Posted 5 years ago on Jan. 13, 2013, 12:02 p.m. EST by toobighasfailed
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[Edited to add: The tone of the question may sound like I'm upset, but I'm just asking out curiosity.]
If there was ever an internet/millennial activist we could admire, it was Aaron Swartz, who committed suicide on Friday in part because of pressures of facing years in prison for possibly breaching an academic paywall.
The last email a leader at Google+ received from him was a request to start hangouts for #Occupy.
And Lawrence Lessig has a powerhouse tribute to him, wherein he berates our (in)justice system, which labeled someone like Aaron a felon, even while the people in the financial system get away with real felonies.
To do some part, I created this image as part of my OWS efforts on Twitter to highlight Lessig's quote, which I think is a crucial summary of much of Aaron's (and Occupy's) philosophy:
It's a sad story, but one that should compel all of us to work harder as activists.