Seattlepi.com has the unbelievable photo.On November 15, 2011, I saw on the evening news a photo of an 84 year old woman who had been pepper sprayed at a Seattle Occupy protest. The image was painful look at. It so upset me that I immediately went online to find out more. The photos of the incident were horrific, but what I discovered about the woman both touched and delighted me. Below is a reprint of the article that inspired me to create this website. When she got home that night she emailed the following to TheStranger.com…
Dorli Rainey, a longtime liberal activist who moved here from Austria in 1956, also sent us this email explaining how it happened:
Something funny happened on my way to a transportation meeting in Northgate. As I got off the bus at 3rd and Pine I heard helicopters above. Knowing that the problems of New York would certainly precipitate action by Occupy Seattle, I thought I better check it out. Especially since only yesterday the City Government made a grandiose gesture to protect free speech. Well free speech does have its limits as I found out as the cops shoved their bicycles into the crowd and simultaneously pepper sprayed the so captured protesters. If it had not been for my Hero (Iraq Vet Caleb) I would have been down on the ground and trampled. This is what democracy looks like. It certainly left an impression on the people who rode the No. 1 bus home with me. In the women’s movement there were signs which said: “Screw us and we multiply.”
Ms. Rainey, you are a civic treasure.
It is a phrase I hadn’t heard in years. Ms. Rainey choosing to end her recount of events with such strong (and strangely hopeful) words, put a smile on my face, a tear in my eye, and made me want to learn more about her.
So, as a web designer, I decided to create a website to chronicle everything I could find. I immediately went to buy the domain name ScrewUsAndWeMultiply.com and, to my shock, found it had been purchased just 2 hours before! So, I purchased the .net and put up a website as a tribute to this marvelous lady. In early 2015 the .com became available and I moved the site here.
Full Disclosure: I have never met or spoken with Ms. Rainey. In fact, I live 3,000 miles from her. Yet she has touched my heart. It is my hope that, in this small way, I can promote the work and beliefs of this courageous and inspirational woman who gives me hope.