Info re: Occupy Movements and some videos in ASL

(AP Photo/seattlepi.com, Joshua Trujillo) Elderly Seattle woman hit with pepper spray

“I’m pretty tough, I guess.” said the 84 year old retired school teacher.

 She is the Seattle woman who hopped off the bus and joined the Occupy movement only to be sprayed with Pepper spray by police.

She said she will continue to stand for that which is just, right and good.

“Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.”

~ Thomas Jefferson

We got nothing to fear but fear itself folks. ~ kinda from FDR

Knowledge is power folks!

Basically the Occupy Movement is:

1. contesting economic inequality (1% vs the 99%) (the ultra rich get the tax breaks while the middle class and poor shoulder the burden and the fall out of corporate greed and corruption)

NOTE: even some of the 1% are advocating economic justice as they know its critical for saving this country.  (See Warren Buffet) We r triillions of dollars in debt to China folks and we are still engaging in two major wars and hopping here and there all over the globe while the folks of this nation are saying…

“HELLO – ahmmm – excuse me.  Sorry to interrupt you but can you see us now?   How about now?  What if we stand over here on this falling apart bridge?  What if we come out in droves to see the bull?  What if we bring our grandmothers and our children?  Can you see us now?”

Bascially the movement is:

2. contesting political corruption – our elected officials are more loyal to lobbyist, industries, wheelers and dealers, the banks, the military industrial complex and not the people of this country.

Our streets vs. wall street.

See how politicians are even trying to play the occupation in their favor before the big nov. election.  Geez just cuz we have been breed and feed so much crap via “soft non-nosensical news” and “unreality” TV programming does not mean we all have been numbed and stupefied.  A whole bunch of us done got our thinking caps on and have actually studied history and social change.

Basically the movement is:

3. asserting first amendment rights (speech, assembly, and press) over corporate and political WRONGS.  The government however has been cracking down on protestors and in turn is suppressing the first amendment rights by raiding peaceful encampments, assaulting and pepper spraying protestors, and arresting protestors and members of the press.

What good are our civil liberties, folks, if you will not use them and our government suppresses them if and when you do?

“When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

The Occupy Movement is the stuff of social change folks from http://www.yesmagazine.org/people-power/photo-essay-occupy-wall-street-posters

– we, the people, have set up encampment in public places throughout U.S. history to expose economic injustices.

– we, the people, have engaged in peaceful civil disobedience to expose systematic oppression and bring about social change through out the ages.

– we, the people, have a civic duty to call for the end of unjust practices for the good of our country and our people.

“I hold it, that a little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.”~ Thomas Jefferson

So a question for ya all – where have you been and where are ya gonna be during the Occupy Movement.  Brave Americans tossed tea in the Boston harbor to protest unjust taxation, women engaged in hunger strikes in prison to ensure the constitution included them, African-Americans and allies marched to Selma, folks protested at the democratic convention to stop the killing of innocent Vietnamese, ….

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

STAND peacefully, folks and BE counted or stand by and be part of the problem.  The Future is Ours!

The alternative to standing is to do nothing which results in nothing changing and just sitting back and waiting for things to ka boom.

“A riot is the language of the unheard.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

“A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave.” Mahatma Gandhi

“When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won.” ~ Gandhi

All social movements that want to bring about positive and just social change must be rooted in peaceful, civil disobedience.  The oppressing systems will get nasty and ugly.  They will try to crack down, silence, stifle, distort to make the movement abort.  See all the nasty lies the FBI spread about MLK Jr, see all the evidence the government suppressed in order to justify the unjust incarceration of Japanese-American citizens during WW 2 on U.S. soil, see the water hoses and the billy clubs against marches in the South, etc etc etc

If folks dont come together and take this STAND, next they gonna come for you buddy – there wont be no job to be found, no house payment to be made, no check in the mail, ….

And you will have to ask “where was I when first they came for…”

RIT college Reporter Mag reporter arrested at Occupy Rochester - DA refuses to dismiss charges. Freedom of press where are thou?

If crowds spook ya, if fear ensnares you, if you are unsure – LISTEN.  Take just a minute.  Get real silent and real quiet and LISTEN to your core.  What does it tell you to do?  Bash the good souls who take a stand?  Distance yourself from the ones who can and do?  Caution you to wait until they are winning and then join in or does it stir and itch and say – I want to do RIGHT.  I want to do the right thing.  I believe in the founding principles of this country.  I will stand by my convictions and stand with and for my fellow Americans.  I am one of the 99%

If you can hear that call  – find a way to support.  Attend an event, cook a nice warm meal and bring it down to your local Occupy group, donate sleeping bags, tarp, tents, whatever you have, write a letter to the editor, donate some funds, … STAND.  You can!  The only thing stopping you is fear and fear is a beast because it is not real.  Get real and follow your heart.  It knows the way.

In the digital age there is no excuse for Deaf folks being behind the times.  The only excuse we have is learned helplessness and FEAR that we will loose the little that we have but that is not much to loose at all and if you loose your spirit and your soul and your spunk in exchange – you have lost EVERYTHING.  STAND and be GRAND.

“Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.”

~ Thomas Jefferson

below are some videos in ASL at various Occupy movement events and locations.  If you know of other links that should be added – pls add in comments.

NOTE: if you like any of these videos – you might want to consider subscribing to their youtube channel and check out their other puloads which might not be Occupy related but still of interest. (click the bottom right corner to route to youtube account then click their (see top button for SUBSCRIBE)

Nativewarrior76 ASL Interview with Justin Bridges at Occupy Portland afew days before Justin was grabbed by the police and hospitalized

Nativewarrior76 joins Occupy with Portland State and protestors – (Jayson is in the Anonymous mask signing ASL)

rabidgeek channel Occupy Oakland: STRIKE (on the scene footage)

rabidgeek channel Occupy Oakland Nov 2nd General Strike (explanainton and information)

rabidgeek’s channel Bike “Tour” of Occupy Oakland (on the scene vootage via bike)

rabidgeek’s channel Occupy Ocakland OCT 25H 2011 (on the scene and some ASL interpreting)

From Sordaradical – October Occupy Wall Street in ASL

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” ~ Margaret Mead

Just image what a LARGE group can accomplish  ; )

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