No, There Is NOT a List of Official Demands from the Protesters

Numerous reporters, commentators and analysts have pointed to the Wall Street protesters “List of Demands” and criticized it for including demands they dislike or failing to demands which they think are essential.

But one of the main organizers for the protests just told me that – at this point – all such lists are just the suggestions of various individuals and not the official demands of the protesters as a whole.

I can announce with 100% confidence that – at this point – there is no official list of demands. Any lists – such as this and this – are solely one person’s suggestions.

But high-level economists support the protests, so don’t write them off as being uninformed or without goals or focus. The mainstream media should “play dumb” … everyone knows what “We’re the 99%” means, and that the failure of the richest 1% to follow the rule of law or the wishes of the American people, and their corruption and manipulation of the economic and political system are some of the core structural problems which must be changed.

And if you want to create a list of demands you think is appropriate, go ahead … but it won’t be the “official” list from the protesters as a whole.

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  • Bev

    1. Put the Federal Reserve System into the U.S. Treasury.

    2. Stop the banking system creating any part of the money supply.

    3. Create new money as needed by spending it on public infrastructure, including human infrastructure, e.g. education and health care.

    These 3 elements must all be done together, and are all in draft legislative form as the proposed American Monetary Act (read it here:

  • Wall street banksters suck on so many issues that the list would read like the Magna Charta.

    The presstitutes have forgotten what American looks like.

    • reno

      More like the several books of the Bible…with the Book of enoch and Dead Sea Scrolls included.

  • Harry Johnson

    They want one demand, we can give them one demand but they will not like it. It was written on the sign shown at the time of the 2008 bailout of the thieves. It said “Jump Fuckers”.

    • Jimmy

      I agree. I think the 99% want restitution in the form of prosecution, which until very recently was the Democrats brand message when it came to corporations. Individual liberty, corporate scrutiny. Now that we see coke tastes like pepsi, what else is left but Ron Paul in 2012?

  • Rob

    There IS however, a list of demands published that you and I are encouraged to vote on:

  • Bev

    These 3 elements must all be done together, and are all in draft legislative form as the proposed American Monetary Act (read it here:

    Kucinich Proposes Landmark Jobs Plan

    Bill To Put 7 Million Americans Back to Work, Rebuild Infrastructure

    Washington D.C. (September 21, 2011) — As the nation struggles with long-term unemployment at rates not seen in generations and as infrastructure crumbles across the nation, Congressman Kucinich (D-OH) today introduced a dramatic new proposal to address our structural economic problems directly by creating over 7 million jobs.

    The National Emergency Employment Defense (NEED) Act of 2011 would allow the federal government to directly fund badly-needed infrastructure repairs and fund education systems nationwide by spending money into circulation without increasing the national debt or causing inflation.


“Today, nearly 25 million Americans are either unemployed or cannot find a job on which they can live and support their families. FDR’s response to such circumstances was the New Deal. Today, we need similarly bold solutions,” said Kucinich. “We need a solution that will revive our economy in a sustainable way that will put millions of American back to work.”

    “There should be work for those who are able to work. Government must become the employer of last resort. The private sector is not providing the jobs. When the private sector fails to provide the jobs, the government has a moral responsibility and a practical responsibility to step forward to put the country back to work.

    “The ability to coin money is an inherent power under Article I, Section 8 of the United States Constitution. The NEED Act would control inflation because it will enable the government to invest in America by creating infrastructure, which is real wealth. Inflation is caused when new money is created without the creation of new wealth,” explained Kucinich. 

    The proposal would also establish fiscal integrity, reassert Congressional sovereignty and regain control of monetary policy from private banks.

  • I do believe that Occupy Wall Street has drafted a “statement” written by their General Assembly.
    I posted it on my blogspot.

    Thank you sooooo much for posting as much as you have regarding this newly crafted protest movement.

  • PRichards

    I realize these lists of demands are NOT representative of the occupywallstreet movement but how come none of their demand lists (so far) include ending the wars?

  • wicgar

    The newspapers say the OccupyWallStreet group has no real message. I think the message is obvious. The message is, “You took too much.”

  • If you want to go for practical demands, you could go with tighter controls on the Fed (or eliminating it), or a Jobs plan which doesn’t transfer control of our infrastructure to banks and corporations. That’d be nice. Of course we know this in itself wouldn’t be easy, but those are valid and important items.

    The other option (and my personal preference) is to invest in a more principled, far reaching optimism that pushes ideas like ending corporate personhood or getting money out of politics. (By the way, if you haven’t signed Ratigan’s proposal, you should consider it. This may seem impossible, but I think we all know, BIG economic and political changes are coming whether we like it or not. This gives us a unique opportunity we wouldn’t have in normal times. We can lay the groundwork now for a better future by pushing these ideas into the public consciousness. Anyway, that’s my opinion.

    Here’s a link you might like on how the Obama Jobs Bill pushes privatization. It’s written very sarcastically, just so you know…

  • Money stopped “existing” when we went off the gold standard back in 1973.
    It is only based on goods and services that We the People provide.
    I say print more.
    Make us all rich beyond our wildest dreams.

    Sell off the moon and the stars to the highest bidder and make them move there!

  • Ernst

    There is only one official demand side at place to take serious, human dignity. From here it has to be derived from all and run toward it every effort. Dignity has no money. That`s a huge problem.
    So the political demands have to be concerned about a new value that is harder than the attraction, the seduction of power and the might that money has.

    To whom to spend your attention you hardly can make official. If money has to be the prior interest of your`s there is no chance of changing this system.

    Claims cross-fading dignity could therefore be: Break the power of money. No evictions, no bailiff at home, the state should stay out of the financial decisions of its citizens.

  • Burntsystems,

    Your microbial intuition (“gut feeling”) may be at work , in that, you may be sensing what the super rich have in their mind:

    The super-rich may evolve into a separate species entirely in the future due to enhancements in biotechnology and robotic engineering, American futurologist Paul Saffo has said.

    (Will Humans Evolve …, quoting The Telegraph). Saffo was indicating that only the rich will evolve to be able to go into space.

  • woodlot

    You vote as soon as you begin to think and educate yourself and others. The 1% alreadyknow what they have done.

  • They should have one single demand: to get their country back. It shouldn’t be an “occupy” movement, but a “take back” movement. Just my opinion….

  • Bev

    my previous post is missing…will try again…

    As was accomplished by President John F. Kennedy with his Silver Certificate, Debt-Free, Interest-Free Dollars help the most people, businesses, and nations. Today, support all politicians fighting for the same economic fairness and justice with:

    Historical experience has taught us what we need to do:

    1. Put the Federal Reserve System into the U.S. Treasury.

    2. Stop the banking system creating any part of the money supply.

    3. Create new money as needed by spending it on public
    infrastructure, including human infrastructure, e.g. education and
    health care.

    These 3 elements must all be done together, and are all in draft
    legislative form as the proposed American Monetary Act [In September
    2011, Congressman Dennis Kucinich introduced the National Emergency
    Employment Defense (NEED) Act, HR 2990, into Congress. View details
    here]. (This bill needs to be reintroduced by Congress this year)

    The correct action is for Congress to fulfil its constitutional
    responsibilities to furnish the nation with its money by making the
    American Monetary Act law.

    The correct action for the States is to insist on this Federal action!

    Genuine monetary reform is the solution to the nation’s fiscal problems, and that can only be achieved at the national level.


    The American Monetary Institute is pleased to announce its
    9th Annual AMI Monetary Reform Conference
    September 19-22, 2013, at University Center, Chicago
    Register by phone at (224) 805-2200

    The American Monetary Institute proudly announces its 9th annual
    Monetary Reform Conference in Chicago. Our conferences launched the
    modern grass roots movement for U.S. monetary reform and thereby World
    reform. You are invited to attend this important meeting in beautiful
    downtown Chicago. Our money system clearly needs a serious overhaul to
    secure economic justice, peace and prosperity as we enter the 3rd
    Millennium. True reform, not mere regulation, is necessary to move
    humanity away from a World dominated by fraud, warfare and ugliness and
    toward a World of justice and beauty. You can avoid discouragement and
    join with us in this adventure to achieve positive money results for
    America and the world.

    Don’t be discouraged because the villians who created the present
    crisis, have manipulated governments to bail them out. The media, which
    has made such “errors” possible, and the economic theories behind banker
    activities already stand accused in the public mind.

    Main Themes of the Conference: Implementing Monetary Reform now!

    The Monetary Reforms

    The main focus of the conference will be for researchers to describe
    and make the case for the kind of monetary reforms advocated, presenting
    both the logical and historical basis for them, and the mechanics of
    implementing them. Extensive question and answer periods and panel
    discussions can air doubts or concerns regarding the desirability of the
    reforms and suggest refinements. Included will be discussions of
    research and thinking methodology.

    Achieving the Reforms – What we can do now

    Selected political, social and monetary activists will give the
    benefit of their experience in educating, raising public awareness,
    organizing and motivating people and governmental bodies to influence
    public policy decisions.

    Using the Reforms

    Presentations on how a properly reconstituted money power within
    government will be effectively used to “promote the general welfare”.
    These will focus on Infrastructure Programs particularly how to pay for
    the $2.2 trillion the American Society of Civil Engineers tells us is
    needed to maintain our infrastructure over the next 5 years, through
    monetary reform. Understand that we include the “human infrastructure”
    of Health Care and Education within infrastructure! With proper monetary
    reform all these things become possible, including education and
    health, upgrading America’s crumbling infrastructure, towards futuristic
    energy efficient, eco-friendly designs well within the reach of today’s
    technology and economy. We can create hospitable, clean, cities of the
    future using 21st century solutions.


    Also, I would suggest:

    At some level you know what it means to have real physical evidence
    (hand counted paper ballots) hidden or removed by e-voting, e-scanning,
    and e-tabulating machines owned and operated by right wing gop,
    corporate, fundamentalists authoritarians.

    By Brad Friedman

    Recommended #OWS Demand: Let ALL Citizens 18 and Older Vote, On Paper Ballots, Count Them in Public

    I offer the following simple “demand” for consideration by OWS, as
    this one likely underscores almost every other. Or, at least, without
    it, all other demands may ultimately be rendered moot.

    Here it is. One demand that seems simple enough — and is as non-partisan as can (be)— for your consideration:

    Every U.S. citizen 18 years of age or older who wishes to vote, gets
    to vote. Period. Those votes, on hand-marked paper ballots, will be
    counted publicly, by hand, on Election Night, at the precinct, in front
    of all observers and video cameras.

    Please help spread this to the Occupiers if you agree its important.
    For example, Tweet it (or a link to this article) like mad (with #ows in
    the text), and/or spread it via Facebook and/or print it out and take it to a General Assembly at an Occupation near you!