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PRESS RELEASE

OCCUPY AUSTIN EVENTS WEEK OF FEB. 12TH – FEB. 19TH, 2012

 

FEB. 14TH, 2012 – The Occupy Austin Occuqueers working group is a group for humans of any sexual orientation and gender-identity who want to gather together to discuss why queer people occupy. The Occuqueers have been invited by GetEqual TX and the Grover UU Church to participate in a solidarity action at the Travis County Clerk’s Office at 10AM on Valentine’s Day. Same-sex couples will demand marriage equality, but applying for marriage licenses, and clergy will be available for free services for those wishing to tie the knot. All are welcome to attend and show their support.

FEB.15th, 2012 – From 6-7pm, at Austin City Hall, Occupy Austin will host a teach-in entitled, “You Can’t Evict an Idea Whose Time Has Come!” This will be a panel discussion on the Occupy Movement and Civil Rights with speakers from the Texas AFL-CIO, the American Civil Liberties Union and Occupy Austin. 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.

For a full calendar of Occupy Austin working group meetings please visit: http://occupyaustin.org/general-assembly/.

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About Occupy Austin: Occupy Austin is an occupation and peaceful protest that began on October 6, 2011 at City Hall in Austin, Texas, vowing to end the moneyed corruption of our democracy. It is affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement that began in New York City, and also with the “Occupy” protests in the United States and around the world.

About the Occupy Austin Media Team: We are a group of Occupy Austin activists who gather information regarding our upcoming events as well as up-to-the-minute news, and relay this to the press. All official Occupy Austin press releases are a collaboration of the Occupy Austin Media Team. If you would like more information on the topic of this press release or would like to schedule an interview, please contact: media@occupyaustin.org.

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