Van Jones attended the General Assembly at Occupy Wall Street on Friday evening. Here's a snippet of Van addressing the assembled:
"People are asking what we're here to get. They don't understand we're not here to get anything. We're here to give everything to the people from whom you stole everything!"In case you're wondering why everyone in the audience repeated everything Van says, they are using something called "the people's mic" to ensure the audience hears every speaker at the General Assembly. There is no electric PA system in place because of noise concerns, and with the hustle and bustle of Manhattan all around, the noise would ordinarily drown out a speaker. The speaker says a sentence or phrase, and those closest to him or her repeat it. The next closest repeat the first ring, spreading the speaker's words out in concentric circles through the audience. Because there's such an intense focus on making sure that the speaker is heard, there's little clapping or cheering during a speech. Instead, folks in the crowd raise their hands and wiggle their fingers to give a visual cue of their approval, and cross their arms firmly over their chest to show disapproval. It's an ingenious system that allows everyone to hear no matter how far they are from the speaker. The act of participation also keeps everyone's focus on what is being said throughout the speech. We're trying to get more video of Van's speech and will post it when we get it. You can watch the action unfolding on Occupy Wall Street and other Occupy sites around the globe at any time of day right here.
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