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Crystal Zevon

Crystal Zevon is author of 'I'll Sleep When I'm Dead: The Dirty Life and Times of Warren Zevon,' an oral history of the life of her former husband and lifelong friend and co-conspirator

May 12th, 2013 8:01 AM

SEARCHING FOR OCCUPY: The Voice of the Red Nations

I have determined that the heart beat, the connecting voice, to my film will be the voices of the courageous, humble and determined people of the Red Nations.  For generations the traditional people of the Indigenous nations have been fighting "Structural Violence" at the hands of the U.S. government and even their own tribal governments, many of whose officials have been bought and sold by the U.S. government in the name of profit and greed.  They have always had the answers about how to care for Mother Earth, but rather than listen, we have exploited the people and ravaged their lands.  It is way past time to hear the cry of the Native people of this continent and join them in their demand that corporations and governments return their sovereign rights, their territory and restore the Earth, no matter the cost in dollars and cents or a corrupt nation's false pride.

I joined Veterans for Peace early in my journey for a protest against Peabody Coal in St. Louis.  There,  I heard Don Yellowman and Fern Benally, Dine of the Navajo Nation, speak about the health effects of coal and uranium mining, the displacement of their Navajo people, the on-going depletion and destruction of their lands.  As I was filming them speaking, I suddenly realized that I couldn't see for the tears gushing down my cheeks.  Something deep inside was moved in a way that quite literally changed something inside me.  I cannot undo what was done at the hands of our white ancestors in the form of massacres, imprisonment, slaughter of animals and rape of the land and its people, but I can join them and rise up to this government, I can call out to my brothers and sisters to join me, I can do everything in my power to wake people up to the on-going genocide that threatens to destroy the very people who have the solutions for our own survival. 

Please watch this video of Don Yellowman.  It is just a brief view, and I will be posting more.  Then, go to my YouTube channel and watch the rest of the videos there... the voices of Indigenous people whose dignity as they call out for us to join them, respect them and LISTEN to them speaks to the heart of us all.



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