Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Hidden And Unheard at OWS

Before I stop at Zucotti park I always walk on Wall street to remember that slaves built that wall on this famous Wall street to keep the Lenape Indians.  

As many inquisitive, outraged, disgusted souls traverse across Zucotti Park it's important to remember that it's sacred ground.  No matter how much the residents may scream about the "noise" of the war drums and simply object to the masses revolting against the tyranny of unchecked corporate greed, the. voices of the first oppressed people, the Lenape Indians go unheard.  Their graves go unmarked. On that spot may have been a burial ground but we will never know it.

I have been coming to OWS since September 19th.  Much has changed since that first day I sat on the steps and spoke with protesters who have reached their limit with the direction our government and thus society has taken.  From the first moments there I always honored the ancestors and spoke up for the missing Lenape Indians who don't have their names etched anywhere on the streets of that old trail they established which we now call Broadway on this isle once known as "Manahatta", land of many hills which were flattened to expand this city by leaps and bounds.

As all eyes are on the famous Wall Street the mission to put a visual image of the actual building of that wall is what is missing. Slaves built this wall to keep the Lenape out. It's time to make Wall street accountable for the current and past tyranny. 

I'll post more tomorrow folks.  In the meantime, when picturing that famous street, contemplate what's beneath.

56 comments:

  1. Thank you very much for the brilliant things you said on the globalrevolution livestream.

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  2. Saw you on OWS Livestream. Rock on Sister!

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  3. your beautiful words were inspiring on the OWS livestream today. Thank you soo much for addressing planned obsolesence. Have you seen the documentary "Garbage Warrior"? I think it would be of interest to you.


    Thanks for protesting! Canada stands behind you!

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  4. I saw you on Livestream! I was so excited, even inspired by what you said. Please write regularly! You have a voice... and a lot of great (and important!) things to say. You definitely have a fan in me.

    E-mail me at jeremiah.bannister@gmail.com. I'd love to talk to you!!

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  5. We're watching you speak and you are amazing! Stick with it! Keep talking, keep preaching, keep inspiring! You Rock!!

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  6. Just listened to Debra riff on OccupyNYC live stream. I'm in complete agreement. If you were listening to her, while she went from related topic to topic, I'm sure you "felt it", too: electric, connected, democratic.

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  7. Please consider a youtube channel or video blog.

    Thanks for the amazing stream of consciousness monologue.

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  8. Loved your discussion on Livestream. Blog your heart out, I'll be reading! Hello from Australia!

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  9. You are awesome! Love the blog so far. Keep it up.

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  10. smart lady thank you for your opinion =)

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  11. Thank you for your great comments and insight! I like your idea about boycotting, but hope you will modify that to ask people to ONLY buy from local shops and small businesses and farms. We need to build a sustainable society. Thank you again for your amazing speech!
    Hugs!

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  12. you are brilliant. we need more people like you in this world. please stay part of the movement. you are a great voice. very well spoken.

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  13. I am listening to you on livestream right now and I think you are brilliant. We need you to keep speaking and shine like the diamond you are.

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  14. Wow woman!!! You are strong, smart and beautiful!! What an inspiration you are!! Saw you on livestream......just amazing!

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  15. You have a lot to say and it is good. Love you. :)

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  16. Solidarity from Maine! We need more of you inspiring words! Be checking back.....be there for us!!

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  17. Watching you on OWS livestream now and wanted to let you know how inspiring my girlfriend and I find you. Brilliant, articulate, informed...how do we get you into office? Please keep up all the good work you're doing and updated us on here!

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  18. Don't let the few trolls tell you otherwise. The majority of us hear you and we agree. You make very good points. Press it. Step on it. And keep the metal going. I commend you.

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  19. Solidarity from Occupy Atlanta!
    You are awesome!

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  20. WE LOVE YOU ...KEEP ON KEEPING ON

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  21. Amazing livestream! Passionate and honest, keep it up, peace.

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  22. fantastic!! i look forward to seeing you again on livestream

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  23. I am listening to you on livestream as I am writing this note. you are the future. You are everything this movement is about. The brilliant, brilliant young minds willing to take on corporate greed and a corrupt government. Many people need to hear your words and I hope this is the beginning of a wonderful future for you as well as all of your peers. Thank you.

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  24. Holy shit, do you have any idea that your fellow "99%"ers work for these corporations? You do not have the answers.

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  25. Please ignore the first comment - you were brilliant on the livestream - thank you for ALL you brought forth - thank you for bringing to consciousness all that needs to be said - and deeply understood - about what is happening in this nation. I particularly appreciate that your first post on this blog harkens back to the very first take over and displacement that occurred on this island (and remarkably I am writing this as you are very eloquently speaking about the current displacement of all but the most wealthy from this very same island as a result of gentrification) and that took place throughout the rest of our nation as we expanded and grew - these are the kind of injustices that we need to be rectifying as we move forward. We need to create a new paradigm where these kinds of injustices will never take place again on this planet.

    But for now - as a very simple first step - we DO have the POWER OF THE POCKET BOOK - and we DO need to STOP blindly giving corporations our money - without holding them accountable for their actions. You speak a great truth - Keep speaking that truth!!! I hope that everyone will feel empowered by this fact and begin taking that step - it may be small - but many small step will have a big effect.

    Thank you!!!

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  26. Debra knows New York.
    What a history lesson.

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  27. I am agreed with the comment that I want you to be my next President!

    I am looking forward to seeing this blog expand. The little bit of history you expressed on Livestream was deeply enlightening for me. Keep up the good work! You are brilliant!!

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  28. You are extremely knowledgeable. Great interview :)

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  29. Are you single? LoL j/k Great Job!

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  30. awesome analysis and commentary - right on, got my vote! keep those ideas and analysis coming! i am NOT a consumer, i am part of a COMMUNITY!! boycott black friday, reclaim the commons!!

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  31. Saw you on OccupyNYC livestream.

    You mentioned that there was a website about how to create home-made solar panels but you didn't know the name of the website. If you have it saved, I would be very interested in it and I will be researching this topic myself.

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  32. Deborah, Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and insights! I will be sharing your blog link with all of my friends and family. Please, ignore the trolls. You are truly inspirational!

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  35. Deborah you are taking stereotypes down with a flippin' bulldozer, woman!

    Love how you answer the police question! It's exactly what we been trying to press here in Portland!

    Much love and support from Occupy Portland.

    Keep it up!

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  36. I'm currently listening to you on livestream. The problems that you have there, are now a problem for most countries of the world....debt slavery and fascism. I'm from Jamaica and I can see similar trends here also. This protest has had a rippling effect across the world. You have my support and keep up the pressure!

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  37. Still listening to you on Livestream... can't get enough of your knowledge and wisdom. You have so many insights to share and are so ELOQUENT. Thank you for your honesty and straight-talk! I look forward to following you on here after tonight, and hope you will write often!

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  38. I hope to see and hear more from you. Love the idea of Youtube! Now, you have SO many fans!
    I am so uplifted by the whole movement! I don't expect instant results, and I understand it is a process. I, too, hold Sacred Space, and I am doing so for future generations, as a mother and grandmother. Thank you, Deborah.

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  39. Hegemony, you have met your match.

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  40. great stuff. i'm a big supporter of the native american story. i'm going to try to learn more about the Lenape indians. we had a park called lenape park where i grew up in jersey. i would like to share one of my sites with you. http://www.dawnlandnh.com i would like to promote your video on both of my sites. i also sent you an e-mail. your are a beautiful spirit. peace

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  41. Thanks for being at Liberty Square. You are great. THANKS!

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  42. www.instructables.com Awesome site for how to build things for self-sustainability!!!

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  43. Don't sweat the trolls, Deborah. Thanks for your serendipitous speech!

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  44. You should run for senate and then president, wish we had more people like you in office. Your voice was heard by me, and I continued to listen the entire time because what you said was so relevant and you backed yourself up with facts. Thank you for proving that there are brains behind this occupy movement, not just a bunch of jobless people complaining about inequality. THANK YOU!

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  45. Much love to you Deborah, please keep speaking because you do it so well.

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  46. watched . Livestream XXXXX from Australia

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  47. Not everyone will have a positive response but I loved what you had to say. You are an inspiring and passionate speaker!

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  48. HI DEBORAH - I SAW YOU TALKING ON LIVESTREAM @ OWS AND ASKED IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO DO AN INTERVIEW VIA SKYPE FOR OCCUPY LONDON.

    PLEASE MAIL ME @: https://www.facebook.com/The.House.of.Enhants

    MANY THANKS
    IQUITA

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  49. I just heard Naomi Wolf speak on MSNBC. She is urging OWS leaders to begin to speak out on MSM. Because they are a leadership absent movement, they are reluctant. Go to your GA...ask them if you can speak..not as a leader, but an articulate spokesperson. Contact Naomi (Nation Mag) she could possible help, We need your voice....we need your help...we need to begin to turn this nation around....we need economic justice

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  50. OWS now needs spoke persons (not leaders)to speak out as they have to go to a next stage after the tents have been removed. They need articulate, bright, historically knowledgeable, analytically savvy spokespeople. You are all of these Deborah..please please use wisely the tools you have. We need you to take another step up and carry the rest of us with your message to achieve economic justice....Please Deborah?

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  51. I'm in complete agreement with two comments above. Your voice and articulation are the kinds of things that can make a huge huge HUGE difference. You probably have people encouraging you from every direction, let me be one more!

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  52. Has anyone gotten those words from the livestream into a youtube video? Who's working on that? It needs to happen NOW. Those words need to be played over Democracy now and NPR and Fox news, on megaphones in every neighborhood, whispered in the back alleys, shouted from the rooftops.... for real!

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  53. Is this you, Deborah? http://www.livestream.com/deborina

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