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NYC GF: “The first job of a citizen is to keep your mouth open.”

May 18, 2013

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On Sunday afternoon of the NYC Green Festival, in his trademark cowboy hat, and with his trademark style of Texas wit and poetry, Jim Hightower encouraged green New Yorkers and other Festival guests to stand up to corporate and political power to build a greener world.  For inspiration, he told a story about Harold’s Hardware store in his native Austin, TX.  At Harold’s, Hightower said, you can buy two nails, if that’s what you need, without buying the whole box.  You can borrow a tool and bring it back, if you need to.  And if you need help with a project that’s beyond your expertise, Harold’s will sit down with you and help you pencil it out.  Harold’s motto?  “Together, we can do it yourself.”

“Together, we can do it, New York,” said Hightower, “It’s up to you and me.”

Hightower praised three of his most recent green heroes…

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