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By Ryan Mack

I have been a long admirer of Russell Simmons. The godfather of hip-hop that brought me “Krush Groovin,” the serial entrepreneur whose success and drive inspired me to start my own business, and the community activist who places a strong emphasis on giving, therefore motivating me to do more for the benefit of serving others. He is all of these things and more to many people, but why did Simmons get booed on television when he spoke on behalf of Occupy Wall Street?

We don’t have anything against him personally. We welcome him as a part of the OWS movement. However, just like the unwelcomed guest who wants to come along with the longtime family friend to dinner, he can’t come in as long as he brings that destructive, exploitative, wealth inhibiting RushCard with him.

The RushCard is based on principles that are contrary to the OWS movement. How long are we supposed to sit back and watch Wall Street Banks sit on their fattened profits as they gouge the pockets of the 99 percent?

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