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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.”

Feb 7
Tents Up for Occupy Austin’s Eviction Anniversary
On February 3 2012, Occupy Austin received about an hour’s notice before a violent police raid which cleared the encampment at City Hall. New regulations imposed a 10pm curfew and rules against tents, bedrolls or other “permanent” structures. As occupiers took the streets, there were several arrests. Activists and journalists were threatened by police ambush and, at one point, a pepper-spray can brandished by Austin Police Officer Jason Mistric. Three undercover police officers that had infiltrated the group in order to entrap its members were present throughout the day.

Tents Up for Occupy Austin’s Eviction Anniversary

On February 3 2012, Occupy Austin received about an hour’s notice before a violent police raid which cleared the encampment at City Hall. New regulations imposed a 10pm curfew and rules against tents, bedrolls or other “permanent” structures. As occupiers took the streets, there were several arrests. Activists and journalists were threatened by police ambush and, at one point, a pepper-spray can brandished by Austin Police Officer Jason Mistric. Three undercover police officers that had infiltrated the group in order to entrap its members were present throughout the day.

#OccupyAustin Calls for #FreeSanta Rally After Troopers Arrest Kringle for Chalk!

#OccupyAustin Calls for #FreeSanta Rally After Troopers Arrest Kringle for Chalk!

Coming to Light: an Undercover Austin Police Officer encouraged and helped protesters to commit a Felony. They face charges, he does not.
(via APD Infiltrates Occupy: Activists say cop encouraged them to break the law - News Blog - The Austin Chronicle)
Picture: A bearded Detective Shannon Dowell as “Butch,” walking behind members of Occupy Austin

Coming to Light: an Undercover Austin Police Officer encouraged and helped protesters to commit a Felony. They face charges, he does not.

(via APD Infiltrates Occupy: Activists say cop encouraged them to break the law - News Blog - The Austin Chronicle)

Picture: A bearded Detective Shannon Dowell as “Butch,” walking behind members of Occupy Austin

Jul 8
(via Occupy Austin in Pictures: The life and times of Occupy between January and May - News - The Austin Chronicle)

(via Occupy Austin in Pictures: The life and times of Occupy between January and May - News - The Austin Chronicle)

Tom Morello and OccupySXSW in the News

#OccupyAustin #SXSW #OATX #OWS

YouTube Videos of Occupy SXSW:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tfy-isL33M0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99OBu1YWI90

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIRLyxlVXgo

Complete set on Rolling Stone:

http://www.rollingstone.com/videos/new-and-hot/tom-morello-complete-sxsw-rock-room-set-20120318

Rolling Stone Magazine:

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/tom-morellos-occupy-sxsw-shut-down-by-cops-20120317

In the Chicago Sun Times:

http://blogs.suntimes.com/music/2012/03/sxsw_tom_morello_occupy_austin.html

Yahoo Music’s 

http://music.yahoo.com/news/tom-morello-plans-flash-mob-dance-party-occupy-224021212.html

on YNN:

http://austin.ynn.com/content/headlines/283657/tom-morello-hosts—occupy-sxsw—show

on KVUE:

http://www.kvue.com/news/Musicians-help-spread-Occupy-Austins-message-143063125.html

Houston Press:

http://blogs.houstonpress.com/rocks/2012/03/sxsw_new_west_records_party_to.php

Grand Rapids, Michigan local radio WGRD

http://wgrd.com/tom-morello-planning-occupy-sxsw-showcase/

A good blog article about it:

http://courantblogs.com/sound-check/tom-morello-wayne-kramer-occupy-sxsw/

Occupy protest breaks out during Stratfor CEO George Friedman's speech at SXSW Interactive - YouTube

@marymad @AnonSikko here’s the first video. Hoping to get more from another source. #Anonymous #Stratfor #OATX

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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 Occupy Flowchart

Q1. Do you think there is a problem?

A. Yes, goto Q2
B. No, stay home

Q2. Do you know what should be done about the problem?

A. Yes, Come to Occupy
B. No, Come to Occupy
C Unsure, Come to Occupy
Jan 5

Occupy Austin threatened with Eviction

Jan 5, 2012 :: Austin TX USA

Despite having repeated in the press many times that Occupy Austin will be allow to continue until summer. Austin Police Chief is now claiming they will evict Occupy Austin from City Hall tonight.

This comes on the tail of multiple incidents of APD police brutality caught on cell phone video. They aren’t saying exactly when, but they claim it will come in the next 24-48 hours.

48 hours from now is when Occupy Austin is scheduled to have their 3 month anniversary party with awards and live music.

the funniest austin photo yet!!!

the funniest austin photo yet!!!

A Step By Step Guide to Transfer Domains Out Of GoDaddy

After GoDaddy supported the SOPA in congress, Occupy is calling for a mass boycott of their services.