On Sunday the 15th October, I spent the afternoon at the Public Assembly convened as part of the Occupy London protest. It was inspiring to participate in real-time public democratic organisational processes and decision making, it's something I have been familiar with, on a smaller-scale, as part of Critical Practice and specifically the Parade project.
At the Public Assembly of over 500 people on the steps of St Paul's, #occupylsx collectively agreed the initial statement below. Please note, like all forms of direct democracy, the statement will always be a work in progress.
1. The current system is unsustainable. It is undemocratic and unjust. We need alternatives; this is where we work towards them.
2. We are of all ethnicities, backgrounds, genders, generations, sexualities, dis/abilities and faiths. We stand together with occupations all over the world.
3. We refuse to pay for the banks' crisis.
4. We do not accept the cuts as either necessary or inevitable. We demand an end to global tax injustice and our democracy representing corporations instead of the people.
5. We want regulators to be genuinely independent of the industries they regulate.
7. We want structural change towards authentic global equality. The world's resources must go towards caring for people and the planet, not the military, corporate profits or the rich.
8. We stand in solidarity with the global oppressed and we call for an end to the actions of our government and others in causing this oppression.
9. This is what democracy looks like. Come and join us!
left: Guidelines for participation.
above: a working group in action.
A nested sub-group of demands was developed and ratified by the Public Assembly on Friday 28th October, aimed at democratising the City of London.