Provided by Occupy Newport
“…whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it…”
The ‘ends’ that Thomas Jefferson wrote of in the Declaration of Independence were the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. We recognize that these rights, once honored, have been co-opted and tainted by the elite and the powerful. These rights are held just out of our grasp, and while we strain and strive to reach them, the corporate powers in America exploit our efforts for their own benefit.
Perhaps you’ve seen us recently, at the intersection of Highways 101 and 20, waving all sorts of signs around and making a bunch of noise. Perhaps your opinion about us is already formed. Maybe you honked and waved in support (we appreciate that). Maybe you stared straight ahead as if there was nothing to see. Maybe you looked around at all the signs and the people and remained ambivalent about our demonstration. Maybe you offered a derisive sneer, a thumbs-down, or a rude hand gesture. Regardless of how you reacted, you knew we were there, and you knew we had something to say.
We’re pretty sure that you are one of us.
We stand opposed to the corruption of our Constitution and Government by the taint of money and power. It is painfully obvious that our country is no longer free, and that our individual voices are mute next to the bullhorn of unbridled capitalism. Are we opposed to success? Are we opposed to earning your keep? Are we opposed to business and enterprise? Absolutely not. Many of us are business owners, or are employed by one. What we oppose is the fact that the influence and power of the wealthiest 1% was borne on the backs of all the rest of us. Are you confused why your shopping cart is full of items made in China while we’re suffering 10% unemployment here at home? Do you work for a company that has issued benefit cuts for the rank-and-file workers and bonuses for the CEOs? Is your bank threatening to kick you out of your house? These are just a few reasons to join us. We welcome everyone, because we are all needed.
We demonstrate every Saturday from 11 AM to 1 PM, at the intersection of Highways 101 & 20. General Assembly is 6:00 PM on Wednesdays at the pavilion in Don Davis Park. There we discuss news, workgroup activities, and future actions. We represent people from all walks of life. Liberal, conservative, hippie, hillbilly, employed, unemployed…. we are all part of the 99%.
Visit occupynewport.org for news, information, resources, and links to other Occupy Newport activities on the web. Submitted by Eric Sherman of Newport, Oregon, and other members of Occupy Newport.