Russell Simmons, OWS Crusader
Posted on Nov 23, 2011
Hip-hop impresario Russell Simmons has thrown in as one of the high-profile 1 percenters to support Occupy Wall Street, speaking and tweeting his allegiance since the movement’s early days. There are even rumors that he may be one of the power players involved with a shadow affinity group trying to shape the future course of OWS—a problematic notion for those committed to the idea of a leaderless movement.
Regardless, Simmons remains devoted to the cause, which seems to run counter to the title of his latest book, “Super Rich: A Guide to Having It All.” The Def Jam co-founder explained his investment in the movement in a recent sit-down session with The Huffington Post, connecting his spiritual practice with the 99 percent’s struggle against corporatocracy in America. —KA
The Huffington Post:
It’s part of human kindness and I feel it is my moral duty to do this. You give what you get. I want to do what I can to relieve suffering and improve the quality of other’s lives. A yogi’s commitment to life is to relieve suffering, protect all beings and improve the quality of life for all.
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He is the 99 percent? Not exactly, but he’s playing to that side of the OWS debate.