How Occupy Made Me Alive Again (The Telling Of One’s Trials And Revelations) -By Audrey Foust
“Coming generations will learn equality from poverty, and love from woes.” – Khalil Gibran.
In Sept. 2011, I made a quiet promise to whatever God there may be, that if He would save me from the demeaning and spirit-shredding life that I was leading, I would use my efforts for the better, use whatever means I had to try to make this world a better place. Needless to say, I got my answer when I came back to my family in Ohio in Sept. One month later, Occupy Defiance came into fruition. Thanks to Justin Humphrey-Gainor, who has been a longtime activist, for his encouragement in my participation.
Like many people, I asked myself “What can I do? I’m just one person.” Well, after seeing the Uprising in Egypt as well as, of course, Occupy WallStreet, I realized I wasn’t the only one who felt like I was limited as to what I can or cannot do. But just making yourself noticeable, bringing awareness of knowledge that you feel many have not acquired yet is the first step in “doing something”. I am happy to announce that the movement is still alive and well.
Since Occupy Defiance, I have been asked to write articles such as the one you are reading now. It also inspired me to write a song I called Super Soldier, in which I talk about the many issues of today. That song was the gateway for me to get back into music that I had left behind years ago. And since conscious hip-hop is a dying breed, I found my niche in it and will continue to resuscitate it among a nation where hip-hop is more of people trying to sell you something rather than teach you something.
Due to personal circumstances, I re-located to Toledo, Ohio where I became active in various protests (Anti-War In Iran, Freedom For Syria, Anti-Nuclear). I also joined in with Occupy Toledo in which we held a mock funeral for April Fool’s Day. I also discovered the Green Party in which I was completely unaware of until I saw that members of Occupy Toledo help campaign for the Lucas County Green Party or are in fact, council members themselves.
Now before I go any further, I feel like I need to add a little personal information. When I was younger, I was out of control. I didn’t listen to authority, I depended on the use of drugs to treat depression of having a traumatic childhood, I thought the more parties I attended, the more friends I had. I felt my options were limited and was completely oblivious as to what true happiness really meant. Above all, I felt like a disappointment to my loved ones. I felt dead to the world. And Occupy made me a phoenix.
I met many wonderful people locally as well as globally since I started as an activist. All of which have been inspiring to me in my endeavors. So I leave you with this, fellow activists, musicians, readers, future generations: I will continue to fight corruption and help those in need to the best of my abilities until this phoenix cannot fly anymore.
Also, do not forget MAY DAY. Expect us.