Mission and Purpose
On October 8, 2011 Occupy Vancouver held a General Assembly to establish its goals in occupying the Vancouver Art Gallery. They reached consensus on the following broad principles as a starting point for further discussion:
"This is a working statement that we know will evolve as #OccupyVancouver grows and flourishes. Our demands and our dreams are not limited to this statement as we have many ideas and solutions. As stated by #OccupyTogether, no one group, person, or website could ever speak for this diverse gathering of individuals. the General Assembly on October 8, 2011 reached consensus to accept the following broad principles as a starting point for further discussion:
We humbly acknowledge that Occupy Vancouver is taking place on unceded Coast Salish territories.
We, the Ninety-Nine Percent, come together with our diverse experiences to transform the unequal, unfair, and growing disparity in the distribution of power and wealth in our city and around the globe. We challenge corporate greed, corruption, and the collusion between corporate power and government. We oppose systemic inequality, militarization, environmental destruction, and the erosion of civil liberties and human rights. We seek economic security, genuine equality, and the protection of the environment for all.
We are inspired and in solidarity with global movements including those across the Middle East, Europe, and the Occupy Wall Street / Occupy Together movement in over 50 cities in Canada, and thousands worldwide. Injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere.
We are committed to an inclusive and welcoming space, to addressing issues of oppression and discrimination, and to creating an environment where all the 99% can be heard and can meaningfully participate. We are also committed to safeguarding our collective well-being – including safety from interpersonal violence and any potential police violence."
Origins and Development
Organizational Structure, Membership, and Funding
Specializations, Methods and Tools
Major Projects and Events
Occupy Vancouver's General Assembly met every Saturday @ 1pm and Wednesday @ 7pm at the W2 Media Cafe.
The movement's Spokes Council was held every Sunday @ 1pm and Tuesday @ 7pm at the W2 Media Cafe.
Analysis and Lessons Learned
The Occupied Vancouver Sun, a bi-weekly publication in solidarity with Occupy Vancouver, can be found on Facebook, the OV Workgroup Blog and contacted at [email protected].
Occupy Wall Street / Occupy Together