Government officials and police officers may have won a significant victory against Occupy Wall Street after a city judge upheld Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s eviction of protesters from Zuccotti Park, but that hardly means the movement is dead. With similar Occupy protests gaining traction all across the country, any chance of permanently quelling the public’s unrest over economic inequities in America is out of the question. 

Now, one of Hip Hop’s most outspoken activists – Zach de la Rocha – is lending his pen to the movement. According to a recent press release, the Rage Against the Machine and One Day As a Lion frontman decided to write a tribute poem to the multitudes of Occupy protesters across the country who have sacrificed their personal well-being for the cause.

“This poem is dedicated to the Occupy movement whose courage is changing the world. Stay Strong. We are winning,” said la Rocha.

Zach de la Rocha’s untitled poem can be read in full below.

“The beginning spills through city veins Into the arteries

And under powers poison clouds

We move like the shadows

Through the alley ways

Through nightmares bought and sold as dreams

Through barren factories

Through boarded schools

Through rotting fields

Through the burning doors of the past

Through imaginations exploding

To break the curfews in our minds


Our actions awaken dreams of actions multiplied

A restless fury

Once buried like burning embers

Left alone to smolder

But together stacked under the walls of a dying order

All sparks are counted

Calloused hands raised in silence

Over the bonfire of hope unincorporated

It’s flame restores tomorrows meaning

Across the graveyards of hollow promises

As gold dipped vultures pick at what is left of our denial


And the youngest among us

Stare at us stoned like eyes determined

And say

Death for us may come early

Cause dignity has no price

At the corner of now and nowhere



Tomorrow is calling

Tomorrow is calling


Do not be afraid”

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