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We, the Doctors for the 99%, respond to the call of the Declaration of the Occupation of New York City by uniting in solidarity with the global Occupy movement to stand up to mass injustice.

We assert our power by occupying a “space of conscience” within our professional communities. We create a place where concerned physicians may openly debate, learn, and act together to address the injustices that threaten our people, while protecting the art and integrity of our profession.

We, entrusted with the lives and wellbeing of the people, preserve the sanctity of the oath that we have universally sworn to uphold – an oath to do no harm. We refuse to be complicit in perpetuating policies that promote and reinforce structural violence. We take on the responsibility to challenge corporate and governmental influences that misallocate resources or profit at the expense of the people’s well being.

We advocate for the dynamic engagement of all physicians, physician-trainees and students with the larger determinants of health. We recognize that access to basic needs such as safe housing, fair justice and representation, food security, quality education, and meaningful employment are necessary cornerstones for healthy communities and individuals.

We believe in the virtue of horizontal engagement and an evolving democratic process espoused by the Occupy movement.  We aim to create a coalition of physician-activists to develop tactics and coordinate actions to further our collective struggle and give rise to new solutions.

Meaningful participation in democracy can only be achieved by liberating our people from the culture of oppression that plagues us all. We join the people’s movement in peaceful protest against mass injustice and seek creative actions for social change.

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