Civil Rights Movement Leaders Lend Support to Occupy Protesters
Prominent figures from the civil rights movement lent their support to the Occupy movement over the weekend. The group of independent leaders known as the Council of Elders visited occupations in California and New York to discuss a number of issues including poverty, mass incarceration and what they describe as a culture of war. United Farm Workers co-founder Delores Huerta addressed occupiers in Los Angeles.
Delores Huerta, United Farm Workers co-founder: “Yes, we’ve got to occupy Wall Street. You know, Wall Street, we’ve got to do that. But we’ve also got to occupy the school board, right? And we’ve got to occupy the city council, right? And we’ve got to occupy the Congress, right? Because this is where the decisions are made, where our money is going to go, whether it’s going to go to schools or it’s going to go to jails, right? Whether it’s going to go for more tax loopholes for the corporate world or we’re going to have more money for health services. So we have a big job to do, and it’s coming from the bottom. We know that all the changes that have been made, like in the civil rights movement, the women’s movement, the peace movement, the LGBT movement, have come from the bottom. So, thank you very much. You’re leading the way. And we are very blessed to be here with you. Thank you very much. Sí, se puede — we can do it.“