Occupy Providence releases statement, asks that it not be excerpted
A statement from Occupy Providence arrived in my e-mail in-box a short time ago. Even more interesting is this introductory request (my emphasis in bold):
This is the first version of this document. As a document drafted by consensus, it is obviously less polished than many would like, but as a group we are enthusiastic and proud to have reached this point in our communion together as members of the movement. Please DO NOT quote in part from this document. We ask respectfully that this document either be posted in full, or merely referenced by your media. We humbly ask this out of respect for those who have met for days helping us consolidate our message.
Occupy Providence plans a downtown Providence march at 5 pm Saturday. The group also plans to maintain a presence at Burnside Park in Kennedy Plaza.
Here’s the aforementioned statement:
Dear People of Rhode Island,
We the people of the Occupy Providence movement respectfully convey our intent to gather in Burnside Park on Saturday, October 15th at 5:00 pm and remain there for howsoever long it takes to build a society by, for, and of the people. Occupy Providence is a completely non-‐violent movement that seeks to give voice to the 99% of Rhode Islanders who have been
disenfranchised as the economy and governance of our country has been increasingly ceded to powerful corporate interests.
The “occupation” of Burnside Park is an act of free speech which we feel compelled to resort to in order to have our voice heard. Occupy Providence will act with all due respect for the people and property of the City of Providence and the State of Rhode Island, and we intend to leave Burnside Park in better condition than we found it. Occupy Providence is inclusive for people and families of all ages: drugs, alcohol, discrimination, harassment, and violent behavior are NOT WELCOME.
We welcome your support in our efforts to come to a consensus on how best to challenge corporate greed, which places profit over people, self-‐interest over justice, and oppression over equality.