These words gave me shivers. Hadn't I heard something like them before? Oh, that's right: in the stories of the life and teachings of Jesus.
Interview with Ryan Hoffman, an Occupy Wall Street protester and co-author of the group’s declaration, on "Countdown with Keith Olbermann" Tuesday, 1 November 2011:
DAVID SHUSTER (sitting in for Keith Olbermann): What do you make of The New York Daily News, with the NYPD saying that officers have not — according to the NYPD, they deny the allegation — that the police has been sending homeless people to Zuccotti Park. You’re down there. What’s your impression?
RYAN HOFFMAN: It’s irrelevant. Whether they are or they’re not, it’s irrelevant. Because we’re part of a movement that is against a violent system that has disenfranchised many people and felt that a lot of people don’t have a voice. And — you know — whether or not they are sending people down there — we’ll take them, because if they have been wounded by the system that we’re in — that creates a systemic, sort of, foreclosure mill, kicking people out of their houses and, sort of, oppressing them and taking away their voices, taking away their enfranchisement to speak — well, guess what? That’s what our movement is about. And we’re not going to turn those people away.
So, whether or not they’re sending them down there, whether or not they’re, sort of, trying to subvert us by putting their disenfranchised and their undesirables into our movement — it’s not going to make a difference in how we operate. And that’s giving people a voice. People who have not had a voice, people who have been feeling too apathetic to get involved in their local government, people who have been feeling too hopeless that there isn’t a solution for them. This movement is so that everybody can have a voice. And we lift each other up, and we’re not about to start a class war about who’s being sent to our park, who’s being sent to stir up trouble. These people are vagrants, these people are undesirables — that’s not what we’re about. We’re about lifting everybody up and giving everybody a voice. So, whether or not they’re doing it doesn’t make a difference to us.