Occupy Atlanta won’t let civil-rights hero speak

Zachary Roth

Since the Occupy Wall Street protests began last month, there's been some debate about whether they can develop into a mass movement capable of creating significant change.

When The Lookout checked out the Lower Manhattan demonstration, we weren't convinced. And here's another piece of evidence that suggests the Occupiers could struggle to organize themselves into an effective mass movement: Occupy Atlanta demonstrators refusing to let Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), an icon of the civil-rights era, speak at a protest event, because doing so might suggest that the man who endured jail and beatings to advance the cause of freedom is better than other people: