John Mayer's Real Estate Blog: Occupy Wall Street: Declaration of the Occupation of New York City

Occupy Wall Street: Declaration of the Occupation of New York City

Mark my words: This grass roots movement will become HUGE very soon. How does this pertain to Real Estate? Below is the first greivance on their list.

"They have taken our houses through an illegal foreclosure process, despite not having the original mortgage."

People are fed up and cities all over the US and Canada are staging their own "Occupy" days. Orlando is coming up soon as well as Bay Street in Toronto. I am behind this peaceful movement for change 100% and so is Michael Moore and Susan Sarandon (below)! It's about time the 99% make their voices heard and tell the 1% "We're not going to take it anymore"!

Website: Occupy Wall Street

Occupy Wall Street

Declaration of the Occupation of New York City


Posted on September 30, 2011by

This document was accepted by the NYC General Assembly on september 29, 2011

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.

They have taken our houses through an illegal foreclosure process, despite not having the original mortgage.
They have taken bailouts from taxpayers with impunity, and continue to give Executives exorbitant bonuses.
They have perpetuated inequality and discrimination in the workplace based on age, the color of one’s skin, sex, gender identity and sexual orientation.
They have poisoned the food supply through negligence, and undermined the farming system through monopolization.
They have profited off of the torture, confinement, and cruel treatment of countless animals, and actively hide these practices.
They have continuously sought to strip employees of the right to negotiate for better pay and safer working conditions.
They have held students hostage with tens of thousands of dollars of debt on education, which is itself a human right.
They have consistently outsourced labor and used that outsourcing as leverage to cut workers’ healthcare and pay.
They have influenced the courts to achieve the same rights as people, with none of the culpability or responsibility.
They have spent millions of dollars on legal teams that look for ways to get them out of contracts in regards to health insurance.
They have sold our privacy as a commodity.
They have used the military and police force to prevent freedom of the press. They have deliberately declined to recall faulty products endangering lives in pursuit of profit.
They determine economic policy, despite the catastrophic failures their policies have produced and continue to produce.
They have donated large sums of money to politicians, who are responsible for regulating them.
They continue to block alternate forms of energy to keep us dependent on oil.
They continue to block generic forms of medicine that could save people’s lives or provide relief in order to protect investments that have already turned a substantial profit.
They have purposely covered up oil spills, accidents, faulty bookkeeping, and inactive ingredients in pursuit of profit.
They purposefully keep people misinformed and fearful through their control of the media.
They have accepted private contracts to murder prisoners even when presented with serious doubts about their guilt.
They have perpetuated colonialism at home and abroad. They have participated in the torture and murder of innocent civilians overseas.
They continue to create weapons of mass destruction in order to receive government contracts. *

To the people of the world,

We, the New York City General Assembly occupying Wall Street in Liberty Square, urge you to assert your power.

Exercise your right to peaceably assemble; occupy public space; create a process to address the problems we face, and generate solutions accessible to everyone.

To all communities that take action and form groups in the spirit of direct democracy, we offer support, documentation, and all of the resources at our disposal.

Join us and make your voices heard! Website: Occupy Wall Street

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Comment balloon 12 commentsJohn Mayer • October 02 2011 12:09AM


John.... will this "grass roots" movement hitch itself to a political party, or HOPEFULLY form a new one: Reformist Party! I will watch with great interest and study the platform....... change can happen when the masses can agree (and not profit).

Posted by TERI LINDSAY, STAGELIGHT HOME STAGING CO. almost 9 years ago

What SILLY people!  They are trying to have demonistrations in NYC, Chicago and San Francisco - liberal media will cover them; they will cost hundreds of thousands of dollars for security and police time and their citizen TAXPAYERS will get the bill.

LET THEM VOTE November 2012 - that's when the REVOLUTION starts!

Posted by Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer (Gibson Management Group, Ltd.) almost 9 years ago

Teri - "Not profit" is the key phrase here. It's too early to tell where this movement will go but the important thing is that it has started. Reluctant politicians may have to take notice or lose their jobs.

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) almost 9 years ago

Wallace - I guess it's OK for the Tea Party to hold demonstrations costing the taxpayers for security and police but not for this group?? "SILLY"?! Why not "Let them eat cake" too? What is silly is that virtually everyone in Washington owes their poiltical existence to special interests, large corporate donors or religious groups. Just who should we vote for that won't conduct "business as usual" after they are elected? The rich getting richer should no longer be an option. We need to take the profit out of politics. And while we're at it, let's give those illegally foreclosed homes back to the people and take the money out of the bank's CEO's bonuses.

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) almost 9 years ago

John, Politicians have it figured out with only 2 parties you are voting for the lesser evil but still voting for the evil and they aren't the larger problem.

Check this out.

Posted by Keith Gilkey, 410-920-7214, Re/Max Chesapeake (Re/Max Chesapeake) almost 9 years ago

Keith - How many times have we voted for the "lesser of two evils" because no viable alternative was presented? You need big bucks to get elected in the present system and that means someone has to pay the piper eventually. This has to change before we can have honest government.

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) almost 9 years ago

Hi John - Thanks for posting this. We haven't seen much talk about this here on AR, but I agree with you that this will continue to grow. Whatever side you might take in this debate, the debate itself is a hugely valuable manifestation of the democratic process. Everyone knows the system is broken, and if we are to remain a viable society, we have to protect those processes that seek solutions. First among those is political discourse.

Posted by Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate (New Paradigm Partners LLC) almost 9 years ago

Dick - You are absolutely right. Seeking solutions through debate is a critical part of the democratic process. Let's hope someone in Washington is paying attention.

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) almost 9 years ago

John - in your last comment you used the words "democratic process" and "someone in Washington" on the same line and your computer didn't start laughing. You must have a great irony filter... 

Posted by Dave Roberts (Healdsburg Sotheby's International Realty) almost 9 years ago

Dave - Im laughing even if my computer isn't. Too many people are getting away with raping this country and it has to stop! The middle class backbone of America deserves better.

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) almost 9 years ago

John, "WE" are a few weeks into Occupy Wall Street. At first, the media coverage was focusing on the few "kids" that were there for "the party". But, the past week, I have seen coverage that is focusing on the issues that "WE" want our government to address and find a solution. Still, some members of Congress are not taking the protest seriously.....and they failed to pass the Obama's Jobs Act. I am grateful that peace has prevailed during the protest and offer my support to those that have "taken it to Wall Street". Finally, a movement by"the people" that will eventually force the elected representatives to initiate programs that will help.  We need help...... to be able to help ourselves.

One comment I heard on CNN: "that these people (protestors) aren't willing to work hard enough".... now that ticked me off.....

Posted by TERI LINDSAY, STAGELIGHT HOME STAGING CO. almost 9 years ago

John, I too support this movement.


To those who scoff, I remember Freedom Rides, they changed a nation. I remember civil dissent toppling a US President (LBJ), I remember riots at the Oakland Army terminal (similar to NYC with the police supervisors spraying peper spray on contained demonstrators.

Our corrupt congress and criminal financial community have to be stopped, and these people are making a difference.

This movement has shown how uncompassionate and disconnected prospective leaders are. Witness Cain saying they should get a job. This at the time unemployment was one of the key problems setting this off. Cantor calling them a "Mob". Leaders whining about "class warfare" when it has been going on for years.

Thank you for your post.

Posted by Jim Little, Your Sun City Arizona Realtor (Ken Meade Realty) almost 9 years ago