The Batman Declaration

por lofredo

Occupy Gotham

Translations: French, Slovak, Spanish, German, Italian

As we gather together in solidarity to express a feeling of mass injustice, we must not lose sight of what brought us together. We write so that all people who feel wronged by the corporate forces of the world can know that we are your allies.

As one people, united, we acknowledge the reality: that the future of the human race requires the cooperation of its members; that our system must protect our rights, and upon corruption of that system, it is up to the individuals to protect their own rights, and those of their neighbors; that a democratic government derives its just power from the people, but corporations do not seek consent to extract wealth from the people and the Earth; and that no true democracy is attainable when the process is determined by economic power. We come to you at a time when corporations, which place profit over people, self-interest over justice, and oppression over equality, run our governments. We have peaceably assembled here, as is our right, to let these facts be known.

They have taken our houses through an illegal foreclosure process, despite not having the original mortgage.

They have taken bailouts from taxpayers with impunity, and continue to give Executives exorbitant bonuses.

They have perpetuated inequality and discrimination in the workplace based on age, the color of one’s skin, sex, gender identity and sexual orientation.

They have poisoned the food supply through negligence, and undermined the farming system through monopolization.

They have profited off of the torture, confinement, and cruel treatment of countless animals, and actively hide these practices.

They have continuously sought to strip employees of the right to negotiate for better pay and safer working conditions.

They have held students hostage with tens of thousands of dollars of debt on education, which is itself a human right.

They have consistently outsourced labor and used that outsourcing as leverage to cut workers’ healthcare and pay.

They have influenced the courts to achieve the same rights as people, with none of the culpability or responsibility.

They have spent millions of dollars on legal teams that look for ways to get them out of contracts in regards to health insurance.

They have sold our privacy as a commodity.

They have used the military and police force to prevent freedom of the press. They have deliberately declined to recall faulty products endangering lives in pursuit of profit.

They determine economic policy, despite the catastrophic failures their policies have produced and continue to produce.

They have donated large sums of money to politicians, who are responsible for regulating them.

They continue to block alternate forms of energy to keep us dependent on oil.

They continue to block generic forms of medicine that could save people’s lives or provide relief in order to protect investments that have already turned a substantial profit.

They have purposely covered up oil spills, accidents, faulty bookkeeping, and inactive ingredients in pursuit of profit.

They purposefully keep people misinformed and fearful through their control of the media.

They have accepted private contracts to murder prisoners even when presented with serious doubts about their guilt.

They have perpetuated colonialism at home and abroad. They have participated in the torture and murder of innocent civilians overseas.

They continue to create weapons of mass destruction in order to receive government contracts. *

To the people of the world,

We, the New York City General Assembly occupying Wall Street in Liberty Square, urge you to assert your power.

Exercise your right to peaceably assemble; occupy public space; create a process to address the problems we face, and generate solutions accessible to everyone.

To all communities that take action and form groups in the spirit of direct democracy, we offer support, documentation, and all of the resources at our disposal.

Join us and make your voices heard!

*These grievances are not all-inclusive.


Hojas de Ruta es una novela ilustrada de viajes y aventuras. Su autor Gino Lofredo ha logrado con sorprendente acierto, ironía y desopilante humor cruzar las fronteras entre géneros y construir un producto único. Hojas de Ruta tiene la potencia de un híbrido: fotos, mapas, ficción, hechos reales y voces ricas en individualidad que transcurren por conexiones temporales e inesperadas.

¿Quién es Aparicio Retaguardia? Un doble agente, un ingenuo reportero, un solitario motociclista jubilado, una versión senil de Tintín, o un Papá Noel que recorre América Latina sobre dos ruedas: Don Aparicio es todo ello, y a la vez, ninguno. Hojas de Ruta gira en torno al viaje que realiza este personaje tras aceptar una riesgosa misión, desde el sur equinoccial de Colombia hacia el desierto de La Guajira, hasta la frontera con Venezuela. En los distintos sitios de arribo, Aparicio tiene la sabiduría de un palabrero Wayuu y la ironía de un diablillo que hace autopsias en vivo a los engaños del mundo criollo. Solamente estos rasgos esquizoides permitirán transmitir con fidelidad enrevesada las facetas de un continente.

Hojas de Ruta sobrepone a la linealidad del viaje, las realidades paralelas de la memoria y las curvaturas del tiempo mostrando en Colombia algunos rostros de América Latina: violencia mercenaria, gente asombrosa y geografía imponente… Las aventuras de Don Aparicio evocan a la distancia a Kerouac, al Easy Rider de Dennis Hopper y Jack Nicholson y al filósofo de Zen y el Arte de la Mantención de la Motocicleta, pero desde una cuarta edad que no se resigna.


1. Portal de las Estrellas
2. Cruz del Sur
3. El Desierto Protector
4. Pijao de Oro y Almanaques
5. El Mago de Palmira
6. Maicao: Testigos Presenciales
7. Pájaro Rengo
8. Inolvidable Portete Bahía
9. Fuga de Acordeones
10. Pase sin Compromiso
11. Mecánica Sócrates y Juventus Spa
12. My Favorite Things
13. Mandrágora, Almizcle y Sándalo
14. Santa Gaza de Palestina
15. Complícame la Trama, Baby
16. Cambio de Bases
17. Le Business Model del Secuestro
18. Trastienda de Arenas Betancourt
19. Fantasías de Medellín
20. Trastienda de Fangio
21. Fondo de Ojo, Confesión en Seco
22. El Almirante, las Perlas y el Fraile
23. Pueblo, Riel y Carbón
24. Cambia, Todo Cambia
25. Despiste de Madrugada
26. Piernas, Cintura y Arrastre
27. La Trastienda de Satanás
28. Acople, Credos y Padre Nuestros
29. El Triangular de Job
30. La Máscara Roja
31. Precisas Instrucciones
32. Rapsodia de Sísifo
33. El Gran Escape
34. Gasolina Express

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