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Civil Rights Elders Pass Torch to Next Generation Nov 20 2011 Occupy Wall St

Civil Rights Elders Pass Torch to Next Generation Nov 20 2011 Occupy Wall St


>>Mic check Something beautiful has ended here. But what that means is something beautiful is about to start here. We will not let it stop, we will not let up, until the country has seen what change can look like. Until we show them the way they said couldn’t happen. We the communities of faith of New York City are very honored to welcome to Zuccotti Park today The Council of Elders. Our first speaker The Reverend Phil Lawson>>We the elders of the 20th century have come to celebrate and applaud you. For you Occupy Wall Street have changed the conversation of the world. We have come to declare and affirm You! We have come to announce to the nation that (occupy) Wall Street is a continuation of the justice movement of the 20th century Come! Let us celebrate Let us make a joyful noise To the Creator of one people, One spirit, One global beloved community.>>In the spirit of the beloved community let us remember this is Transgendered Remembrance Sunday. Now join me in a moment of silence as we remember those who are most ordinarily forgotten. A moment of silence please So be it.>>Now join me in singing a song of the movement [sings]”We are building up a new world.” [crowd joins in] “We are building up a new world” We are building up a new world,>>”Builders must be strong.” Once again [crowd joins in] “We are building up a new world” we are building up a new world We are building up a new world, Builders must be strong.>>One more Courage sister don’t get weary [crowd joins in] “Courage sister don’t get weary” Courage BROTHER don’t get weary Courage brother don’t get weary Courage PEOPLE don’t get weary Builders must be strong>>Do it again [crowd joins in] “Courage sister don’t get weary” Courage brother don’t get weary Courage PEOPLE don’t get weary Builders must be strong>>One more Rise, shine, give us glory [crowd joins in] “Rise, shine, give us glory” Rise, Shine, give us glory>>”Children of the light.” Again [crowd] “Children of the light.”>>Mic check Let me introduce to you Rabbi Arthur Waskow>>The Passover seder says Each victory we win on the freedom path Dayenu, wonderful. One Tunisian die, a thousand grow Dayenu, wonderful Egyptians overcame nonviolently Dayenu, wonderful In Madison, Wisconsin, one hundred thousand resisted union busting Dayenu, wonderful. In New York , dozens tented to occupy Wall Street Dayenu, wonderful Then hundreds walked On Brooklyn Bridge Dayenu, wonderful Across the continent the people saw, and occupied Dayenu, wonderful. In London, In Australia In Africa In Israel The many thousands gathered Dayenu, wonderful. 12,000 encircled the White House And the President rethought The Tar Sands pipeline Police attacked and the people bent but did not break Dayenu, wonderful. The godly, and the secular stand arm-in-arm Dayenu, wonderful. The generations intertwined and here we are Dayenu, wonderful. You who inter breathes all life give us the 99 percent the strength to overcome through love and justice and community Dayenu, wonderful.>>Mic check Let me introduce to you Dr. Mel White and Joyce Johnson>>We are the Council of Elders We are here to represent social justice movements of the 20th century. We declare today that we stand in solidarity with the national Occupy Wall Street movement [crowd] Dayenu>>We seek to support and join with Occupy Wall Street and contribute to the dreams and vision of many in this nation For a beloved community a multigenerational, multiracial, compassionate, democratic society with equality liberty and justice for all. Always searching for partners in the creation of a more peaceful sustainable world. A world with living, loving, and growing space For all of our children Dayenu>>Let me introduce to you Rev. Nelson Johnson>>Let there be light! Lift up the light! Lift up the light. These flames symbolize the joining of the great 20th century movements with the powerful, global 21st century movements. Lift up the light! All races cultures ages genders faiths sexual orientations Lift up the light Occupy Wall Street and Main Street Occupy the United States Occupy the world Lift up the light To God be the glory We shall, we shall, we shall overcome [crowd cheers]>>mic check A statement from our queen mother>>I first want to say that I am glad to be here I’m just getting off the bus from Occupy Philadelphia I’m coming from Occupy 477 Harlem Sugar Hill I’m coming to give you a report that I’m so moved Occupy Wall Street Occupy Wall Street. has made sure that senior citizens have heat and hot water that is a big accomplishment Plan of action In the community Such as Harlem Brooklyn Bronx This is where we need you with the senior citizens We come to give you love as the elders Love we can give you and we ask that you stay on the sacred path of life. Blessings to all of you>>Please welcome Lewis Brendon>>Hi, I’m Lewis Brendon from Greensboro, North Carolina we had a sit-in on February 1, 1960 it began, and sparked a national movement. I’ve come to stand in solidarity with all of you on social justice that we need in this country. Continue to struggle, and God be with you>>Please welcome Paul Bermanzohn>>I love you Thank you Almost exactly 32 years ago I was shot in the head by Klansmen and Nazis in the Greensboro massacre. These five people were killed you should know them they are you, and you are they Sandi Smith Jim Waller Mike Nathan Cesar Cauce Bill Sampson That had to be here today they died for this Thank you [somebody] We love you>>Mic check Once again Reverend Phil Lawson>>We who are the 99 Will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1 percent this is our desire>>Speak a word Great spirit and it shall be so let justice roll down like the waters and righteousness like an ever flowing spring>>That they who have plenty might meet the needs of those who have little this is our desire>>Speak a word Great spirit and it shall be so. from love and community, a democratic community that respect persons over property. Human rights over corporate rights. And serves God, not babels.>>That financial policies that distribute the wealth to the 1 percent that they be reversed and that leaders will support policies that create greater equality and equity. This is our desire>>Speak thy word Great spirit and it shall be so all shall sit under their own vine and under their own fig tree and no one shall make them afraid.>>Then do not shout The free market is working, recession is over” While the chains of poverty no health care, Violence still in prisons, and kill>>We have heard your word Great spirit and we shall make it so>>Then do not cry In God we trust while the idols of wealth of sex, and violence still stand tall>>We have heard your word Great spirit we will stand our ground we shall make it so we shall not be moved.>>Sisters and brothers this will not end God’s hand is on all of this. Today marks a new beginning. A new verse of the beloved community that respects and honors the sacredness of life the dignity, the equality and the awesome possibility. For newness in every person every people we are building up a new world.>>[sings] “This little light of mine,” [crowd joins in] “I’m going to let it shine” This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine>>”Deep in my heart” [crowd joins in] “Deep in my heart” I’m going to let it shine Deep in my heart I’m going to let it shine Deep in my heart I’m going to let it shine Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine>>”All over Wall Street” [crowd joins in] “All over Wall Street” I’m going to let it shine All over Wall Street I’m going to let it shine All over Wall Street I’m going to let it shine Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine>>”‘ Till all poverty ends” [crowd joins in] “‘Till all poverty ends” I’m going to let it shine ‘Till all poverty ends I’m going to let it shine ‘Till all poverty ends I’m going to let it shine Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine>> Mic check>>Sisters and brothers In Los Angeles In San Francisco In Oakland – where I come from – In Washington DC Elders of the 20th century are today declaring their solidarity with Occupy Wall Street [crowd cheers]>>To all that is past, Thanks. To all that is yet to come, Yeah!

Comments (9)

  1. @keyholeartists parrots

  2. thank you so much for posting this whole video! i was right beside you in the crowd, and i'm so thankful to have this great footage to remember the day!

  3. This gives me the willies – somehow I'm just not buying it.
    It has to be some sort of totalitarian psy-op that only works on those
    with a profound lack of testosterone in their body – that's why the rest of
    us are never moved by it. I sense some sort of attempted crowd manipulation
    here. A lot of fluff with no practical basis. Those who have not should do
    what the rest of us did – learn from it + empower yourself.
    And remember – no high humanitarian idealism is worth endorsing bad art.

  4. It was an honor for me to have been a small part of this service, just like I have been a small part of the protest movement(s) since 1968.

  5. OCCUPY WALL STREET

  6. Aw, c'mon folks, shouldn't the Occupy Movement accept any support it gets?? This may sound a little fluffy, but it takes all kinds to make a movement work.

  7. Are you shitting me Pastor? I dig the "turn the cheek" thing to a point, but these are the same jackasses that say that God is fictional and then they laugh at you behind your back. They are using you the same way they accuse cooperate America of using the people. If you disagree with their position on anything, they will turn on you and try to roll you under. Doesn't the Bible teach you anything about being a fool and a tool?

  8. low iq racist scum

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