THE BLOOMBERGVILLE DECLARATIONPosted: June 22, 2011
On June 21, residents of Bloombergville and its supporters drafted a declaration of purpose and beliefs:
THE BLOOMBERGVILLE DECLARATION
We stand with all those struggling against austerity around the world.
We are in active solidarity with those refusing any and all cuts when solutions to deficits are clearly available. The solution demands a reorientation of the fundamental priorities of our countries. We reject our money going to war, tax breaks for the rich, and subsides to banks.
No library should close. No teacher or worker laid off. No tuition raised. No fire station closed. No unaffordable housing. And no social services ended.
By increasing taxes on the wealthy and ending the wars and occupations the US engages in, we could help those most affected by the budget cuts: working people, people of color, women, students, the homeless, among others. The solution is clear, and will only come from collective struggle.
Bloombergville is an encampment to intensify and strengthen the struggle against austerity in New York City. It is a site of struggle and a community of resistance. We have drawn our inspiration from similar actions around the world, and we hope to inspire others.
So long as austerity is on the agenda, we will be on the streets!
— Residents and supporters of Bloombergville