Monday, January 16, 2012

Occupy the DREAM: Protesters organise global candlelit vigil in honour of Martin Luther King day

Occupy protesters coordinated a global series of candlelight vigils tonight in honour of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Hundreds of Occupy activists, alongside members of the National Action Network, braved freezing temperatures for a march through Harlem, New York.

Protesters aimed to light candles at 7pm in every time zone from 'California to Cairo, New York to New Orleans, Germany to Nova Scotia.'

In New York, hundreds of demonstrators, illuminated by white candles, gathered on the steps of the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine to begin a march to the nearby Riverside Church, where the civil rights leader gave his epic, 'Beyond Vietnam' speech in 1967.

Iconic 1960s singer Patti Smith performed at Riverside alongside Steve Said, Steve Earle and others.

A statement from Yoko Ono was read. It said: 'I think of the fact that no matter where we are, we are together in international unity.' Read More