"I want to occupy Wall Street," he continued on that cold December night. "I support it in each and every way. I'm proud to be part of it."
In that remarkable mic-check moment, the crowd responded: "I'm proud to be part of it."
Lou Reed was smiling right then. He was where he wanted to be: very much in the thick of things, very much on the side of those who were upsetting the status quo.
Reed spoke up. He showed up. He was indeed proud to be part of it.
Peter Rothberg's remembrance of Czech dissident Vaclav Havel features a video of Havel speaking with Lou Reed.