Russell Simmons and other entertainers join Occupy the Dream Movement
Jessica C. Pinkney
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 13, 2012
Dr. Benjamin Chavis Jr. and Reverend Dr. Jamal Bryant announce entertainers to join Occupy the Dream
BALTIMORE, January 12, 2012—Russell Simmons, Wyclef Jean, and Russell Brand join Dr. Benjamin Chavis, Reverend Dr. Jamal Bryant, Reverend Al Sharpton, Reverend Jesse Jackson and others on January 16, 2012 at the Federal Reserve Banks nationwide to Occupy the Dream.
“One of the key areas of focus of Occupy the Dream is to support a constitutional amendment to keep money from controlling the political system in America, which leads to the problem of income inequality.” – Russell Simmons
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Russell Simmons has been the leader in bringing the powerful influence of hip-hop culture to every facet of business, media and fashion since its inception in the late 1970s through current day in which its integration into mainstream American Culture has created an entirely new, post-racial, progressive new America. Simmons’ businesses have always been rooted in giving a powerful voice to emergent new creative and social movements, and integrating them into the American psyche.
Wyclef Jean is a musician, record producer, and political activist. Jean first received fame as a member of the acclaimed New Jersey hip-hop group the Fugees. Jean continues a career in entertainment and has made a name for himself as a fighter for social justice and equality in his home country of Haiti and globally.
Russell Brand is a comedian, actor, columnist, singer, author and radio/television presenter. Brand is well known for his comic relief and leading roles in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him to the Greek and Arthur. Brand is a public supporter of the Hoping Foundation and attended the 2009 G-20 London summit protests.
About Occupy the Dream
Occupy the Dream was born when members of the African-American faith community joined forces with Occupy Wall Street to launch a new campaign for economic justice inspired by the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Faithful to its philosophical origin, the “Occupy the Dream” coalition has called for a National Day of Action on Martin Luther King Day—Monday, January 16, 2012—when it will “Occupy the Federal Reserve” in multiple cities nationwide, focusing attention on the gross injustice visited upon the 99% by the financial elite. This will be the first of several actions by the OTD movement.
Occupy the Dream is led by Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. and Rev. Dr. Jamal Bryant of the Empowerment Temple Church. Chavis was the North Carolina state youth coordinator of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference under Dr. King and has worked closely with hip-hop impresario Russell Simmons in recent years. Reverend Bryant is the pastor of Empowerment Temple in Baltimore, a growing church with a congregation of over 10,000.