Al Gore Strongly Supports #Occupy Wall Street


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The #OccupyWallStreet movement -- which has now spilled into Brooklyn and inspired protests across the world -- is gaining some high profile supporters. So far, notable backers have included Mark Ruffalo, Naomi Klein, Michael Moore, Kanye West, and Cornell West, among others. Now, Al Gore has voiced some powerful support for the movement.

Here's what he said: "From the economy to the climate crisis our leaders have pursued solutions that are not solving our problems, instead they propose policies that accomplish little," Gore wrote. "With democracy in crisis a true grassroots movement pointing out the flaws in our system is the first step in the right direction. Count me among those supporting and cheering on the Occupy Wall Street movement," the Global Post reports.

Gore has long been a critic of corporate interference in politics, so it comes as no surprise that he'd unambiguously back a movement that seeks to address the damage that the imbalance of wealth has done to American democracy.

The former vice president also wrote in a blog post that "he has been following news of the protests for several weeks "with both interest and admiration," according to the Post.

Of course he is -- this is precisely the kind of grassroots movement Gore called for in his recent 24 Hours of Reality event.

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