You know, I would never, ever dream of restricting anyone’s right to protest. Never. But this Occupy Wall Street stuff…I’m just seeing it making any sort of difference. At all.
What is it accomplishing? Call me naive, but yes, I have read about why the movement’s started and what their collective goals are. But is it working? Is it having any affect other than crippling local businesses and lowering the quality of life for residents living around Zuccotti Park.
Rage Against The Machine/One Day As A Lion leader Zack de la Rocha has been silent about the movement thus far, even though Tom Morello’s been down to Occupy Wall Street, to perform for the protestors. Zack has released a poem, which you can read after the jump.
I’d rather have a new Rage song, but fuck — a poem will do, too, I guess.
Zack precedes the poem with a statement, “dedicated [the poem] to the Occupy movement whose courage is changing the world. Stay Strong. We are Winning.”
It seems the other side is still winning, but what do I know.
“The beginning spills through city veins
Into the arteries
And under powers poison clouds
We move like the shadows
Through the alley ways
Through nightmares bought and sold as dreams
Through barren factories
Through boarded schools
Through rotting fields
Through the burning doors of the past
Through imaginations exploding
To break the curfews in our minds
Our actions awaken dreams of actions multiplied
A restless fury
Once buried like burning embers
Left alone to smolder
But together stacked under the walls of a dying order
All sparks are counted
Calloused hands raised in silence
Over the bonfire of hope unincorporated
It’s flame restores tomorrows meaning
Across the graveyards of hollow promises
As gold dipped vultures pick at what is left of our denial
And the youngest among us
Stare at us stoned like eyes determined
Death for us may come early
Cause dignity has no price
At the corner of now and nowhere
Tomorrow is calling
Tomorrow is calling
Do not be afraid”