Skip to main content


Occupy Wall Street: Actor and activist Mark Ruffalo shares his first-person account of the movement
Countdown, CurrentTV -- October 4, 2011

http://current.com/...

Actor, activist and “Countdown” contributor Mark Ruffalo shares his first-person account of Occupy Wall Street. Ruffalo encourages people everywhere to get involved, saying, “This is not the America that we were promised.”


partial transcript over the doodle-divider ...



Mark Ruffalo:

[ ... Those Critics] have forgotten 1776, and that revolution -- that was the great turning point, that created this democracy we are living under. And it was based on the same principles we have guiding us here.  People were being oppressed by the ruling class.  There was no justice.  There was no sense of law.  The Nobleman had all the cards, and the common man was made nothing more than a slave.
 ...


The People are waking up. This is a movement transcending political ideologies ... Like all great movements, it takes time to foment.  ... for all voices to be heard.  ...


It takes time to hear those many voices -- but we are hearing them, and they are saying:

"They want justice."  People losing their homes to robo-bank-mortgage signings -- they want justice.

People losing their jobs, because corporate America is sending their jobs overseas, and then making records profits -- they want justice.

People are being left out in the streets and can't pay their Health Care.

This is not the America that we were promised, that certainly my generation, and the generation before that, was promise:

that this great burgeoning Middle Class, that had a growing income, that had a life that was livable -- that was enjoyable --  where they could  'pursue happiness'.

This is what's striking a tone for people ...


When you see the Tweeter feeds on this, it's amazing:

What's a 99%-er?

99%-ers are the people who are doing worse since the economic downturn in America.

...
We ARE the Change, we have been waiting for.

(Apologizes for any typos or mis-scriptions.)


Where is that America we were promised, anyways?


I think one of them "Job Creators", must have traded it in for that extra Condo in the Hamptons, instead.

Or sent the cash instead, to one of their favorite Citizens United  front groups -- out there promoting more freedom and more power -- but only for the Top 1 percent ... you know, for that Status Quo.



Originally posted to Digging up those Facts ... for over 8 years. on Tue Oct 04, 2011 at 09:18 PM PDT.

Also republished by Occupy Wall Street.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site