Surprise: Kucinich appears in Seattle to rally marijuana activists

By David Edwards
Monday, August 22, 2011 7:47 EDT
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In a surprising move, Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) spent his Saturday speaking to marijuana activists at Seattle’s annual Hempfest.

“Open America! Show yourself! Mass action! This is why, and how, recent movements for freedom in Tunisia and Egypt gained momentum,” the congressman said.

“This is how Gandhi’s march to the sea cast off the British Empire. This is how America’s suffragettes gained for women the right to vote. This is how Dr. Martin Luther King’s March on Washington became a pivotal moment in the history of the civil rights movement.”

Kucinich, who’s long been a congressional representative from Ohio, has been making appearances in Washington state ahead of an anticipated run for office in one of their liberal districts. He’s expected to be cut out of Congress by a redistricting effort by Ohio Republicans, who’ve seized upon the 2010 census figures to cut out one of their most ardent opponents. Some of his strongest support during the 2004 and 2008 presidential campaigns also came from Washington state.

Watch this video, uploaded to YouTube Aug. 21, 2011.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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