APEC World Leaders Dinner Gets Occupied

During the gala dinner, renowned Hawaiian guitarist Makana, who performed at the White House in 2009, opened his suit jacket to reveal a home-made “Occupy with Aloha” T-shirt. Then, instead of playing the expected instrumental background music, he spent almost 45 minutes repeatedly singing his protest ballad released earlier that day. The ballad, called “We Are the Many,” includes lines such as “The lobbyists at Washington do gnaw…. And until they are purged, we won’t withdraw,” and ends with the refrain: “We’ll occupy the streets, we’ll occupy the courts, we’ll occupy the offices of you, till you do the bidding of the many, not the few.” Those who could hear Makana’s message included Presidents Barack Obama of the United States of America, Hu Jintao of China, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia, Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada, and over a dozen other heads of state. “At first, I was worried about playing ‘We Are The Many,’” said Makana. “But I found it odd that I was afraid to sing a song I’d written, especially since I’d written it with these people in mind.”

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5 thoughts on “APEC World Leaders Dinner Gets Occupied

  1. That’s what heroes are made of. Every one of us must do something to restore humanity dignity and freedom, to the many, not the few. More power to the people…
    Just remember, People united can’t be defeated…
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  2. come gather round people wherever you roam.. cause the times they are changin..!
    from woodie to bob.. to mekana.. every generation has a voice to end this corruption..

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