15M Movement: “Youth Manifesto”

15.10.2011 - Madrid - Pressenza IPA

**YOUTH MANIFESTO: EVERYONE TO THE STREETS!**

A ray of Sun, oh oh oh! Against Opression, oh oh oh!
A ray of Sun, oh oh oh! For liberation, oh oh oh!

**LET’S LAUNCH A REVOLUTION TOGETHER THAT IS PARTICIPATORY, JOYFUL, INCLUSIVE AND PEACEFUL:**

Stéphane Hessel says, *“Get outraged!… for a peaceful uprising… Nonviolence is the path we must learn to follow. I am convinced that the future belongs to nonviolence, and to reconciliation among different cultures.”*

We want the pending revolution: HUMAN RIGHTS FOR ALL. Dignity, education, healthcare, employment, housing, culture… FUTURE FOR ALL!! We are acting coherently through Active Nonviolence, which is a courageous stand denouncing all forms for violence that outrage us: physical, economic, racial, sexual, ideological, psychological, etc. *“NONVIOLENCE IS OUR STRENGTH.”*

**“IF YOU DON’T LET US DREAM, WE WON’T LET YOU SLEEP”:**

*“We need to give a response to social and personal conflicts. But in a new way. Not with values that we don’t want, but with joy, good humor, and a good spirits among the people. With respect, with caring, encouraging unity and connection among all of us. We must give a clear signal, powerful and concise, a new attitude that we want to express in the world. Our action is born of the human need to overcome our limits, to liberate ourselves, and to create the type of society we really want.”* With the Force that unites us, LET US THINK ABOUT WHAT WE TRULY NEED.

**WE THE PEOPLE COME FIRST:**

*“Nothing above the human being and no human being above any other.”* Not money, the banks, financial capital, the corrupt political powers or their leaders – none of them above the human being. They laugh in our faces with their pockets overflowing. Now IT IS TIME FOR ALL OF US TO LAUGH. *“We have awoken, and now we want breakfast!” “We want happiness and freedom to grow in ourselves and in those around us.”*

**TO BE HAPPY, WE ALL NEED THE FUTURE:**

Nelson Mandela tells us: *“Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.”*
But why study? Why should we make an effort? Most of us are unemployed or earning poverty wages. For how much longer?
They are leaving us *“with no future, no work, no house, no pension… without fear.”* *“We want to see ourselves dancing toward the future with the light feet of joy!”* WE WANT THE FUTURE NOW!!

**CITIZENS OF THE WORLD, UNITE: WE ARE A UNIVERSAL HUMAN NATION.**

Martin Luther King said: *“I have a dream that one day… injustice and oppression will be transformed into freedom and justice… and the whole human race will unite in a beautiful symphony of brotherhood.”*
Everywhere we have problems: in Egypt, Tunisia, Morrocco, Iceland… and they have begun to fight by agreeing on a change. Now in the rest of Europe and the Americas, and soon in every country on the Planet, in every town and city. EVERYONE TO THE PUBLIC SQUARES!

We want uncensored internet all around the world. We want a worldization that supports all ethnicities, languages, customs and beliefs – a convergence of cultures.

**WE HAVE FAITH AND HOPE THAT ANOTHER WORLD IS POSSIBLE:**

We want a world where we live together in happiness, all of us and not just a few. A WORLD WITHOUT WARS, WITHOUT WEAPONS, WITHOUT HUNGER, WITHOUT POVERTY, AN ECOLOGICALLY SOUND WORLD FULL OF SOLIDARITY… with equal rights and opportunities for all human beings. *“To struggle for the rights of the minorities is to struggle for the rights of all.”* *“No human being is illegal.”*

**REAL DEMOCRACY NOW!**

Enough hypocrisy. Money is everything: it buys the governments, the laws, the communications media… We say enough!! We want RESPONSES TO THE REAL NEEDS OF THE PEOPLE. WE ALL HAVE THE RIGHT TO STATE OUR OPINION AND DECIDE TOGETHER, instead of having a few decide for us.
Politicians who have been elected through direct democracy must faithfully represent the will of the citizens and be at their service. Sovereignty resides in the people, and we the people must be continually vigilant. We aspire to have all laws undergo Referendum. So that we are not betrayed, we demand THAT ELECTORAL PROMISES BE FULFILLED, that they cannot be changed by the financial interests of the powerful.

**THE POWERFUL DO NOT REPRESENT US.**

The politicians of the system want to silence our voices (sometimes by force and violence), so that they can keep living at the expense of our silence. The politicians have gone to the rich from the *“monster”* of the capital market. Let them resign and join this revolution.

**GIVE US FULL EMPLOYMENT AND DIGNIFIED WORK!**

José Luis Sampedro said: *“I urge you to move forward in the struggle for a more human life… you will find many obstacles in your path, but it is your future that is at stake. May 15 must be more than an oasis in the desert; it must be the beginning of an arduous struggle so that finally we no longer are – or are seen as – ‘merchandise in the hands of the politicians and bankers.’ We say NO TO FINANCIAL TYRANNY AND ITS DEVASTATING CONSEQUENCES.”*

**NO TO ECONOMIC VIOLENCE.**

No to speculation and usury. No to fiscal paradises. No to the scandalous sharing of benefits among those who control capital and business, without considering the workers and the unemployed. No to the scandalous differences in salary in the same business, in the same country, and in different countries and regions of the planet.

We need a bank that serves the people. *“The Bank always makes a profit and never gives us any of it.”* Democratize all businesses. Let the workers also come together and organize in assemblies. Support businesses that organize dignified strikes. Support cooperative societies and businesses and worker self-management.

**WE RESPECT DIVERSITY:**

Gandhi said: *“Violence only engenders more violence.”*
If we wish to reach common agreements, we have to respect creativity and diversity, and not impose our own point of view. Any kind of imposition is violence, and such violence only limits us, and is unnecessary.
The violence of the states and entrenched powers against the people and their manipulation of us is an outrage. *“Against your violence, my peace; against your nightstick, my word.”*

**WE ASK THE SUPPORT OF ALL THE PEOPLE, ORGANIZATIONS AND COLLECTIVES THAT ARE ALREADY WORKING FOR A BETTER AND MORE HUMAN WORLD.**

**LET’S CHANGE HISTORY: LET’S SAY YES TO HISTORY!!**

We give thanks for the example and inspiration of all who have fought actively and peacefully down through History, so that we might arrive at this point. We ask the support of all who feel solidarity with us so that we can continue in this task. Struggling together we will leave a much better world for everyone. We have the capability and the strength to change history. This is the moment to act.

**THE PUBLIC SQUARE IS A SYMBOL OF THE SPIRIT THAT UNITES ALL HUMAN BEINGS:**

**WE DO NOT WANT EMPTY WORDS.**

Together we have generated a unique new process which, if we apply ourselves, can lay the foundations for a true cultural, social and personal revolution. A revolution of all and for all, in which the central value is the human being, and the methodology is active nonviolence.
If this is to endure over time we need to organize. We need an organization that is not bureaucratic, but based on human communication: communication that enriches us and allows us to grow together. Communication that does not lead us to despair or separation; communication based on respect, communication that incites to us action.
That is why we propose, here and now, that we take a moment to think about all the difficulties we’ve had, and everything we have learned from those difficulties…
And now let us remember those good moments that neither we nor the world will ever forget …

**BECAUSE THIS IS NOT UTOPIA, THIS IS REALITY
LET’S ALL PARTICIPATE!!**

**THE FUTURE IS OURS!!**

**EVERYONE TO THE PUBLIC SQUARES!!**

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