Cap. Ray Lewis joined OTR from Nov. 11 until Nov. 28th. During which time we visited Raleigh (for the 2nd time) where Jeremy Gilchrist gave us an “On the V” music session. Afterward, we visit Columbia, SC where I interviewed Vennie Deas Moore (historian) and got caught up on what was happening there. We then attended the “School of Americas” in Fort Benning, GA, participating in the protest against torture technique (enhanced interrogation) training. There, we met and interviewed an ex-CIA official (Jeff) and Louis Wolf founder of “Covert Action Quarterly” magazine. Our final stop was Mobile, Al where Ray had his RV repaired (after hitting a deer on the way to Frederick) and while having some down time we had some wonderful in depth talks and educated ourselves with documentaries. One night we decided to watch the old 1950’s movie “Grapes of Wrath” which made me realize…. things are the same many, many years later, sadly! (more…)
What are the odds that we’d meet a lady (ex-detective) from the same area of Philly as Ray, at an antique store in Mobile, AL? Even more absurd is that she and Ray Occupy Lewis know the same places and some of the same people. We will be having breakfast with them tomorrow. Donna and her husband Nick agreed to let me interview them for some of their most amazing stories while working undercover! (more…)
Mobile is the model of good old southern hospitality. From the time we arrived and were treated to a Thanksgiving lunch by Charles & his wife at Johnny’s Mamma to the hunkerdown breakfast at a very busy spot where we met
Big shout out to the crew at Johnny’s RV for making us so welcome while some minor repairs were done. Thank you to Charles for giving us space in the back where we could use electricity, water and sewer. Both Ray and I were being spoiled . Ray had hit a deer on the way down from upstate NY about an hour outside Ajimsville, MD and he was able to get a new headlight but had to wait on the bumper repairs until we could find someone to do the work and a place to stay. We were referred to Johnny’s in Columbia, SC. We strongly recommend them. (more…)
Just convinced a choir group of young men to sing in McDonald’s and it was fab! Thank you to Richard E. Lee Highschool, in Montgomery. There are now 6 young people who know of occupy and Bradley Manning.
Posted tonight by message to us: We are grateful to have meet you and Ray…I believe in the same thing your organization believes in…right now I’m trying to install a program for us seniors at my school to reach out to our freshmans and lower classmates and let them know how important they are and how much they impact our lives…we will be fascinated and honored to help you and assist you to help build….and stop this crazy economy from tearing us down! (more…)
It was the Veterans For Peace (VFP) vigil today at the School of Americas where training is undergone for “enhanced interragation techniques”, better known as torture or “assassinations”, etc. The military is schooled here for anything that protects our “CORP” interests. This is why it’s been protested every year, to Remember the Victms of SOA Violence and Celebrating the Resistance.
Today thousands of human rights activists, torture survivors, anti-war veterans, students, families, union workers, nuns, artists, and others converged at the gates of Fort Benning, Georgia, to call for an end to U.S. militarization of the Americas, and for the closure of the School of the Americas (SOA/ WHINSEC)! http://soaw.org/ and for news http://www2.wrbl.com/news/2012/nov/17/soa-protest-22nd-year-ar-4990911/ (more…)
Arrived in Columbus, GA and had the pleasure of running into Flux with his Broadcast news bus in the parking lot at the convention center. Then headed over to Fort Benning where we managed to sneak in front and center of the gate awaiting tomorrow’s march.
The “V” is making some military and police nervous. Once in a secure (private) spot we headed back to the Convention Center to hear Medea Benjamin (Code Pink) talk about drones. OMG…we thought it was bad before but hearing her and Bill Quigley speak (sorry the ustream was so rough) we are devastated that this is going on. Medea just got back from seeing the damage first hand. Not a pretty picture was portrayed.
It was a trip down memory lane today as we landed in Raleigh after nearly a year since being here last. We parked in the same spot, but this time there were no tents to adorn the backdrop. We reminisced about the camp, the people, and how occupy started in Raleigh, Chapel Hill and Durham. Mike gave us his rendition on Occupy Wall St. as he was one of the initial members who occupied from the start and was there during the Brooklyn arrests. (more…)
Since reaching Frederick we were fortunate enough to take part in a couple Quaker gatherings thereby allowing us to meet some wonderful people, like Annette. A true occupier for sure. She is passionate about what we can do to make our world a better place. She is the change she would like to see. By being part of the homeless solution, to health care for all she is imbedded in the real issues facing American’s 99%. Annette works tirelessly to attend meetings and find solutions. She used to be head of the “Friends” school and still plays a huge role, always staying involved. (more…)
Well, the few of us that did show up for WA D.C.’s remember, remember day, did a great job protesting. We just needed at least 2000 more people! The cops were great (allowing us to march down the middle of the streets) right up until near the end @ Goldman Saks (who must have paid them well) when they drowned out our voices with their childish playing on their motorcycle sirens and running the engines full throttle while going in circles. What was that all about? We marched, we stated truths and we got attention. We used the day to voice our concerns to “what appeared to be many uninterested people!” Sad but true! Apathy is alive and well in America. (more…)