Declaration of the Rebellion
Initial Working Drafts:
Proposed for ratification to the Second Congress of the Development Union (D/U) June 5th, 2016
The people and the oligarchy have nothing in common. There can be no peace so long as hunger and want are found among billions of working people and the few, who make up the tiny self dealing elite, have all the good things of life.
Between these two groups a struggle must go on until the people of the world organize as a movement, take possession of both the means of development and production, with their aim to abolish the current world system, and live in harmony with the Earth evolving past the narrow confines and divisions of imagined identity.
We find that the centering of the management of industries into fewer and fewer hands makes the existing trade union movement unable to cope with the ever growing power of the corporate oligarchy. We find that the numerous Socialist parties of the past 100 years have produced societies as repressive as those of the Capitalist West, and all but two have abandoned their commitments to implementing communism. We find that no successful anarchist movement has secured or liberated territory on a sustainable basis. We find that liberals and democratic socialists are quick to humanize domestic social policies but unable to remedy pervasive wealth inequality. We observe the march of political Islam to be implementing social policies that are contrary to many human rights and repressive to women and non-Muslims.
The trade unions foster a state of affairs which allows one set of workers to be pitted against another set of workers in the same industry, thereby helping defeat one another in wage wars. Moreover, the existing trade unions aid the oligarchy to mislead the workers into the belief that the common people have interests in common with their national elite, with perpetuation of the existing wage slavery system.
These conditions can be changed and the interest of all people upheld only by a movement formed in such a way that all its members in any one change making industry, or in all industries when necessary, may cease work whenever a strike or lockout is on in any department thereof, thus making an injury to one an injury to all. As importantly as efforts to paralyze the productive mechanisms of the core states which rule the World System are by what means can we conquer the means of development to enable billions of impoverished and oppressed people access to their basic human needs and thus discredit the oligarchy in each state’s monopoly on meager subsistence social services.
Instead of the conservative motto, “Human Rights for all people,” we must inscribe on our banner the revolutionary watchword, “Abolition of the Oligarchy.” These struggles must happen in tandem.
It is the historic mission of our movement to do away with the world system, before it renders our planet uninhabitable and collapses more societies into wretched intractable violence. An army of both production and development must be organized, not only for everyday struggle with the oligarchy, but also to carry on social services and industrial production when the world system is overthrown. By organizing industrially we are forming the structure of the new society within the shell of the old. By embracing emancipatory development we are securing our needs and rights outside of the control of those who oppress and exploit us.
Declaration of our General
Grievances and Baseline Demands
The global movement to which we are allied has always existed in human history as long as humanity has been victimized and subjugated by local government and the state system on behest of the wealth elite. Our opposition to the governing oligarchies in every nation, our opposition to the lawless world system thus unites us in a fighting union & association of resistance and emancipatory development.
We are aware at this juncture that this is a war to the death.
As we gather together in solidarity to express a feeling of mass injustice, we must not lose sight of what brought us together. We write so that all people who feel wronged by the corporate forces of the world, wronged by warlords, wronged by governments and wronged by the iron heel of the Oligarchy can know that we are your allies.
As one global people, united, we acknowledge the reality: that the future of the human race requires the cooperation of its members; that our system must protect our rights, and upon corruption of that system, it is up to the individuals to protect their own rights, and those of their neighbors; that a just government derives its just power from the people, but corporations and oligarchs do not seek consent to extract wealth from the people and the Earth; and that no true democracy is attainable when the process is determined by economic power. We come to you at a time when oligarchs and their corporations, which place profit over people, self-interest over justice, and oppression over equality, run our governments. We have begun to unite a rebel alliance and encourage the formation of a trade union, as is our right, to let these facts be known. And attempt to address them with bold, pragmatic action.
In the South
- They have reduced 71% of the human race to abject poverty; 5 in 7 humans.
- They have engineered and profited off of 45 ongoing wars, and armed conflicts.
- Armies are now running states (Pakistan).
- Transnational Crime Syndicates run countries (Russian Federation and North Korea).
- Countries exist on paper (Haiti, DRC, Iraq) but are run by UN proxy armies and state funded Northern NGOs.
- Countries exist with no governance at all (Somalia since 1992, Libya since 2014).
- Apartheid occurs in plain view (India & Israel).
- Genocide occurs in plain view (Bosnia, Rwanda, Chechnya, and East Timor, Sri Lanka).
- Massive atrocities are being carried out for resources (Democratic Republic of Congo).
- States are unraveling into civil war (Iraq, Syria, Yemen, South Sudan, Central African Republic).
- Global peacekeeping bodies regularly introduces disease and mass rape into populations it serves (Bosnia, Haiti, Mali).
- Several thousand labor exploitation work camps called Export Processing Zones pump out cheap consumer goods for the developed world core.
- They have enabled and encouraged a vast human slavery that utilizes 21 million plus humans as forced laborers and sex slaves.
- 3 million persons are infected with HIV, which has so far killed over 36 million people largely in Sub-Saharan Africa. This pandemic is still actively spreading, despite a marginal decrease in the rates of new infection. The WHOreported 198 million cases of malaria worldwide in 2013 which resulted in between 584,000 to 855,000 deaths, the majority (90%) of which occurred in Africa.
- Some 795 million people in the world do not have enough food to lead a healthy active life. That’s about one in nine people on earth. The vast majority of the world’s hungry people live in developing countries, where 12.9 percent of the population is undernourished.
- They have established unregulated, deplorable work camps that exploit the desperation of the war and drive wages in a race to the bottom,
- They have engaged in social policy to accelerate brain drain.
In the North
- They have taken our houses through an illegal foreclosure process, despite not having the original mortgage.
- They have taken bailouts from taxpayers with impunity, and continue to give Executives exorbitant bonuses.
- They have perpetuated inequality and discrimination in the workplace based on age, the color of one’s skin, sex, gender identity and sexual orientation.
- They have poisoned the food supply through negligence, and undermined the farming system through monopolization.
- They have profited off of the torture, confinement, and cruel treatment of countless animals, and actively hide these practices.
- They have continuously sought to strip employees of the right to negotiate for better pay and safer working conditions.
- They have held students hostage with tens of thousands of dollars of debt on education, which is itself a human right.
- They have consistently outsourced labor and used that outsourcing as leverage to cut workers’ healthcare and pay.
- They have influenced the courts to achieve the same rights as people, with none of the culpability or responsibility.
- They have spent millions of dollars on legal teams that look for ways to get them out of contracts in regards to health insurance.
- They have sold our privacy as a commodity.
- They have used the military and police force to prevent freedom of the press.
- They have deliberately declined to recall faulty products endangering lives in pursuit of profit.
- They determine economic policy, despite the catastrophic failures their policies have produced and continue to produce.
- They have donated large sums of money to politicians, who are responsible for regulating them.
- They continue to block alternate forms of energy to keep us dependent on oil.
- They continue to block generic forms of medicine that could save people’s lives or provide relief in order to protect investments that have already turned a substantial profit.
- They have purposely covered up oil spills, accidents, faulty bookkeeping, and inactive ingredients in pursuit of profit.
- They purposefully keep people misinformed and fearful through their control of the media.
- They have accepted private contracts to murder prisoners even when presented with serious doubts about their guilt.
- They have perpetuated colonialism at home and abroad.
- They have participated in the torture and murder of innocent civilians overseas.
- They continue to create weapons of mass destruction in order to receive government contracts.
OF OUR MOVEMENT TO BE ADVANCED VIA ITS UNION SHOPS, Working Groups & ASSOCIATION of AFFILIATED FACTIONS:
- We want freedom. We want power to determine the destiny of our Community.
We demand full and protected equal access to our Human Rights Entitlements regardless of our national origin, as a baseline prerequisite to being called free.
- We demand that all of our 58 specific human rights entitlements identified in the 39 core declarations and covenants are to be enshrined the in the constitutions of all 206 nations.
- They are to be made legally enforceable and the basis of actual international law.
- We demand the measurement of all NGO and Multilateral development interventions and government policy, via an objective AAAQ human rights system for M&E and making all aid funding contingent on precise Human Rights Advancement.
- We demand democratic control of tax revenue & spending.
- We demand full transparency on the use of our tax money in all nations subject to audit and popular control.
- We advocate progressive taxation of anyone earning above $200,000 USD a year up to 75% and favor tax reductions for those earning below it. We believe in expanding social welfare programs such that education, healthcare and housing are largely if not totally subsidized by the state.
- We demand fully protected workers rights.
- We want full employment for our people in a manner that brings about an end to wage slavery and through hard work allows for proper compensation and social advancement.
- We are pro unions and union made goods.
- We demand the human right to organize labor firmly protected. We demand that the ILO establish a bureau to monitor and enforce labor standards in all nations.
- We are pro $15 USD an hour minimum wage in all nations as a baseline.
- We are pro living wage as social policy.
- We demand the end of all gentrification & structural apartheid.
- We demand an end to economic apartheid of social services, specifically in health, education and housing.
- We demand the expansion of rent control and rent stabilization policies.
- We demand affordable housing to be a human right.
- We demands the reduction or end private control of public spaces & utilities.
- We demand the end to social access barriers based on gender, race, religion and sexual orientation.
- We demand an inclusive political process, selected by popular mandate and participation.
- We aim to end casual political involvement in all available local elections. We reject bipartisan monopolies and the mockery of democratic governance.
- We are against all polarizing, dogmatic political discourse.
- We demand an end to systems of private campaign contributions and lobbying in favor of public financing of campaigns.
- We believe in increasing coordination and alliances between members of the progressive, pro-human rights, liberal and leftist movements.
- We reject false necessitarian principles such as the need for wholesale political system change, the idea of a closed list of political systems and that nations are unable to experiment with social policy hybrids of all systems.
- We thoroughly reject the demonization of socialism and glorification of neo-liberal democracy.
- We demand universal equal access to education at all levels.
- We want education for our people that exposes the true nature of the decadent World System and its particular structural violence inflicted on all people of color.
- We want education that teaches us our true history and our role in the present day society.
- We believe in expansion of Civics & Human Rights education in all school systems. We believe in strengthening the inner city and rural public educational system through taxation of the ultra-rich and big corporations.
- We believe in ending Common Core and in decentralization of curriculum development.
- We believe in expansion of diverse models of teaching and learning in the public school system.
- We believe private educational institutions must open an increased number of seats to low income students. We believe in state subsidization of primary, secondary and tertiary education.
- We demand universal, equal access to Healthcare.
- Socialized medicine is an explicit human right.
- Expanding equitable health services to all sectors of the population is mandate of government. We want divestment from the military industrial complex into masshealth programs like those pioneered in Cuba.
- We want fully integrated health systems allowing progressive training.
- We want all medical school subsidized by the state. We want better services for the homeless and veterans.
- We demand the right for free migration of persons across borders.
- We are pro protection of the undocumented and believe in freedom of movement and migration as is a declared human right.
- We believe the Global North OECD nations should increase absorption of war refugees. We believe in the naturalization of all undocumented migrants living in nations and children of migrants born there to be made citizens.
- We demand the abolition of human Slavery.
- We are anti-slavery and anti-human trafficker anything we can do to emancipate victims and penalize perpetrators.
- We want prostitution decriminalized and buying of sex to be made a punishable offense.
- We want corporations found to be linked to human slavery and labor exploitation fined heavily and be able to be sanctioned for repeated offenses.
- We demand a Justice system based on justice.
- We demand the release of all non-violent offenders from the prison industrial complex and greatly reduce the amount of all people behind bars.
- We want all people when brought to trial to be tried in court by a jury of their peer group or people from their actual Communities.
- We demand an end to blatant police violence against communities of color. We wish to end disproportionate sentencing for minor crimes. We are pro decriminalization of marijuana.
- We believe in full community control of the police. We wish to reduce and end militarization of the police forces.
- We want an immediate end to POLICE BRUTALITY and MURDER of people of color in general and Black people in particular.
- We demand the end of Military Industrial Complex.
- We want an end to all compulsory from military service.
- We demand all military and defense spending of all nations to be reduced to 5% of budget.
- We demand the end of domestic and international spying,secret detention & torture.
- We demand the end to all foreign wars and the financing of regimes that violate human rights.
- We demands decent housing fit for the the shelter of human beings.
Public housing is not fit for human living.
X million live in settlements
X refugee camps,
- Environmental Justice
- Reparations for Colonialism
We want an end to the open robbery by the oligarchs of our oppressed communities and compensation paid by all the beneficiaries of colonialism, neoliberalism and the last 500 hundreds years of the World System.
There are rights you never even knew you had which entitle you to a life much different from the one you currently lead.
To the people of the world,
To all the friends and allies of the J1 Rebel Alliance,
To all organized forces willing to engage our enemies with militant non-violent resistance,
We, the Second Congress of the Development Union (D/U) now occupying positions in Cambodia, USA, Moldova, Haiti, Brazil, Liberia, Uganda, and Jamaica urge you to assert your power.
We outnumber our enemies far more than 99 to 1 and they cannot kill us all.
Exercise your right to peaceably assemble; occupy public space; create a process to address the problems we face, and generate solutions accessible to everyone. Utilize the 198 tactics of nonviolent resistance in defense of your rights, establish emergency groups and parallel state infrastructure in every nation via social enterprises, engage in consciousness building and emancipatory development.
To all communities that take action and form groups in the spirit of human rights and direct democracy, we offer support, volunteers, and all of the resources at our disposal.
Humanity this is your call to arms.
Oligarchy this is a war to the death.
Based upon; IWW Preamble, 1906, Ten Point Program of the Black Panther Party, 1968. , Declaration of the Occupation of New York City, 2011.
D/U, D/A General Charter
Ratified by the First Congress of the Development Union, May 25, 2015
Amended by the Second Congress of the Development Union, June 5, 2016
In response to the growing series of humanitarian crises abroad and with the understanding that resilience and abundance can be found in the face of hardship and scarcity, we invite you to join an association of members who work toward and are committed to actual social justice and the realization of human rights for all.
We envision a sustainable and prosperous future and believe that we can achieve this future by protecting and assisting each other and our families in our present work.
Our goal is to meet the needs, ensure the quality of life, and support the work of our members. The Association will facilitate the integration of our disparate fields around a theory of change that prioritizes indigenous knowledge and agency, putting development tools in the hands of the people we serve.
Our immediate aim is to foster solidarity and facilitate collective action.
The Development Assocation (501 c 3)is to be an exclusive network for such professions that, “by their very nature, implement an unambiguous public good or civil service, a positive development in achieving greater human rights within the communities they serve.”
Workers in all fields meeting the high standard set above who are dedicated to establishing this vision and adhering to the principles outlined below are invited.
- Emancipatory Development
Emancipatory Development is the utilization of technology, policy, capacity training and management systems to achieve actual human rights on a structural basis for the impoverished and oppressed not dependant on extra-national, multilateral and state actors. Emancipatory development in an explicit challenge to neo-colonialism, neo-liberalism and top down state bureaucracy as its aim is to place democratized, locally operated social services in the hands of the people they serve.
Emancipatory development is not an ideology or series of social policies. We reject the false necessity of selecting a monolithic ideological paradigm or imposing one on others, however any ideology incompatible with broad investments in social services and reduction of elimination of extreme wealth and poverty is at odds with E/D.
- Human Rights Defense
Human Rights defense is the willingness to combat escalating human rights abuses with all means of non-violent direct action and or passive resistance as defined but not limited to the 198 Tactics of Nonviolent Resistance. Human rights defense is explicitly non-violent to persons and to property as the taking of life is in itself a total human rights violation, and the property is ours, build on our labor.
Human RIghts are just the initial and immediate baseline list of our ultimate demands on the state system.
- Consciousness Building
Consciousness Building is the understanding that without popular education to raise the social awareness of the people throughout the world to know their rights and act in solidarity against their oppressors, then we will be divided against ourselves from the beginning. Consciousness building through popular education is a direct challenge to the false consciousness division of our identities by gender, race, religion, sexual orientation and nationhood.
Consciousness Building has no fixed paradigm or practices it is a combined regimen of teaching and learning to broaden the feeling of collaboration, empathy and solidarity with one’s fellow humans as well as the planetary environment in which we live.
- Social Enterprise
We must use personal economic buying power to pull our money out of institutions and corporations that exploit us and ruin our environment. We must establish our own businesses and services based on work self-management, high standards of labor protection with positive impacts on the social and environmental spheres.
Any Social Enterprise started up by or invested in by our members must adhere to rigorous controls to ensure the positive nature of its practices and regulations.
- Establish a global network that embodies true solidarity and unity of purpose that enables collaborative activity;
- Develop a unified international strategy with horizontal leadership and decentralized global operations through local enlistment.
- Advance of auto-centric development methodology with explicit restoration of control of the means of development to be restored to the developing world generally and the local community specifically.
- Direct & Maximal transfer of tools, skills, and training to the peoples of the developing world, as well as all poor and oppressed communities to build their capacity to act as agents of their own development.
- Unite into a broad union all segments of the progressive, non-violent community centered development enterprise with front line providers of the change making, socially useful professions. Focus educational efforts on raising the collaborative capacity and social awareness of all communities in which we serve.
- Develop a unified and evolving framework of principles via a Practitioners Code of Conduct as to better define who is/ an is not by their actions and ethics promoting emancipatory development;
- Establish a uniform system of development measurement rooted in actual local needs, tangible human rights, and the solicited perspectives of the poor and oppressed;
- Engage and actively enhance the indigenous capacity of local Community Based Organizations, local Civil Society Organizations, Social Movement Organizations, Social Enterprises, and Civil Service Enterprises in the developing world to take further control of the means of development.
- Advance human rights entitlements in a tangible, measurable way in each and every community in which we serve;
- We will utilize the 58 human rights entitlements of the 17 core U.N. treaties as both a list of demands and basis for monitoring and evaluation of our own operations.
- We will invest our personal economic buying power in indigenous responsible social enterprises, local commerce, and civil service enterprises as well as utilize personal and collective economic buying power to support businesses and corporate entities that are fully compliant with our human rights entitlements, as well as do no harm to social, economic or environmental spheres.
COLLABORATIVE PRINCIPLES OF ALLIANCE:
➠ Mass proliferation of useful and needed training accompanied by the the systems of management for local people to be agents of their own development.
We will establish an open source database and a training methodology for the mass proliferation of development technology. We will regularly work to transfer skills that enhance dignified livelihoods to the communities in which we serve.
➠ Ongoing improvement of Indigenous capacity for human rights defense and administration of social services.
We will engage and enhance the indigenous capacity of local Community Based Organizations, local Civil Society Organizations, Social Movement Organizations, Social Enterprises, and Civil Service Enterprises.
➠ Strict & Absolute Adherence to Nonviolence; to both persons and property.
We hereby engage in a true and firm commitment to nonviolence in the face of human rights violations. We will offer training in nonviolent strategies to our members as means of achieving and protecting human rights.
Membership will be rescinded from any member who engages in violent action resulting in the death of others, even aggressors or any club, shop, unit or emergency group who by action or defensive compulsion takes up killing or property destruction as valid tactic for change.
Members are to be instructed how to deal with physical threats to themselves and their families via peacefare and evacuation. By every and all means necessary are you to abstain from offensive/ defensive engagement of a human rig ht violating entity state or non-state.
Remain in groups, evacuate when possible
➠ Strength in Unity, Strength in Diversity!
The following professional associations, trade unions, factions, ideologies, parties and modalities for change are considered our welcome allies, provided they are not actively or clandestinely using violence as their theory of change.
➠ Decentralization supports safety and sustainability.
We will establish directly elected shop representation in all our places of work, service and employment. We will not ever encourage a consolidated registry of members
➠ Solidarity with all poor and oppressed peoples.
➠ Solidarity with all units of the Association, Union, Movement and affiliated member groups.
We will provide standard benefits such as medical and legal, references, and contractual negotiation. We will want for every member what we want for ourselves and our families; life, liberty, equality and security of all human rights.
➠ High Levels of Integrity
You will never be off the clock as a member of this movement you are to uphold at all times high ethical standards and be subject to
We will develop via annual Congress a unified and evolving framework of principles that reflect both normative human rights entitlements and rigorous commitment to better the lives of our fellow humans.
➠ Professionalism of our Conduct
We will develop a Practitioners Code of Ethical Conduct whereby all working in the field of human development can be held to a common standard to be determined by committee.
➠ Popular Planning and Implementation
Our members will coordinate their projects, programs, and policies in consultation with beneficiaries. Members will be led by the communities they wish to empower.
➠ Populist Monitoring and Evaluation
We will assist our members in their development of appropriate monitoring and evaluating mechanisms in order to increase the accountability of development agents and ensure the use of best practices.
➠ Living Wages & HORIZONTAL PAY SCALES
No one, anywhere on earth should make less than $15 an hour and within our own payrolls and operations there should never be a radical discrepancy between expat & local pay, field and office pay, officer and rank and file pay. We are all equal and entitled to living wages for our work.
➠ Environmental justice
We view human rights as fully intertwined with environmental justice. In recognition that environmental degradation is a root cause of human suffering, we will support our members in development of environmentally sound practice.
➠ Human Rights Measurement of progress
➠ Human Rights Advancement
We will achieve human rights in each and every community in which we serve. These human rights are codified in the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights. We further stand in solidarity with all people and do not discriminate by race, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, class, or religion.
Please refer to your Union Book for bylaws and procedural protocols.
Shops will be established by 3-10 local members and chartered by the Congress when they submit a local chapter, elect officers and submit a charter request to Congress. This charter may only be amended by ratification of a simple majority by the Congress.
COLLECTIVE BENEFITS OF SOLIDARITY:
Please refer to your Union Book fo for your benefits entitlement and how to access them.
All union benefits are based on voluntary contribution and free association. They will be managed by the local shop branches through elected local delegates and shop stewards. There will not until amended by Congress be centralized collection of union dues.
- Benefit 1: (An Internal Emergency Fund)Voluntary cash and supportive service pledges to be activated by delegates in the instance of member, or member family need. Cash will be pledged online and be turned over to local delegate on the basis of qualified, demonstrated member need.
- Benefit 2:(Medical/Legal Referrals)Preferential access to in house legal and medical services based on availability. Free legal and medical consults and basic referrals. Later to be supplemented by actual medical insurance coverage and legal retention per diem.
- Benefit 3: (Reference Support for Employment, Study and VISA Applications)Members agree to assist all other members with supportive work references where appropriate. Members agree to notify each other about job openings and temporary contract work.
- Benefit 4: (Temporary International Lodging)Based on availability and references members of the union, all members are asked to provide up to three days of accommodations to other members traveling on work or holiday to other villages, towns, cities, regions and countries.
- Benefit 5: (Time Bank)The Time Bank is registry of member skills, abilities, ins, access points, as well as requests and will function as round table system of asks for asks, ins for ins and trades of skill sets on an hourly basis. An example is to request a certain number of hours of car mechanical work for a certain number of hours of barber work.
- Benefit 6: (Research Support Sharing)access to frontline sources, sharing of contacts and networks, research support in other languages, and in country contacts to support projects or research.
- Benefit 7: (Module Database Access)ability to contribute to and utilize the development training modules developed by members to proliferate best practices, new technology and skill upgrades. Will also be a repository of development and continuing educational materials.
- Benefit 8:(Psycho-Social Support)all members will have access to an open and compassionate system of critical stress debriefing to cope with stresses of the field via ongoing confidential counseling and correspondence.
- Benefit 9: (Jail Support) any member detained for any reason will have their bail raised, legal resources made available and be immediately assigned a working group to secure their release as expeditiously as possible.
- Benefit 10: (Family Benefits)all benefits will be extended to family as defined by members.
Structure Management/ Governance:
(Please refer to your Union Book for explanations on Association, Union and Movement governance structures.
Ratified: 5 June, 2016