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Opinion: Jesse Jackson: Occupy in memory of Martin Luther King
Rev. Jesse Jackson addresses the crowd at the Occupy camp at St. Paul's Cathedral in London last year.
January 24th, 2012
11:34 AM ET

Opinion: Jesse Jackson: Occupy in memory of Martin Luther King

Editor's note: Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. is a leading civil rights activist and president and founder of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition.

By Rev. Jesse Jackson, Special to CNN

(CNN) - People are turning. The misery is too widespread. The privileged are too brazen. The injustice too apparent.

On Wall Street, young students have created a free democratic space in a place they call Liberty Square. They protest that Wall Street has been rescued, but there is no help for most Americans. In a moving statement, they presented their view: "We are the 99%. We are getting kicked out of our homes. We are forced to choose between groceries and rent. We are denied quality medical care. We are suffering from environmental pollution. We are working long hours for little pay and no rights, if we are working at all. We are getting nothing while the other 1 percent is getting everything. We are the 99%."

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