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We are a united group of activists and organizations working for reproductive justice in Texas and allies standing in solidarity with those who work in Texas, and we urge you: DO NOT SUPPORT STOP PATRIARCHY.

Stop Patriarchy is a New York-based group that intends to stage an “Abortion Rights…

(via Petition | Freedom, Leniency and Pardon Cecily McMillan NOW! | Change.org)

(via Petition | Freedom, Leniency and Pardon Cecily McMillan NOW! | Change.org)

(via In Search of a Revolution: Photos from Occupy Austin | Mother Jones)

(via In Search of a Revolution: Photos from Occupy Austin | Mother Jones)

Edward Snowden and ACLU at SXSW (by acluvideos)

Mar 6
(via Fun and Games With Stratfor: APD and DPS collaborated with private ‘geopolitical intelligence firm’ – including bomb demonstrations and undercover surveillance - News - The Austin Chronicle)

(via Fun and Games With Stratfor: APD and DPS collaborated with private ‘geopolitical intelligence firm’ – including bomb demonstrations and undercover surveillance - News - The Austin Chronicle)

Stop Monsanto - Occupy Austin Overpass Light Brigade (by SocialJusticeNOW)

Jan 7
(via Staff Photographer John Anderson’s Favorite Photos of 2013 - 1 of 10 - Photos - The Austin Chronicle)

(via Staff Photographer John Anderson’s Favorite Photos of 2013 - 1 of 10 - Photos - The Austin Chronicle)

Jan 6

To serve and set up Undercover cops infiltrated Occupy Austin 1 YouTube (by gerhard simonia)

"Occupy Austin: The Encampment Months" new book 
(via Active Press Publishing)

"Occupy Austin: The Encampment Months" new book 

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Justice for Cameron Redus - San Antonio

UIW Students Accuse University of ‘Cover Up’ in fatal Police shooting of student


Dec 4
(via Shining a light for immigration reform - Texas Organizing Project)
We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving, full of fellowship with family and friends. For some people, though, that’s not possible. Across the country, families have been broken up by unnecessary immigrant deportations and detentions.On Friday, TOP members took to the streets in Dallas to shine a light for immigration reform — quite literally. With fluorescent lights, they held signs that spelled out “#ImmigrationReformNow” in the night.TOP has been fighting for immigration reform and will continue through the holidays and into the New Year, as it looks less and less likely Congress will act in 2013.Until they do, we won’t stop.So, along with your holiday cheer, join us and spreading the word that we must reform our broken immigration system.The time is now.

(via Shining a light for immigration reform - Texas Organizing Project)

We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving, full of fellowship with family and friends. For some people, though, that’s not possible. Across the country, families have been broken up by unnecessary immigrant deportations and detentions.

1486121_553940501350469_504336472_o.jpgOn Friday, TOP members took to the streets in Dallas to shine a light for immigration reform — quite literally. With fluorescent lights, they held signs that spelled out “#ImmigrationReformNow” in the night.

TOP has been fighting for immigration reform and will continue through the holidays and into the New Year, as it looks less and less likely Congress will act in 2013.

Until they do, we won’t stop.

So, along with your holiday cheer, join us and spreading the word that we must reform our broken immigration system.

The time is now.

Two more undercover cops identified!
APD’s ‘Rick’ and ‘Dirk’ Occupy Occupy Austin

Two more undercover cops identified!

APD’s ‘Rick’ and ‘Dirk’ Occupy Occupy Austin

City Delays Onion Creek Flood Home Buyouts For Months Hurricane Katrina Survivor Forms Austin Common Ground Relief

Austin Common Ground Relief, a newly formed network of Austin organizers & residents, recently held a meeting of 20 volunteers in the Onion Creek neighborhood devastated by flooding. They began serving meals and supporting residents with volunteer labor in the days immediately after the Halloween floods.

The group met in the heart of the Onion Creek flood zone to coordinate their efforts, at the flood-damaged home of Hurricane Katrina survivor Ruth Kaplan. Common Ground organizer, Lisa Fithian, who spent a year doing relief work after Hurricane Katrina said, “Many organizations responded to the immediate needs of those most affected by the floods; but many of those groups are pulling back relief efforts. With the winter months ahead, residents are literally being left in the cold. Austin Common Ground Relief is seeking to fill that void by providing daily meals and collecting warm clothes, blankets and heaters for residents who are continuing to live and work in the flood ravaged neighborhoods.”

The group was told by a city official that buyouts of 115 homes in the Onion Creek area would be fully funded. However, neither the city official nor anyone from the contractor handling the buyouts could name exactly where the money is coming from, potentially risking a repeat of what happened years ago during the last round of buyouts when money ran out and residents were left at risk.

In 2007, the City of Austin passed a bond for 50 million dollars to help fund the buyouts recommended in an 2006 Army Corp of Engineers report, however the money ran out and the city left residents at risk. Adding to this failure, the city neglected to put adequate drainage systems in the area and failing to make sure a flood plan was in place when flooding inevitably occurred.

“We can’t wait for the city to come to the aid of our communities. People’s homes have been destroyed; many of them don’t have gas and it’s getting cold. Now the city is telling people that they have to wait between four and five months for anything to happen, when they should have bought these homes out years ago? That’s unacceptable.” says Austin Common Ground Relief’s Francisco Cortez.

According to HDR Engineering, the contractor that is handling the city buyouts, homeowners will not get any money for their homes until next spring at the earliest.

Vernon Ellison, neighborhood resident of 28 years, will meet with the City of Austin this Thursday and is unsure of where he will go if the buy out of his home takes months. “I can stay with my family for a week or so,” Vernon says, “but four to five months is too long of a time to be without a home.” Vernon says he may even consider moving back into his home, which is already gutted of sheet rock and carpet to prevent mold infestation, if the buyouts take that long.

Across the street from Vernon lived Gus Castro and his family. A car thrown around by the flood sits diagonally across his lawn and his trailer is still mired in the floodplain across from his home, tilted on its side, damaged, and abandoned. “We have found places to stay since the flood happened, but I have a family, I have children in school, we need to get this behind us. I have no idea what we will do if the buyouts take that long” Gus says. As with most residents of the area, neither Gus nor Vernon has insurance, making the situation that much more dire.

Austin Common Ground Relief is a grass-roots network of Austin residents providing aid to the victims of the Halloween 2013 floods. ACGR shares food, labor, donations and support of all kinds to residents in need.

Get updates from Austin Common Ground Relief by following @ATXFlood on Twitter or liking us on Facebook. You can donate to us here: https://www.wepay.com/donations/atxcgr

(Source: occupyaustin.org)

ROLLING JUBILEE DEBT-ABOLITION COMES TO TEXANS

Strike Debt, an offshoot of Occupy Wall Street, has abolished $13.5 million worth of medical debt, with $7.5 million of that debt coming from 1,676 people in Texas. “No one should have to go into debt or bankruptcy to pay for basic needs like health care,” said Laura Hanna an organizer with Strike Debt in New York, noting that 62% of all bankruptcies have medical debt as a contributing factor. Hospitals, like banks and credit card companies, sell unpaid debts to debt collectors for pennies on the dollar. The Rolling Jubilee, one project of Strike Debt, used some of those pennies to abolish these medical debts. “This debt is a little piece of someone’s life, a little bit of their misery, and it gets bought and sold to make a profit,” said Hanna. “The problem is our privatized health care system which is designed to make profits for the insurance industry while failing to meet patients’ health needs, all while burying many in debt that they’ll never be able to pay” said Hannah Appel, an organizer with Strike Debt. Organizers in Austin are planning a debtors’ assembly on November 15 at Trinity United Methodist on November, and 16 a debtors’ carnival in Rosewood Park, near Rosewood and Pleasant Valley to call attention to they way our economic system buries ordinary people in debt—to enrich the 1%. Texans whose debt has been abolished will receive a letter in the mail informing them of the good news. Strike Debt has raised more than $600,000 and to date has abolished over $14.7MM worth of debt. Strike Debt started in May in New York and has now spread to cities across the country. People can download the Strike Debt Organizers Kit from strikedebt.org to learn how to create a debtors assembly. The site’s Debt Resistors Operations Manual explains how debt works, how to protect yourself, and how to fight back. It contains a chapter on medical debt. Strike Debt is working towards building a new kind of collective power in order to challenge exploitation by the financial industry. “Debt is the way we cooperate with Wall Street,” said Thomas Gokey an organizer with Strike Debt in Tennessee, “With the Rolling Jubilee, we’ve demonstrated how little your debts are actually worth. Now that you know this, it’s time to use it as leverage. It’s time to fight back. The Rolling Jubilee needs to roll into larger forms of resistance and outright non-cooperation with Wall Street’s unjust debts.” Looking forward, Strike Debt is laying the groundwork for a debtors’ union capable of collective debt refusal.

(Source: facebook.com)

To serve and set up Undercover cops infiltrated Occupy Austin (by today news 2014)