Why We Are Occupying Wall Street 

MIC CHECK! MIC CHECK!

Children of the occupation! Are we alright? Is anyone hungry? Occupation pizza is fresh and hot! A prisoner in Burma ordered it for us! Or was that a family waiting for clean water in Bangladesh? Or a foreclosed grandmother on a porch in Bed-Stuy? They speak to us clearly. The word “solidarity” comes to our lips!

But there are people speaking to us also who talk in the windows of these skyscrapers that lean over us here in Liberty Plaza. They are chattering into microphones. Their fingers are blurring over the keys. They demand to know what… They demand to know what… What do we want? They demand a list of demands!

They say we are amorphous! Kind of fuzzy and vague! We’re just romantic rebels! In a pantomime of protest! They say BE SPECIFIC!

Now children…

MIC CHECK! MIC CHECK!

I am here to thank you! Can you feel the gratitude that so many people feel toward you? From around the country… And the world? Because we know it’s all in the phrase: OCCUPY WALL STREET.

To occupy this park in the shadow of these banks is to create a tear, a big rip in the system.

We all underestimated the power of the corporate monoculture, the thousands of ads and little threats from fashion, credit, and stylish violence, of consumerism and militarism that hurries us and exhausts us in this middle class America.

And now here we have this island, this occupation of the banks, this banning of logos and cash this love of humans without corporations…

What does the CEO up there see looking down from his lofty corner office? We’re down here, so close by, but we’re not in his economy, and we write our own history. We’re living and breathing and making music, we’re crazifying the pure products of America! Living eating dreaming sleeping and shouting, occupying with our lives in the face of the financial instruments that circle us to abuse us but can’t get at us because we claim our lives as are our own: to live our First Amendment of freedoms, without permits or dividends or wars… What we’re doing here could not be more specific, more elucidated, researched and clear. It takes a nation of millions: hungry prisoners, hungry-thirsty families, students who got fooled into debt, lifelong helpers losing their homes—people betrayed by a lie about freedom; good people lied to by men in suits.

Oh yes, we have the common sense to feel what is demanded here these last three weeks in Liberty Plaza! They are thanking us for what we’re doing, and they are going down to their own public squares!

MIC CHECK! MIC CHECK!

We are living life here, and life is very specific. We are OCCUPYING WALL STREET.

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