84-year-old Occupy Seattle participant Dorli Rainey, pictured above after being pepper sprayed by Seattle Police on November 15th.
She later wrote about the incident:
“Something funny happened on my way to a transportation meeting in Northgate. As I got off the bus at 3rd and Pine I heard helicopters above. Knowing that the problems of New York would certainly precipitate action by Occupy Seattle, I thought I better check it out. Especially since only yesterday the City Government made a grandiose gesture to protect free speech. Well free speech does have its limits as I found out as the cops shoved their bicycles into the crowd and simultaneously pepper sprayed the so captured protesters. If it had not been for my Hero (Iraq Vet Caleb) I would have been down on the ground and trampled. This is what democracy looks like. It certainly left an impression on the people who rode the No. 1 bus home with me. In the women’s movement there were signs which said: “Screw us and we multiply.’”
What a heroic woman, and a severely disappointing action by the Seattle Police.
I could write a novel on how frustrated I am with people who reduce OWS to nothing but a hippie rally for handouts. We all want the same thing, if we could only act like grown ups and think for ourselves, we might actually achieve it.
It makes me upset that this is where we are as a country. Fox News is an evil propaganda machine, sure. But it would not exist without it’s legion of viewers who will buy into their bullshit and have no real concept of what is important in life. If we all could just take a step out of our political comfort zone for a bit we’d notice that OWS is slowly but surely showing the real country we live in. It is not free, it is not democratic, we are not all equal. There are people who realize this and have been sleeping on the god damn sidewalk for over a month now to try and stand up for your rights as an American and a human being. It is patriotism defined.