The Occupation Party (TOP) is of the position that the political process in America belongs to the people of the United States. Therefore, TOP does not accept contributions of money and/or any item(s) or series of items of significant financial value from any special interest group(s), lobbying group(s), PAC(s), super-PAC(s), and/or non-profit organization(s), regardless of operating structure, and/or corporate entity(ies), government agent(s), and/or agency(ies). Although TOP finds common ground with many such groups and sources and may respect and appreciate the work they do, TOP does not accept contributions from them.
For present purposes, “special interest group” means any discernible group that regularly attempts to influence legislators in favor of one or more particular interests or issues. The term also includes any discernible group whose members control some field of activity and/or have common aims and pursue them as a unit.
The Occupation Party (TOP) Platform
Our first task is to develop and promote legislation that will address the serious flaws in our financial, political, and taxation systems. Therefore, we need to accomplish the following:
Restore Reasonable Regulation to the Financial System
Ensure Equal Justice for All
Enact Campaign Finance and Electoral Reform
Implement Fair Tax Reform
Implement Lobbying Reform
The Occupation Party position on protest and direct action advocates non-violence. We will raise our voices, exercise our rights to assembly and free speech, and bring change to our political process and government through nonviolent means.
Our Constitution is clear: The purpose of our government is to represent all of us and promote the general welfare. It is not to represent and promote the welfare of the few. We stand in solidarity with OWS and are committed to restoring our government to its original purpose as outlined in the Constitution. In fact, we have a most wonderful Constitution that provides for open discussion and change in government practices so that we do not need to resort to violence.
Yes, something is horribly wrong with our political, financial, and economic systems. They need to be fixed so that they work for all of us, not just 1% of us. We will practice nonviolence, and we will work through the system for change. We won’t take corporate money, and we won’t succumb to the rot that money is causing in our system of government. We will practice nonviolent direct action within the political system. And we won’t go away.
The Occupation Party (TOP) Candidates:
The Occupation Party (TOP) is pleased to announce the candidacy of Cory Ray for New York State Assembly, District 24.
Mr. Ray is dedicated to the TOP core values of transparent government and getting money out of politics. As a candidate who believes he can help usher in change, Mr. Ray says ” I believe that you deserve a personal phone call, email, text message, or any other meaningful contact to solicit your support for every single measure the government might affect you with.” He stands on the principles of direct representation and general assembly-style consensus that will take us from the government we currently have to one that will work better for all citizens.
Cory Ray is one of many Occupiers who seeks to take the message of the OWS movement into our government at all levels in order to reform the system so that it represents everyone.
You can learn more about Cory Ray and his campaign by visiting his Facebook page CoryRay for NYS Assemblyman or http://theoccupationparty.org.
For more information, contact Cory Ray at 518-705-7936.
The Occupation Party (TOP) is pleased to announce that it endorses Lance Enderle, Democratic candidate for Congress from Michigan’s 8th district.
Mr. Enderle represents what we think of as the ideal candidate. In his own words, he says, “I am not afraid to make the hard decisions that are needed, and will never forget who I represent. I want to be a voice of the people and not the special interests. Money should not be the dominant influence on our political process, it is imperative that we get back to the root of our great American experiment called Democracy.” He has been involved with Occupy Lansing from the start, and his positions on important issues are aligned with our draft platform.
He’s been through life’s ups and downs: he’s a parent and a grandfather. He’s been a teacher in the Lansing school district and has a master’s degree in special education. He has direct experience with modern economic life, having been laid off from a teaching position while still paying for a mortgage, paying for college loans, and supporting his family.
For more information about the Lance Enderle for Congress campaign, visit http://lanceenderleforcongress.com/ or follow his Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/LanceEnderleForCongress.
"Stand up for what you believe in. Even if you stand alone."
~ Sophie Magdalena Scholl
"Let it not be said that we did nothing."
~ Ron Paul
"You must be the change you want to see in the world."
~ Mahatma Gandhi
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