#Occupy



{image: DJ Jahmedicine w/ Talib Kweli}

Well, hello there! And welcome to "Real Nigga Quotes: The Occupy Wall Street Edition". Today, we're here with Medical Music Maestro DJ Jahmedicine from Brooklyn, New York City. Here's what he had to say after djing at the November 17 Day of Action:

"I was real skeptical, judgmental and critical of what the agenda was and all this other mental stuff. But being in the energy around thousands upon thousands of people that wanna potentially change this situation, I saw that the power was more in that type of spirit becoming contagious and spreading to the masses of people that are struggling the same way. You may not have to march but what are you doing that contributes to the transformation of our overall situation? People would rather have a 3-hour conversation tearing something down, talking 'bout Beyonce, their favorite TV show, rather than trying to figure out what we're going to do to survive collectively and build our future. So, the new social style needs to be about: people coming together, people partying in the streets, and people devising a plan for the future. Nah mean. Holla at me."

And there you have it folks. Reporting live, from planet earth, this has been "Real Nigga Quotes".


Interview with creator of Occupy Wall Street "bat-signal" projections during Brooklyn Bridge #N17 march [excerpts]
(SOURCE: Boing Boing)

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"Opposite the Verizon building, there is a bunch of city housing. Subsidized, rent-controlled. There's a lack of services, lights are out in the hallways, the housing feels like jails, like prisons. I walked around, and put up signs in there offering money to rent out an apartment for a few hours. I didn't say much more. I received surprisingly few calls, and most of them seemed not quite fully "there." But then I got a call from a person who sounded pretty sane. Her name was Denise Vega. She lived on the 16th floor. Single, working mom, mother of three.

"I spoke with her on the phone, and a few days later went over and met her.

"I told her what I wanted to do, and she was enthused. The more I described, the more excited she got.

"Her parting words were, "let's do this."

"She wouldn't take my money. That was the day of the eviction of Zuccotti, the same day. And she'd been listening to the news all day, she saw everything that had happened.

""I can't charge you money, this is for the people," she said.

"She was born in the projects. She opened up her home to us.

"She was in there tonight with her 3 daughters, 2 sisters. The NYPD started snooping around down on the ground while the projections were up, it was clear where we were projecting from, and inside it was festive.

""If they want to come up they're gonna need a warrant!," her family was saying. "If they ask us, well, we don't know what they are talking about!" They were really brave and cool.

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"A lot of it is just chants that we've heard.

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""It's the beginning of the beginning." I loved that one. So frequently, things happen in the world that make it feel like we're at the beginning of the end. But—"the beginning of the beginning," what a radically optimistic statement that is.

"The scale of the environmental and economic crisis we are facing, it's extraordinary. This movement is a response to that crisis. Our leaders aren't responding to any of that in a way that is commensurate to the crises we face. And that one sign has always spoken to me. We have to throw off our despair about the future world we might be facing, because if we come together as people and humanity, we can change it. And what Occupy Wall Street makes me feel is that for the first time in a long time that might be possible.

"That means a lot to me. This is choosing hope over despair. This is actively and resolutely making that choice. It's not going to be easy. It's not going to be over in two months. It's not going to be just the result of conversation.

"I'm 45. The people who worked on this are a diverse range of ages. Some are in their 20s, but not all of us are that young. It's hard to study what's happening in the environment and with the global economy and not feel afraid. There is a lot to fear. One of the things we were projecting tonight, it was Max Nova's idea. "Do not be afraid." And I think that's so important.

"I watched 9/11 happen from my rooftop in Park Slope. I was there. It's been a crazy decade since then, a fearful time. And our leaders have stoked those fears, there's been a lot of fear-mongering. It's been like that for a decade, and it feels like we are turning a page. I know we're heading into winter in New York, but this feels like springtime.

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"I feel immense gratitude to these youngsters for kicking my ass into gear. I'm feeling so much gratitude to everyone, for putting their bodies on the line every day, for this movement. It's a global uprising we're part of. We have to win." (source)





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