The POW should endorse the 15 October 2011 #Occupy statement: "united for global change,"
The following statement online at (http://www.g7billion.org/) was read at a number of occupy sites around the world on 15 Oct 2011:
On 15th October 2011, united in our diversity, united for global change, we demand global democracy: global governance by the people, for the people. Inspired by our sisters and brothers in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Syria, Bahrain, New York, Palestine-Israel, Spain and Greece, we too call for a regime change: a global regime change. In the words of Vandana Shiva, the Indian activist, today we demand replacing the G8 with the whole of humanity â€“ the G 7,000,000,000.
Undemocratic international institutions are our global Mubarak, our global Assad, our global Gaddafi. These include: the IMF, the WTO, global markets, multinational banks, the G8\G20, the European Central Bank and the UN Security Council. Like Mubarak and Assad, these institutions must not be allowed to run peopleâ€™s lives without their consent. We are all born equal, rich or poor, woman or man. Every African and Asian is equal to every European and American. Our global institutions must reflect this, or be overturned.
Today, more than ever before, global forces shape peopleâ€™s lives. Our jobs, health, housing, education and pensions are controlled by global banks, markets, tax-havens, corporations and financial crises. Our environment is being destroyed by pollution in other continents. Our safety is determined by international wars and international trade in arms, drugs and natural resources. We are losing control over our lives. This must stop. This will stop. The citizens of the world must get control over the decisions that influence them in all levels â€“ from global to local. That is global democracy. That is what we demand today.
Today, like the Mexican Zapatistas, we say â€œÂ¡Ya basta! AquÃ el pueblo manda y el gobierno obedeceâ€: Enough! Here the people command and global institutions obey! Like the Spanish Tomalaplaza we say â€œDemocracia Real Yaâ€: True global democracy now!â€ Today we call the citizens of the world: let us globalise Tahrir Square! Let us globalise Puerta del Sol!