April 9th, 2012
OCCUPY AUSTIN MARCHES ON INTO A NEW SEASON!
Above photo by: Kat Freedom
On Feb. 29th, 2012, OCCUPY AUSTIN combined national calls for action (F27 Occupy Our Food Supply and F29 Occupy the Corporations) to participate in a shared, decentralized Global Day of Action against Monsanto. This event included screenings of â€œThe World According to Monsantoâ€? and occured simultaneously in Austin and Lockhart, Texas. After the screening, participants in Austin heard from Randy Jewart of the small, organic farm Resolution Gardens. Participants in Lockhart heard from Don Ford a farmer and rancher in Gonzalez County. Center photo by: Jamie Rainbow-Warrior All other photos by: John Jack Anderson
All other photos by: John Jack Anderson
The Grocery Manufacturers Association estimates that 80% of food in most grocery stores contains ingredients made from genetically modified organisms (GMOs). These foods have been shown to cause severe allergic reactions in humans, (especially children, create antibiotic resistance in plants and humans, create immune suppression, and are linked to organ failure and cancer.
All photos this page by Jamie Rainbow-Warrior except top right by John Jack Anderson
I’d Like to Believe
Originally printed in Challenger Street Newspaper April 2012 My Dysfunctional Step Family
I'd like to believe that change is coming and the next 'election' will stave off treachery and treason for a while. I'd like to believe that the people of tomorrow, won't be pointing their finger at the people of today screaming, "You knew and did nothing." I'd like to believe that we won't let invisible or omnivisible conglomerate monstrosities continue to rape our souls. I'd like to believe that the true grassroots revolution of the mind is building and spreading wildfire. I'd like to believe eyes can be opened and that ignorance will no longer be bliss or willful. ~Wendy Darling August 2007
Feb. 3rd, 2012- A night that will live on in fame (at least in the minds & souls of those who were there!) Setting: Occupy Austin (city hall). Date: Feb. 3rd 2012 Time: Who the hell knows (it was dark) Well allow me to break it down for you. It was a great nite at occupy, an unusual sense of light spiritness & comeradity. Someone had brought a stereo system & played D.J. While quite a moulety crew of us were dancing, watching, laughing. It was the best &worst nite I had at occupy (I hit the city hall stairs on Dec. 14? 2011). Being of an advanced age (don't even ask! I am over 21 yrs of age-ENOUGH SAID!!!) I crashed out early (after wearing out a few youngsters on the dance floor! Yea' I did!). All of the sudden my friend Cotton woke me up and said “Nikki, wake up, they are making us leave now”. I thought “surely Cotton must be 'F'ing with me”. Well I guess he must have had pity on me, because he didn't try to wake me up again for about 15 minutes. When I awoke this time I knew 100% that Cotton was in No Way “f”ing around!!! I opened my eyes to the sight of the City Hall Steps Being Swarmed By Police officers! They were handing out two pieces of papers to everyone there. I asked the female officer to please read the papers to me or please give them to me in large print because I am legally blind and could not read that size print without assistance. She informed me that “You can come to my office on Monday and get assistance”. I asked her “what’s going on?” Which she replied “it's all in the papers that I just gave you!”. This was said in exasperated tone of voice, which took on a connotation of tone which spoke volumes of her feelings towards us! This has absolutely NOTHING to do with this article, but enquiring minds would like know the I.Q. Score Required to join the police Force these days?
Hum, Oh well Back to the story... After going and lining up at
Bathroom (had to pee), and then using the afore
THE NAKED TRUTH
mentioned, I proceed to pack my belongs like everyone else was doing (which is why nobody at occupy that I asked had the time to read those two damn papers to me!). At this point I had 10 minutes to pack (the police were very helpful in providing a running commentary of our time running out! Thanks guys for all your “Protect & Serve”. I keep asking people where they were going? I heard answers everywhere from “under the Bridge, But there are already too many people going, there won't be room for you” to the flat out “I don't have any idea, just get on the Bus Nikki”. I did not want to get on what I felt was
FIRST THEY BEAT AND ARRESTED THE BROWN AND BLACK PEOPLE AND I DID NOT SPEAK UP-BECAUSE I WASN'T BROWN OR BLACK. THEN THEY BEGAN TORTURING PEOPLE OPENLY AND I STILL DID NOT SPEAK UP BECAUSE I TOLD MYSELF I WASN'T AFRAID, THEY WOULDN'T DO THAT TO ME.
the “trader Bus From Hell” and wondered if we were going to be put on a reservation or sent straight to a Friggen concentration camp for ethnic cleansing of the 99%!!!
THEN THEY PASSED THE NDAA AND I DIDN'T SPEAK UP BECAUSE I WAS AFRAID.
While waiting to get on the “trader Bus From Hell”(which mysteriously appeared to be a harmless school Bus) I asked a male police “Officer (I said), could you please read these papers to me, I am legally blind and cannot read them”. The officer kindly took them from me and told me that “I don't have the time to read them to you, but I WILL paraphrase them for you. This one says that you must leave, and this other one tells you where you can pick up your Belongings”, (Gee, it looked like more writing than that!) There were 7 souls from occupy to board the bus that night. I know every face, and most of the names. They had been neighbors (I KNOW NOT A WORD NIKKI, but check it out... In case a cop is reading this, they will know that I paid attention when told to “tell me in your own words”, well at the time that was said to me, I did NOT
THEN THEY CAME FOR ME AND NO ONE SPOKE UP FOR ME BECAUSE THEY WERE ALL AFRAID. MOST TRUTHS ARE SO NAKED MOST PEOPLE DON'T WANT TO LOOK AT THEM LET ALONE SPEAK ABOUT THEM. WE CANNOT MAKE GOOD NEWS OUT OF BAD PRACTICE. WE CANNOT MAKE JUSTICE OUT OF TYRANNY. WE MUST BE STRONGER THAN THAT.
have my own words!!! But I do…
TO BE CONTINUED!!!
WE MUST OCCUPY!
By: ClairE Hirschkind
All photos by John Anderson except bottom left by Jeeps
Occupy Austin says, “GO FLY A KITE!” Zilker Park Kite Festival March 4th, 2012
All photos by Kat Freedom and Lainie Duro
Let It Please Mercy we grieve at the putrid well of famine we yield butchered pride stop loss sense of time blood all easily missed in conflict a casualty philosophical by design as sorrow never misses its intent we braves find no luck against copper tongued serpents spitting fire for them plow an anthill smear their bellies with honey our daughters still bleed let the pearled class know chaos seeks another kingdom ~Michael Sadler
Painting below by: Paul Beck
All photos by Jeeps except bottom left by Heather Kafka.
Teach-ins during Occupy Southby covered a wide range of topics including: sustainable living, community building, peace, faith traditions, accessibility and disability rights, homelessness, veterans rights, socialAllmedia networking, photos this page by Jeeps domestic violence, voting, political cartooning, Monsanto and food health issues such as GMOs, LGBTQ and genderidentity issues. All photos this page by Jeeps
YOU CAN DANCE IN THIS REVOLUTION! All photos by Jeeps, except top right by Sarah Peralta
SXSW 2012 WAS OCCUPIED! All photos this page by Heather Kafka
Photos @ left by Heather Kafka. Photos @ right by Kat Freedom.
M17 â€“ Million Musicians March for Peace begins with a rally at the Texas State Capitol with live music and speakers. Thanks to the speakers and musicians who donated their time and performances! All photos by Kat Freedom