Occupy Strategic Planning Working Group Mission Statement
Our interim mission is to:
- Review as many Occupy-related surveys and studies as possible;
- Gather concrete political objectives that help us get to a Vision for a Democratic Future, as described in such documents as the [NatGat 2012 Vision Doc]
- Prioritize these concrete objectives
- Distribute as widely as possible to test whether we've done a good job or not (this may involve surveys and/or tools to work toward as much consensus, as possible
- Review/revise, as necessary, til we have a tool that's a useful roadmap
Criteria for Concrete Objectives
We will try to pick objectives that meet these five criteria:
1. Have a specific target and outcome 2. Can be implemented via legislation, amending the constitution, and/or direct action 3. If implemented they would result in tangible change 4. That target institutions, not individual people 5. Are "viable" in our lifetimes
While legislative change is required, so is [Individual Action]. A roadmap can help people decide which actions to take. But legislative action is not the only action. Individuals can engage in an infinite number of actions to assist in a the progress of am ovement. See ideas and contribute more on the -[Individual Action] page.
The next phase of the strategic planning process will emerge from the results of this gathering concrete objectives phase.
Part I: The Tool
1. The current mission of the InterOccupy Strategic Planning Working Group (IOSPWG) is to:
(a.) collect concrete objectives that could be used to implement a Vision for A Democratic Future such as that developed during the first Occupy National Gathering, 2012.http://interoccupy.net/blog/natgat-vision-results/ ; and (b.) to develop criteria that define what a "concrete objective" is (as opposed to ideas or ideals that are "not concrete") and create a process for gathering, prioritizing and circulating those objectives that is as inclusive as possible. 2. Ideas/ideals (that are "not concrete" objectives) will be listed, but not become part of the next phase of the process.
3. The next phase of the strategic planning process that this group will undertake will emerge from the results of this gathering concrete objectives phase.
Part II: Commentary
In Franklin Delano Roosevelt's 1944 State of the Union address, he advocated a second U.S. [Bill of Rights, a U.S. Economic Bill of Rights]. This would be the essence of our economic justice goals. In the [United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights], Eleanor Roosvelt as Chair of United Nations Human Rights Commission led its adoption in 1948 using the U.S. Economic Bill of Rights or Second Bill of Rights advocated by her late husband as the basis. Democratic Underground's article ["FDR's Unfinished 'Second Bill of Rights' - And Why We Need It Now"] for a full political analysis in historical perspective.
Notes: I found switching a. and b. to be confusing, ditto for bringing up corporate personhood while trying to lay out a general scenario, so I switched it back. Corporate Personhood will be addressed, we just can't say everything first, and we need to be clear. As for the Vision Doc., this is not the time or place to open that can of worms. As I wrote on the thread, from the perspective of forming objectives, there is no good reason not to use it, and lots of good reasons to just accept and move on. A.
Well, I liked Polar's cut. I found it much more straight forward. There are too many past participles or something. TF