Two Occupiers who met at the movement interviewed each other about friendship and occupy in New York.
Jami Montano is a musician and jazz singer based out of Austin, Texas. The 22 year old describes herself as street performer, spreading her music on the streets on New York City. She has been interviewed by her friend and fellow activist Micah Turner.
Q: What’s your take on Friendship in NYC?
A: Well, I've found it really easy to make friends in New York, but I'm a very friendly person. Or, you can pass by thousands of people on any given day and find yourself incredibly lonely. New York is a place where you can manifest just about any kind of relationship you could think of, so long as you actively seek out those relationships. I've made the best friends in NYC doing what I love on my own. They seem to cross cross your path when you are true to your art and to yourself.
Q: What about finding friends at Occupy Wall Street?
A: Oh, well, I've made some great friends in occupy. I've also made friends in occupy with folks that showed their true colors after years of knowing them. It's a mixed bucket. With occupy, it's a hit or miss. A lot of folks have so much need, so they'll gladly be your friend if you've got something for them. On the other hand, I've bonded with some beings that share the same hopes and aspirations as myself, and we've bonded while working together to achieve those things. Those are friendships that will last through a lifetime.
Q: How do you define ‘real’ friends?
A: Real friend lets you go off on your own and you can regroup later. Love is spending all your food stamps on your friends. I fall in love everyday with men and women of every color and class. Meaningful hugs with strangers are priceless.
Q: Have you ever felt lonely with friends?
A: Yea, there are times I feel more lonely with 'friends' than I do with people I've only just met in the city