This project began as a collaboration between college students and the pro bono lawyers who went to represent the students when they got arrested in NYC during an Occupy Wall Street demonstration.
Since then, we have established an Occupy Wall Street "Working Group" to prepare a proposal to elect a National General Assembly to vote on a formal petition of grievances.
The U.S. Constitution provides for a right to petition the government for a redress of grievances. It is our opinion that such a petition needs to be presented well BEFORE the 2012 election. That is why we call for a National General Assembly attended by 870 delegates in Philadelphia on July 4, 2012.
In short, we believe that the time has come to harness the momentum of this movement and direct it at constructive goals to make a dramatic change; the foremost of which is getting money out of politics once and for all. All politicians in this country should immediately take a pledge to refuse all sources of private campaign contributions which we view as legalized bribery.
It is clear that Congress and the President cannot regulate themselves so WE THE PEOPLE must demand that they stop taking money in exchange for votes and influence.