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Zack de la Rocha hasn’t been heard on record since his One Day as a Lion project put out an EP in 2008.
But the Rage Against the Machine vocalist hasn’t been quiet about the Occupy Wall Street movement, and on Wednesday he posted a new poem in support of the Occupy protesters.
In a press release, de la Rocha dedicated the untitled poem to the participants in the protests, and said their courage is changing the world. De la Rocha also encouraged the protestors to stay strong. “We are winning,” he said.
De la Rocha isn’t the only member of Rage Against the Machine to show support for the Occupiers. Last month, Rage guitarist Tom Morello played an acoustic set for the Los Angeles protestors.
De la Rocha’s poem comes in the wake of hundreds of arrests at Occupy Wall Street. Early Tuesday morning, police cleared out the protestors in New York City’s Zuccotti Park. A judge upheld Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s decision that protestors can no longer camp at the site.
The arrests didn’t surprise Morello, who told Rolling Stone he knew eventually the “empire” would strike back. But Morello added he thinks the arrests of the protestors will energize the movement.
Here is the entire poem:
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
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