Rev. Jesse Jackson, Wall Street Summit Panelists To “Occupy Hip-Hop” in NYC

(AllHipHop News) In the past several months, America’s “Occupy Wall Street” movement has expanded golobally, and now, into specific sectors and communities, such as the homeless and the disenfranchised Hip-Hop communities. At Occupy demonstrations, the so-called “The 99%” have been vocal about the unfair corporate and government policies they say have yielded mass joblessness and poverty, along with inadequate healthcare and education.

Within the Hip-Hop community, artists and pundits have joined the conversation, with many taking to New York City’s Wall Street in recent months to show their solidarity with everyday citizens. Russell Simmons, Kanye West, and Lupe Fiasco are just a few of the celebrities who have joined the cause.

Later this week, longtime civil and human rights leader, Rev. Jesse Jackson, will show his support by hosting “Occupy Hip Hop New York,” a discussion that will bring together a “Power Panel” from the music, broadcast, and education sectors for what leaders are calling “a Conversation, a Pledge, and a Plan.”

“All that we have gained in recent years has been attacked,” Rev. Jackson told in an exclusive, pre-event interview. “We have to protect ourselves from the tyranny of the majority.”

The January 26 event is part of Rev. Jackson’s 15th Annual Rainbow PUSH Wall Street Project Economic Summit, and includes speakers such as author/Georgetown University scholar Michael Eric Dyson; Hip-Hop journalists and pundits, Chuck Creekmur of and Davey D, rapper Master P, politician/activist Adam Clayton Powell IV, and others. There will also be musical performances and workshops throughout the overall three-day summit.

With regards to the Hip-Hop community’s seeming lack of enthusiasm for voting in the 2012 Election, Rev. Jackson said, “To not vote in 2012 is to vote for [Newt] Gingrich, [Mitt] Romney, or someone else who has no regard for civil rights, and no commitment to us.

“When we vote, things tend to come out right,” he added. “No one cares enough to put air in our ball now. Dr. King’s last act on earth was to ‘occupy’ on behalf of the workers he was speaking out for. Now, we need to ‘occupy the streets’ for access to education, healthcare, and more…we have big work to do.”

Check out the flyer below for more information about this week’s 15th Annual Rainbow PUSH Wall Street Project Economic Summit, or visit

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  • ItGoesDownINtheDM

    im still a little confused how the people can be heard in this situation when theres a cover charge ??????? i understand it cost money to rent a facility … and all of the panelist are also trying to get paid for being there too … but as far as i know this isnt an informative forum … this is a forum to build …… so why are folks being paid and charged …….?????? ijs

    • jefe941

      I feel you on that. How do you charge someone to give them hope and have their voices heard?? That’s like having to paid an cover charge to vote….Jesse fell behind on them child support payments so he gotta make it somehow..cant knocc his hustle, but the message ONCE AGAIN is wrong…..smdh

      I bet his roll dawg Sharpton will be in the building or gettin paid some way too…..I really dont like this dude…

      • ItGoesDownINtheDM

        hey i hear ya mane to each his / her own i guess 😉

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    • NorthDollasTX

      hate to say what? thats public recod and knowledge homey

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  • NorthDollasTX

    ole CHUCKIE gonna be there too huh … before i shell out my hard earned chippers tell me 1st when the last time ALLURE had some BDS spins … wtf is HAKIM GREENE and TRESTON IRBY – and whats the benefits of the HIP HOP UNION– mannn if ya’ll dont get the phuck somewhere ELSE with this shyt – this whole entier event, flyers, venue is dipped in BOOTLEGG

  • jefe941

    Is this a movement or a concert??? Looks more like a music summit for up and coming artists….Messy Jesse strikes again!!!

  • AlbertoRipRon

    Why is this a joke?  Because Master P just dropped an mixtape not too long ago on the same dumb shit, but now he’s on this panel for positivity?  Why is this a joke?  Because fake ass jesse jackson is there

    Might as well start singing “We Shall Overcome” and sit in on diners again.  Even Brother Malcolm said it best when discussing the march on Washington…

    “The very fact that millions, black and white, believed in this monumental farce is another example of how much this country goes in for the surface glossing over, the escape ruse, surfaces, instead of truly dealing with its deep-rooted problems.”

  • SYN

    Occupy Hip-Hop?  Look like they just using the “Occupy” name as a buzz word to get people to come to their glorified music summit.  They not protesting in the streets, fighting with the cops.  If I was to Occupy Hip-Hop, I would be protesting in front of these labels, telling them to stop putting out crappy music.