Peoples’ Assembly Organizing Committee
- Moving beyond the “Wall Street model of human liberty.”
The ever expanding burdens thrown onto the backs of working people are not only unreasonable, oppressive and unfair, these burdens have grown too big for working people to shoulder. In response, Occupy Portland's Labor Outreach Committee has launched a Peoples’ Assembly Organizing Committee tasked with organizing, planning and facilitating the democratic development of a peoples’ budget centered on democratically addressing the primary economic interests of ordinary working people.
Links to Documents
- A Budget for the Rest of Us
- Resolution in Support of a Community Assembly to Create a “People’s Budget”
- (Short version.)
- (Long version -- draft.)
- (Shorter, updated list.)
- (Fuller list.)
- Peoples’ Assembly Organizing Committee - Combined Meeting Notes
- Proposal Ideas: Community Assembly for a People’s Budget
- This document contains DRAFT proposals that began with suggestions and ideas that emerged during inaugural meeting to plan for a Community Assembly Meeting for a People’s Budget, which took place on Thursday, January 26, 2012 in Portland, Oregon.
Group Homepage: http://groups.google.com/group/peoples-assembly
Group Email: peoples-assembly -AT- googlegroups -DOT- com
Attend Our Meetups!
- Join our discussion list -- http://groups.google.com/group/peoples-assembly
We generally schedule meetings on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 - 7:00. Please connect with us through our mailing list to receive all time/date/location updates.
Past Events / Meetings
- A Budget for the Rest of Us
- Who: Occupy Portland’s Labor Solidarity Committee
- What: Strategy Session
- When: Thursday, January 26, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.
- Where: Oregon Fair Trade Campaign Office
- Address: 310 SW 4th Ave., Suite 436, Downtown Portland
In addition to our group discussion list, a number of our wiki pages use the possessive of peoples, as in indigenous peoples. It's likely, however, that the possessive of people, as in We the People, will appear more often in the discussions we have and in the documents we craft.
- Occupy Portland Labor Outreach Committee
- Represent The People
- Make Revolution Not War
- Organized Power
Creating a People's Budget
- Participatory Democracy in Chicago: Participatory Budgeting is Working, Important, and Going to Stay
- Introduction to the 49th Ward Participatory Budgeting Project from (Chicago) Alderman Joe Moore
- From Budget Cuts to a People's Budget? Connecting Participatory Planning and Public Budgets in New York (Vimeo)
- Chicago Alderman Joe Moore explains to a New York audience why "in many respects, by giving up power (to constituents) I ended up having more power, because this was the single most popular thing I had done in my 19 years as member of city council."
- Forty-five years ago, the A. Philip Randolph Institute issued “The Freedom Budget,” in which a program for economic transformation was proposed that included a job guarantee for everyone ready and willing to work, a guaranteed income for those unable to work or those who should not be working, and a living wage to lift the working poor out of poverty. Such policies were supported by a host of scholars, civic leaders, and institutions, including the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.; indeed, they provided the cornerstones for King’s “Poor Peoples’ Campaign” and “economic bill of rights.”
- This paper proposes a “New Freedom Budget” for full employment based on the principles of functional finance. To counter a major obstacle to such a policy program, the paper includes a “primer” on three paradigms for understanding government budget deficits and the national debt: the deficit hawk, deficit dove, and functional finance perspectives. Finally, some of the benefits of the job guarantee are outlined, including the ways in which the program may serve as a vehicle for a variety of social policies.
- After the March on Washington, Dr. King, Randolph and Thomas worked together to promote the groundbreaking “Freedom Budget,” which proposed:
- the abolition of poverty
- guaranteed full employment
- full production and high economic growth
- adequate minimum wages
- farm income parity
- guaranteed incomes for all unable to work
- a decent home for every American family
- modern health services for all
- full educational opportunity for all.
- updated (and expanded) Social Security and welfare programs.
- equitable tax and money policies
- FDR Second Bill of Rights Speech Footage (YouTube)
- This is FDR's proposed second Bill of Rights that was filmed after he delivered his State of the Union Address via radio on January 11, 1944.
- Poor People’s Campaign
- History of Poor People's Campaign
- The Poor People’s Campaign 43 years later through the lens of Occupy Wall Street
- (Superb analysis: The Poor People’s Campaign — 1968 [in contrast with] The “Occupy” Movement — 2011)
- Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign
- March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom
- Statement by Dr., Martin Luther King Jr., President, Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Announcing The Poor People's Campaign. Atlanta, Georgia, December 4, 1967.
- King Versus the Tea Party: From the Poor People's Campaign to Occupy
- Dr. Martin Luther King's Economics: Through Jobs, Freedom
Budget of the Congressional Progressive Caucus
- This document is the budget published by the Congressional Progressive Caucus for fiscal year 2012. Its Executive Summary begins with this paragraph:
- Budgets are more than collections of numbers; they are a statement of our values. The Congressional Progressive Caucus Budget is a reflection of the values and priorities of working families in this country. The “People’s Budget” charts a path that keeps America exceptional in the 21st century, while addressing the most pressing problems facing the nation today. Our Budget eliminates the deficit and stabilizes the debt, puts Americans back to work, and restores our economic competitiveness.
- The People's Budget (Basic overview of the Congressional Progressive Caucus’s “People’s Budget” highlights, drawn from source material.)
Additional Articles & Resources
- What Occupy taught the unions -- SEIU and others are embracing the movement that has succeeded as they have faded
- Unions and the movement -- Howard Zinn on class in America Pt4: A reinvigorated labor movement needed for a great social upheaval
- "90 percent of the workforce is unorganized. They're organizable. This 90 percent of the workforce are not people who are rich. They're people who need unions. They need to raise their wages. They need to be able to face their employers with some strength rather than the weakness of an individual facing a corporation. So there's a reservoir of possibility there for organizing."
- Making it real: Obama & his apocryphal "Now Make Me Do It" -- Obama Can Win Big With FDR Formula
- Class Warfare Waged by FDR Holds Lesson for Obama
- The Ninety-Five Theses on the Ills of Europe
- Capitalism Is The Crisis (Full Movie) (YouTube)
- How To Destroy The Occupy Movement And How To Prevent It From Failing
- A Constituent Power Greater Than its Parts: Occupy and Workers from the Port Shutdown to the Primaries
- Book review: Hessel & Morin — The Road to Hope
- See the sections "What are the problems?" and "What are the solutions?" for useful ideas.
- Includes Peoples Assemblies News and Peoples Assemblies Groups.
- The Federated General Assembly (FGA) project is building a new web platform that combines community organizing techniques and ideas, lessons and patterns from social networks, web standards and best practices, all together with the very real ecosystem of Occupy itself: occupations & their working groups, the values and principles, and all the coordination & communication challenges.
- “Peoples’” or “People’s”?