Occupy Until I Return — The 6% and the 99% Join Forces


Occupy Until I Return – Part Two

Occupy till I return. The word occupy here means not merely to possess, or to take up space as it often does in our language, but to improve, and in the instance of activism to use our talents, gifts and abilities to advance and expand the opportunities, rights, and freedoms for those who may not have a voice or are under oppression. As we Occupy we Redeem the only the time but people worldwide who are victims of tyranny and domination. Our efforts are instrumental in changing their lives from victims to Victory.  So Jesus commands his disciples to improve their talents; to make the most of them; to increase their capability of doing good, and to do it until he comes to call us hence, by death, to meet him. See 1 Corinthians 12:7Eph 4:7. (http://bible.cc/luke/19-13.htm)

Stephen & DeBorah Occupy Albany
Stephen and I in Albany ready to meet the Legislators

Activism Progress Update: well latest news is that the major subject of debate in the NYS Assembly is the OPWDD 6% proposed cut. As I see it if they’re still debating then there is still a chance to restore the money for Stephen Palmer and all special needs people. Also I’m writing articles for Advocate’s Voice newsletter published by QCDD and I’m joining forces with Occupy Wall Street, Occupy the Hood and Occupy Together. I know I used to disparage the Occupy Movement but now I feel they are more organized and have better direction & focus. Plus I need my fellow Occupiers. We all need them. Let’s all safely and peacefully practice the principles of Civil Disobedience.

6% Budget Cuts Rally
Me protesting in front of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Office Friday, March 15th.

I do not believe in anarchy. My calling is to Occupy within the system. The current structure of government is not going to disappear, however we must make our elected officials accountable and hold them responsible. We must make our voices heard by going to City Council Meetings, Town Hall Meetings, engaging our New York State assemblymen in Albany, marching, protesting, rallying and boycotting. I still believe in the power of the vote and the power of the purse. They go hand in hand. Resistance but peaceful resistance.

God Calls Everyone but Some don’t answer. Many including those in the church look at Stephen as somebody who needs to be fixed but it’s not Stephen who has the problem it is the temporarily abled. By saying Stephen needs to be cured, fixed or healed imply that he is defective. No that insulting attitude needs to be fixed. That type of bigotry needs to be cast aside. No more warehousing of the developmentally disabled and people with special needs!! Defenders of the Faith need to defend “the least of these” — those who are vulnerable in our society, and that includes the disabled, children, our persecuted LGBT sisters and brothers, the elderly, abused women and Veterans.  No more domestic violence or sexual abuse against women and girls. No more Willowbrooks, No more special needs/developmentally disabled kids/adults hidden away in attics or basements. No more brutal murders and suicides like Matthew Shepherd, Branden Teena & Tyler Clementi.

We who claim to follow Jesus and his principles must speak out and make a stand for justice, for what is right and honorable. We have the power to put an end to evil and injustice. Activism knows no age limitations or religious barriers. Look at the example of our young sister Malala Yousafzai who risked her life to get an education not just for herself but for all girls and young women in Pakistan. Those who are called can no longer hide inside their storefront churches or within mansion edifices. The world needs us now more than ever!

Malala Yousafzai -- Our Young Sister Activist
Malala Yousafzai — Our Young Sister Activist

Ecclesiastes 9:11

King James Version (KJV)

I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happens to them all.

The Time is now! The Doors are opening! Let’s us march onto Victory! The Battle is not over and Triumph is on the Way!!

Please also take the time to read Occupy until I return Part I published October 14, 2011.

Donations and Freewill offerings can be made directly to my PayPal account deborah.palmer280@gmail.com. Thank you and God Bless.

Marriage Equality
Marriage Equality

 

We are the 6%!!!


We Are the 6%!!

Who Will Stand for You?

6% Budget Cuts Rally
Me protesting in front of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Office Friday, March 15th.

I felt extremely empowered at the March 15th Rally against the 6% budget cuts yet at the same time I’m profoundly sad, a little frightened and very worried that we live in a society and a culture that can shun and throw away disabled people like my brother Stephen, the poor, the working class, yet celebrate the rich, wealthy and moronic celebrities. How is it in America, my country that I love and served in the Military (U.S. Army) to protect, has become a place where the poor and disabled have to fight for the basic dignities of life, whereas the Koch Brothers, Mayor Bloomberg, Rockefellers,  Bushes, Rupert Murdoch, and the 1% are automatically entitled to not only the basics but even the small luxuries that should be available to all Americans. Disability Rights and Activism is also part of the Gospel of Inclusion. We refuse to go back to the days when developmentally and physically disabled children and adults were hidden away in attics or cast into torture chamber institutions never to be seen or heard from. Let’s view disability in a different light as being differently abled, not less than but a person with unique and special abilities.

It’s a crying shame the way we’ve devalued people with disabilities! We should have an allegiance to our most vulnerable populations, especially the disabled. It’s scary to see things moving backwards. I don’t want to see my brother Stephen warehoused in some institution. Willowbrook was a living nightmare for developmentally disabled people and a true disgrace. However each of us has to stand up and fight. Me, Stephen and four van loads of his fellow residents went up to Albany on Tuesday in all that pouring rain to face off our elected officials. I’m doing my part to make sure the disabled are not cast aside like garbage on the trash heap. We need more alternative Voices. We all must speak up. The Rally more than proved that for me. We must not be lulled into apathy and compliancy by fear or the right wing media. We need to return to the civil disobedience of Henry David Thoreau, Gandhi, Martin Luther King, and Rosa Parks.

Stephen & I in Albany
Stephen and I in Albany ready to meet the Legislators

One of my girlfriends from the Bronx informed me that I made the 11pm Channel 7 Eyewitness news and on the local Bronx Cable station. I believe that God hears the cries of his children especially the disabled and he will turn Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s heart towards us and restore the 6% budget cuts. Faith without works is dead. We have to make our government accountable to our most vulnerable citizens and for all Americans. Protest. March. Advocate. Be an Activist. Indifference equals death to our basic rights and freedoms. Be the Solution and make it So!!

Hypocrisy among OWS?


On the surface OWS started off well then got completely out of hand. The 1st amendment does allow free speech, freedom to assemble and to protest but not to just live in a public or private park and create chaos for the surrounding neighborhood.

Some of my co-workers are participating in the OWS movement and I’m sure they have good intentions but they are being misled. Despite OWS attempts to stop the gropers, rapists, thieves and other nutcases it was getting out of hand.  It became so dangerous for the women occupiers that a special tent for only women had to be set up along with patrols to protect the women.

There is an attempt to compare OWS to the Civil Rights movement. As we all well know there is no comparison. Dr. King may not have every last detail of the protests and sit-ins planned out perfectly but at least MLK & even the Black Panthers had an organized game plan which they followed.The marches and sit-ins all had a purpose and a goal.

Also I can’t help but think that OWS and the Tea Party are two sides of the same coin. The Tea Party has “Oreo” Herman Cain as their token black face and OWS has almost no people of color in its ranks or among their so-called organizers.

When white people find themselves in a jam all of a sudden they “need” us to jump on their bandwagon. Suddenly we are all Americans. WTF!! Then once the economy rights itself and the status quo returns and whiteys can once again get jobs then they’ll kick Black folks to the curb just as they’ve done time and time again. Black people are convenient in times of war or other national crisis then after things cool down then it’s back down the economic ladder.

Some of those same liberal white people who claim to be beating drums and marching for us all will curse me to my face and call me a nigger bitch once I put on that uniform. Even so-called alternative communities reveal what they really think of me by what comes out of their mouths. For example I used to go to the white tattoo artists for my tattoos but I finally got sick of them saying my skin was too dark for color. Too dark by whose standards. Funny my money wasn’t too green. Now I only go to the Black, Hispanic & Asian tattoo artists in my community. They don’t make those racist statements.

There is an expression in the Black community that when white America sneezes Black America catches a cold. Well white America sneezed as soon as Bush became President and since then we’ve have bronchitis and pneumonia.  Where the fuck was OWS then? Oh no, it’s only when white people feel threaten that there is a so-called uprising or movement. Was OWS blind to what has been going on in urban America for the last ten or twenty years? Well I guess they fucking have.

Unemployment has been well over the national average for Black America. A random guess would be unemployment is upwards of 30% to 40%. Southeast Queens where I live has the highest foreclosure rates in the United States. The Public schools in the inner city have been failing students of color for years. But that did not fit into the OWS or white liberal equation until now. How convenient. Well I refuse to buy into this nonsense. When my so-called peers can’t give me respect in the good times don’t expect me to go along for the ride because I’m just handy to have around. We need an all inclusive grassroots movement with identifiable goals, focus, purpose & strategies.

One cynical, jaded, outspoken loud Defiant Black Woman

Occupy Wall Street — Go Home!!


Occupy Wall Street – Go Home

Occupiers you’ve overstayed your welcome. A once noble cause has become a farce. Guys & Gals since you have so much time on your hands Occupy a soup kitchen, food pantry, homeless shelter, help disabled/homeless veterans, donate your clothing and foodstuffs to the truly poor. Stand for something real instead of pissing off the working class, the true hardworking 99%!  Occupying the subway last Thursday stopping the working class and middle class from getting home just pissed off the people you are supposed to represent.  If you can’t do anything of real value just go home and occupy a job. Being squatters at Zuccotti Park, annoying the people who live and work in the neighborhood is not a progressive or productive way to initiate change.

By the way your movement is very well funded. Obviously this was a well planned, well thought out move to capture the anger and support of millions of unemployed and displaced Americans. At first I was taken in by what seemed to be a genuine “People’s Movement”.  Occupy Wall Street seemed to hearken back to the protests and demonstrations of the 1960s which resulted in Civil rights for Blacks, women and gays. Laws changed and for a while life did improve for disenfranchised minority groups. Anarchy and chaos makes for good news headlines but it does nothing to change the lives of those who really need sustainable long term positive change in their lives.

Then as I continued to read and observe the OWS movement I realized that it was mostly composed of well to do, well fed white college students. Maybe not actually the 1% but most likely the sons and daughters of the 1%. More than likely when you graduate you will take your places within corporate America easily absorbed into companies that your parents either work for or perhaps even own. The real 99% don’t have access to the opportunities available to you. The authentic 99% actually have to go to those wage slave jobs just to keep body and soul together. We don’t have the option to live in a park, rent free with all our needs supplied for two months straight just to have the title of the proletariat. Suddenly what on the surface seemed like a rag tag bunch of individuals had daily access to healthy free food, clothing, sleeping bags, tents, health care, etc….  If you are truly for the poor, working poor, working class, then why don’t you go into the high poverty areas of New York City and donate all your supplies. Obviously you don’t need them and if you do, there seems to be an endless supply from your nameless, faceless backers. OWS your actions no longer match your words. Go home and occupy your campus then occupy a job like the rest of us.  Or if you really want a challenge “Occupy the Hood.”  That’s right go see how well you can occupy in some of New York poorest, most crime ridden, drug infested neighborhoods.  Bet you won’t last too long there!

OWS, where is the Thanksgiving dinner for folks living in homeless shelters and on the streets of New York? Do you plan to donate the food or invite some of the disenfranchised 99%? Will you be purchasing a toy for a homeless, orphan, or foster child this holiday season? What dates, days and times will you volunteer at your local animal shelter? Seems like a good idea since you I see you got your dogs occupying also. Occupy Paw Street?! What’s that all about? Did the dog have a choice in whether or not she/he wanted to join you in occupying?

This is disgusting and truly shows the hypocrisy of the movement. This Chef should be preparing meals for the many homeless families who will have nothing to eat this Thanksgiving. People protesting while on their iPhones, iPads, Laptops, all the while wearing expensive clothing don’t need a free meal. The poor and working class do. Practice what you preach. Walk the walk not just talk the talk.
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/occupy-wall-st-thanksgiving-york-chef-planning-massive-feast-protesters-article-1.980095
 

 

 

Charlie the Central Park Carriage Horse & Occupy Wall Street


Charlie the Central Park Carriage Horse & Occupy Wall Street

“A righteous man cares for the needs of his animal, but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel” (Proverbs 12:10).

“There is a touch of divinity even in brutes, and a special halo about a horse, that should forever exempt him from indignities.” – Herman Melville

http://www.banhdc.org/

You may wonder what comparison could possibly be made between one Central Park Carriage Horse named Charlie and Occupy Wall Street but in his own simply way Charlie symbolizes many horses and people forced to work under strenuous stressful circumstances.  However unlike poor unfortunate Charlie people have the ability to speak out against forced corporate slavery.

Charlie, a 15 year old draft horse died while on his way to work in Central Park October 23rd. Findings from a subsequent necropsy showed that Charlie suffered from stomach ulcers and a fractured tooth. Charlie had no voice. He could not call in sick, nor was he given the proper veterinary care that could have prevented his suffering and death. Most of us who are blessed with a job do have sick days so we can call out, see a doctor and have our medical needs taken care of.  Charlie had no such choice.  Day after day no matter if it was 100 degrees outside or below zero Charlie was forced to work while in extreme pain.

New York’s esteemed Mayor Bigbucks showed little empathy for Charlie’s long term suffering and death. “Like everyone, eventually they die.” “Some die on the streets.”

Damn.

Very little feeling for the hardworking horses who endured pulling fat, greasy, well fed rich tourists and visitors around Central Park, the 1% who could well have afforded to give Charlie an opportunity to live out his senior years on a farm, running free, sheltered in a warm barn with regular vet check-ups, but no like Mayor Bigbucks there is little sympathy for Charlie.

How does Charlie’s sad end relate to we humans, well many equally hardworking New Yorkers do not have sick days.  Please support and sign the petition to pass the Pass the NYC Paid Sick Time Act.  Please go to the following link and add your name and voice for the 99% who work hard every day yet are fear losing their jobs if they take a day off sick from work to care for themselves or their children. Stop the indentured servitude and the return to the sweatshops of the 19th Century.  Thank you.
http://signon.org/sign/pass-the-nyc-paid-sick?source=s.fwd&r_by=239048

Charlie you are one of us. Rest in Peace my Equine Friend.

 

Luke 19:13
And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.

Occupy not merely to possess but to Improve the lives around you. Please support the Occupy Movement.

I’ve been following the Occupy Wall Street since it started several weeks ago. How fitting that the movement should have begun in New York, the Financial capital of the world. Many dismiss the occupiers as grungy, lazy college kids with no cohesive message but even with many individual messages the overall message is restitution and recovery for the 99% who were not bailed out by Washington. These are young people who upon college graduation will be saddled with overwhelming student loan debt and no decent jobs with which to even make a dent in that debt. They join with the ranks of others who have lost jobs, homes, are drowning in various types of debt, etc….

Occupy Wall Street is truly a grassroots movement of the common man unlike the Tea Part who represent the 1%. In the last four years the twisted biased media has vilified the working man, unions and any other means the average person in this country has used as a pathway to success. The newspapers and TV news takes the extravagances’ of a few top earning overtime union kings and queens and make that the norm for all union members. I like most union members represent the 99% who work ridiculous amounts of overtime not for the fancy mansion on the hill but to support my family, pay household expenses and maybe take a short fun vacation trip, however I’ve yet to experience the last option.

Occupy Wall Street is akin to the movie Spartacus where the slaves rose up in rebellion against their masters. Well the wage slaves have had enough, as Peter Finch’s character Howard Beale says in the movie Network, we’re as mad as hell and we’re not going to take it anymore. It’s either fight back or see our lives and the future lives of our children swallowed up by the greedy 21st century robber barons. For those who say the very rich or corporate leaders are the ones who create jobs you are partially correct in that estimation. The jobs they create all get shipped overseas where these corporate giants use the fact that there are no labor laws or unions in foreign countries to continue their own unique form of wage slavery.  Why pay an American ten dollars an hour plus benefits when you can pay some poor native of Southeast Asia or South America one dollar an hour or less and not have to conform or answer to any human rights rules or violations.

As people of faith we are to occupy not just by sitting on our butts in our respective houses of worship but to participate, to use our gifts, talents and abilities to improve the lives of those around us, to speak for those who have no voice.  So my friends Occupy until our Lord returns. Occupy so that we may give an account of excellence for the least of these for the Master.

http://www.nycga.net

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/09/30-0

The Parable of the rich man and Lazarus (also called the Dives and Lazarus or Lazarus and Dives) is a well known parable of Jesus which appears in one of the Four Gospels of the New Testament.

According to Gospel of Luke (Luke 16:19–31), the parable tells of the relationship, in life and in death, between an unnamed rich man and a poor beggar named Lazarus. The traditional “name” Dives, is not in fact a name but the word for “rich man”,[1] dives, in the text of the Latin Bible, the Vulgate.[2] The rich man was also given the names Neuēs (i.e. Nineveh[3]) and Fineas (i.e. Phineas[4]) in the third and fourth centuries.[1]

Hoovervilles

http://www.u-s-history.com/pages/h1642.html