It is with great sadness and regret that I feel the need to address the uncalled for police violence that has occured in Oakland. Just as police in Oakland were set to use tear gas and rubber bullets against peaceful American citizens I was in Seattle giving a speech to their General Assembly about peaceful, nonviolent civil disobediance. I find it intolerable that the American military is Occupying Afghanistan under the pretense of protecting Afghani women from violence while the American police in Oakland are firing tear gas and rubber bullets at the men, women and children of America here at home.
This is the interview I gave to Ross & Burbank at KIRO radio in Seattle
And this is an impromptu interview I made while waiting for my flight from Seattle to Denver.
In Seattle I met an elderly woman who has gone bankrupt after medical costs incurred after a botched surgery that left her partially paralyzed destroyed her ability to keep her home and provide for her loved ones.
In Seattle I met a young man, Ross Grimshaw, a college student, who was appalled that his taxes are going UP as our corrupt politicians discuss how they can make taxes on the wealthiest 1% lower than they have ever been in American history. This kid is brilliant, and I will be working with him cross country to create the change we need.
In Seattle I met a veteran named Doc who told me he has not got much time left on earth. He wouldn't tell me what his medical ailment is or how severe it is, he only told me that he served our country abroad and witnessed the police brutality in Seattle during the WTO protests in 1999. He told me that he fears history is repeating itself. After last nights events in Oakland, I fear Doc is right.
In Seattle I met a mother and son, Amanda and Martin. Amanda works full time, Martin is an intelligent young man with a bright future. They see their future being stolen for tax cuts for the rich, but they are committed to OccupyWallStreet because they know that our future is at stake.
There are many stories like these from all over America, millions upon millions of Americans are suffering so that the super rich can have lower taxes and another ivory backscratcher. As police attack peaceful citizens Wall Street oligarchs continue to go free despite the damage they have caused America. This must stop. Until it does, we will continue to Occupy.
So the corrupt who oppose us can do whatever they will. We aren't leaving. This is OUR STREET, this is OUR HOMES. We are here to stay. It is the corrupt and complicit whose time is at an end, and if they respond to our peace with violence then they have forfeited the right to claim that they stand for justice, and those who stay silent as American citizens are attacked by their own law enforcement agencies for the audacity of fighting corporate corruption have forfeited their right to claim that they stand for justice as well.
Here is the rest of my travel schedule. As of now I intend on returning to Manhattan and #OccupyWallStreet after this trip, but who knows, plans change.
Oct Weds 26 - Denver, Colorado
Oct Thurs 27 - Chicago, Illinois
Oct Fri 28 & Sat 29 - Washington D.C.
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Peace and love to all.
Be a better person to your brothers and sisters around you.
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