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Watch: Cornel West arrested with ‘Occupy D.C.’ in front of Supreme Court

By Stephen C. Webster
Tuesday, October 18, 2011 9:51 EDT
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Dr. Cornel West was one of 18 people with “Occupy D.C.” who were arrested on the steps of the Supreme Court last weekend, in solidarity with “Occupy Wall Street” and to mark the date during the dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial.

As protesters were peacefully demonstrating, West spoke through a megaphone, telling the gathered crowd and the arresting officers that they were standing up for working people at the Supreme Court because they know the relationship between greed and the nation’s highest legal authority.

All the while, protesters chanted: “Corporations are not people.”

“Out of deep love for working and poor people, we are willing to put whatever it takes — even if we get arrested today — and say we will not allow this day of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s memorial to go without somebody going to jail, because Martin King would be here right with us.”

The charges against West have since been dropped.

This video was published to YouTube on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
 
 
 
 
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