Jesse Jackson: ‘Jesus Was an Occupier’

Rev. Jesse Jackson addressed a crowd of Occupy London protesters Thursday, during which he said Jesus, Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela were all Occupiers.

Rev. Jesse Jackson told a crowd of Occupy London protesters that they’re in good company as their demonstrations stretch past the two-month mark, because Jesus was an Occupier as well.

“Jesus was an Occupier, born under a death warrant, a Jew by religion, born in poverty under Roman occupation,” Jackson told the 200-person crowd in front of St. Paul’s Cathedral Thursday, MSNBC reported. ”Gandhi was an Occupier, Martin Luther King was an Occupier, [Nelson] Mandela was an Occupier.”

London’s Occupy movement has been going strong since October, camping out on the steps of St. Paul’s Cathedral. Jackson urged them to hold strong to their convictions, insisting that King would absolutely support the movement if he were still alive, according to French news agency AFP.

“If Dr. King was here today, he’d be occupying. Occupying is a just cause, a moral cause,” said Jackson, who was an aide to the late civil rights leader.

That King would have approved of the Occupy Wall Street movement is a call that was heard during the dedication of his national memorial in Washington, D.C. in October.

Leading the crowd in a chant of “Keep hope alive! Keep hope alive!” Jackson’s speech touched on other familiar themes of poverty, capitalism and homelessness, the Telegraph reported.

“We need a new bank policy, we have lost checks and balances in the system,” he said. “The Occupy cause is a moral cause, a global spirit. It‘s a just cause and they shouldn’t be dismissed but heard.”