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What are the draft grievances?

The content of the Petition for Redress of Grievances will be determined by the elected delegates in Philadelphia from July 2nd to July 4th. To assist the delegates, since last October, the 99% Working Group used online polling, mainstream polling and research to collect prevalent grievances.  The steering committee then wrote summaries for the Delegates to consider when they meet.  It is anticipated that this first Petition will contain five to ten grievances but the final number of grievances is to be determined by the delegates during rounds debate and voting. To facilitate this "winnowing down" process in three days, when the delegates arrive they will first vote on variations of the sample grievances below and eliminate those points that they do not wish to include in the Petition. They will then vote on additional grievances submitted by each state delegation by June 15, 2012.

Sample Grievances and Solutions we collected include:

 An End to Corporate Personhood

The Overturning of the Supreme Court's Decision in Citizens United v. F.E.C.

The Elimination of Crony Capitalism and Washington's Revolving Door of Corruption 

Comprehensive Banking and Securities Reform to end Wall Street's Control of our Politicians 

100% Public Financing of Political Campaigns and Other Election Reforms

A Freeze on Home Foreclosures

Real Student Debt Relief and Refinancing

Ending the War in Afghanistan and Taking Care of Our Veterans

Medicare for All ("Single Payer Healthcare")

Protection of the Planet

Congressional Term Limits

Tax Reform

A New Jobs Program

Reforming the Federal Reserve Banking System

Handling Education as a National Security Issue

Ending Perpetual War for Profit

Curtailing Outsourcing and Currency Manipulation

New Protections of Civil Rights to Keep Up With Invasive Technology

Curtailing the Prison Industrial Complex

A Plan to Reduce the Federal Debt

The current list of grievances can be found here:

This commericial was run on MSNBC and Current TV while the online polling was being conducted to encourage people to submit additional suggested grievances. 





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Joseph Vadalma commented 2012-05-29 05:09:39 -0700 · Flag
Although Big Media is owned by Big Corporate, it is still the most effective way to get the word out. If a TV outlet is deluged with request for information about Manning and other whistleblowers, they may have feel pressured to cover the story. The same is true of politicians. If enough people write them, sooner or later they need to give at least lip service.
Daniel Penisten commented 2012-05-28 15:43:10 -0700 · Flag
Well said Timothy Price. The only additional thing that some of Us might be able to do is offer rewards to “Whistleblowers” and aid and give them asylum from persecution.

I also agree with Joseph Vadalma in distributing this important information to We The People. but go beyond the media that is controlled by the government and corporate interests. If one can, print out and distribute copies of this information in your communities. At the bottom of each copy, ask the reader to make a few copies more and also distribute them.

Try reading this information at Senior Citizen Centers, Civic Clubs and doughnut shops. Our local doughnut shop has lots of civic minded Senior Citizens that usually talk about social and political matters. A lot of them are Conservative by nature though.
Joseph Vadalma commented 2012-05-27 12:27:49 -0700 · Flag
What is needed in Manning’s case is to get this out to media. Apparently, the government is keeping the whole thing under wraps and not allowing the press to cover the case properly.
Carol Bouldin commented 2012-05-27 06:32:56 -0700 · Flag
I completely agree Timothy.
Timothy Price commented 2012-05-26 15:41:45 -0700 · Flag
I wish that we could stop abusive behavior from a group of crony psychopaths simply by writing laws to protect whistleblowers. But we know already that it is wrong to kill, to kill civilians, to treat people like video game targets. It is when enough of us admonish these people that they behave.

For me, I no longer believe that we can write any laws to protect those who tell the truth. The only protections is when there are so many of us that they do not dare to abuse. Strength and exposure seem to be the only things that control psychopaths. That is what I mean. If we encourage each of us to be more outspoken, this will make us free and without fear, without criminal misbehavior by our institutions.

Be brave, trust in doing right, do not tolerate those who do evil.
Joseph Vadalma commented 2012-05-26 15:09:27 -0700 · Flag
Maybe I was being misunderstood. I meant that people like Manning should be protected from the mistreatment that he has had to endure and should have the same rights at trial as anyone else accused of a crime.
Timothy Price commented 2012-05-26 05:16:23 -0700 · Flag
No, we need more Bradley Mannings
Joseph Vadalma commented 2012-05-26 04:19:48 -0700 · Flag
We need more protection for whistle blowers like Bradley Manning.
Jennifer Stella commented 2012-05-25 18:58:16 -0700 · Flag
Sure, universal healthcare for all! Except that it must be health choice, not healthcare defined by big gov’t (corporations) and this is very tricky right now!!
Timothy Price commented 2012-05-22 08:04:43 -0700 · Flag
Frank L. Bennett commented 10 days ago:

“What it doesn’t address is the money in politics.”

Oh, what’s this then?

100% Public Financing of Political Campaigns and Other Election Reforms
Daniel Penisten commented 2012-05-21 18:10:08 -0700 · Flag
All of the grievances listed above are worthy of Our consideration and support. They are all steps in the right direction. I am supportive of all of this good work and more.
Frank L. Bennett commented 2012-05-11 08:35:59 -0700 · Flag
What it doesn’t address is the money in politics. Till there is public funded elections you won’t have much of long effect.
Craig Wood commented 2012-05-08 09:32:06 -0700 · Flag
That commercial was really well done. Short text, focused on this issues, with moving music and back ground. The only minor addition might be a small action message at the bottom right that gets larger with each text page: “Act now: web page URL for contacting us.”
Timothy Price commented 2012-05-07 06:27:40 -0700 · Flag
What needs to be done first is to have a new investigation into 9/11 so that we an show the elite that they no longer control our information but are now found out and will be prosecuted. The denial of US involvement in 9/11 and the blaming of it on Muslims is one of the greatest crimes ever. We have to expose it now.