Winston Churchill Descendant to Give Moving Speech in DC on Dec. 26 at 5 pm

Washington, DC—(ENEWSPF)–On Dec 26, 2011, at 5 p.m. at the tent city in Freedom Plaza in Washington DC, Winston Jerome Lindsley, a descendant of Winston Churchill, will recreate a speech in Churchill costume given to congress by Sir Winston on December 26, 1941. Please come and share this historic moment with us.

On December 26, 1941 Winston Churchill addressed a joint session of congress when he gave his speech, Now We Are Masters of Our Own Fate. Seventy years later his ancestor, Winston Lindsley will give the same speech:

“The fact that my American forebears have for so many generations played their part in the life of the United States, and that here I am, an Englishman welcomed in your midst, makes this experience one of the most moving and thrilling in my life, which is already long and has not been entirely uneventful. I wish indeed that my mother, whose memory I cherish across the vale of years, could have been here to see. By the way, I cannot help reflecting that if my father had been American and my mother British, instead of the other way round, I might have got here on my own.

Sure I am that this day now we are the masters of our fate; that the task which has been set us is not above our strength; that its pangs and toils are not beyond our endurance. As long as we have faith in our cause and an unconquerable will power, salvation will not be denied us. In the words of the Psalmist, ‘He shall not be afraid of evil tidings; his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord.’ Not all the tidings will be evil.

On the contrary, mighty strokes of war have already been dealt against the enemy; the glorious defence of their native soil by the Russian armies and people. Wounds have been inflicted upon the Nazi tyranny and system which have bitten deep, and will fester and inflame not only in the Nazi body but in the Nazi mind The boastful Mussolini has crumbled already. He is now but a lackey and serf, the merest utensil of his master’s will.”

To occupy is to embody the spirit of liberation that we wish to manifest in our society. It is to exercise our freedom to assemble. We are creating space for community, values, ideas, and a level of meaningful dialogue that is absent in the present discourse.

Liberated space is breaking free of isolation, breaking down the walls that literally and figuratively separate us from one another. It is a new focus on community, trust, love and hope. We occupy to create a vision of equality, liberty and social justice onto the blank paving stones of public parks, in the silent hallways of abandoned schools, banks, and beyond. Public space plays a crucial role in this civic process and encourages open, transparent organizing in our movement. As we have seen in Freedom Plaza, outdoor space invites people to listen, speak, share, learn, and act.

We occupy to liberate.

We move forward in the grand tradition of the transformative social movements that have defined American history. Westand on the shoulders of those who have struggled before us, and we pick up where others have left off. We are creating a better society for us all.

Winston Jerome Lindsley’s biography:


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