Monthly Archives: February 2013

Monthly Archives: February 2013

We want justice and we want it now.

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This was a speech given by NYC Councilmember Jumaane D. Williams on 2/26/13 by mic check at #MIllionhoodies Vigil for Trayvon Martin in Union Square, NYC. Photo by ARCH1 on Flickr. Transcription by InterOccupy. My name is Jumaane Williams. I’m a councilmember from Brooklyn. After God, I work for you. Being black is not a crime. Being brown is not a crime. Being poor is not a crime. Wearing a hoodie is not a crime. Having skittles is not a …

This is What Democracy Feels Like

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I delivered this speech at TEDxBenha on February, 20th, 2013 in Benha, Egypt. You may leave comments on the Facebook version. I am deeply honored to be with you here in Benha, Egypt. This is my first journey to Africa – birthplace of humanity – and, more recently, the brilliant spark in a global fire of real democracy that is now engulfing the entire planet we inhabit. I am referring, of course, to the popular uprising we Americans call the …