Searching for Occupy

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Crystal Zevon  AUSTIN, TX

Searching for Occupy



The occupations in D.C. lasted longer than most, but on February 5th, the police arrived to clear us out.  Working groups formed, but the public face and place where anyone could join General Assemblies was gone.  The media declared Occupy dead.  Alternative news sources still report on housing foreclosures thwarted, money moved out of big banks, homeless shelters opened and on-going protests against drones, wars, Tar Sands pipelines, Monsanto and Citizens United: but, most of what Occupy continues to accomplish is happening without widespread attention and without the connection Occupy offered by bridging individual actions to one effort as a whole.

On July 4th, I was in Paonia, Colorado visiting my sister when a hairdresser named Sid had an idea to protest the Koch Brother tank that was to lead the town parade.  I encouraged him, filmed it and put it up on YouTube labeled "˜Tiananmen Sid Stops Tank'.  It got a bunch of views and the next night to our total surprise it was the lead story on Rachel Maddow.  A longtime media activist, the experience got me thinking about citizen journalism, and how it is the only place truth is being told.

So, here's my new plan: 

I've paired up with a friend from Occupy Washington, D.C.  We're culturally miles apart.  She grew up in Texas.  She's Hispanic and met her birth mother for the first time at age 13.  She's 20 years younger than me, and she's pierced and tattooed.  I grew up white and protected in Aspen, Colorado surrounded by 1%ers.  I own a Prius and my own condo.  What we have in common is what took us out of our comfort zones to become Occupiers.  We love our country and our earth and we are beyond angry at the injustice, inequality and apathy we see everywhere.  We are not willing to sit back and take it anymore.  We are willing to sleep in tents and on couches and eat whatever we're offered and even go to jail if it means we can make some kind of a difference:

A few days ago, I called my friend and asked her if she would like to go on a road trip with me to Search for Occupy:

We're buying a camera and will video blog as we go.  We will document what Occupy is doing around the country.  At the end of our journey, we will put together a film to show every doubter out there what Occupy is doing, has done and will do:

I've been advised to drop the "˜Occupy' label. "It doesn't raise money," I was told.  I have to laugh.  Since when was Occupy about raising money?  This will be a piece of OccuJournalism funded by those who help us along the way.  I can't think of a better way for me to spend my grandchildren's inheritance - the money my parents spent a lifetime earning.  No matter what we discover, my grandsons will be able to say, "Our Nana was there.  She did everything she could."

So, watch for us.  We're drawing up a map and making a plan and we'd like to visit YOU. 

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Update 43
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47 months ago
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I have determined that the heart beat, the connecting voice, to my film will be the voices of the courageous, humble and determined people of the Red Nations. For generations the traditional people of the Indigenous nations have been fighting "Structural Violence" at the hands of the U.S. government and even their own tribal governments, many of whose officials have been bought and sold by the U.S. government in the name of profit and greed. They have always had the answers about how to care for Mother Earth, but rather than listen, we have exploited the people and ravaged their lands. It is way past time to hear the cry of the Native people of this continent and join them in their demand that corporations and governments return their sovereign rights, their territory and restore the Earth, no matter the cost in dollars and cents or a corrupt nation's false pride.

I joined Veterans for Peace early in my journey for a protest against Peabody Coal in St. Louis. There, I heard Don Yellowman and Fern Benally, Dine of the Navajo Nation, speak about the health effects of coal and uranium mining, the displacement of their Navajo people, the on-going depletion and destruction of their lands. As I was filming them speaking, I suddenly realized that I couldn't see for the tears gushing down my cheeks. Something deep inside was moved in a way that quite literally changed something inside me. I cannot undo what was done at the hands of our white ancestors in the form of massacres, imprisonment, slaughter of animals and rape of the land and its people, but I can join them and rise up to this government, I can call out to my brothers and sisters to join me, I can do everything in my power to wake people up to the on-going genocide that threatens to destroy the very people who have the solutions for our own survival.

Please watch this video of Don Yellowman. It is just a brief view, and I will be posting more. Then, go to my YouTube channel and watch the rest of the videos there... the voices of Indigenous people whose dignity as they call out for us to join them, respect them and LISTEN to them speaks to the heart of us all.
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Update 42
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47 months ago
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This is Nathan Blindman whose story is compelling. He has been researching the sale of Wounded Knee and has come to some valid and interesting conclusions.
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Update 41
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47 months ago
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I want to share these bits of interviews I did with descendants of people who were present at the Wounded Knee massacre. Their stories have been ignored for too long. Please take a few minutes to watch these videos as I put them up. Thank you.
Peace,
Crystal
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Update 40
Posted by Occupy Search For
47 months ago
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After almost 4 months on the road, I am heading East. Homeward bound... but, with many places to cover before I get there.

I am currently in Rapid City, South Dakota. I spent almost 4 hours today with Charmaine White Face. It was an experience for which I have no words, and I only hope some trace of the deeply intense interview will translate on film. I have decided to spend some extra days here helping Charmaine to make a short film on the uranium mines on the Pine Ridge reservation... prior to coming here, I was in Gillette, Wyoming where besides an action at Peabody Coal's annual shareholders meeting, I spent time with my Dine friends from the Navajo nation. I'm pasting a link to my latest blog on that stay.

Being alone has its challenges... also, many rewards. What has suffered most are the written pieces. There just isn't time! But, I hope and believe the end product will make up for it. There is also a book in the planning stages...

Peace and Solidarity!
Crystal and Wilma

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Jen Senko
48 months ago

What a wonderful journey and important trip. Thank you for taking it!

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Greg Garvan
50 months ago

what a relief, a grace, it is to see the 'other' side represented while the mainstream consumer craziness continues. Keep up the good news!

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Leigh Tatum
52 months ago

GO FAR! remember the name of the Merry Pranksters bus? FURTHER I love you both (and Wilma too of course)

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Sally Jacob
53 months ago

Crystal, you are an amazing woman! I wish I was Stateside to join you & help. But I'm sending you love, support & may you & your friend be blessed as you travel.... I'm with you in spirit. xx

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Sergei Kostin
53 months ago

a dynamic duo (with Wilma as mascot) has been formed , I love it! peace, xo

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$3,932 of $10k goal

Raised by 62 people in 53 months
Created November 3, 2012
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Nancy and Art Brennan
47 months ago

See you at Ft Meade! You are amazing!

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Anonymous
47 months ago
JS
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Jan Siemers
47 months ago

You are now in my part of the world so welcome. I am donating a little more gas money to help get you home. Safe journey. Blessings Jan

BR
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Bonnie Rush
47 months ago

All my best- Bonnie

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Anonymous
47 months ago
BG
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Bob Gardner
48 months ago

A little gas $$ for Crystal.

MT
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Monica Tilhou
48 months ago

Hope to see you in Norfolk/Virginia Beach! You and Wilma are welcome to stay at my condo!

DP
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Dave Peller
48 months ago

SOLIDARITY - I hope this helps you keep doing what you're doing. Look forward to seeing you again in New York.

SC
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Steve Chrismer
48 months ago

Great to see you at Tar Sands Resistance in OK. Your videos of Indigenous peoples there show that we are all in the same struggle.

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Anonymous
48 months ago
Jen Senko
48 months ago

What a wonderful journey and important trip. Thank you for taking it!

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Greg Garvan
50 months ago

what a relief, a grace, it is to see the 'other' side represented while the mainstream consumer craziness continues. Keep up the good news!

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Leigh Tatum
52 months ago

GO FAR! remember the name of the Merry Pranksters bus? FURTHER I love you both (and Wilma too of course)

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Sally Jacob
53 months ago

Crystal, you are an amazing woman! I wish I was Stateside to join you & help. But I'm sending you love, support & may you & your friend be blessed as you travel.... I'm with you in spirit. xx

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Sergei Kostin
53 months ago

a dynamic duo (with Wilma as mascot) has been formed , I love it! peace, xo

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