Shout it Out

Had lunch on the City hall apron with the Occupy Philly agitators, enjoying my fish tacos and the surprisingly upbeat demonstrators railing against tough times.

I showed up on Day 2 as the General Assembly was in mid-stream, with participants shouting out their message to a crowd ready and willing to repeat, the better for deep thoughts to set in.

Below, a few of my favorites.

 

My name is Kate (My name is Kate)

and I'm adopted from Colombia (and I'm adopted from Colombia)

a country torn by war (a country torn by war)

I am here (I am here)

because my mother (because my mother)

wanted me to have a better life (wanted me to ahve a better life.)

 

* * *

I am Jamir (I am Jamir)

We are all here to be a glitch in the matrix (We are all here to be a glitch in the matrix)

 

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I'm Carol Ann (I'm Carol Ann)

There are too many chiefs (There are too many chiefs)

and not enough Indians (and not enough Indians)

 

* * *

I'm Sharon (I'm Sharon)

I am a senior citizen (I am a senior citizen)

I am the past (I am the past)

You people are the future (You people are the future)

I commend and applaud you (I commend and applaud you)

My America was a good country (My America was a good country)

Your America has lost its way (Your America has lost its way)

 

* * *

My name is Carolyn (My name is Carolyn)

I am also a senior citizen (I am also a senior citizen)

I am here (I am here)

because I was fortunate enough to have a job until I was able to retire (because I was fortunate enough to have a job until I was able to retire)

I want all of you (I want all of you)

to be able to do the same (to be able to do the same)

 

-- Monica Yant Kinney

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