John Lewis denied speaking at Occupy Atlanta

By Andrew Jones
Sunday, October 9, 2011 11:33 EDT
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Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) is a prominent figure in the House of Representative and American politics. But his stature wasn’t enough to speak on his own designated time at the Occupy Atlanta protests Friday evening.

The Georgia congressman was introduced by the general assembly session at the Atlanta offspring of Occupy Wall Street. However, general assembly speaking rules in Occupy Atlanta is an approach where a consensus needs to be made to allow everyone to speak that even Lewis had to abide by.

Lewis didn’t have enough time in his schedule to wait and left before his opportunity to speak came. But he didn’t have a problem with not getting special treatment.

“No, not at all, not at all,” he said. “In another time, another period, when I was very young, I was ahead of the student non-violent community, better known as SNCC. We participated in a similar process. We would discuss, we would debate, until we reach consensus. This is not something strange or out of the ordinary for me. ”

WATCH: Video from Youtube, which appeared on October 8, 2011.

Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones is a staff writer/reporter for Raw Story. Besides covering politics, he is also a freelance sports journalist, as well as a slam poetry and music artist. You can follow him on Twitter @sluggahjells.
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