Erin Madden, a member of Occupy Portland, speaks from the perspective of an environmental activist who spent a week with the Wall Street Occupation and "was inspired by the amazing passion and energy and willingness of so many people to set their lives aside for the greater good."|
According to Madden, this experience changed her life. She has been an environmental activist for almost 20 years, and will continue dedicating herself "to protecting this amazing place we call home." But, when getting involved with the Occupy Movement Erin "realized that the solution to the environmental crisis is not just about stopping the next old growth timber sale, or the next coal fired power plant. It's not about plugging the pipes that discharged polluted waste into our rivers and streams."
"It's about shifting the balance of power back from corporate America to we the people.
"Our current system insures that[corporations]get what they want and today we say enough. Corporations are not 'We the People,' and we can no longer afford to allow corporations to buy our elections and our elected officials at the expense of our representative democracy."
This clip is about 6 minutes in length. Look for other clips from these articulate and passionate speakers to appear here on Portland Indymedia in the next few days.
Report Back from the Portland Occupy the Courts Event