modern day heroes: dorli rainey of seattle — “old lady in combat boots”

Seattle’s been abuzz the last day or two. Here’s why:

The woman pictured here is Dorli Rainey, 84, of Seattle (formerly from Austria) after the Seattle police pepper sprayed her and other activists at Occupy Seattle. She sounds like a wonderful woman — check out this and this. Democracy Now interviews her here (includes a transcript — just keep scrolling down & you’ll find it).

[Audio: English; Captions: NONE; Transcript: below]

Firstly, SHAME on KO’s Countdown, for never supplying CC or Transcripts on his video content. He’s a big player, and he can easily afford to have his material made accessible in compliance with the ADA. Feel free to mosey on over here and use the feedback button in the upper right hand corner and let him know they should include CC and/or transcripts with each video.

The below transcript comes from Laura. <3 you!!

KO: “We’ve seen the pictures, so the obvious question is: how are you feeling today?”

DR: “I’m feeling GREAT! I feel SO energized. It’s amazing what a little pepper spray will do for you (KO laughs)

KO: “It seems to have that effect on people who know they’re in the right. How did you get involved in all that last night, can you tell us?”

DR: “Well, first of all, I’ve been involved in all these actions, with, it was civil rights, womens rights, and now this, so this is a natural progression for me and I was in DC with the October 2011 group from the 6th to the 10th of October, which was exhilarating, to hear these great speakers we had there. When I came back, I was totally overcharged to start working here. So, yesterday I was on my way to one of these boring transportation meetings. When I got off my bus to change to another one, I heard TONS of helicopters overhead, you could not hear yourself think!

And I think, well, it’s probably Occupy Seattle doing an action there to help out OWS. And I decided to go up there and check it out, and sure enough, right in front of Nordstrom’s store and a big intersection, there was…first of all, an array of police officers, bicyclists, cars, lights, etc. And the people were in the center of that intersection, blocking traffic.

A lot of my friends were there, and my friends consist of all age groups, all colors. No matter what some of the media say, that they’re rats and crazies and druggies etc, and it’s just no so. So I stood around there with my friends and we were just deciding that we’d stayed there long enough and we might go on. Well, we’re not a secret society, and when someone said “mic check,” everyone can hear it.

And the cops also knew, that we were on the verge of leaving. Just at that moment, the bike patrol came up and shoved bicycles into the crowd, moving ’em into the center. And simultaneously, they let go of the pepper spray, and in the pictures you can see where the pepper spray went all over. So I got pepper sprayed and shoved. And thank heavens there was a wonderful Iraq veteran who stood next to me. He grabbed me as I stumbled because people were pushing. People couldn’t see where they were going, the cops kept pushing with the bicycles and the space we were in got smaller and smaller.

So we were really penned in and that young man stabilized me. Otherwise, I would have been on the ground, trapped. And this, really is not a good picture to think about. So after that, some people helped me go back to the bus and I went home. But the GREAT thing is, I ride these buses an awful lot and some of the people, I see ’em at least once or twice a week on the bus: “hello, how are you?” And they said “what happened to you?” I had no mirror, so I must have looked a fright [laughter] And I said: “I got pepper sprayed by Seattle’s finest.”

And the other people piped up and said: “that’s terrible.” And the wonderful thing is, this bus started talking about Occupy. And, and they had never seen a real person, who they could identify with, who got pepper sprayed. And it became a really wonderful educational opportunity for me, to convert a busload of people to our way of thinking.”

KO: “Is that your hope, what this is going to do for America, that this is going to, more than anything else, gonna educate people to what they’re up against?”

DR: “We have to do that. And time is of the essence. We are seeing the FCC now, trying to take away the free internet. I remember Goebbels, I remember the time. I grew up over there. And I remember the shrinking of the print media. We had one newpaper, it was called Volkishe Beobachter, the People’s Observer, and it was the same from West Germany to S. Austria, same propaganda: we’re winning the war, we’re sinking the U-boats, and we’re into Scotland…so we were doing so well. It’s amazing how long it lasted after we were winning it already! [laughter] And I see the same thing happening here. We have no more free media that will bring you the issues, instead of just soft fluff entertainment, the reported stuff about some actress, someone being pregnant or not pregnant and wanting to get married. This should be on the entertainment pages, but not on the mainstream news media.

So we have such incredible issues here, right here in our town. We live 20 miles from Ground Zero, the Bangor Missile base and in order to get any attention from any media, we go there and we occupy the street going into the base, and we get arrested, and nobody cares. Nobody says anything, except the people who want to go in and out of the base and earn their living there: they don’t much like us. But we have…one of my heroes was a Catholic nun who spread her blood on a missile silo in Colorado and got incarcerated. And she did an action in TN and got incarcerated. Her name was Jackie Hudson and she recently died and a lot of it was the cause of the mistreatment [sic] in the prison system in TN.

She used to say: “whatever you do, take one more step out of your comfort zone.” And that is what I do. I take a step out of my comfort zone. It was so easy to say “well, I’m gonna retire and I’m gonna sit around, watch television, or eat bonbons.” But somebody’s got to keep them awake and let them know what’s really going on in this world, whether it’s JP Morgan doing the financing plan for our ill-fated tunnel which is coming up, which the city council, some member even admitted they never even read the environmental impact statement, because it was boring.

Well, I read the whole dang thing, and my eyeballs are still pink from reading it, and nobody talks about these things, they are not in the media. The Chamber of Commerce pushes things like our tunnel because they will earn big profits when they start developing properties around there, when the viaduct is gone. And the taxpayers are on line, for this so. I’m an issues person, always have been. So, is this what you wanted to hear? Do you have any questions?

KO: “No, you’ve answered all my questions and you are one of MY heroes now. Dorli Rainey, an Occupy Seattle supporter and one of those punk kids out there on the streets. An honor to have you here, keep going one step out of your comfort zone, and we’ll try to do the same thing here.”

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3 Responses to modern day heroes: dorli rainey of seattle — “old lady in combat boots”

  1. Laura says:

    You’re welcome! (And can you correct my typo? It’s thank heavens, not thank heaves!!!)


  2. Laura says:

    Also, when I went to his website to complain, there’s a transcript up! Looks like you’re having an effect!