Statement of Purpose

We are occupying College Green as part of the global Occupy movement. In over 2,000 cities around the world, people are coming together to express their frustration, to share their stories, and to talk about ways the world could be different.

Statement of Purpose

Our current economic and political systems serve the interests of a tiny minority over the interests of the rest of the population.

We are here as part of a global movement to peacefully make our voices heard about the problems with these systems and to provide a space for people to come together to discuss how to change them for the better.

We welcome all ethnicities, backgrounds, genders, generations, sexualities, abilities and faiths. We stand together with occupations all over the world.

Successive governments have too often been influenced by and acted to serve the interests of those that benefit most from our economic system. We want to see a democratic system that serves the interests of everyone, and hope to demonstrate an alternative by organising ourselves using participatory decision making.

We believe that our economic system has a detrimental effect on the well-being of the population and we reject GDP as a useful measure of our nation’s success.

Our economic system requires perpetual growth in order to remain stable. This in turn requires the production of ever more goods. On a planet with finite resources this is impossible.

We need to find a way to use the world’s resources as efficiently as possible to prioritise people and the planet over profit, and to co-exist with the rest of the natural world in order that the planet remains habitable for future generations.

The rights of freedom of expression, freedom of assembly and the right to privacy are being gradually eroded by changes to the law and increasing surveillance. We wish to see this process reversed and oppose any further attempt to diminish our freedoms. We support the right of all peaceful protests.

We believe that everyone has the right to a basic standard of living and that in a country as wealthy as ours this should be easily achievable.

We believe in a free press with effective right of reply.

We believe in the right to a fair trial regardless of your financial resources, and strongly oppose government cuts to Legal Aid.

Join us and make your voice heard, this is just the beginning.

Agreed by consensus at a General Assembly Thu 17th Nov

4 Responses to Statement of Purpose

  1. suebilsborough@yahoo.co.uk says:

    i absolutely agree with your statements above. keep talking and listening to each other and let leaders emerge as long as they’re different leaders at different times and for different tasks. you have the beginnings of great change and i respect your stamina. are you talking to local councrllors?

  2. John McGuirk (@_LovelyJohn) says:

    I support every one of those declarations.

  3. Alasdair Watson says:

    I think your protest is inspiring and urge you to keep going. I am a chartered accountant from Bristol and I work with a lot of small businesses who are being held to ransom by banks due to the greed of the minority who caused this global recession. I too believe that the current economic system is both unfair and unsustainable. The wealth inequality in the UK and accross the world is unjust and causes tremedous suffering. The world has become over materialistic and the balance needs to be addressed.

    Keep it peaceful and keep up the good work.

  4. BHAM says:

    Bristol housing Action Movement support your peaceful occupation and the developing movement that you are all engaged in.

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