I'm going to D.C. for September 17th to celebrate our Constitution
I live in New York City, I was one of 700 people arrested for marching on the Brooklyn Bridge in protest of a corrupt political system heavily influenced by Wall street greed. But I purposely won’t be in New York City for Occupy Wall Street’s one year anniversary on September 17th, 2012. Instead I’m going to Washington D.C. to celebrate the 225th anniversary of the ratification of our constitution. Although not a perfect document, it holds within it the ability for the people to rise up and create the country they want to create. Unfortunately, Occupy Wall Street wants nothing to do with voting or registering people to vote thus I can no longer support the movement even though I was arrested for it.
Banging drums on Wall street, marching down Main street and having sit ins may bring awareness to the fact that our system is corrupt but if awareness is not followed by action i.e. voting, it’s meaningless. Some from the occupy movement have said that voting doesn’t matter, to them I ask: If voting doesn’t matter then why have states led by Republican governors passed so MANY voter suppression laws these past 2 years?
Claiming that voting doesn’t matter is a lazy argument and it’s very insulting to the groups of people who had to fight and die for the right to vote!
Today is the first birthday of Occupy Wall Street and to celebrate I put together this little film ‘Sister Activist’. It was filmed yesterday all in one shot on Governors Island and features the immense talents of Goldie Rush and Ryan Commins.
Occupy has had a huge impact on my life and I feel it’s effects spiritually as much as politically. This film represents that spirit. Summoned through incantations, she is an angel of revolution returning to our planet on the winds of a hurricane. In a wondrous display of the ultimate triumph of love over greed, she represents an inevitable and benevolent cycle of life, a true revolution.
I actually wrote the words to Sister Activist last year immediately after Hurricane Irene and just before the birth of OWS, when I felt something was very much in the air. Now, as I write this, I am flying over America on my way to San Francisco and as much as it pains me not to be in NYC for this special anniversary, with this film I feel I have still been able to contribute to the proceedings.
Sister Activist is dedicated to social activists everywhere and is my special tribute to the feminist movement and it’s influence on revolutions.