Searching for Occupy
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.
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
What a wonderful journey and important trip. Thank you for taking it!
what a relief, a grace, it is to see the 'other' side represented while the mainstream consumer craziness continues. Keep up the good news!
GO FAR! remember the name of the Merry Pranksters bus? FURTHER I love you both (and Wilma too of course)
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
a dynamic duo (with Wilma as mascot) has been formed , I love it! peace, xo