To those who ask “What do you stand for?” or “What is everyone mad about?” or “What are the solutions?” we answer:
We are a collection of thousands of Richmonders with thousands of individual grievances, issues, and problems. We acknowledge that these all derive from a mutual source: a profound socioeconomic disparity unlike any seen in recorded history. We acknowledge that we live in a broken system, a system which allows particular interests to fund candidacies for office, offices that make decisions affecting the lives of the 99%. The 99% is unhappy with those decisions and nobody seems to be listening.
We seek to find a solution through community discourse, by exercising our civil rights to Assembly, Speech, and Expression in a public space that all Richmonders share ownership of. By developing a body that makes decisions through modified consensus and collective thought, we begin to embody a system that is inclusive rather than exclusive, an actual participatory democracy interested in the views and opinions of everyone involved.
We welcome you, Richmonder, whoever you are.
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