“Politicians Don’t See the Light Until They Feel the Heat”

“Sometimes politicians don’t see the light until they feel the heat,” Congressman and Chair of the Progressive Caucus Keith Ellison told The UpTake yesterday during an interview about the growing Occupy Wall Street demonstrations.

(Watch OWS protests from around the world here)

Ellison fully supports the spontaneous demonstrations, doesn’t believe they are leaderless, and doesn’t think politicians should get in their way or try to co-opt the movement.

Ellison disagreed with analogies between Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party. “Instead of turning to other Americans, they turned on other Americans, and started looking for people to blame and hate,” said the Congressman from Minneapolis.

Ellison was taking part in a block party for CTUL (Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha) retail cleaning workers yesterday to celebrate momentum in the Campaign for Justice in Retail Cleaning.

Watch the full interview with Keith Ellison below:

Jacob Wheeler

In addition to shooting videos for The UpTake, Jacob Wheeler is a contributing editor at the progressive political magazine In These Times, publishes the Glen Arbor Sun in his native Michigan, and authored "Between Light and Shadow," a recent book about the Guatemalan adoption industry. Wheeler's stories have appeared in such magazines as the Utne Reader, Earth Island Journal, Rotarian and Teaching Tolerance magazine, and newspapers including the San Francisco Chronicle and Christian Science Monitor. He speaks fluent Spanish, German and Danish.

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