October 29, 2011
SCHULZ GOES TO WALL STREET
Gives The Constitution A Voice
9 AM on Saturday, October 8, I was tuned into CNN,
broadcasting from Atlanta. The Host was interviewing
three young people who had participated in "Occupy
Atlanta" the day before. One was a 26 year old
female veteran back from the hostilities in Iraq and
Afghanistan and enrolled in College. The other two
were males in their 20's who were employed.
host asked what the Occupy movement was all about.
The young people said, "We want to fix the system."
host asked how the system could be fixed. The young
people struggled to find an answer but had none.
Eventually they suggested more people should vote.
turned to Judy, my wife, saying, "That's it. I'm
going down there. These folks need to know about the
Constitution and how it can solve their grievances."
Four hours later, we were in New York City. I had a
thought to find a meeting room somewhere near to the
protests so I could talk about
and the Constitution to whomever might come.
Research uncovered a new community center two blocks
away called Charlotte's Place." We were able to
make contact with and then meet with the director in
between visits to the Park who agreed to give us
time to meet there with interested people.
we walked among the protestors, we observed many who
were clean-cut, bright eyed as they moved throughout
the crowd open to exchanging ideas with strangers.
noticed a table with a homemade sign, "INFO." I
approached and asked, "How can I conduct a teach-in
on the State and Federal Constitutions? The young
man said, "Start a Working Group." I asked, "How do
I do that." He said, "Announce it." I asked, "How."
He said, "Get up on a bench and yell, 'Mic Check.'"
That will get the attention of the People."
did just that. The People turned their attention to
me and began to repeat, in waves, every few words I
said. I announced I was starting a Constitution
Working Group, that the Constitution can be used to
control the Bankers, the Corporations and the
Politicians, end undeclared wars, end Bailouts, end
the Fed and end our debt-based, fiat currency.
Each part of the message was repeated two or three
times as the crowds carried the words and energy
back to others farther away. I announced the first
meeting of the State and Federal Constitution
Working Group would be at 6 PM on the steps at the
east end of the Plaza.
Cheers were heard and People raised both hands,
pointing all their (wiggling) fingers upwards. I
learned later that was a hand signal expressing
Before I could descend from the bench, 20-25 people
surrounded me, some asking questions. What became
clear to me was they knew little to nothing about
the content, history, meaning, effect and
significance of any provision of their State and
Federal Constitutions. I lectured from the park
bench for more than 30 minutes, before someone else
from a distance yelled, "Mic Check," drawing
attention to the new speaker.
6 PM meeting I learned OWS had a General Assembly (GA) meeting
every evening about
PM, run by a group of "facilitators."
the 6 PM meeting people signed up to be on the
Constitution Working Group, providing their names
and email addresses.
Before the start of the GA, I engaged in a loud
conversation with a student from the Rochester
Institute of Technology (RIT) in New York about his
grievances and the Constitution. He started out
expressing his anger at the greed and corruption on
Wall Street, Again, dozens of young People,
apparently genuinely eager to learn, gathered around
to listen to the conversation.
After more mingling, I did another "Mic Check,"
announcing there would be a meeting of the State and
Federal Constitution Working Group on Wednesday at
Charlotte's Place and those who would like to be on
the Working Group should meet me on the Steps. More
people signed up, bringing the total to 29,
including two attorneys (one of whom is a professor
of Financial Law at Cornell and under contract to
teach Financial Regulations to folks at the New York
Federal Reserve (ponder this for a moment), a young
veteran combat photographer, another young veteran,
a high school math teacher, a full time student at
PACE U., and so on. Again I was impressed at the
level of intelligence and sincerity of the people
who were there.
Wednesday, eight of the 29 met (we have since
learned it is difficult to schedule meetings when
all can meet, given the diversity of everyone's
professions and occupations).
consensus was reached regarding a simple, one or two
word definition of the overriding grievances of OWS:
Money, Debt, Bailouts, Federal Reserve, Corporate
Personhood and the (Undeclared) Wars.
There was a discussion of the five Rights guaranteed
by the First Amendment, with emphasis on the meaning
of the fifth: the Right to Petition for Redress.
Packets of study materials were distributed
including copies of the State and Federal
Constitutions, the Articles of Freedom, WTP's
"Interpretation of the Meaning of the Right to
Petition Government for Redress of Grievances," the
lawsuit filed by me in 2008 against the AIG bailout,
the lawsuit filed by me in 2008 against the $700
billion bailout of the financial industry, We the
People of New York, Inc.'s Certificate of
Incorporation and the pamphlet written by Benedict
D. LaRosa, "Democracy or Republic, Which Is It?"
Since then, we have had two more meetings in NYC and
one Webinar. Judith Whitmore has joined me in this
effort. Thus far, an agreement has been reached on
the Beliefs of the State and Federal Constitution
Working Group as follows:
People have Natural Rights -- Simply Because They
the People have Instituted Government to Secure
to our Governing Documents, Sovereignty rests with
Constitution & Declaration of Independence are
Principle, Prohibition, Restriction and Mandate of
our Governing Documents represents a Guaranteed,
People are the Source of All Political Power
(after all no one gets into office unless we put
Elected Officials are limited by our written
(if not authorized in writing, such acts are
Constitution is not a Menu.
Constitution cannot Defend Itself.
Individuals and Small Groups cannot prevail in
attempts to hold government accountable to their
State and Federal Constitutions.
Critical Mass is needed, say 3-5% of population.
few in and out of public office can recognize when
government is obeying or violating the
way our system of governance is working is in
sharp contrast to the way it is designed to work.
don't change the Constitution by ignoring it;
There are provisions within it to make changes.
that is happening is our fault; the People have
allowed it to happen.
The People have always had the ultimate power in
our society and have always been the final
arbiters of constitutionality.
of what is causing our National distress NOW can
be traced back to violations of the Constitution.
next step, before next Monday's Webinar is to
prepare drafts of Petitions for Redress which will
include Instructions to the President and
Congress to Remedy the agreed upon Grievances, each
involving a violation of the Constitution: Money,
Debt, Bailouts, Federal Reserve, Corporate
Personhood and Undeclared Wars.
Once a consensus is reached on an Instruction, it
will be forwarded to the OWS facilitators and
announced at Liberty Plaza following a "Mic Check."
If there are enough people who support the
Petitions/Instructions, this is a peaceful legal way
that the "99%" and the Constitution can be heard.
From those I have talked to or heard from, there has
been real relief expressed that someone is pointing
the way back to the Constitution. However, there are
different viewpoints on who is back of OWS; what its
real purpose is; what is going to take place because
IMHO, the OWS may morph into a more formal, national
organization something like our Constitution Lobby,
albeit possibly without incorporating. The danger is
it may be co-opted by a person(s) with an agenda
contrary to that of the Constitution Lobby. With
that in mind it will be interesting to see how much
respect the Constitution Working Group actually
receives from the powers behind OWS, whoever they
will continue until the Constitution is back as the
main-frame for America and our Nation is back on
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