APEC gala dinner in Hawaii OCCUPIED—with music!

An amazing triumph…! APEC dinner gala in Hawaii last night gets “occupied”
By: profmarcus Sunday November 13, 2011 11:28 am

how often does someone from the occupy movement get to deliver a thoughtful protest in front of a gathering of world leaders in what was, at least last night, probably one of the most highly-guarded spots on the entire planet…? what an amazing triumph…!

from the yes lab…

A change in the programmed entertainment at last night’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) gala left a few world leaders slack-jawed, though most seemed not to notice that anything was amiss.

During the gala dinner, renowned Hawaiian guitarist Makana, who performed at the White House in 2009, opened his suit jacket to reveal a home-made “Occupy with Aloha” T-shirt. Then, instead of playing the expected instrumental background music, he spent almost 45 minutes repeatedly singing his protest ballad released earlier that day. The ballad, called “We Are the Many,” includes lines such as “The lobbyists at Washington do gnaw…. And until they are purged, we won’t withdraw,” and ends with the refrain: “We’ll occupy the streets, we’ll occupy the courts, we’ll occupy the offices of you, till you do the bidding of the many, not the few.”

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2 thoughts on “APEC gala dinner in Hawaii OCCUPIED—with music!”

  1. Fantastic and very brave. A new artist to look out for and an eloquent voice for the people. Something nice for a change. Right on, Makana!

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