Al Gore Endorses Occupy Wall Street
WASHINGTON -- Occupy Wall Street can now count former Vice President Al Gore as one of its supporters.
The anti-corporatism movement, which started its demonstrations on Wall Street nearly four weeks ago and has spread to over 1,400 cities nationwide, picked up Gore as a supporter when he took to his online journal Wednesday night to endorse the growing movement.
"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. 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," Gore wrote.
At the bottom of the journal entry, Gore posted a link connecting readers to an OWS donation site.
The Current Network, co-founded by Gore, was one of the earliest networks providing coverage of Occupy Wall Street.
In early August, Gore joined Keith Olbermann on CurrentTV's "Countdown", stressing the need for an uprising in America.
"We need to have an American spring -- you know, the Arab spring. The non-violent part of it isn’t finished yet, but we need to have an American spring, a kind of an American non-violent change where people on the grassroots get involved again. Not the, you know, not in the Tea Party-style," he said.
According to a Time poll released Thursday morning, the Occupy Wall Street movement is enjoying wide support from Americans, with 54 percent viewing the protests favorably compared to just 27 percent of Americans with a favorable view of the Tea Party.
Gore's endorsement follows President Barack Obama's sympathetic comments toward the movement, as well as the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee 's petition seeking the 100,000 party supporters' endorsements of OWS.