Statement of Principles

Statement of Principles Workgroup will collaborate with the group to write a statement of principles or purpose for the OccupyBerkshire group. Starting with the stated principles of OccupyWallStreet, this group will work to determine how those principles apply here in the Berkshires, and adapt it accordingly.
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Agreed by consensus at the GA on 12/18/11

We come together in a new expression of participatory democracy. We
meet as a General Assembly, using and adapting the Occupy Wall Street
guidelines of Assembly and Consensus. We welcome everyone – of any
age, gender, race, creed, class, sexual orientation, nationality and
political party – to join us with their positive intent, and
contribute their perspective and talents to this living democratic

We recognize that we share deep grievances and concerns about our
current state of national and global affairs.  We are choosing from
among our common grievances and educating ourselves about them.  We
are defining our vision for a better world, and identifying the
solutions necessary to achieve that vision.

Consequently, with the intrinsic responsibility we have as “We the
People”, we are carrying out bold and non-violent actions, making our
grievances with current policies and practices known, and actively
promoting our solutions for these problems.

Through our actions, we intend to create positive changes in our local
community, and in our world community, which we join in solidarity for
the creation of a more noble and evolved society, with greater
justice, equality, peace, and freedom for humankind, with a
sustainable and vibrant future for all life on our planet.}