Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie: We Are the World

Creator: Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie wrote the song “We Are The World” as a charity single in 1985. It was performed by the supergroup USA for Africa and sold over 20 million copies. The project was instigated by Harry Belafonte and Ken Kragen who selected Jackson and Richie to author the song.

Purpose: The song was created to support African famine relief and followed from the success of Band Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”

We Are The World Manifesto

 

There comes a time when we hear a certain call
When the world must come together as one
There are people dying
and it’s time to lend a hand to life
Their greatest gift of all

We can’t go on pretending day by day
That someone, somewhere will soon make a change
We are all a part of God’s great big family
And the truth, you know,
Love is all we need

[Chorus:]
We are the world, we are the children
We are the ones who make a brighter day
So let’s start giving
There’s a choice we’re making
We’re saving our own lives
it’s true we’ll make a better day
Just you and me

Send them your heart so they’ll know that someone cares
And their lives will be stronger and free
As God has shown us by turning stones to bread
So we all must lend a helping hand

[Chorus]

When you’re down and out, there seems no hope at all
But if you just believe there’s no way we can fall
Let us realize that a change can only come
When we stand together as one

[Chorus]

Source

We Are The World on Wikipedia

Video on You Tube

Lyrics for We Are The World from AZLyrics.com

 

 

 

Declaration of the Occupation of New York City

Creator: Kpete on DemocraticUnderground.com

Purpose: “to express a feeling of mass injustice, we must not lose sight of what brought us together. We write so that all people who feel wronged by the corporate forces of the world can know that we are your allies.”

Manifesto: Declaration of the Occupation of New York City

Occupy Wall Street PosterAs we gather together in solidarity to express a feeling of mass injustice, we must not lose sight of what brought us together. We write so that all people who feel wronged by the corporate forces of the world can know that we are your allies.

As one people, united, we acknowledge the reality: that the future of the human race requires the cooperation of its members; that our system must protect our rights, and upon corruption of that system, it is up to the individuals to protect their own rights, and those of their neighbors; that a democratic government derives its just power from the people, but corporations do not seek consent to extract wealth from the people and the Earth; and that no true democracy is attainable when the process is determined by economic power. We come to you at a time when corporations, which place profit over people, self-interest over justice, and oppression over equality, run our governments. We have peaceably assembled here, as is our right, to let these facts be known.

They have taken our houses through an illegal foreclosure process, despite not having the original mortgage.

They have taken bailouts from taxpayers with impunity, and continue to give Executives exorbitant bonuses.

They have perpetuated inequality and discrimination in the workplace based on age, the color of one’s skin, sex, gender identity and sexual orientation.

They have poisoned the food supply through negligence, and undermined the farming system through monopolization.

They have profited off of the torture, confinement, and cruel treatment of countless nonhuman animals, and actively hide these practices.

They have continuously sought to strip employees of the right to negotiate for better pay and safer working conditions.

They have held students hostage with tens of thousands of dollars of debt on education, which is itself a human right.

They have consistently outsourced labor and used that outsourcing as leverage to cut workers’ healthcare and pay.

They have influenced the courts to achieve the same rights as people, with none of the culpability or responsibility.

They have spent millions of dollars on legal teams that look for ways to get them out of contracts in regards to health insurance.

They have sold our privacy as a commodity.

They have used the military and police force to prevent freedom of the press. They have deliberately declined to recall faulty products endangering lives in pursuit of profit.

They determine economic policy, despite the catastrophic failures their policies have produced and continue to produce.

They have donated large sums of money to politicians supposed to be regulating them. They continue to block alternate forms of energy to keep us dependent on oil.

They continue to block generic forms of medicine that could save people’s lives in order to protect investments that have already turned a substantive profit.

They have purposely covered up oil spills, accidents, faulty bookkeeping, and inactive ingredients in pursuit of profit.

They purposefully keep people misinformed and fearful through their control of the media.

They have accepted private contracts to murder prisoners even when presented with serious doubts about their guilt.

They have perpetuated colonialism at home and abroad. They have participated in the torture and murder of innocent civilians overseas.

They continue to create weapons of mass destruction in order to receive government contracts. *

 

To the people of the world,

We, the New York City General Assembly occupying Wall Street in Liberty Square, urge you to assert your power.

Exercise your right to peaceably assemble; occupy public space; create a process to address the problems we face, and generate solutions accessible to everyone.

To all communities that take action and form groups in the spirit of direct democracy, we offer support, documentation, and all of the resources at our disposal.

Join us and make your voices heard!

*These grievances are not all-inclusive.

http://nycga.cc/

Source

Thanks to Bill Jennings for sharing this one.

Discussion Board Item on DemocraticUnderground.com – Posted 30 September 2011

Related to this manifesto: The Occupy Wall Street Manifesto

The image is the Occupy Wall Street Poster, sourced at Forbes.com in an article by James Marshall Crotty

 

 

 

The Occupy Wall Street Manifesto

The Occupy Wall Street Manifesto

Creator: David Harsanyi, is a nationally syndicated columnist, including Blaze.com and Editorial Manager at Mercury Ink. He is the author of Nanny State: How Food Fascists, Teetotalling Do-Gooders, Priggish Moralists and other Boneheaded Bureaucrats are Turning American into a Nation of Children.

Purpose: To end to a corrupt Wall Street.

Manifesto

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men, women, and transgendered—and any other human who is able to elude the tyranny of work for a couple of weeks—are created equal. We gather to be free not of tyranny, but of responsibility and college tuitions. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that a government long established and a nation long prosperous be changed for light and transient causes. So let our demands* be submitted to a candid world.

First, we are imbued with as many inalienable rights as a few thousand college kids and a gaggle of borderline celebrities can concoct, among them a guaranteed living wage income regardless of employment and immediate across-the-board debt forgiveness—even if that debt was acquired taking on a mortgage with a 4.1 percent interest rate and no money down, which, we admit, is a pretty sweet deal in historical context…

…but down with the modern gilded age!

We demand that a Master of Fine Arts in musical theater writing, with a minor in German, become an immutable human right, because education is crucial and rich people can afford to fund unemployment checks until we find jobs or in perpetuity, whichever comes first.

We demand a minimum wage of $10, no … make it $20. We earned it. And we demand the end of “profiteering,” because there is no better way to end joblessness than stopping the growth of capital. We also demand a maximum wage law, because selfish American dreams need a firm ceiling.

We demand the institution of direct democracy, because if a bunch of people say it’s OK, it’s OK. And everyone deserves to have his or her voice heard. Except Mr. Moneybags, who we demand stop contributing his own money to candidates we disagree with, to issue groups we loathe, and to lobbyists who do not work for organizations featuring “Service,” “Employees,” “International” and/or “Union” in their title.

We demand the end to bailouts and corporate subsidies, unless we’re talking about companies that feature sunflowers or sun rays in their logos, because that’s the kind of morally gratifying institution we approve of, and thus, they should totally be fast-tracked and bailed out with your money to bring the fossil fuel economy (“the economy”) to an end.

We demand the end to a corrupt Wall Street (“Apple” “your 401(k)”) because banks hold too much power. We demand that government consolidate authority so that elected officials can make prudent choices for us. All that cash in banks was printed by the war god Mars and has nothing to do with the voluntary deposits by ordinary Americans, so we do not consider this theft.

We demand the end to corporate censorship, because if we can’t force private news organizations to run the types of stories with which we agree, there can’t be a healthy democracy. So actually, we demand the end of all corporate news organizations in the name of free speech.

We demand the end to health profiteering, because everyone knows that all the wondrous and lifesaving advances in modern medicine were invented in the People’s Democratic Republic of Laos. Smart people work for the good of humanity, not because they’re greedy.

We demand these rights because of the mass injustice of being able to freely protest against racism and corporatism without any real fear of imprisonment in the most diverse city on earth. And to the wiseguy who walked by the other day and claimed that I’d be writing this manifesto with a quill pen on parchment paper if it weren’t for capitalism, we have two words for you: Koch brothers. Think about it.

This is the fifth communiqué from the 99.9 percent. We are occupying Wall Street, and we’re not going home until it gets really cold.

*These grievances are not all-inclusive.

COPYRIGHT 2011 CREATORS.COM

 

Source

As published on Reason.com

 

A Manifesto For Regime Change on Behalf of All Humanity

A Manifesto for Regime Change on Behalf of All Humanity

Creators: Ana Sofia Suarez used to be a rights activist for the indigenous Zapatistas in Mexico. She has also worked on global justice in India and west Africa. Shimri Zameret is an Israeli peace activist. He was imprisoned for two years for refusing to serve in the Israeli army; he helped facilitate G8 protests in Italy, Germany and Japan.

Purpose: To shift from the imbalance of world power from the few to the many and create a new vision for Global Governance.

Manifesto

On 15 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 – the G7,000,000,000.

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 people’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 people’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 – from global to local. That is global democracy. That is what we demand today.

Today, like the Mexican Zapatistas, we say “¡Ya basta! Aquí el pueblo manda y el gobierno obedece”: “Enough! Here the people command and global institutions obey!” Like the Spanish Tomalaplaza we say “Democracia Real Ya”: “True global democracy now!” Today we call the citizens of the world: let us globalise Tahrir Square! Let us globalise Puerta del Sol!

 

Source

Blog Post on WarInContext.org

Image from Filipspagnoli.wordpress.com

 

Green Party of Ontario: Five-point Manifesto

Green Party of OntarioCreator: The Green Party of Ontario

Purpose: Five general areas to create a financially, socially and environmentally sustainable province.

The Five-Point Manifesto

1. Job creation for a modern economy.

2. Safe, affordable energy.

3. Access to health care close to home.

4. Championing local farms

5. Delivering government that works.

 

Source

Article on OttawaCitizen.com – 7 September 2011

Green Party of Ontario Website

 

Julian Assange: The Wikileaks Manifesto

Julian Assange: The Wikileaks Manifesto

Creator: Julian Assange is the editor in chief of Wikileaks, a “whistleblower website that publishes news leaks”. (Wikipedia)

Purpose: To shift regime behaviour and create open governments.

Wikileaks Manifesto – Introduction plus Headlines

Introduction

To radically shift regime behavior we must think clearly and boldly for if we have learned anything, it is that regimes do not want to be changed. We must think beyond those who have gone before us, and discover technological changes that embolden us with ways to act in which our forebears could not.

Firstly we must understand what aspect of government or neocorporatist behavior we wish to change or remove. Secondly we must develop a way of thinking about this behavior that is strong enough carry us through the mire of politically distorted language, and into a position of clarity. Finally must use these insights to inspire within us and others a course of ennobling, and effective action.

Headlines

Authoritarian power is maintained by conspiracy

Terrorist conspiracies as connected graphs

Separating a conspiracy

Some conspirators dance closer than others

Conspiracies are cognitive devices. They are able to out think the same group of individuals acting alone

What does a conspiracy compute? It computes the next action of the conspiracy

Can we find a value that describes the power of a conspiracy?

Total conspiratorial power

If total conspiratorial power is zero, there is no conspiracy

Separating weighted conspiracies

How can we reduce the ability of a conspiracy to act?

An authoritarian conspiracy that can not think efficiently, can not act to preserve itself against the opponents it induces

 

Source

Complete Manifesto as Article on TheCommentFactory.com – 1st August, 2010

Julian Assange on Wikipedia

 

 

 

Midnight Oil: Beds Are Burning

Midnight Oil: Beds Are Burning

Creator: Song written and performed by Australian band Midnight Oil composed of James Moginie, Robert Hirst, Peter Gifford and Peter Garrett, released in 1987.

Purpose:

“Beds Are Burning” is a political song about giving native Australian lands back to the Pintupi, who were among the very last people to come in from the desert. (Wikipedia). The song was also used as the first ever global music petition for Climate Change in 2009 as the “Tck Tck Tck, Time for Climate Justice” campaign.

 

Song Manifesto: Beds Are Burning

© Midnight Oil 1987

 

Out where the river broke

The blood wood and the desert oak

Holden wrecks and boiling diesels

Steam in forty five degrees

 

The time has come

To say fair’s fair

To pay the rent

To pay our share

 

The time has come

A fact’s a fact

It belongs to them

Let’s give it back

 

How can we dance when our earth is turning

How do we sleep while our beds are burning

How can we dance when our earth is turning

How do we sleep while our beds are burning

 

The time has come

To say fair’s fair

To pay the rent, now

To pay our share

 

Four wheels scare the cockatoos

From Kintore East to Yuendemu

The western desert lives and breathes

In forty five degrees

 

The time has come

To say fair’s fair

To pay the rent

To pay our share

The time has come

A fact’s a fact

It belongs to them

Let’s give it back

 

How can we dance when our earth is turning

How do we sleep while our beds are burning

How can we dance when our earth is turning

How do we sleep while our beds are burning

 

The time has come

To say fair’s fair

To pay the rent, now

To pay our share

The time has come

A fact’s a fact

It belongs to them

We’re gonna give it back

 

How can we dance when our earth is turning

How do we sleep while our beds are burning

 

Source

Official Midnight Oil Website

Song Lyrics from sing365.com

Official Midnight Oil Music Video from YouTube

Beds are Burning Background on Wikipedia

Midnight Oil on Wikipedia

LuluSec and Anonymous: Operation Anti-Security

LuluSec and Anonymous: Anti-Security Manifesto

Creator: LuluSec and Anonymous, two high-profile hackers groups.

Purpose: Expose the secrets of the world’s governments – in the spirit of WikiLeaks.

Manifesto: Operation Anti-Security

Salutations Lulz Lizards,

As we’re aware, the government and whitehat security terrorists across the world continue to dominate and control our Internet ocean. Sitting pretty on cargo bays full of corrupt booty, they think it’s acceptable to condition and enslave all vessels in sight. Our Lulz Lizard battle fleet is now declaring immediate and unremitting war on the freedom-snatching moderators of 2011.

Welcome to Operation Anti-Security (#AntiSec) – we encourage any vessel, large or small, to open fire on any government or agency that crosses their path. We fully endorse the flaunting of the word “AntiSec” on any government website defacement or physical graffiti art. We encourage you to spread the word of AntiSec far and wide, for it will be remembered. To increase efforts, we are now teaming up with the Anonymous collective and all affiliated battleships.

Whether you’re sailing with us or against us, whether you hold past grudges or a burning desire to sink our lone ship, we invite you to join the rebellion. Together we can defend ourselves so that our privacy is not overrun by profiteering gluttons. Your hat can be white, gray or black, your skin and race are not important. If you’re aware of the corruption, expose it now, in the name of Anti-Security.

Top priority is to steal and leak any classified government information, including email spools and documentation. Prime targets are banks and other high-ranking establishments. If they try to censor our progress, we will obliterate the censor with cannonfire anointed with lizard blood.

It’s now or never. Come aboard, we’re expecting you…

History begins today.

Lulz Security,

Support: http://www.mithral.com/~beberg/manifesto.html

Support: http://www.youtube.com/user/thejuicemedia

Support: http://wikileaks.ch/

Support: http://anonyops.com/

 

Source

Pastebin Blog Post: Operation Anti-Security

Background Article from Tech News World

 

Nazi Swastika

Creator: The NAZI Party of Germany adopted the swastika in 1920.

Purpose: The swastika was used by the NAZI party to represent racial purity. It was chosen because of its long history and reference to the Aryans of India. The Nazi’s believed the Aryan culture as the pre-eminent race on the planet.

Note: The Nazi Swastika is rotated 90 degrees from the Hindu Swastika.

Icon Manifesto

Nazi Swastika

Source

Wikipedia and the Swastika

AusFlag: A New Australian Flag

Creator: Ausflag is an apolitical, non-profit organisation.

Purpose: The AusFlag manifesto aims to secure the popular support of the Australian people for the adoption of a truly Australian flag, anthem and colours.

Manifesto

Ausflag: A New Australian Flag

Source

Ausflag the Organization and the history of the Australian flag

Wikipedia and the Australian Flag Debate