Press Release


20 December 2011

The U.S. House of Representatives convenes for the first time in 2012 on January 17th, and they will be welcomed by the largest national unification of Occupiers to date.

This grassroots assembly of nationwide occupations will be a peaceful and non-violent demonstration against our corrupted political system, aiming to further the movement’s success at shifting the political discourse towards real issues that matter to the people of America. Organizers invite all to take part in an Inter-Occupy National General Assembly to be held at Capitol Hill to show the tainted institution what real democracy looks like.

All occupations are encouraged to bring a Petition for Redress of Grievances from their respective camps and communities. Though our grievances are many, the common theme that runs through them will be amplified on the steps of Capitol Hill: corporations, special interests and money from the autocratic elite has created a government that is unable to govern for the people. We will be joined by those who agree with this from across the political spectrum. Those who can’t join us will Occupy Congress’ phone lines and email boxes, making sure their representatives hear their voice.

This event is still taking shape and Occupiers are building this national assembly in the spirit that collective action empowers people to govern themselves. With that in mind, we plan to organize space and time to hold educational sessions, share ideas, collaborate, network, and discuss next steps and directions for the movement. We will also take direct action to bring change to our political system, though the specifics of the actions are still under development. We will host a creative OccuParty featuring music to close off the day of solidarity.

This day of action will be PURELY grassroots. There are no leaders, we are all leaders. We come together to show that each individual can make a difference in the future of the nation and the world. This assembly is the next step in taking power back from a distant financial-governmental elite and placing it where it belongs—in the hands of the people.

On January 17th, we will create a forum for the people to take our future back from a Congress that, for too long, has placed financial interest above human interest.