In the early days of Occupy St. Louis, general assemblies were chaotic, passionate, relatively large, and directionless. It was in this time, that various people began to bring proposals to the assemblies… to give the movement teeth, to spread the movement beyond Kiener Plaza, and to shape the physical occupation itself. (The precedent of bringing proposals to the assemblies later backfired and undoubtedly contributed to the ultimate bureaucratization and shrinking of the assemblies.)
Here is a run-down on the first few statements that the general assemblies heatedly discussed, sometimes edited, and, in the end, endorsed.
- Occupy St. Louis is made up of many different people with many different beliefs. We support a free and open space that promotes dialogue. All flyers and language are welcome but do not represent any official language or statement from Occupy St. Louis.
- We demand all charges brought against the occupation so far be dropped immediately. Public space should be public space 24 hours a day.
- Statement of Full-Support for Those Who Go on Strike
- From this point forward, we offer our support for all strikes taking place in the St. Louis Metropolitan Area.
- We commit to offer practical and creative support to those who walk out from union or non-union work places, with or without union leadership.
- This statement also applies to student strikes.
By issuing this statement, we wish to send a message to everyone in this city, that if you are fighting back, then we got your back.
Talk to your co-workers and fellow students. Every grievance against this system is worthy of a collective response.
We encourage everyone, ourselves included, to no longer let our discontent boil beneath the surface. We believe the time to act is now.
- There are various forms of oppression embedded within the dominant culture and in the socio-political and economic systems of this country. As a community which seeks to build power and gain momentum through consensus-based decision-making and respectful social relations, we stand in opposition to the way in which our society privileges some people over others. We want to create an inclusive atmosphere of ideas in which we do not police each other’s thoughts, but we have absolutely no tolerance for oppressive or intimidating words or actions. Though our aim is to encourage and foster creative debate, we do not tolerate any form of discrimination based on actual or perceived race, class, gender identity, sexual orientation, education, nationality, religion, ethnicity or abilities within our occupied space.
- Occupy St. Louis issues the following statement of solidarity in response to the police actions taken against various Occupy Movements in the last 48 hours:
- We specifically condemn all attacks and arrests made by the Boston police force against the persons of Occupy Boston, as well as all attacks and arrests made by any police force against any Occupy Movement.
- We specifically condemn the destruction of the property of the Boston Occupiers.
- We stand by our brothers and sisters as they assert their right to assemble peacefully and create a space in which their voices can be heard.
- We support all occupations within the Occupy Movement in their efforts to maintain and occupy their chosen spaces.
- We condemn all coordinated actions made against any occupation within the Occupy Movement.
- We condemn all media bans of Occupy Movements worldwide.
- We specifically support the cooperative spirit of the Mayor of Seattle in his requests to the Seattle police force to pull back from its actions against the Seattle Occupiers.
- We specifically condemn the breakdown in cooperation between the Mayor of Seattle and the Seattle police force, primarily because of its potential to facilitate violent police action.
- We wish to express our support for the continued, collaborative efforts of all Occupy Movements to disseminate information and updates about police actions taken against any Occupy Movement.
- We wish to express our support for the continuation of every city’s Occupy Movement, no matter the opposition it has faced.