather than the speculation and words from those who cannot speak for us as a whole. Lest there be confusion… No, we’re not all camping out in the cold and rain, being rounded up and brutally beaten by cops, and going on marches to support Obama’s jobs act. The time is now to rise up and join in your communities to push for change (and not just Change(tm)).

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