Statement of Autonomy – consented to on 11/22/11

Statement of Autonomy

Occupy Boston is a people’s movement. It is party-less, leaderless, by the people and for the people. It is not a business, a political party, an advertising campaign, or a brand. It is not for sale.

Any organization is welcome to support us with the knowledge that doing so will mean questioning your own institutional frameworks of work and hierarchy, and integrating our principles into your modes of action.
We acknowledge the existence of professional activists who work to make our world a better place. If you are representing, or being compensated by an independent source in order to participate in our process, please disclose your affiliation at the outset. Those seeking to capitalize on this movement or undermine it by appropriating its message or symbols are not part of Occupy Boston. Any statement or declaration not released through the General Assembly should be considered independent of Occupy Boston.
We welcome all, who, in good faith, petition for a redress of grievances through civil disobedience. We provide a forum for peaceful assembly of individuals to engage in participatory, direct democracy, as opposed to partisan debate and representative democracy. We welcome dissent.
We wish to clarify that Occupy Boston is not and never has been beholden to any established political party, candidate or organization. Our only affiliation is with the people.
If you have chosen to devote resources to building this movement, especially your time and labor, then this movement is yours.
We stand in solidarity. We are Occupy Boston.