Priscilla Grim is only one voice of the 99%. She speaks not on behalf of the movement that has been inspired by #occupywallstreet, but to speak on her involvement as Project Manager at The Occupied Wall Street Journal and her role as CoEditor of the Wearethe99percent tumblr blog. In her professional life she has worked in marketing and development for nonprofit organizations, she is currently a part time Master’s student at Columbia University studying the use of information to strategically inform business practices. She blogs about her experiences with and her reasons for supporting #occupywallstreet through twitter on her handle @grimwomyn.
She misspent her youth in Tennessee, New Mexico, Georgia, Ohio, and finally landed in New York, specifically in Brooklyn, when she figured out she didn’t belong anywhere else.
1. What is your hometown?
I grew up in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. I found myself thinking a lot about my hometown today. It is thirty minutes south of Nashville, and I swelled with pride when I heard that the arrests from @OccupyNashville were dismissed as unconstitutional!
2. With what fictional character do you most identify?
A combination of Nancy Drew and Angela Bassett’s character in Strange Days, especially when she beats up two cops, handcuffed.
3. In the movie of your life, cast an actor to play you.
Salma Hayek, I would be honored, if it would ever happen… but who are we kidding?
4. What work of art speaks to your soul?
Right now, a lot of the videos that are on OccupyTVNY on youtube. It makes me so proud to be a small part of something as big and as inspiring as the Occupy movement.
5. What books are you currently reading or recommending?
“When I Was Puerto Rican” by Esmeralda Santiago is amazing, and “Before Night Falls” by Reinaldo Arenas. The first book speaks to the evolution from girl to woman as the central character navigates the many different cultural expectations that confront her from both her family and the outside world. And “Before Night Falls” speaks to the importance of personal freedoms and honor. All of which are themes that I think about a lot presently.
6. What song or album is currently in heavy rotation on your iPod?
Guerrilla Radio by Rage Against the Machine, it’s good pregame music these days.
7. What’s the last movie that made you cry?
The video of the occupation of the department of education in NYC last week. That so many people have been empowered in this movement to take their voices to the streets and to mismanaged institutions, makes me cry. I cried because I realized that we will change this country, at the very least, and for the benefit of all who live here.
8. Cat person or dog person?
Turtle. His name is Hoover, he is a Chinatown rescue.
9. What is more important, truth or kindness?
Truth, because truth will ultimately lead us to the kindness that we all deserve.
10. How do you define sin?
Disrespect and inconsideration are both sins in my atheist world. Everyone that you meet deserves both until they prove themselves unworthy, at which point, all bets are off.
11. How do you define virtue?
Respect and consideration. (see above)
12. Design your headstone: What does it say? What does it look like?
grimwomyn: mother, anarchist guru, lover
it is a small plaque on a tree where my ashes are buried in the roots.
Bonus Question: Who would you like to see answer these questions?
Justine from occupywallst.org
Jed Brandt from occupiedmedia.com
Bill Csapo from occupywallst.org