Saturday, December 10, 2011

Ten Occupy Wall Street Heroes In Ten Days: Dan Siegel

Day ten and the final day in my Ten Occupy Wall Street Heroes in Ten Days series is former legal adviser to Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, Dan Siegel. Mayor Jean Quan authorized the raid on the Occupy Oakland camp on November 14th. This was the raid where 24 year old Iraq War veteran, Scott Olsen was critically injured with a scull fracture. After the raid on the Occupy Oakland protest, Siegel effectively resigned as legal adviser to the mayor out of frustration and in support of the occupy movement. Shortly after the raid Siegel left this tweet: "No longer Mayor Quan's legal advisor. Resigned at 2 am. Support Occupy Oakland, not the 1% and its government facilitators."  Here Siegel talked with Rachel Maddow about his decision to resign and his belief that Mayor Jean Quan was pushed into going against her principles to authorize the raid.

That concludes the series. I hope everyone enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed making it. I would like to give a big thank you to Author and Blogger for The Nation, Greg Mitchell, Mother Jones' publisher, Steve Katz and Boston Review magazine for sharing the series along the way. Also a very special thank you goes to Jessy C. for suggesting Boots Riley.
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