Occupy Democracy Demands

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Occupy Democracy is a social movement for a democracy free from corporate control that works for people and planet.

At an open, day-long strategy meeting on 22nd February, we produced a list of six core demands for our movement to focus on. We chose demands that involved systemic changes intended to limit the control that corporations have over our democracy. These were chosen from the longer list of demands which were agreed by consensus at our occupations in Parliament Square.

Our six core demands are as follows:

  • reform of party funding so that members of parliament act in the interests of  those who elect them rather than the 1% who bankroll them
  • major democratic reform of the media to break the stranglehold of vested interests
  • a fundamental overhaul of lobbying and the way powerful economic interests inhabit the corridors of power within government
  • the introduction of proportional representation so that everyone’s vote counts
  • that MPs should not have conflicts of interests from either paid employment or corporate shareholdings
  • a citizen-led constitutional convention for real democracy.

Towards a citizen-led constitutional convention

We will be continuing to build on Occupy Democracy’s sixth core demand for a citizen-led constitutional convention by participating in this event:

Designing Democracy for the 21st century

Why do we need a constitutional convention?
How do we design one that will have the best outcome for citizens?

May 10, 6-9pm Committee Room 5, House of Commons, Westminster

Energy is building for a citizens-led convention that looks critically at the present broken UK constitution and comes forward with proposals for democratic change. Jon Trickett, the shadow minister for the constitutional convention, supports the idea. King’s College, University of London, is drafting a proposal to create and run a convention. Could a convention draft an entirely new constitution or should it recommend reforms? Should Parliament have the final say on a convention’s proposals? Come and debate these and other issues with our panel and help build the pressure for substantial change.

  • Aisha Dodwell, Global Justice Now!
  • Frances Foley, Unlock Democracy
  • Alan Renwick, Constitution Unit, University College London
  • Julie Timbrell, Occupy Democracy
  • Paul Feldman, Assemblies for Democracy
  • Eddie Molloy, Electoral Reform Society
  • Neal Lawson, Compass

Space is limited so register asap. Allow yourself enough time to pass through the security arrangements at Westminster.

Read more here: Towards a Citizens’ Constitutional Convention

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