During the teach-in, Ayers preached inclusion. When asked if violence was a necessary step to increase the Occupy movement, Ayers tells the listeners violence is not the answer instead protesters should use their brilliance, humor, wisdom and body to “dramatize the violence that exists”.
“We do not live in a neutral, non-violent. Not when there is a trillion dollar military budget, the biggest in the world. Not when they are recruiting kids to be in the service. Not when every athletic event begins with guns and marching. That’s a violent culture and that is where we live,” said Ayers. “A real revolution involves the masses of people transforming themselves and that is going to require a hell of a lot more than your gun against the some other guy’s gun.”