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On July 4th occupiers from around Texas convened at the Texas Capitol to share knowledge, make connections and find out the top priorities for the movement in Texas. We engaged in the same Visioning Process as the National Gathering as a show of solidarity and Support. Here is the current list. We can use this as a starting point and a gathering point for moving forward.

Top Issues

*Money out of Politics (End Corporate Person hood, End Citizens United)

*End War (on Nations, on Terror, on Drugs and Civil Liberties)

*A True Participatory Democracy

*A Sustainable Society (environmental stewardship)

*Basic Human Rights and Equality (Education, Healthcare, Housing, Nutrition)

*Fair and Transparent Financial Practices

Social/Civil Justice

*Right to Healthcare (single payer was the most popular approach)

*Right to Education

*Right to Affordable Housing

Freedom of Thought

Right to a Job

End Private Prisons

Declaration of Children’s Rights

Adherence to U.N. Declaration of Human Rights

Immigration Reform

End Anti-Homelessness Laws

Native American Justice

End Indoctrination

Make all Media Public

Repeal Patriot Act

Right to Nutrition

Public Transit Access

Separation of Church and State

Workers Bill of Rights

Consumer Bill of Rights

Decriminalize Hemp

Equality for All

Pay cap for executives to be the exponent of base employee pay

Economic Justice

*End Corporate Person hood

Prosecute Financial Crimes

End Oil Subsidies

End Corporate Welfare

Living Wage Laws

Reinstate Glass–Steagall

Return Coining of money to Treasury

Overturn Fed Reserve Act

Alternate Currencies

Financial Security

Preserve the Commons

Abolish Capitalism

Run Finance as regulated utility

Erase debt record

Financial transparency

Tax and Regulate Drugs

Fair TradeProtect Anti-Trust and Monopoly Laws

Regulate Big Business and Corporations

Fair Taxation

Free Market

End the Fed

No Bailouts

Less regulation on small business

End Insurance Mandates

Political Justice

No Law Restricting Health Science

Free Political Prisoners

Election Day Holiday

A People written Constitution

True Democracy (direct or otherwise)

End Electoral College

Easy Access to Voter Registration

Paper Ballots

Make recall of elected officials easier

Non-Partisan Redistricting

End Corporate Person hood

End Citizens United

Fair Elections

Publicly Funded Elections

End Super PAC’s and unlimited anonymous spending

Return to Fairness Doctrine and expand from just media to advertisements and Politics

Respect Term Limits

Investigate Misinformation Campaigns

Less Governmental Control

Run off Voting, preferably Instant Runoff Voting (IVR)

Reduce Financial & Legal barricades to running for office

Would like to see an annual citizen’s review panel to critique the policies of the current administration. The panel should be made up of respected intellectuals such as Chomsky, Hedges, Lessig, etc. It should also be as accessible as the presidential debates.

Open up the interpretation of the constitution to citizens. 5 people should not be able to write into law what millions disagree with.

Environmental Justice

Sustainable Society

Label GMO’s

Food Subsidy Transparency

Increase sustainable energy

Abolish Nukes

Recycle College Text Books

Peace

End Chemical and Biological Warfare

End use of Nuclear Weapons

End Abuse of security concerns as a way to curtail Civil Liberties

Create Dept. of Peace

Police Reform

No Police or Military

End Drug War

End All Wars

End Empire

Cut Military spending in half

Repeal Patriot Act

Peace in the Middle East

Alternative Society

Non-Governmental Community Councils

Greater Civic Involvement

Non-Oppressive Systems

Transition Communities

Better Communities

Right to Live to full potential

New Occupy Party

No Political Parties

Less Nationalism, more World Wide Focus

Should focus on cooperation over competition

Photo Via John Anderson of Austin Chronicle