Occupy Ottawa is a peaceful, vibrant, grassroots movement of many colors, genders and political persuasions. We are citizens, voters, workers, parents, professionals, students, activists and unemployed workers. We Are The 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%.
Occupy Ottawa is independent of the Occupy Wall Street and other local and global "occupy" movements. But we share the same values and philosophy. We have come together in solidarity with ordinary citizens across the world who are mobilizing to resist the rise of crony capitalism and the collapse of accountability. We share a common concern with other global "occupy" movements: that money, backed by a legion of lawyers, lobbyists and the force of arms, controls our economic and political systems. Current monetary policies enacted through globalization and privatization are harming the majority.
We are outraged that the top one per cent of earners are improving their incomes at the expense of the remaining 99 per cent. Here in Canada, individuals making approximately $200,000 annually in total income are in the top one per cent of earners. Every day, many middle- and low-income earners are being left behind. As the privilege of the powerful grows, and the protections that shield ordinary citizens from the volatility of market cycles are shredded for the benefit of the few.
Occupy Ottawa seeks to separate money from politics and improve the country’s infrastructure to fix healthcare, education, environment and the economy.
Below is a list committees facilitating our processes and actions:
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As a grassroots movement, Occupy Ottawa is a free and democratic forum in which people may come forward to discuss, debate and ultimately (decide on our demands). Anyone can participate in our democratic, daily general assemblies, where we decide on both the governance of the occupation and the direction of the movement. This is a slow process, but we believe that values articulated through discussion and consensus are greater than fiats pronounced from the glass spires of banking districts.
Occupy Ottawa is growing. Our committees are always looking for volunteers! We provide free food and shelter for participants, visitors and the homeless. If you are looking to get involved, come down to Confederation Park (Elgin and Slater) and contact our InfoShop for more information.
For details on general assemblies, actions and other activities, please visit the events calendar on our website.
Donations and visitors are always welcome. Without your goodwill and support, the Occupy Ottawa movement cannot succeed. Please bring your donations to the "Donations Tent". To arrange pick up please email us at: email@example.com
Together, we can reclaim the power from the top 1 per cent of the population!