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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.

Dec 3

Grackles Sign Solidarity Statement for Occupy Austin; March on Capitol

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(AUSTIN, TX) Protesting years of discriminatory treatment at the hands of America’s restaurants and stores, an estimated 800,000 shirtless and shoeless grackles marched on the Austin’s Capitol Monday to demand equal-service rights

Sqwauking the slogan, “No Shirt, No Shoes, No Justice,” members of the nation’s grackle communities joined together in a rare act of solidarity. Dubbed “The Million Bird March,” the demonstration began as far north as Alaska and Canada visiting Austin’s Capitol this Monday.

"For decades, law-abiding Grackles have been denied service in restaurants and stores, simply because of their skin," said Brood Hutchins, president of the National Association For The Advancement Of Grackles. "This is a direct attack on our civil rights, especially in the fall months when our members are traveling such great distances."

He described the Occupy Austin movement as, “Birds of a feather.”

At dusk the grackles congregated in the trees, telephone wires, and rooftops around downtown Austin. Their activities, call it—congregating, flocking, reenacting scenes from Alfred Hitchcock— drew notice from locals and visitors to the state’s Capitol alike.

Grackles are seldom described as majestic, but many commented, “It’s a proud day to be a Grackle.”  

Video of Grackle March on Black Friday, Buy Nothing Day:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zu_488XdhCQ&feature=player_embedded

December 8th March for Unemployment Benefits

 

In late December, the federal unemployment insurance fund will run out of money. Unless Congress acts, millions of Americans face the prospect of going hungry and getting thrown out of their homes soon after the holidays. Politicians predictably will demand cuts to other progressive programs before authorizing more spending for unemployment insurance. Meanwhile, jobless union members, veterans, students and millions of others are struggling to make ends meet while these leaders support the wealthiest 1%.


If unemployment insurance is not funded, 2 million people will lose their benefits in January, and if no solution is reached more than 6 million people will lose benefits next year.  Just like with education, health care, and housing, the evaporation of unemployment benefits is one more example of how money is always available for the projects that help the rich and the corporations but never available to help poor and working families.  The “job creators” are in fact “opportunity killers.”


We need your help to send a message to the richest 1% and the politicians that serve them.  We refuse to watch hardworking Americans pay the price for the mistakes created by the financial sector in this country.  We refuse to push more people out of their homes and into poverty in order to prop up a system that is rigged against us.

December 8th has been called as a national day of action by the AFL-CIO to draw attention to the crisis with unemployment.  In Austin, it has been endorsed by several unions as well as Occupy Austin.  We’re hoping that union and community members will come out with us to show their opposition to the priorities of the richest 1% of this country.

When: December 8th, 6 PM

Where: Gather at City Hall (W. Cesar Chavez and S 1st) and march to Chase Towers (Lavaca and W 6th)

What: March for jobs and unemployment benefits

Corporations are not people.

Corporations are not people.

From Occupy Houston!  #OccupyTexas #OccupyTogether #OccupyHouston #OccupyAustin

From Occupy Houston!  #OccupyTexas #OccupyTogether #OccupyHouston #OccupyAustin

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 standoff Oct 30, protesters defending food with cameras.

#OccupyAustin standoff Oct 30, protesters defending food with cameras.