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Truthdigger of the Week: Dorli Rainey

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Posted on Nov 18, 2011


We could all take a tip from Dorli Rainey, who at 84 has the stamina and then some to keep up the good fight, even if it means facing off with the police, and even if it means getting a faceful of pepper spray. That’s what happened to Rainey on Wednesday, courtesy of the Seattle police, but the incident only fired her up. Rainey’s indefatigable spirit landed the longtime activist on top of our list for this installment of Truthdigger of the Week.

In case you missed the viral photos of Rainey recovering from Wednesday’s run-in with the SPD, the excerpt from Thursday’s “Democracy Now!” broadcast included below this report shows those stills, along with a substantial and very savvy interview with the retired schoolteacher, who moved to the States from Austria more than half a century ago. We should also point out here that Rainey’s political CV also includes a run for mayor in 2009 and active engagement in the infamous 1999 World Trade Organization protests in her home city—another low point for local law enforcement.

In the course of her conversation with hosts Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzales, Rainey clearly demonstrates that she’s no lightweight when it comes to her awareness of the state of our nation or the threat to our civil liberties. “It is getting progressively worse, she says, “our freedoms are getting curtailed.” Her analysis doesn’t stop at the local level, either: “This, in a country where we export our sort of democracy all over the world at gunpoint,” she continues, “and what we have to do is change the mind-set of people that guns will not solve our crisis.”

That’s great to say on “Democracy Now!,” with a self-selected audience that’s likely to agree with her statements. But Rainey didn’t hesitate to give Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn a piece of her mind and point out possible gaps in his understanding of the country’s current predicament during his obligatory apology call. “I told him that he is not in charge of what is going on,” she tells Goodman. “Our politicians really have lost control, and this sort of brutality is now endemic all over the United States,” she says, linking what she’s seeing in Seattle with a broader and more sinister trend that has a lot to do with that familiar catchphrase that became a federal agency, “homeland security.”


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Have a look at the clip below. Before signing off for this week’s Truthdigger, we have an honorable mention in the story of Father Eduardo Samaniego, Jesuit pastor at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in San Jose, Calif. Samaniego persuaded his fellow parish officials to move their money from the church and its associated school from Bank of America to a credit union. The funds he and his fellows withdrew from bailed-out megabank BofA totaled $3 million. Ouch. Here’s a link to Samaniego’s story. Tip of the hat, Father Eddie.  —KA

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By tony_opmoc, November 20, 2011 at 5:02 pm Link to this comment

She can’t play a musical instrument and she can’t
sing, except a bit out of tune in our shower, which I
need to fix, because the doors are hanging off….

And I cant either.

But I know I am married to a complete Angel, because
we Travel all over The World and Everyone we Meet
Just Completely Falls in Love With Her…

Her Smile

Her Welcoming Happy Face

The Fact That She Looks Like a Sunflower

And When She Opens Her Mouth, She Says Something
Really Welcoming and Nice In Her Strong Northern
English Lancashire Accent…

She Cuts Through all The Inhibitions and Shows The

This is Me

I Just Don’t Know How Lucky I Got To Meet Her

She is My Wife

We have been together for 30 Years.

I hope we stay together forever.

She is the Mother of Our Children

There is No one Else For Me

She Transcends in Her Innocence and Love


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By tony_opmoc, November 20, 2011 at 3:58 pm Link to this comment

What I was trying to post, which got censored by a
load of characters, was hardly revolutionary.

I typed in the characters as they appeared, I was
just trying to say this.##

Too many notes?

Sure it was full of Passion…

But I was just trying to explain what a completely
Brilliant afternoon and evening My Wife and I had
just had with our friends.

What I wrote may have dissapeared into the
ether…but Really it was just a celebration of our
different cultures and skin colours and about the
fact we really couldn’t give a shit what you look
like, providing you get up and dance and express
yourself in any language you like.

The pubs in London are open and welcoming. You can
say whatever you like in any language, providing you
say it with an open heart.

We like Music and We Like to Dance.

And we like meeting people from foreign lands.


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By tony_opmoc, November 20, 2011 at 8:58 am Link to this comment

My eyes are red, and I am soon to go out to a social
event, where I will have to come up with some excuse
like conjunctivitus.

I have been crying because I have fallen in love with
the courage of this young lady here.


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By GW=MCHammered, November 20, 2011 at 5:05 am Link to this comment
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The Ninety-Nine Percent Declaration

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By Leefeller, November 19, 2011 at 4:10 pm Link to this comment


“It is said relentlessly that the Occupy movement lacks a clear message.” I read and received the message very loud and clear, so are you referring to the Republicans or Fox News as being relentless? The right wing trolls who habitat these hear threads cannot seem to find the message either, out of convenience?  I am looking at your post sceptically wondering on its sincerity, though I will read the link.

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By Joseph Couture, November 19, 2011 at 9:10 am Link to this comment

It is said relentlessly that the Occupy movement lacks a clear message.  They only message on display for the public in the Occupy London movement in Canada was that the protesters were torn apart by their own internal bickering, indecision and
fear of confrontation with the police. 

Their lack of unity, focus and squabbling ultimately sank them and they are gone.  Read how it all went wrong here:  “How To Blow A Revolution: The London Model”

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By ReadingJones, November 19, 2011 at 1:36 am Link to this comment

To paraphrase and old time Hollywood gossip columnist
Beltwaylaid, you aren’t that sentient now!!

This was meant to be amusing not snotty—-

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By WeindebReligious, November 19, 2011 at 12:13 am Link to this comment
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As a fellow octogenarian (also 84), having seen and heard this person on Countdown, I
feel inclined to rush, or at least limp, out the door and begin shouting, “Octogenarians of
the world, unite!”

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By Leefeller, November 18, 2011 at 8:54 pm Link to this comment

My web connection is to slow to watch videos, good choice for TDer for the week, even if you got some of the info wrong.

By the way Police Chief Norm Stamper of Seattle who was also on Democracy Now Made some very enlightening comments; “The police chief who oversaw Seattle’s crackdown on WTO protesters learned the dangers of militarization. His advice for a creating a police force that truly serves and protects communities.”

Lets face it, serving the community is not in the cards for Fascism, instead it is to nationalize the police force. Norm Stamper may be an exception instead of the rule? I do not have a link to the article, if anyone is interested I can will post it, not very long and well worth reading.

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By Rixar13, November 18, 2011 at 6:26 pm Link to this comment

Rainey’s indefatigable spirit landed the longtime activist on top of our list for this installment of Truthdigger of the Week.

Thank you Dorli Rainey, wink wink

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By the worm, November 18, 2011 at 6:02 pm Link to this comment

Thank you, Ms Rainey.

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By Marietjie Luyt, November 18, 2011 at 5:52 pm Link to this comment
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What a wonderful, gutsy woman! And not frightened to speak her mind, either.

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By NorCalChuck, November 18, 2011 at 3:04 pm Link to this comment

Your additions and subtractions to the above article just illustrate how far off our media is.
Being driven by the political influences that surround them the MEDIA tends to go with what sells papers and gets advertisers.
Being accurate does not concern them because with political support comes corporate support and that folks means money . . . .
Right or Left the real bottom line always follows the money trail. Ask any politician and attend any editorial board meeting.

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By Beltwaylaid, November 18, 2011 at 11:52 am Link to this comment
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I was amazed with Ms. Rainey as I saw her on Countdown.  This woman is as sharp as a tack.  She could easily have her own show.  If I am one half as sentient as she at that age I will be fortunate indeed.

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By John Drabble, November 18, 2011 at 11:38 am Link to this comment
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You guys can do better than this. It makes me wonder how much else you get wrong that I’m not aware of. In this case I an a Seattle activist and know Dorli personally-as do most Seattle activists.

ERROR: “But Rainey didn’t hesitate to give Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn—who had helpfully noted after her altercation that pepper spray isn’t “age-specific””

Actually it was the Seattle Police department spokesman who said that.

the mayor actually apologized to Ms Rainey and has said he will review SPD guidelines for the use of pepper spray.

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By John Drabble, November 18, 2011 at 11:31 am Link to this comment
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Her name is spelled DORLI nor Doril

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