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kpete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 08:34 AM
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Michael Moore: p.s.: I will go to Oakland tomorrow to stand with Occupy Oakland
Edited on Thu Oct-27-11 08:35 AM by kpete
THU OCT 27, 2011 AT 05:22 AM PDT
Live Among the 1%
byMichael MooreFollow

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"Three million dollars!" I proudly exclaimed. A cheer went up from the union guys surrounding me. It was absolutely unheard of for one of us in the working class of Flint (or anywhere) to receive such a sum of money unless one of us had either robbed a bank or, by luck, won the Michigan lottery. On that sunny November day in 1989, it was like I had won the lottery -- and the people I had lived and struggled with in Michigan were thrilled with my success. It was like, one of us had made it, one of us finally had good fortune smile upon us. The day was filled with high-fives and "Way-ta-go Mike!"s. When you are from the working class you root for each other, and when one of you does well, the others are beaming with pride -- not just for that one person's success, but for the fact that the team had somehow won, beating the system that was brutal and unforgiving and which ran a game that was rigged against us. We knew the rules, and those rules said that we factory town rats do not get to make movies or be on TV talk shows or have our voice heard on any national stage. We were to shut up, keep our heads down, and get back to work. If by some miracle one of us escaped and commandeered a mass audience and some loot to boot -- well, holy mother of God, watch out! A bully pulpit and enough cash to raise a ruckus -- that was an incendiary combination, and it only spelled trouble for those at the top.

Until that point I had been barely getting by on unemployment, collecting $98 a week. Welfare. The dole. My car had died back in April so I had gone seven months with no vehicle. Friends would take me out to dinner, always coming up with an excuse to celebrate or commemorate something and then picking up the check so I would not have to feel the shame of not being able to afford it.

And now, all of a sudden, I had three million bucks! What would I do with it? There were men in suits making many suggestions to me, and I could see how those without a strong moral sense of social responsibility could be easily lead down the "ME" path and quickly forget about the "WE."

So I made some easy decisions back in 1989:

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MORE (fascinating):
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/10/27/1030542/-Live-...

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P.S. I will go to Oakland tomorrow afternoon to stand with Occupy Oakland against the out-of-control police.
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proud patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 08:37 AM
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1. Thank you Micheal
we need Help on the west coast.
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AsahinaKimi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 08:39 AM
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2. Just stay safe Michael ...
There are a lot of right wingers who would like you to be the next victim of police violence.. Wear a helmet!
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Casandia Donating Member (181 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 09:10 AM
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3. Love you Michael! nt
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Ganja Ninja Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 09:14 AM
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4. Bring one of these with you Michael.
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Quantess Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 12:02 PM
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5. That's wonderful!
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