The Occupy London Stock Exchange movement represents our (latest) best opportunity to get real change. Walking around St Paul’s this weekend was like walking around a giant art exhibition – everywhere was information, posters, calls to action, in other areas mini workshops, music, a library, a tent university, a kitchen and much more. The general public are welcomed. An inspiring community has emerged, and it’s made up of people of varied backgrounds, ages and ethnicities.
They are calling for our broken democracy to be fixed. They are angry at corporate greed, at corrupt politicians and the Corportisation of Everything. They have a Declaration, agreed democratically which is a work in progress and will be updated and refined on an ongoing basis as the movement continues to evolve. Each day a general assembly is held, open to anyone, where important issues affecting the collective are discussed and decisions made. A series of working groups have been set up, from the kitchen and toilets to legal observers and a tent university half term programme to educate the young. It’s amazing to be part of this. I urge anyone who can stop by and find out about this beautiful movement to go along to both St Paul’s and the Finsbury Square occupations. The press are generally understating the importance of this movement and are not reporting fairly, as demonstrated by this witty sketch.
So what’s the significance of this for wild lawyers? Well, law has a lot to do with justice and this movement aims to bring about global justice for all. The system is bust. Laws are serving coporate interests not planet and people. As Julian Assange said in his address to St Paul’s on Saturday 15 Oct, this is about the construction of law (starts 27 mins in – the repetition of the crowd is the ‘human mic’ ).
We need a completely new legal system which acknowledges Earth as the primary lawgiver. This movement needs to go deep. It’s not just about massively limiting the power of corporates, necessary though that is. It’s beyond people getting their ‘fair share of the pie’ – if that’s only considered in human terms. That still implies exploitation of this beautiful planet. We must build a new world based on an Earth democracy – we humans must be a benign presence on this planet. The amazingly diverse community of life on Earth – including the trees, the animals, the rivers, the mountains… they are all stakeholders in this too. Let’s bring them to the heart of this debate!
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