The Declaration of Financial Independence
By: The Community Empowerment Fund
We the PEOPLE of the Community Empowerment Fund declare our independence from the oppression and tyranny of the unjust financial system, whose banks are built on the backs of the poor. This system has turned us against ourselves, our brethren and our sistren, putting individual property ahead of community well-being.
We declare today, on this day the second of July, two thousand and eleven, in union, our independence from this System and our firmly held belief in a Financial System built on a different set of values, a System that upholds justice, equality and its People. We hold these truths to be self-evident:[community fill in the blank!]
We furthermore hold this truth to be self-evident, That whenever any form of Power becomes destructive and ceases to support the Common Wealth, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute a new System, laying its foundations on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Systems long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce the People under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Powers, and to provide new Guards for their future security. Such has been the patient sufferance of these People; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Financial Systems.
The history of the present Financial Crisis is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute and corporate Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world:[community fill in the blank]
We, therefore, the People of the Community Empowerment Fund, do solemnly publish and declare, that these People united are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent; that they are absolved from all allegiance to Oppressive Debt; and that as Free and Independent Members, they have full and collective Power that has been heretofore unrealized to promote Peace, build Community, establish Fairness, and to conclude together upon the proverbial Mountaintop. And for the support of this Declaration, we mutually pledge to each other our Support, our Trust, and our Beloved Community.