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Continental Congress 2.0
Petition for a Redress of Grievances
A New Declaration
WHEREAS THE FIRST AMENDMENT TO THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION PROVIDES THAT:
The people have the right to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
BE IT RESOLVED THAT WE, THE PEOPLE of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, in
order to form a more perfect Union, by, for and of the People, have
convened a NEW CONTINENTAL CONGRESS this week of July 4, 2012 in the
City of Philadelphia. We, the people, have deliberated, drafted and
ratified a PETITION FOR A REDRESS OF GRIEVANCES to be served upon the
United States Congress, Supreme Court, and President, prior to November
Our country is beset by problems too large to fit comfortably under rubrics like liberal, independent, or conservative.
No single label fits, and no single ideology suits, but what we all
have in common is that we are all (left, right, and center) being
marginalized and defeated by the moneyed interests of the 1% as we
struggle for life, liberty, happiness, comfort, and health. The 1% have
enjoyed inordinate power and influence over our lives as they spread
propaganda through the corporate media, and extract our nation’s wealth,
only to deposit it out of the country. All the while, the 1% are
delighted by our inability to recognize and address our common plight in
any meaningful way.
We are the truckers, the teachers, the first-responders, the
engineers, the self-employed and unemployed, the off-grid and organic
farmers as well as the cutting-edge, fully-wired, 4G digital
entrepreneurs. We are the butchers, the bakers, the builders and the
makers. We are the foundation of our country!
We gather in Philadelphia for a cause larger than ourselves. If we
are to succeed in taking back our country we must put aside the petty
partisan differences that might divide us. We must recognize that many
of those differences have been created and demonstrated by the 1% in
their efforts to maintain control and profits at our expense.
We will not agree on everything and that is to be expected. We only need to agree on ONE THING:
American Government cannot continue to be sold to the highest bidder.
Another group of Americans joined together in Philadelphia over the
days leading up to what we now proudly call Independence Day. Those
Georgia planters, New York bankers, Massachusetts lawyers and Virginia
scholars had radical differences and little in common when they began,
but they finished by signing a Declaration that gave birth to our great
nation and changed the world. We, too, can change the world by renewing
their vision and our democracy.
We petition the government for redress of the following grievances:
Our government has allowed organizations to have undue influence and
control over policy decisions affecting the people. The rights of
organizations, including corporations, nation states, labor unions, and
other collected bodies, are not the same as living human beings. No
single organization shall have more influence over our government than
that of an individual citizen. Corporations are not people.
Our government has allowed freedom of speech to be corrupted by the influence of money. Money is property, not speech.
Our electoral system has been unjustly weighted in favor of two major
political parties. This, in combination with enormous campaign
expenditures has subverted our democracy and discouraged citizens from
participating in the electoral process.
Our current political system allows for the legal bribery of our
government officials. They have been part of a “revolving door” with the
private lobbying sector and have engaged in insider trading with the
very companies they are charged with regulating.
Mainstream media, with no regard for the public they are meant to
serve, have misled and misinformed the people, suppressing informed
debate and crippling democracy in their single-minded pursuit of profit.
Our privately-controlled and exploitative monetary system, unjust
trade policies, and regressive tax system, which greatly favor the 1%,
are increasing inequality and eroding the American dream.
Our Congress has aided and abetted a massive fraud by predatory
lenders, bankers, speculators, and financiers which has deprived
millions of Americans of their homes, property, and livelihoods.
Our government has not recognized our right to clean air, clean
water, untainted soil, and safe food. It has failed or refused to enact
and enforce laws preventing the destruction of our natural ecosystem,
willfully ignoring empirical evidence of significant harm caused by
human interaction with the environment.
Our government has failed to protect essential civil liberties
guaranteed in the Bill of Rights. American citizens should not be
indefinitely detained without due process of law. Their rights to
privacy and freedom of speech on the internet should be ensured, and the
choices of romantic partners must not be restricted by the government.
Our country imprisons more people per capita than any other country
in the world to feed the profits of the growing private
prison-industrial complex. Many people are imprisoned for non-violent
drug crimes causing harm only to themselves while white collar
criminals, who have defrauded the American people, walk free.
Our Congress has abdicated its responsibility for the declaration of
war, allowing the United States military to engage in unconstitutional
military actions and occupations abroad. There is an unacceptable lack
of transparency in negotiations between the military and multi-national
industrial contractors who profit from perpetual war.
After Congress has allowed or required our men and women to be sent
into military action, it is has failed to uphold its promises of
benefits and medical care to those who have served unless they have been
physically injured. This is not right.
Our government has failed to prevent healthcare, insurance, and
pharmaceutical companies from profiteering off of the illnesses and
injuries of the American people. The for-profit healthcare system is
immoral and economically unsustainable.
The current state of our education system is abysmal and
under-funded. Without a well-educated populace, a democracy cannot
adequately provide for its own common defense or promote the general
Our government has been derelict in its duty to substantially and
equitably invest in the productivity of its people by supporting job
training initiatives that will create more domestic employment
opportunities and enable our workforce to transition to an independent
renewable energy economy.
Our fellow citizens in Puerto Rico and the United States territories’
have been disenfranchised as voters. This is incompatible with American
representative democracy. We recognize the right of Puerto Rico to
become a state of the Union.
Citizens of the District of Columbia have been unjustly deprived of
their right to determine their own governance. They have been denied
congressional voting rights and control over their own local affairs. We
recognize the right of the District of Columbia to self-determinative
We will be delivering the forgoing (sic) list of grievances, along
with suggestions for their redress, to all branches of the federal
government in the coming weeks. The American people expect a timely
response. If our grievances are insufficiently addressed, we will take
legal action in federal court seeking injunctive relief.
The sovereignty of the United States derives from WE, THE PEOPLE.
We will be heard.
And…in time — pushing through obstacles, overcoming set-backs, and
basking in hard-won victories — we WILL restore our democracy.
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