Apparently having solved all other problems in Georgia, a group of roughly 300 protesters decided to mimic the recent events in Manhattan and set up Occupy Atlanta. Unlike their brothers and sisters in arms up in the Big Apple, though, they didn’t have to wait for weeks on end to attract the attention of the political establishment. On the very first evening, member of Congress and civil rights icon John Lewis showed up to lend his support and say a few words to the assembled crowd. So… how did that work out?
About 200 people attended the event. U.S. Congressman John Lewis even stopped by for about half an hour.
Several demonstrators held signs showing their frustration with Washington’s relationship with big business. Many people voiced general frustration. One woman said she was there for changes for animals. Another attendee said he didn’t think either party represented his feelings.
Congressman Lewis (D, GA) was ready to talk to the group, but they didn’t give him a chance to speak.
If any black congressman had tried to address a Tea Party rally and been refused, nobody would be talking about Jesse LaGreca today.
Meanwhile, Professor Jacobson points out that despite attracting hundreds of thousands of peaceful protestors to hundreds of rallies, ” . . . the Tea Parties were called an extremist fringe group, while the Occupy protesters are glorified.”