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You can’t evict an idea whose time has come: 
A panel discussion on the Occupy Movement and Civil Rights
Wed, Feb 15th, 6pm, at City Hall (301 w. 2nd st.)
Speakers from the Texas AFL-CIO, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Occupy Austin
                                                       
Nationally, mayors and city councils have coordinated attempts to evict the Occupy movement wherever protesters have gathered. Whether it is in parks, city property, or open space, Occupy protesters have found that cities provide fewer and fewer places for people to gather, organize, and protest collectively. 
Many of these evictions have been violent, not because of the Occupy movement, but because of the police forces which have routinely harassed, manhandled, and intimidated protesters.  Alongside the criminalization of protest, city officials have engaged in a smear campaign against the Occupy movement calling it “unsanitary,” “expensive,” “unfocused,” and “violent.”
City officials, though, have not had to answer for the erosion of civil liberties that is at the heart of their repression of the Occupy movement.  It was, after all, only because of the symbolic “encampment” that the message of the Occupy movement received the national and international attention that it did. 
Join us for a panel discussion on the legal and political implications of these evictions.

You can’t evict an idea whose time has come: 

A panel discussion on the Occupy Movement and Civil Rights

Wed, Feb 15th, 6pm, at City Hall (301 w. 2nd st.)

Speakers from the Texas AFL-CIO, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Occupy Austin

                                                       

Nationally, mayors and city councils have coordinated attempts to evict the Occupy movement wherever protesters have gathered. Whether it is in parks, city property, or open space, Occupy protesters have found that cities provide fewer and fewer places for people to gather, organize, and protest collectively. 

Many of these evictions have been violent, not because of the Occupy movement, but because of the police forces which have routinely harassed, manhandled, and intimidated protesters.  Alongside the criminalization of protest, city officials have engaged in a smear campaign against the Occupy movement calling it “unsanitary,” “expensive,” “unfocused,” and “violent.”

City officials, though, have not had to answer for the erosion of civil liberties that is at the heart of their repression of the Occupy movement.  It was, after all, only because of the symbolic “encampment” that the message of the Occupy movement received the national and international attention that it did. 

Join us for a panel discussion on the legal and political implications of these evictions.

Feb 5

Occupy Austin Condemns Excessive Police Presence

Austin, TX. February 5th 2012-  

Saturday evening, the Austin Police Department used an unnecessarily large police presence to intimidate Occupy Austin protesters who were legally and peaceably gathered at City Hall. Occupy Austin held its regularly scheduled General Assembly at 7pm which complied with the new rules, imposed unilaterally by City Manager, Marc Ott, prohibiting free speech after 10pm and 6 am. During the meeting, the Assembly reached consensus  that rather than reacting to the eviction, Occupy members would bring proposals to Monday night’s General Assembly with concrete ideas on how the movement will continue to move forward. In compliance with the new rules  the General Assembly officially ended at 9 pm. Following the conclusion of the Assembly, 100 Occupiers left City Hall in order to participate in a previously planned march to conclude with a rally at the ARCH in solidarity with, and in support of, the members of the Austin Community that are experiencing homelessness.  

After a silent march, protesters rallied at the Austin Resource Center for the Homeless (ARCH), located on the corner 7th and Neches. The rally was interrupted by  an assortment of police vehicles accompanied by around 4 dozen police officers.  Not desiring a confrontation with the police, Occupiers stopped the rally and  peacefully walked away from the ARCH. Police then lined up along San Jacinto and 6th street in what appeared to be an attempt to corner the group. Occupiers continued to peaceably walk and eventually dispersed into smaller groups. At one point, some Occupiers entered  two 6th street venues with the intention  of enjoying what remained of their Saturday evening. APD dispatched  more than 20 officers to both entrances of the venues. As of this press release there are no reports of arrests. Additional police presence remained at City Hall well after the march in which officers allowed citizens who were well dressed to use the space to pass through and forced those who were casually dressed to walk around the property (a video of the incident is attached).

Occupy Austin is repulsed to see that taxpayer money was waisted yet again on a frivolous and obviously unnecessary police presence which seemed to be clearly orchestrated for providing an opportunity for sensationalist journalism and propaganda about our movement. Occupy Austin stands, as it always has, on the premise that we are a non-violent protest exercising our First Amendment rights. We are comprised of people from all walks of life; we are your sisters, brothers, mothers, fathers, and children. Occupy Austin will continue its fight to educate and bring about positive changes that will enable true democracy to prevail through nonviolent marches, the movement of money from corporate banks to local credit unions, teach-ins, and other non-violent, Constitutionally protected, actions.

the funniest austin photo yet!!!

the funniest austin photo yet!!!

littlebrave:

Playing a tune for #occupyaustin (Taken with Instagram at Austin City Hall)

littlebrave:

Playing a tune for #occupyaustin (Taken with Instagram at Austin City Hall)

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©TessLynn

digestingteacups:

©TessLynn

Video Footage of the entire arrest sequence.

How can you say this was a “confusion of what the law was” as City Hall and most Media are claiming?

Occupy Austin 10/29/11 (by LtFreebags)

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#OccupyAustin arrests, Oct 30, defending a free community-run food table for the homeless at City Hall

Americans in the Deep South join Occupy Wall street movement - International - World - Ahram Online

anonymissexpress:

Some have started ‘Occupying Austin’ in the capital city of the southern, conservative state of Texas, in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement, which has spread across the US to protest corporate greed and foreign wars

Dina Samir / Special report from Austin, Texas for Ahram Online, Saturday 8 Oct 2011

Hundreds of people gathered Friday at City Hall, the gateway to Texas’ Austin City government on the first day of what they have named “Occupy Austin.” A group of activists called for the event through social media to show solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement that started on 17 September in New York City’s famous financial district.

“People are tired; we are the 99 per cent of the US population suffering from the 1 per cent of people that are controlling our country’s wealth. We want to help in creating social justice, so everyone can have the same rights,” Hariet Collins, college student, said.

Demonstrators of Occupy Austin differ in their reasons for striking, yet, they all agree on being fed up with the US’s political and economic system.

Welcome to Occupy Radio Austin!

Global Broadcast Launch Date: October 15, 2011

http://OccupyRadioAustin.com

We are an online streaming radio station dedicated to telling the stories and playing the music of the 99%. Our 24/7 schedule includes news from the Global Revolution, stories from people just like you, and music to dream by.

We are looking for submissions from bands, songwriters, DJs, poets, comedians, and average individuals; anyone who supports and wants to Occupy together. Simply email an mp3 of your song to mymusicoccupies@gmail.com. When you have 99% of music lovers listening, they want to hear it all; send all genres, styles and languages.

If you would like like to share your 99% story or share with others why you support Occupying Together, record your message of 1 minutes or less and send the mp3 to 99voices@gmail.com for broadcast. For instructions on how to record and email your story two simple steps, visit our website. 

We are 100% volunteer operated, and operate 100% commercial free. 

Join Us October 15th at City Hall at 5pm in Austin and be sure to share this message with anyone you know that would like to lift up their voice in solidarity. 

Together,

The Crew of Occupy Radio Austin

Support locally, speak globally.

http://www.OccupyRadioAustin.org

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