Our Occupier’s Code

Please let us know if you’d like to make any changes before the GA Saturday. This version was adopted by consensus earlier tonight.
In our occupation, we are committed to sustainability and self-reliance. In realizing this commitment, we support the following eight guidelines:
#1: In our relations with each other and our neighbors, we support a culture of love, respect, and understanding over hatred in any form. Further, we support peace and non-violence.
#2: In respecting ourselves, we support keeping ourselves healthy— physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. In this, we support sobriety and sustaining ourselves on good food.
#3: In our connection to ourselves, each other, and our neighbors, we support open and reflective conversation over silence and confrontation. Further, we support educating ourselves, each other, and our neighbors.
#4: In helping our neighbors, we encourage using local business and abiding by the local laws that keep all of us and our community safe, healthy, and free to exercise our First Amendment rights.
#5: In respecting the area we occupy, we support a no trace left behind approach.
#6: In our living situation, we encourage the use tents and sustainably built structures over RVs and trailers.
#7: In our movement, we encourage walking, cycling, using public transportation, skateboarding, roller skating, and unicycling over the use of motorized vehicles.
#8: In our economy, we support openness in all donations we receive and openness in all monetary transactions we make.
In summary, we care about ourselves, each other, our community, and our planet.

15 responses to “Our Occupier’s Code

  1. Thanks for your reply, Laurel.

  2. In relation to: #2: In respecting ourselves, we support keeping ourselves healthy— physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. In this, we support sobriety and sustaining ourselves on good food.

    The worst part of last night’s GA was so many people openly smoking in a crowd. I would love to see a restriction to where people can smoke in proximity to others – especially if “we support keeping ourselves healthy”.

  3. Specifically Lobbyists and corrupt politicians. Anyone else involved in breaking the law to steal from the American public just to fill their greedy pockets.

  4. Same targets. Cornell West was just arrested there last week. Great point and post Milton, thanks for sharing.

  5. Jason The Teach

    I think confrontation is a good way to make your issues known. A non-confrontational attitude will not get what we want.

  6. Milton Maxwell

    “Federal employees whose compensation averages more than $126,000 and the nation’s greatest concentration of lawyers helped Washington edge out San Jose as the wealthiest U.S. metropolitan area, government data show.

    The U.S. capital has swapped top spots with Silicon Valley, according to recent Census Bureau figures, with the typical household in the Washington metro area earning $84,523 last year. The national median income for 2010 was $50,046.

    The figures demonstrate how the nation’s political and financial classes are prospering as the economy struggles with unemployment above 9 percent and thousands of Americans protest in the streets against income disparity, said Kevin Zeese, director of Prosperity Agenda, a Baltimore-based advocacy group trying to narrow the divide between rich and poor.

    “There’s a gap that’s isolating Washington from the reality of the rest of the country,” Zeese said. “They just get more and more out of touch.”

    In recent years Washington has attracted more lobbyists and firms with an interest in the health-care overhaul and financial regulations signed into law by President Barack Obama, according to local business leaders.

    “Wall Street has moved to K Street,” ‘Those two industries clearly have grown in our city.'”

    Considering that Washington has the highest median income in the country thanks to all of the lawyers and lobbyists, and all of the federal employees earning compensation that averaged $126,369 last year, OWS might have the wrong target. After all, it was government housing policies originating in Washington that contributed more significantly to the housing bubble, mortgage meltdown, financial crisis and economic recession than any greed on Wall St

  7. EvilPoet,

    Guideline #8 is about transparency within the Occupy Reno economy. The section you pointed to means that we want to record all the donations we receive and make that information known to the entire movement.

    Best, Laurel

    • Thanks for your reply, Laurel. One more question – just to clarify – when does that guideline go into effect? Is it retroactive or does it only apply from this point forward?

      • Dear Evil Poet,

        This has basically already been in effect. To this point we have been keep the General Assembly abreast of all of our monetary donations (i.e. the $1300 we raised last Saturday). The infrastructure committee has been keeping track of most of the other types of donations. To the best of my knowledge, we are in the process of forming a finance committee who would record and post all of this information on our website. This all becomes much easier when we choose an occupation location because donations can be received, recorded, and distributed as needed in one area.

        Best, Laurel

  8. What does “openness in all donations” mean?

  9. I’d suggest adding “we care about ourselves” to “we care about the health and well-being of ourselves…”
    Also, tiny grammatical change: “no trace left behind approach” to “no-trace-left-behind approach”

    Beautiful principles well articulated!