OCCUPY WALL ST. SOLIDARITY RALLY LEWISBURG SPEECH – 10/15/2011

I’m Saundra Morris, and I speak now by request on behalf of the Norman Thomas Society, one of the sponsors. The NTS is sponsoring this rally because we believe in economic justice, economic benevolence, and economic democracy — instead of in the capitalist dictatorship that has wrested control of the world’s resources from the people.
As you know, we’re here because 1% of the world – through banks and financial structures and corporations – are stealing the world’s wealth and goods. This 1% — a tiny elite — is keeping a boot on the rest of our necks and wrecking the global economy and environment. They control the money, the financial institutions, and, increasingly, the government.
Today, we’re fighting back – all over the world. Today we’ve gone viral – we’re in Zurich, London, Athens, Munich, Paris, New York, Boston, Philly, Sunbury, Lewisburg.
Some extremist political elements these days — and we are not extremists — seem to think they have on their side the founding documents of this nation, religious sentiment, and morality. They’re wrong. They don’t. We do.

We appeal first to the The Declaration of Independence:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all women and men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

Because of the 1%, we are not pursuing our happiness. Because of them, many, many, many of us lack jobs and especially good jobs; we lack health care, food, homes, childcare. Many more of us die

The 1% also violate just about every religious mandate and every secular call to humane behavior in history. Thus, we also invoke basic mandates of decency:

“Thou shalt not steal.”
“Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.”
“Thou shalt not covet.”

“Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.”

“Act with lovingkindness.”

We here stand together to affirm these hopes:

LET US CONSUME LESS,
MOVE OUR MONEY OUT OF BANKS,
BUY UNION MADE OR FAIR TRADE PRODUCTS,
WORK FOR CLEAN ENERGY,
VOTE,
RESIST.

WE WANT HEALTH CARE, NOT CORPORATE WELFARE.
WE WANT THE RICH WHO ROB THE REST OF US TO GO TO JAIL.
WE WANT DECENT JOBS.
WE WANT THE WEALTHY 1% TO CARRY THEIR FAIR SHARE OF RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE NATION’S WELL-BEING INSTEAD OF RUINING IT.
WE WANT TO GET OUT OF THESE WARS.
WE WANT ECONOMIC FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY IN THIS LAND OF THE FREE AND HOME OF THE BRAVE, AND THROUGHOUT THE WORLD.

THANK YOU.

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