So many lovely articulate people…
[Audio: English; Captions: None; Transcript: Below]
h/t Cheryl for the transcript! Many thanks!!
Interviewer: Did you come down from Occupy NY?
Aaron: I came down with the Occupy Peoples’ Think Tank
Int: What does Occupy want to accomplish, in specifics?
A: You mean ‘What does Occupy LA want to accomplish?”
I: The Occupy Movement in general…so…what do you plan on accomplishing today, and down the road?
A: (laughs) What do you work for CNN?
A: (still laughing)
I: Are you here taking a stand, showing up to say Occupy Wall Street is here…? to support Occupy Congress?
A: Unfortunately, it’s not going to be quite so simple as that…I like to tell people that Occupy is a moment in a much broader movement that started a long time ago and will continue going for decades. The reason that we’re here is much more akin to something called the “Freedom and Reconciliation/Freedom and Justice” movement in the late 1940’s which were a bunch of people who did essentially what the freedom riders did. They drove into segregated states and they started testing the segregation laws and reporting when people were arrested for doing things that should be well within their constitutional rights. And in the course of doing that action, people met each other and they got together over the course of the next 10, 15, 20 years and planned a lot of things, meeting more people and networking — and that ended up becoming what we know today as the civil rights movement… so at the time they did that, they did not have the voting rights act in hand, and hadn’t even decided among themselves that separate is not equal. At the time, and this continued for many years, there were many strains in the civil rights movement, and some believed that having strong separate institutions. In fact, that was the the path of least resistance, it would have been the negotiated solution to the problem, but it wasn’t the morally right one — we can say that in hindsight — so, over the course of the next ten years, that became the course that was decided on, there were legislative approaches, there were direct action approaches, there were many different approaches, so I think we’re at that stage: we’re very much in the movement-building, we’re very much in the networking, we’re at the coming together stage. We had a ‘quiet decade’ in between the globalization protests and the Occupy movement, in part due to 9/11, in part due to trends within the country and the world, and we’re sort of reconnecting now, creating these networks and creating this movement that are going to plan the actions and are going to plan the path going forward in the ensuing decades. So, that’s why I’m here. I’m here to meet my fellow Occupiers from around the country and Occupy Wall Street has some of the most intelligent, energetic and revolutionarily-minded people I’ve met in my entire life: they’re really wonderful and I’ve made really good friends over the past four months. And, I expect that similar people will be found around the country, and I’m starting to meet them today. And that’s a BIG part of why I’m here.
I: that’s awesome. Thank You!
A: Did I talk too much?
I: No! Such a history lesson! That’s great!
A: Thank you!