A reaction to OccupyWallStreet’s limited diversity: “With anything, the white community has a cold, we have the flu,” Malik, the group’s creator, says. The group, which is planning movements throughout the country, also has a Facebook page.
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Malik: Hi my name is Malik and I come from Occupy the Hood. And the reason why I’m here is maybe two weeks when I first came down, I just came to watch. And I noticed that my people, brown people, Latinos, were the least represented here. So like with anything, the white community has a cold, we have the flu. So what I did was I went on the internet, I made a Twitter just as a sounding board and it worked. But we’re actually organizing in Detroit. We’re actually helping them organizing NEw orleans. So it wasn’t my intention, it was just really to wake people up on the internet. and when it grew, you gotta go with it. When you know, when the tide. Like what Obama say, when the tide rise, I rose with it. So I have to be out here.
Monday, October 10th, they’re having their first general assembly in Detroit. You can hit me up on @OccupyTheHood on Twitter or you can email email@example.com and I’ll give you all the information you need. So Detroit needs it badly, and they stopped welfare, they stopped pool slips October 1st in Detroit.
Someone is going to get something out of this obviously. I hope whoever gets something out of this they put it in social programs that work. Like I said, fair housing, I believe in welfare reform in a sense, but you have to replace that with job. Love came out of it. I’ve met some people here that I never thought I would even talk to. You know, I’ve met brother Cornel West, he really supports the movement, Russell Simmons really supports the movement, Lupe Fiasco really supports the movement.
So, more than anything, awareness, awareness. If you can get economic awareness. I’m just speaking for my community. If we can get economic awareness we won’t making, we won’t be having these issues like we have in my community. I mean, if you’ve ever been to Brooklyn, if you’ve ever been to South Jamaica, Queens, we’ve been occupied, we’ve been occupied by Wall Street for years. You know the Michael Jordans and that all of stuff. We’ve been occupied, we’ve been paying out of our pockets for years. And wall street was built on the bones, slave bones, you know.
So my agenda is only to get the neighborhood to understand that their money is tied up there, too. There’s 43 million people on welfare, JP Morgan peddles foodstamps in 46 states. They’re making money off my poverty. They’re feeding more people here than my mayor feeds. Every day. They’re feeding more people here than my mayor feeds and that’s a problem. And I don’t know if you caught his here, every day, people need food.
Second Speaker (not identified): I want to thank all the people that donated to occupy Wall Street, you know what i’m saying, if it wasn’t for you guys keep on funding and keep on donating, keep on sending clothes, socks, shoes, tampons and tampax for the ladies, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap. A lot of things wouldn’t be possible and we’re just blessed. Thank you.
(Malik says something that can’t be heard before video ends.)
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