Monday, February 20, 2012

Whistle Blower's Conference

I left after 2 hrs. The audio was terrible & then they tried a satellite uplink to a woman in Iceland who spoke very broken English. Couldn't understand a word anyone was saying. I did meet Rev. Billy (Church of Stop Shopping), Cindy Sheehan, Col Ann Wright, Daniel Ellsberg (Pentagon Papers), Dr. Frank Lucido (medical marijuana Dr. I've known for years), Scarlot Harlot (sex worker activist & unapologetic hooker), Annie Sprinkle (another sex worker activist & porn 'educator'), and got to wander around International House & look at the great photos. My dad was living there as NROTC when he met my mom during World War II.

When I got home, I was so tired I forgot to lock the car & it got rifled through. They stole my makeup bag with all my Rx, including the pain meds (non-narcotic) that make it possible for me to work. I've been in a lot of pain, but HAVE to get the plants in the ground, so I've been downing reg aspirin & ibuprofen.

Yesterday, I planted 'Romanesco' broccoli (the kind that forms a lime green spiral/fractal head that's similar to cauliflower), alpine strawberry, lettuces, blueberry cuttings (gift from one of the Vlads that gardens across the street), black hollyhock, tithonia (aka Mexican Sunflower), bachelor buttons, poppies, & other showy flowers by the street to lure customers in. 

Despite my pain, I stopped doing the honor system, since people SUCK & steal from me. In between planting broccoli I sold quite a few plants & jars of honey yesterday.  Made a whopping $15! To me that's a lot. That's enough to fix a nice dinner for mom. More importantly, people are asking questions about pollinators, bees, sustainable agricuture, etc... and to me, that's the WHOLE POINT of doing this.  Teaching my neighborhood about the crop diversity & pollinator crisis, etc... And even though I'm in a lot of pain, it makes it all worth it. 

They also get to meet an "OUT" Occupy Wall Street protester & ask questions about what we're doing. I think it's important that people know why we do what we do & can talk one on one with a protester in a non-protest atmosphere.  I also like the idea that people see not all OWS activists are young kids with no life experience.  And not all of us are anti-police & military. I am careful to speak for myself & not for OWS as a whole, but I do try to point people to the OWS general philosophy of ending corporate rule over our food, health, etc...

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