A MESSAGE TO CORPORATIONS
You are so skilled at figuring out what your customers demands are, and finding ways to profit from that. There is something your customers have been screaming to get, which you have ignored. We're here to help you figure this one out now. People want accountability. It's no secret that your main purpose is not to serve customers, but to exploit consumers. We all know that some of you will stop at nothing. Your financial power has managed to inflict a great deal of damage on the world and your influence seems to be boundless and growing ever stronger. The largest among you have gone as far as bribing entire governments and having politicians, already devoid of ethics and a conscience, and thus are beholden to you, legislate what is good for you rather than the people. You own our politicians and you control and decide what media shows us. You abuse the media to distract, delude, amuse and insulate us, not to educate, inform and entertain us with content that stimulates and promotes our critical thinking. You steal from us in the open daylight, and think that we will keep tolerating these abuses without organizing.
Your overwhelming spending to influence political campaigns has twisted our democracy. It appears you will stop at nothing. Although some of you are the biggest and most unethical entities controlling our world, you represent only 1% of the world's population. This message is an appeal to all the rest of companies, small and medium-sized businesses, family owned and operated businesses struggling to succeed and operate responsibly and ethically. You're businesses and corporations help the Repeace movement gain a critical mass. We are here to support those among you, who will voluntarily do what is right and just as the 99%. You are us.
Repeace.com has set up an online wall for people to express both what they want from you as fellow members of the 99% and what they want from the political representatives they wish to support. A large number of pledges will indicate that people are looking to support those among you who will live by our demands of accountability, transparency and sustainability, mindful of local economies.
We have proof that small U.S. business are ready to come on our side. We're confident that small and medium sized U.S. corporations, who do not have the resources to lobby, will commit to the standards of the public requests and join the movement. To large companies, who are less affected by our direct purchases, we encourage you to take steps to comply with the public demand for ethical business practices. We look forward to your informal initial commitment, followed by future concrete steps that will empower your words with deeds.
Individuals throughout the world, who are supporters of Repeace, encourage voluntary participation. That’s the beauty of democracy. Anyone who comes on board will embrace accountability, become socially responsible, produce sustainability on a local level, and make commitments to invest back in local economies.
We hope you will take this opportunity to do what's right now. We're eager to support you!
A MESSAGE TO POLITICAL REPRESENTATIVES
Your profession is not respected, and we all know why. You do not seem to understand the meaning of "conflict of interest". The world generally accepts this ethical failure as the norm. This has to change. Governments and politicians are not generally held accountable for acts which negatively affect the majority of people. Therefore, the Americans' trust in government is at an all-time low. Our government is owned and operated in behalf of private corporations. Thus the question, “Is there anyone left in Washington, DC, who has the American peoples' best interests at heart?” The empty and ineffective promises you have made have discouraged the people so that more than 3/4 of your citizens lack faith in you. Because after a few years in office, a majority of you are so much wealthier than your constituents, along with allegations of insider trading cause the public to wonder if there are any elected officials left in DC with a conscience and the courage to quit rather than lying to the people that they are supposed to serve.
Repeace’s second U.S. pledge allows your constituents to express their expectations of you. It also lets you know that "conflict of interest" is a term that deeply concerns them. Although you spend over 50% of your time at fundraisers, it’s imperative that we remind you that you are being paid to work for the common good not to schmooze with corporate influence peddlers in order to get re-elected.
You can run your campaign by using social media outlets, such as You Tube or Facebook, by creating interactive websites. You can come up with new and creative forms of communication in order to share your vision and your message; you can go back to using your copy machines and mobilize your volunteers, who can help you campaign for office and organize town hall meetings for Q&A sessions.
A large number of votes in Repeace’s second pledge will indicate that people are now ready to support new and accountable candidates, who will run fair and transparent political races.
A MESSAGE TO NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS
Repeace addresses non-profit organizations because they have grown to replace, to some extent, failed government responsibilities. They step in to protect, and defend the rights and interests of mankind and its sacred environment, when government fails. In 2010 the historian, Alan Brinkley, observed that we will soon enter the fourth decade in which Congress has failed to deal with any major national problem, from infrastructure to education. The gridlock isn’t only a function of polarized politics and special interests. There has been a profound leadership deficit. The number of non-profit organizations involved in everything from environmental protection to feeding and housing the poorest increased dramatically in response abject government failure. These organizations will never be able to fulfill or replace the role of sound, involved and caring government.
Compassionate people always have an enormous concern for a variety of causes, social justice, the environment, including animal and human rights. We believe that such concerns stem from feeling deeply disturbed about injustice they find wherever they look. This profound unease is precisely why these compassionate individuals either volunteer or work with non-profit organizations. Because of the explosion of non-profit organizations, people have become overwhelmed by the appeals from thousands of groups. There are only so many petitions that people can sign, so many groups or initiatives in which people can participate, and so many times that people can write to politicians or businesses, before they become exhausted and disheartened by the overwhelming demands.
There is only so much money we can afford to donate. Due to the devastating state of the economy, it’s no surprise that we – the 99% –have much less money to contribute. It takes a lot of time, energy, passion and commitment to build an organization and raise the funds necessary to do the work. But when concern for the survival of an organization overshadow its mission, nobody wins.
We believe that it's time to stand together behind ideas and movements that can help foster an environment of transparency and accountability We believe all of you will find ways to unite behind universal agreements and actions that are reflective of your goals in representing the majority. We also hope that such work will motivate and inspire you to expand the missions and objectives of your organizations. Open hearts and minds will lead to more inclusive thinking and acting to advance the interests of the common good.
The core rationale of the Repeace idea lies in the fact that all activists are galvanized into action by their dissatisfaction with the status quo. Their activism, is expressed by joining and supporting non-profit organizations, is a quest for peace. They motivated by hope, the hope of achieving peace both for themselves and for the oppressed, exploited and demoralized majority. All legitimate non-profit organizations are part of a bigger peace movement challenging the establishment on vital issues in order to create a peaceful and just world.
We call on each of you to share Repeace with your members, friends, family, and other people in your circle and encourage them to take the 3 Repeace pledges and to help create a critical mass that is essential for a global movement.
A message to the media
"There is no peace now, and part of it is that a big part of the media aren't not doing their job"
Former President John F. Kennedy said that the press is the only business in America to be protected by the Constitution in a speech to the American Newspaper Publishers Association in 1961:
"Without debate, without criticism, no Administration and no country can succeed — and no republic can survive. That is why the Athenian lawmaker Solon decreed it a crime for any citizen to shrink from controversy. And that is why our press was protected by the First Amendment — the only business in America specifically protected by the Constitution — not primarily to amuse and entertain, not to emphasize the trivial and the sentimental, not to simply "give the public what it wants" — but to inform, to arouse, to reflect, to state our dangers and our opportunities, to indicate our crises and our choices, to lead, mold, educate and sometimes even anger public opinion."
Politicians, law enforcement officers, presidents, ordinary people, academics, lawyers, judges, and the media witness fear and violence, courage and despair around the world. We hope you look inside and think about the role you can play to shine the light of reason and expose the sources of these acts. We hope you will chose courage. You are in a powerful position to move the masses and your courage is needed. We hope that you spend some time every day to cover news about Occupy events, powerful, analytic bloggers, and seek out people who propose solutions for our many problems.
With every word you write, every image you show, you are creating your legacy. You can fool anyone you want, but can't fool yourself. If you know that you're misinforming or hiding the truth, you cause harm to the people of your own country and the world. Whether you work for a large media corporation, or a small independent media outlet, you have a duty to share the truth. You should be driven by the spirit of investigation and uncover the truth, package and make compelling stories, that make people think and make fact based decisions. The truth is entertaining. It doesn't take courage to cover the Occupy events, confront the excessive use of force against peaceful protesters, or to remind people who the real criminals are and where to find them. What it takes is commitment to your profession, integrity and honor and a deep abiding commitment to truth. It requires integrity to report the truth and fight for it; It takes honor to stand behind your beliefs, not your bosses. You may be choosing the easy way out, because you' re afraid to lose your job, that, however, doesn't reflect integrity, courage or a commitment to the truth.