Occupy Everywhere Lecture Naomi Klein Michael Moore The New School


And look around you that’s how many people fit in this room, right.  Uhm own more than the bottom 150 million families, right.


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Richard Kim:  So, so it’s these issues and injustices than many others that Occupy Wall Street has shoved into the mainstream conversation.


By seizing public space, by refusing to give it up, and by demanding to be heard, right.  Are they gonna succeed in breaking through the strongholds that corporations have on American power?


Are they gonna succeed in making, ah restoring basic economic sanity to our country?  You know the thing about small democratic movements is?


We don’t really know where it gonna go?  And what unimagined features they are gonna open up.


But our amazing panel of such amazing brain power and experience, is gonna take a stab at it.


So introducing them.  Uhm Michael Moore is a world famous troublemaker



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Richard Kim:  And you can read his version of events in his latest book.  A memoir appropriately called Here Comes Trouble:  Stories from my life.


Which just went on sale this September Michael yeah?  And uhm you know he has been travelling around to Occupations across the country from Denver to Portland, Oakland, Michigan.


And so were gonna hear a little bit from him about what he seen and heard on his travels.


Uhm next to Michael is Patrick Bruner.  Patrick is…



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Richard Kim:  Patrick is a member of Occupy Wall Street Action Working Group, its Public Relations Working group, and Structure Working Group.  He’s also the public relations put in for OccupyWallStreet.org  which is a news and organizational resource for occupations around the world.


And when we were planning this event, uhm we just really want to have someone from Occupy Wall Street represent them and, and we were thinking about sort of wrong to thrust cherry pick one activist.


We turn it around them and asked them to send someone.  And we’re very lucky that they sent Patrick.  He’s been there uhm since, since the first planning meetings.


Well before Sept. 17 and he can speak from experiences about Occupy Wall Street, although he did also want us to note that uhm, the movement of diverse voices.


No single person speaks for the movement, uhm including him.  Ah next to Patrick is Rinku Sen.



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Richard KimRinku is the President and Exec. Director of the Applied Research Center or Racial Justice Think Tank.  And she’s a publisher of ColorLines.com.


A daily news site about racial justice issues and I have to say Rinku it’s just been looking and reading so often these days.  So congratulations on that.


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Rinku Sen: Thank you.



Richard Kim:  She’s the author of the Accidental American Immigrations & Citizenship in the Age of Globalization.


And she’s written article about racial justice in Occupy Wall Street in a recent issue of The Nation Magazine.


Uhm for more than 40 year,. Bill Greider has shed the light on who has power in this country, who doesn’t? and why?  He’s reported from inside the White House.



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Richard Kim:  From inside Wall Street closed meetings and from the headquarters of the multinational corporations.  His legendary essay, The Education of David Stockman


And Bill I looked at it today.  But its 19,000 words long, so I had (laughs) I had a hard time getting through it in, in the hour I had.


Uhm revealed for the first time, the bad fate and contradiction behind Reganomics from inside the administration itself.


And its book in the Fed: The Secrets of the Temple is a must read, for those seeking to understand America’s recent economic history.



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Richard Kim:  Naomi Klein



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Richard KimNaomi Klein is a columnist for The Nation and she’s also has this cover story I hope you guys have received.  Uhm called Capitalism vs. the Climate.

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