My week with Occupy Wall Street and an Indian Wedding (Part 1)

Kamini and Chelsea

So, last week was very interesting. One of the best that I have had in a very long time. (Let’s be clear that I am counting from Sunday. Certain parties will understand why Saturday, the evening in particular, was not a good day.) Monday I went into Zuccotti Park to speak with protestors at Occupy Wall Street. Everyone that I spoke with was really open and willing to speak to me. I got several good interviews.

Thursday, Pat Moore, chair of Community Board 1’s Quality of Life Committee generously allowed me to interview her at her home. Pat is one busy lady. Most of her evenings are consumed by her work for the community so I greatly appreciated her time.

In the end I was very happy with how the article turned out.

Are drummers beating heart of Occupy Wall Street?

 Laugh of all laughs, the editor asked me to take a picture of the drummers for the story at the last minute. I am not a photographer, but I did the best that I could. The picture that accompanies the article was taken with my blackberry’s camera. Not bad, if I do say so myself. Well kids, that is the story of how I got my first photo credit 🙂

Yesterday, was my friend Kamini’s sangeet. A sangeet is a traditional part of an Indian wedding. It is held a week or so before the actual wedding ceremony. It sort of seems like an engagement party, with the exception being the proximity to the actual wedding ceremony. Kamini’s sangeet was beautiful. She was absolutely a picture of grace and poise. She brought tears to my eyes.  It is a blessing to be able to share in these special moments with my friends.


About chelsealynr

Chelsea-Lyn Rudder is a contributor to The Grio, the Huffington Post and the Downtown Express, the local paper for Lower Manhattan. She holds a master’s of science degree in International Relations from New York University’s Center for Global Affairs. She was appointed Executive Director of the New York City Council’s Black, Latino and Asian Caucus in 2005. A position that she maintained until the summer of 2010. Miss Rudder is a member of WNET channel 13′s Community Advisory Board and of Community Board One, the local governing body of Lower Manhattan. She received her bachelor’s degree from Pace University in Communications and Political Science in 2005. Chelsea-Lyn resides in New York City and is a native of Rochester Hills, Michigan. Chelsea-Lyn is a former Miss Teen USA delegate representing the state of Michigan. Miss Rudder has served as a spokesperson and fundraiser for The American Heart/Stroke Association, Michigan Special Olympics, SADD and Detroit’s Caribbean Cultural and Carnival Association. Follow Miss Rudder on Twitter @ChelseaLynR . Please direct media and speaking engagement requests to .
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