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

What we all now know to be true.

We now know the US Intelligence Agencies:

Had James Clapper knowingly lie under oath to us - on camera - to Congress to hide the domestic spying programs (Occurred in March, revealed in June.)

Warrantlessly accesses records of every phone call that routes through the US thousands of times a day (June / September)

Steals your private data from every major web company (Facebook, Google, Apple, Microsoft, et al) via PRISM (June) and pays them millions for it (August)

Pays major US telecommunications providers (AT&T, Verizon, et al) between $278,000,000-$394,000,000 annually to provide secret access to all US fiber and cellular networks (in violation of the 4th amendment). (August) 

Intentionally weakened the encryption standards we rely on, put backdoors into critical software, and break the crypto on our private communications (September) 

NSA employees use these powers to spy on their US citizen lovers via LOVEINT, and only get caught if they self-confess. Though this is a felony, none were ever been charged with a crime. (August) 

Lied to us again just ten days ago, claiming they never perform economic espionage (whoops!) before a new leak revealed that they do all the time. (September) 

Made over fifteen thousand false certifications to the secret FISA court, leading a judge to rule they “frequently and systemically violated” court orders in a manner “directly contrary to the sworn attestations of several executive branch officials,” that 90% of their searches were unlawful, and that they “repeatedly misled the court.” (September) 

Has programs that collect data on US Supreme Court Justices and elected officials, and they secretly provide it to Israel regulated only by an honor system. (September) 

Compromises web hosting companies and subverts their sites to serve malware that infects visitors to geolocate their PCs. (September) 

And our government spends $75,000,000,000.00 of your tax money each year to do this spying to you.

(via Activist arrested during abortion protest formally charged)

Occupy Austin found this through a FOIA request. We also found that there was no actual incident of people bringing paint or urine to the Capitol. This incident was fabricated, assumedly to promote searches at the Capitol building.

Occupy Austin found this through a FOIA request. We also found that there was no actual incident of people bringing paint or urine to the Capitol. This incident was fabricated, assumedly to promote searches at the Capitol building.

austinstatesman:

About 500 people attended a “Justice for Trayvon” rally at the Capitol on Saturday to protest the George Zimmerman verdict. More photos: http://atxne.ws/1aAx3iz
(Photo by Jay Janner / American-Statesman)

austinstatesman:

About 500 people attended a “Justice for Trayvon” rally at the Capitol on Saturday to protest the George Zimmerman verdict. More photos: http://atxne.ws/1aAx3iz

(Photo by Jay Janner / American-Statesman)

Aftermath: Troopers Bust Protesters - The Austin Chronicle

Austinites should be ashamed that they let this happen. Voting is not enough.

Despite these assurances, no signal was given before troopers entered the crowd of seated protesters and began dragging them to their feet. In statements corroborated by video footage, witnesses say a group of several dozen troopers came down the stairs from the third floor, convened briefly with the troopers who had been guarding the Senate door, and dove into the crowd without warning.

Kinsolving says she and her boyfriend were among the first seated protesters to be picked up: “My boyfriend was pushed, he fell on top of some girl. An officer was picking up a girl in front of me and kind of lost his balance, and as he fell he kicked my ribcage really hard.” And as more troopers poured into the hallway from the rotunda, blocking off one exit route, and others swarmed in the stairwells, some protesters were confused about where they were supposed to go. “Thousands of people were in the Capitol at this point,” Kinsolving recalls. “I was under the impression that we were still under lockdown, and many of us thought we literally could not leave [the building] – enter or exit.”

DPS troopers transported Pineda to Brackenridge Hospital, where he received 10 staples to a wound in the back of his head. Alexis Herrera was also taken to Brackenridge and treated for injuries consistent with Taser use. Herrera said she was Tasered and then dragged away in such a way as to pull her pants partially off, exposing her to the crowd. Neither Pineda nor Herrera was charged with any offense.

Kinsolving expressed her dismay over the escalation, calling it “unwarranted and unnecessary.” No matter what side you’re on, that was a horrible thing to have happened,” she says. “I’m really ashamed for my city that I saw that happen.”

Early this morning, #‎TexasDPS troopers attacked a peaceful, nonviolent sit in against omnibus #‎abortion, anti-choice, anti-life legislation. Pictured here is Joshua Pineda after he was yanked from the crowd.
JP was targeted for a prior Capitol arrest and DPS selected him first tonight, pulled him off the floor, into the air, and smashed his face into the marble floor.
Here you see JP being held down in a pool of his own blood.
The incident is captured on at about 3:30 of this video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=1FVAER7TJGI
Early this morning, #‎TexasDPS troopers attacked a peaceful, nonviolent sit in against omnibus #‎abortion, anti-choice, anti-life legislation. Pictured here is Joshua Pineda after he was yanked from the crowd.
JP was targeted for a prior Capitol arrest and DPS selected him first tonight, pulled him off the floor, into the air, and smashed his face into the marble floor.

Here you see JP being held down in a pool of his own blood.

The incident is captured on at about 3:30 of this video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=1FVAER7TJGI

Tampon confiscations in TX Capitol light up social media

socialismartnature:

Guns and fetuses have more rights than women in texas.

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Thousands March in Opposition of Anti-Abortion Bill

Austin, TX - Thousands of Texas residents are expected to participate in round 2 of Stand and March With Texas Women. The march will begin at 8pm at the Texas State Capitol and finish at Austin’s City Hall. 

  • WHO: Thousands of pro-choice Texas residents!

 

  • WHAT:  Stand and March with Texas  Women, round 2. 
  • WHERE: The march will begin near the South Gate of the Texas State Capitol at 11th and Congress

 

  • WHEN: Monday, July 8th 2013 at 8pm
  • WHY: This march is to bring further awareness and build opposition to the anti-abortion omnibus bill that is in the process of being legislated. It is an opportunity to mobilize the masses that oppose this legislation and empower people to voice their opposition.

austinroyal:

The Wendy Davis Rocket Ride : It’s All Politics : NPR
Overnight, Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis became a national political name and a hero to abortion-rights supporters around the country.
The Fort Worth Democrat stood and spoke for nearly 11 hours Tuesday to run out the clock on a sweeping bill that could have closed all but five abortion clinics in the Lone Star State. Under the quirky rules of the Texas Senate, Davis wasn’t allowed to eat, drink, sit, use the bathroom, speak off-topic or lean against any furniture for the entirety of her marathon filibuster attempt.
Procedural challenges from Republican senators — who dominate the chamber — ultimately ended the filibuster two hours shy of the midnight deadline to pass or block the bill. But Democratic lawmakers helped delay the special legislative session’s final hours with parliamentary questions, as did throngs of disruptive, screaming protesters in the gallery.
When Republican lawmakers pushed through the 19-10 vote, the clock had already struck midnight, making the bill’s passage moot. This drama unfolded in the wee hours of the morning, but 160,000 people were watching along on a YouTube live stream. Many, many more were following the #standwithwendy hashtag on Twitter.
"She stood up for her beliefs. And standing up for your beliefs on either side is commendable," said Republican political consultant Ron Bonjean. “That is impressive and that’s why Rand Paul [recently] got a lot of attention when he stood for his beliefs on U.S. Senate floor."
By the time the Texas Senate was gaveled out of session, President Obama had praised Davis on Twitter, Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa was touting her for a 2014 gubernatorial run, and big names ranging from Twitter and Vine founder Jack Dorsey to HBO Girls’ show runner Lena Dunham and author Judy Blume were dousing her with support. According to Esquire, Davis’ Wikipedia page was altered Tuesday night to say her occupation is “the LeBron James of Filibustering.”

austinroyal:

The Wendy Davis Rocket Ride : It’s All Politics : NPR

Overnight, Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis became a national political name and a hero to abortion-rights supporters around the country.

The Fort Worth Democrat stood and spoke for nearly 11 hours Tuesday to run out the clock on a sweeping bill that could have closed all but five abortion clinics in the Lone Star State. Under the quirky rules of the Texas Senate, Davis wasn’t allowed to eat, drink, sit, use the bathroom, speak off-topic or lean against any furniture for the entirety of her marathon filibuster attempt.

Procedural challenges from Republican senators — who dominate the chamber — ultimately ended the filibuster two hours shy of the midnight deadline to pass or block the bill. But Democratic lawmakers helped delay the special legislative session’s final hours with parliamentary questions, as did throngs of disruptive, screaming protesters in the gallery.

When Republican lawmakers pushed through the 19-10 vote, the clock had already struck midnight, making the bill’s passage moot. This drama unfolded in the wee hours of the morning, but 160,000 people were watching along on a YouTube live stream. Many, many more were following the #standwithwendy hashtag on Twitter.

"She stood up for her beliefs. And standing up for your beliefs on either side is commendable," said Republican political consultant Ron Bonjean. “That is impressive and that’s why Rand Paul [recently] got a lot of attention when he stood for his beliefs on U.S. Senate floor."

By the time the Texas Senate was gaveled out of session, President Obama had praised Davis on Twitter, Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa was touting her for a 2014 gubernatorial run, and big names ranging from Twitter and Vine founder Jack Dorsey to HBO Girls’ show runner Lena Dunham and author Judy Blume were dousing her with support. According to Esquire, Davis’ Wikipedia page was altered Tuesday night to say her occupation is “the LeBron James of Filibustering.”

austinroyal:

The Wendy Davis Rocket Ride : It’s All Politics : NPR
Overnight, Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis became a national political name and a hero to abortion-rights supporters around the country.
The Fort Worth Democrat stood and spoke for nearly 11 hours Tuesday to run out the clock on a sweeping bill that could have closed all but five abortion clinics in the Lone Star State. Under the quirky rules of the Texas Senate, Davis wasn’t allowed to eat, drink, sit, use the bathroom, speak off-topic or lean against any furniture for the entirety of her marathon filibuster attempt.
Procedural challenges from Republican senators — who dominate the chamber — ultimately ended the filibuster two hours shy of the midnight deadline to pass or block the bill. But Democratic lawmakers helped delay the special legislative session’s final hours with parliamentary questions, as did throngs of disruptive, screaming protesters in the gallery.
When Republican lawmakers pushed through the 19-10 vote, the clock had already struck midnight, making the bill’s passage moot. This drama unfolded in the wee hours of the morning, but 160,000 people were watching along on a YouTube live stream. Many, many more were following the #standwithwendy hashtag on Twitter.
"She stood up for her beliefs. And standing up for your beliefs on either side is commendable," said Republican political consultant Ron Bonjean. “That is impressive and that’s why Rand Paul [recently] got a lot of attention when he stood for his beliefs on U.S. Senate floor."
By the time the Texas Senate was gaveled out of session, President Obama had praised Davis on Twitter, Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa was touting her for a 2014 gubernatorial run, and big names ranging from Twitter and Vine founder Jack Dorsey to HBO Girls’ show runner Lena Dunham and author Judy Blume were dousing her with support. According to Esquire, Davis’ Wikipedia page was altered Tuesday night to say her occupation is “the LeBron James of Filibustering.”

austinroyal:

The Wendy Davis Rocket Ride : It’s All Politics : NPR

Overnight, Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis became a national political name and a hero to abortion-rights supporters around the country.

The Fort Worth Democrat stood and spoke for nearly 11 hours Tuesday to run out the clock on a sweeping bill that could have closed all but five abortion clinics in the Lone Star State. Under the quirky rules of the Texas Senate, Davis wasn’t allowed to eat, drink, sit, use the bathroom, speak off-topic or lean against any furniture for the entirety of her marathon filibuster attempt.

Procedural challenges from Republican senators — who dominate the chamber — ultimately ended the filibuster two hours shy of the midnight deadline to pass or block the bill. But Democratic lawmakers helped delay the special legislative session’s final hours with parliamentary questions, as did throngs of disruptive, screaming protesters in the gallery.

When Republican lawmakers pushed through the 19-10 vote, the clock had already struck midnight, making the bill’s passage moot. This drama unfolded in the wee hours of the morning, but 160,000 people were watching along on a YouTube live stream. Many, many more were following the #standwithwendy hashtag on Twitter.

"She stood up for her beliefs. And standing up for your beliefs on either side is commendable," said Republican political consultant Ron Bonjean. “That is impressive and that’s why Rand Paul [recently] got a lot of attention when he stood for his beliefs on U.S. Senate floor."

By the time the Texas Senate was gaveled out of session, President Obama had praised Davis on Twitter, Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa was touting her for a 2014 gubernatorial run, and big names ranging from Twitter and Vine founder Jack Dorsey to HBO Girls’ show runner Lena Dunham and author Judy Blume were dousing her with support. According to Esquire, Davis’ Wikipedia page was altered Tuesday night to say her occupation is “the LeBron James of Filibustering.”

The Final 10 Minutes of the Special Session (by thetexastribune)

On Tuesday night, the nation’s eyes were on Texas state Senator Wendy Davis, who bravely stood on the floor of the Texas Statehouse for 11 hours—without food or water—filibustering a bill that would have been a devastating setback for women's reproductive rights.

Earlier in the day, when hundreds of protestors packed into the Statehouse, the Legislature shut down their testimonies. So Sen. Davis stood for them. With support from Democratic allies, she launched her filibuster, reading aloud the stories of those who didn’t get to testify.

That’s what a true leader looks like. Let’s make sure champions like Sen. Davis know that when they stand up for what’s right, we’ve got their backs. 

https://www.facebook.com/events/1393039450908378/

Viva Eastside Memorial! | Occupy AISD

Keep organizing and standing up for our schools
 
Statement by Occupy AISD

Today we are celebrating the news that TEA Commissioner Michael Williams will not be closing down Eastside Memorial High School as he threatened this year.  That Eastside is to remain open is a testament to the spirit and determination of a school community who refused to accept the label of “failing school.”

Over the last few months we had to seriously contemplate the possibility that TEA would close Eastside, dispersing the students in Southeast Austin’s only high school to other AISD campuses.  The Eastside community also feared a takeover by a charter management company which would have meant the loss of cherished teachers and programs.  And so we share in the joy felt by the students, families, teachers and staff who know they will be returning Eastside this fall.


TEA’s announcement represents a significant victory, especially when we recall the words of an AISD official who told us in January that the two choices facing Eastside were closure or takeover by the IDEA charter school chain.  It took the community organizing, scrutinizing every maneuver by Williams and AISD Superintendent Meria Carstarphen, and speaking out time and again to resist the pressure to accept those false choices.

Our celebrations are tempered by the realization that Williams has been able to bully the Eastside community into accepting his dictates.  His threat to close Eastside was always discretionary — not automatically triggered by the state’s “accountability” rules but based on his subjective judgment.  First we were told that EMHS must partner with an entity “like IDEA,” the charter chain that had been vociferously rejected by the Eastside community.  Then we were told AISD must come up with plan for the entire EMHS vertical team.

Then as a final threat, Williams announced that AISD must agree to close down EMHS if it does not meet certain benchmarks going forward — something that was not mandated in AISD’s previous agreement with IDEA.  He also demanded affirmation of his right to close the campus at any time, again on the basis of his subjective interpretation of AISD’s implementation of Eastside’s “reconstitution plan.”

And so, EMHS lives on but under the continued threat of closure.  This is the opposite of the stability and support which Eastside’s students and teachers have said are the keys to its success.

We have to ask: Why was Eastside threatened in the first place?

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How the Houston Hackathon Happened

(Source: kevincurry)

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