Government officials and police officers may have won a significant victory against Occupy Wall Street after a city judge upheld Mayor Michael Bloomberg's eviction of protesters from Zuccotti Park, but that hardly means the movement is dead. With similar Occupy protests gaining traction all across the country, any chance of permanently quelling the public's unrest over economic inequities in America is out of the question.
Now, one of Hip Hop's most outspoken activists - Zach de la Rocha - is lending his pen to the movement. According to a recent press release, the Rage Against the Machine and One Day As a Lion frontman decided to write a tribute poem to the multitudes of Occupy protesters across the country who have sacrificed their personal well-being for the cause.
“This poem is dedicated to the Occupy movement whose courage is changing the world. Stay Strong. We are winning,” said la Rocha.
Zach de la Rocha's untitled poem can be read in full below.
"The beginning spills through city veins Into the arteries
And under powers poison clouds
We move like the shadows
Through the alley ways
Through nightmares bought and sold as dreams
Through barren factories
Through boarded schools
Through rotting fields
Through the burning doors of the past
Through imaginations exploding
To break the curfews in our minds
Our actions awaken dreams of actions multiplied
A restless fury
Once buried like burning embers
Left alone to smolder
But together stacked under the walls of a dying order
All sparks are counted
Calloused hands raised in silence
Over the bonfire of hope unincorporated
It's flame restores tomorrows meaning
Across the graveyards of hollow promises
As gold dipped vultures pick at what is left of our denial
And the youngest among us
Stare at us stoned like eyes determined
Death for us may come early
Cause dignity has no price
At the corner of now and nowhere
Tomorrow is calling
Tomorrow is calling
Do not be afraid"