Austin, TX. February 6th, 2012 – Individual members of Occupy Austin met with staffers
from the offices of Council members Tovo and Morrison on the morning of Monday, Jan.
30th, 2012, regarding concerns about costs of police overtime. Monday afternoon these
individuals received a phone call from Assistant City Manager McDonald ordering the
immediate removal of the Occupy Austin Medical & Media tent, and our free library. A
deadline of Wednesday evening for the tent/library order was negotiated to allow
opportunity to communicate this order to our General Assembly. Afterwards, we requested
the order in writing and Mr. McDonald refused.
Tuesday, Jan. 31st, 2012, we continued our request for the written order and invited Mr.
McDonald to address the General Assembly in order to clarify and answer questions. He
refused. We contacted City Council offices to further relay our concerns and requests.
On the morning of Wednesday, Feb. 1st, 2012, we continued our outreach after Mr.
McDonald told one of the Occupiers to tell their “boss” that the tent had to go. We relayed
the message at 7pm to our General Assembly, and consensus was to continue our request
for a written order. The night passed without any enforcement of the order.
Thursday, Feb. 2nd, 2012, we contacted the offices of Asst. City Manager McDonald, Mayor
Lee Leffingwell, and every Councilmember asking for the written order. We were referred
to the City Manager’s office, and again we were refused a written order. Thursday passed
with no enforcement of the order.
Friday, Feb. 3rd, 2012, at about 8pm, Dave Cortez, a member of the Occupy Austin Bank
Action group that has helped organize the movement of $1.5 million out of big, bail-out
banks, asked both City Manager Marc Ott and Asst. City Manager McDonald in person to
clarify their order and issue in writing. Asst. City Manager McDonald replied, “The tent
has to go. Remove it.” He once again refused to issue any written statement.
At 9:30pm, Occupy Austin was issued a Notice of Change of City Hall Building Use policy
that was dated February 3rd, with changes scheduled to go into effect on February 2nd.
Any statement from the City of Austin claiming that Occupy Austin had notice of full
eviction since Monday is blatantly false and we have the records to prove it.