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Danny Glover's Inspiring OWS Speech: "You Represent Troy Davis"

 
 
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Is Danny Glover underrated as an activist and speaker? We saw him at a Nader rally in Portland, OR, in probably 2002, and he was the best speaker of the night on a roster that included Nader, Madea Benjamin, Jello Biafra and Eddie Vedder. No small potatoes there. Over the weekend at Occupy Los Angeles, Glover brought out his similar formidableness for a speech that everyone's talking about:

“Here we talk about this moment, this moment has to realize itself in a movement,” Glover said at the Los Angeles protests Sunday afternoon. “A movement that just doesn’t happen with an occupation. A movement that has to be organized, and organized, and organized!”

“Remember, you represent the 16.5 million people of those unemployed. You represent the 88 percent of workers who are not represented by a union. You represent the homeless men and women. You represent those who’ve been dispossessed. You represent those brothers in jail who were on strike, you represent them. You represent Troy Davis.”

He really cut to the gravity of the protests, the realness, that this movement reaches far beyond the financial markets. Watch the full speech, courtesy Raw Story:

 

 

AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at October 17, 2011, 5:07am