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(via Occupy Austin Gallery - The Austin Chronicle)

(via Occupy Austin Gallery - The Austin Chronicle)

"Speech is Free. Expect Us" Message Supports Arrested Chalkers, Upcoming Protests

Austin, Texas August 20, 2012: Yesterday members of Occupy Austin and Peaceful Streets chalkupied the Texas State Capitol. In Austin (and nationwide), the simple act of writing with chalk on public sidewalks has faced persecution from law enforcement. On August 9, Occupy Austin joined Chalkupy the World, a nonviolent day of chalk writing declared by OccupyLA in solidarity with victims of a brutal police attack on chalkers by the Los Angeles Police Department in July. On August 9, Texas State Troopers arrested Audrey Steiner and Corey Williams while they chalked messages of free speech, healthcare and education on the sidewalk at 11th and Congress across the street from the Capitol.

On Sunday, August 19, about a dozen members of Occupy Austin, with support from the Peaceful Streets Project anti-police corruption group, returned to the Texas State Capitol to chalk together. The message they wrote on the pathways of the Capitol grounds: SPEECH IS FREE. EXPECT US. The message highlighted upcoming events which will be held during the Texas Legislature session.

Occupy Austin believes that the use of washable sidewalk chalk is constitutionally protected free speech, and several previous court rulings agree.

After her children witnessed the arrests on August 9, member Hillary Procknow, Ph.D. said, “People coming together, in public, to express themselves is something that makes the country better.

Sarah Dickerson, a graduate student at the University of Texas at Austin said, “As someone deeply invested in art, both academically and professionally, I came to ‘chalkupy’ to ensure our freedom of speech and to promote human creativity. It’s a perfect, low-impact way for Occupy to spread its message because chalking is too delicate to cause any damage, and it washes away!”

1 in 4 Texas Children live in Poverty, up 30% in past 10 years - The Austin Chronicle

#oatx

UT Tower Occupied by Occupy Austin. (via austin front: UT Tower Occupy Austin)

UT Tower Occupied by Occupy Austin. (via austin front: UT Tower Occupy Austin)

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/

#A28 - Texans Unite Against the War on Women / #OccupyAustin #OccupyUT

All across the country, through legislative proposals, government regulations, and political rhetoric, war is being waged upon women, their bodies, their private interests, and their right to self-determination. This is occurring without, and in spite of, the participation of the same women being affected by these actions, and whose futures, and those of their families, are being unilaterally determined.

In this modern era of limits, people in power are in a race to divide the spoils of power, and the means being used are becoming more and more shortsighted. Saturn has devoured his son, and now looks to his daughters.

Our organization is determined to see that this race to the bottom does not claim the rights and liberties of over one half of the populace. We will not suffer the burdens of those whose ambitions would be fulfilled by the destruction of the human worth of the mothers, sisters and daughters of this great nation.

Enough is enough.

While the logic of the disaffection of the majority of the electorate is impossible to understand, we cannot afford to wait and see how this all works out. This war on women must be resisted, and won, before the toxic effects of the current national conversation become irrevocable reality. We have been denied a seat at the table, but will not be denied our humanity.

Please join us in changing the dialogue and refocusing attention toward the very serious issues this nation faces, and away from the disingenuous and perversely pornographic focus upon the sexual organs of our mothers, sisters and daughters, and their relationship with their physicians and their own bodies.

The issues include:

Reproductive rights
Woman’s health issues
Crimes against women and children
Workplace equality

There is a very real and growing non-partisan concern that women are being sacrificed upon the altar of ambition, and we are determined to deny Saturn his second course.

Thank for your help and support. Your mother, and your mother’s mother, and all women everywhere would be proud.

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.

Jan 6
Happy 3 Months!!!  The problem hasn’t gone away, why should we?

Happy 3 Months!!!  The problem hasn’t gone away, why should we?

Drought may have claimed 500 million Texas trees

austinstatesman:

Trees in Bastrop and Caldwell counties in Central Texas were among the hardest hit.

We got the cover of the Chronicle!
http://www.austinchronicle.com/news/2011-12-30/occupy-austin-2011/

We got the cover of the Chronicle!

http://www.austinchronicle.com/news/2011-12-30/occupy-austin-2011/

Dec 7

Occupy Texas on Facebook

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)

#OccupyAustin OccupyAustin.org OccupyRadioAustin.org

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