Who We Are

Occupy Chicago is a non-violent, revolutionary democratic organization. We practice democracy internally and we work for a peaceful and radical transformation of the United States into a democracy. We welcome all who wish to join us in this struggle.
 
We recognize that the system of government in the U.S. is the representative system, wherein the citizens elect a few individuals into political office to rule the rest of the population. This system is inherently elitist; it is a form of oligarchy and plutocracy--the rule of the few and the rich. It is under this political system that the interests of the elite are promoted over those of the majority of Americans. It is through the representative system that the rich and the big corporations control the economy and our society, thus keeping the mass of the population a permanent underclass. The representative system must therefore be abolished. It must be replaced by democracy, a system of government based on sovereign community assemblies. It is in democracy that the people rule themselves and further their own interests.
 
Occupy Chicago wholeheartedly endorses the sentiments and values expressed in the following "vision statement" proposed to a general assembly of the original Occupy Wall Street Zucotti Park action:
 
We Envision: [1] a truly free, democratic, and just society; [2] where we, the people, come together and solve our problems by consensus; [3] where people are encouraged to take personal and collective responsibility and participate in decision making; [4] where we learn to live in harmony and embrace principles of toleration and respect for diversity and the differing views of others; [5] where we secure the civil and human rights of all from violation by tyrannical forces and unjust governments; [6] where political and economic institutions work to benefit all, not just the privileged few; [7] where we provide full and free education to everyone, not merely to get jobs but to grow and flourish as human beings; [8] where we value human needs over monetary gain, to ensure decent standards of living without which effective democracy is impossible; [9] where we work together to protect the global environment to ensure that future generations will have safe and clean air, water and food supplies, and will be able to enjoy the beauty and bounty of nature that past generations have enjoyed.
 
Any statement or declaration not released through the General Assembly and made public online at http://www.occupychi.org should be considered independent of Occupy Chicago.
 
[Approved by the Occupy Chicago General Assembly, 06/08/13]