Zack De La Rocha supports ‘Occupy’ Movement

The most incendiary political lyricist of our generation speaks out in support of the historic movement.

Johnny Firecloudby Johnny Firecloud

As both the tension and the stakes rise in the climate of the Occupy movement, the world is taking notice of an alarmingly aggressive use of force as a norm against peaceful civilians who do not feel represented by the current legislative system. Rage Against the Machine and One Day As A Lion frontman Zack De La Rocha, perhaps the most incendiary political lyricist of our generation, has spoken out in support of the Occupy movement in a way that echoes the heroes of the anti-Vietnam and Civil Rights movements: he wrote a poem about the Occupy, powerful enough to hear the man's spitfire delivery in your head as you read.

A committed political and social activis, Zack has been profoundly affected by the Occupy movement in recent months, and the courageous protests taking place across the globe – in the face of outright tyranny. These events have inspired Zack to write the below poem to express his feelings and support.

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

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