George Daly, a civil rights attorney, spoke to members and supporters of Occupy Charlotte at a fundraiser on Jan. 28, 2012, at Dilworth Neighborhood Grille.

He said protest is one thing, but it’s not enough, though he also said, “There hasn’t been a protest as powerful as yours since the Vietnam War.”

He discussed the history of populace movements in the United States, the start of credit unions, the need to “invent new forms of government” and “prevent banks from being investment banks,” and how “the assertions of the power of the people fundamentally frightened the people who rule this country.”

He says we’re now living in the second Gilded Age and that Aug. 23, 1971 is the date that “a very well connected lawyer,” Lewis F. Powell, Jr., wrote a memo to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and sparked the financial and political situation the country finds itself in now. President Nixon later appointed Powell to the Supreme Court, where he served until 1987.

Daly ended by saying, “You need to get out in the streets and raise hell about the one percent.”

NOTE: I will post the entire, unedited video from the fundraiser ASAP.