Occupy Ottawa is a peaceful, vibrant, grassroots movement of many colors, genders and political persuasions. We are citizens, voters, workers, parents, professionals, students, activists and unemployed workers. We Are The 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%.
Occupy Ottawa is independent of the Occupy Wall Street and other local and global "occupy" movements. But we share the same values and philosophy. We have come together in solidarity with ordinary citizens across the world who are mobilizing to resist the rise of crony capitalism and the collapse of accountability. We share a common concern with other global "occupy" movements: that money, backed by a legion of lawyers, lobbyists and the force of arms, controls our economic and political systems. Current monetary policies enacted through globalization and privatization are harming the majority.
We are outraged that the top one per cent of earners are improving their incomes at the expense of the remaining 99 per cent. Here in Canada, individuals making approximately $200,000 annually in total income are in the top one per cent of earners. Every day, many middle- and low-income earners are being left behind. As the privilege of the powerful grows, and the protections that shield ordinary citizens from the volatility of market cycles are shredded for the benefit of the few.
Occupy Ottawa seeks to separate money from politics and improve the country’s infrastructure to fix healthcare, education, environment and the economy.