Do you know who Lech Walesa is? You should. He’s coming to Occupy Wall Street.


For those of you who don’t remember: Lech Walesa climbed over a fence around the Gdansk shipyard in 1980 as part of a protest against the Communist regime in Poland. He was persecuted both before and after that iconic event;  fired, arrested, jailed, his family spied on. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1983 but sent his wife to accept it because he was afraid the regime would not let him return to Poland if he left. Oh, and after the regime fell he was the first democratically elected President of Poland. He did as much to free Poland from the Soviets as anyone else. Even Ronald Reagan called him one of the world’s greatest labor leaders (I know, it’s a Reagan endorsement, kinda like “don’t tax the rich” however) – of course, he was causing trouble for the Soviets at the time.

Point is. He made waves. Across the world.

Lech Walesa is a big deal. And he’s coming.

“How could I not respond,” Walesa told a Polish newspaper Wednesday. “The thousands of people gathered near Wall Street are worried about the fate of their future, the fate of their country. This is something I understand.”

“The people united will never be defeated”. Which reminds me: the name of Lech Walesa’s union.

Solidarność = Solidarity

SOLIDARITY arrives at Occupy Wall Street




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