Why We Occupy
ccupants of Calgary, of Canada, of the world,this is our offering to you.We wrote this piece with the help ofseveral other individuals. Thank you immensely.We have come united as autonomousparticipants of the occupation of Calgary — insolidarity with the multitude of internationaloccupy movements, and with deep respect to theindigenous lands on which we stand — to createthe conditions necessary to give birth, incubateand bring into the public eye a conversation.A conversation that is essential in awakeningCanadians to the storm that encircles us all, andrealizing our potential for a better world. We areintimately linked to the crises manifesting bothhome and abroad, and out of apathy or lack ofawareness we have failed to responsibly addressthis for far too long.We, Occupy Calgary, want change.We want a Canada that is not lookingdown the barrel of the same economic riflethat has already fired on the United States.Where the fiat currency with which we currentlyoperate — a currency with a value based solelyupon government regulation and law — andthe fractional reserve banking system throughwhich it operates, where the required reservesare defined as “nil” by the Bank of Canada Actsection 457 (4), are brought to an end. Wherethe Canadian government is no longer allowedto borrow from Chartered banks money thosebanks don’t actually have, and where the majorityof our taxes are no longer used to pay for theinterest accrued on those loans, but are usedto fund services that better our quality of life.Where our currency is based on tangibilities, noton illusionary abstractions monopolized upon bygreed within a corrupt system.We want an Alberta that grows itswheat, raises its cattle, cuts its timber andpumps its oil in a manner that is sustainable andto the benefit of the land and to every person,not to the benefit of corporations abroad. Wherethe debt per capita does not double in the nextdecade, as it had in the past ten years. Where weare no longer blocked by red tape — created inthe interests of corporate monopolization — fromexploring and utilizing sustainable alternativesources of energy and methods of resourceextraction.We want an accountable government —one that understands that there are consequencesto its actions. A government whose intentionsare to progress human welfare, not to seek profitor international prestige.We want an end to a system that allowspolitical parties to be corrupted by the tens ofthousands of millions of dollars given publiclyand secretly by corporations as campaigndonations every election. Where a wealthy fewno longer hold power over our government.Where politicians can no longer obtain sweepingpower through just 24 per cent of eligiblevoters, as our present Conservative majorityhas done. Where economic power cannot buypolitical power. Where every single personis given the democratic representation theydeserve, not a representation based on mob ruleof the majority, wealth, status or connection.We want a government that is transparent.where senators and supreme court judges aredemocratically elected not appointed. Wherethere are no closed doors. Where empathy isthe official policy both home and abroad, takingseriously the duty of international amnesty, notfurthering global conflicts.