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Here's just a few examples from our growing body of work (go here for our ever-growing playlist of over 20 vids):
That's Patricia McAllister, who was representin' loud and clear at Occupy LA back in October: "I think that the Zionist Jews, who are running these big banks and our Federal Reserve, which is not run by the federal government... they need to be run out of this country."
She used to work for the Los Angeles Unified School District but thanks to Reason's coverage of Occupy LA, she's no longer peddling her particular brand of anti-semitism on the taxpayer dime anymore.
We've been busy on the East Coast, too, where captured a member of New York's Finest decking an Occupy Wall Street protester for no apparent reason other than wearing green on a day other than St. Patrick's (go to 1.40 minute mark):
And of course, Reason produced one of the most-amazing documents to date of the Occupy movement: The great Peter Schiff engaging protesters in New York's Zuccotti Park and explaining how capitalism is the engine by which the 99 Percent have a shot at joining the 1 Percent in terms of living standards:
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