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Occupy Austin: Year 3

Ronnie : October 2, 2013 1:58 pm : General Assembly, News, Welcome Wagon


Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/167699093423033/

War, corruption, injustice, environmental destruction, growing economic inequality, violation of human rights: there are many problems facing the world today, which is yours? In an effort to build relations among local activist and concerned citizens alike Occupy Austin invites you and your organization or working group to join us in celebration of our two year anniversary.


As a non-ideological, non-partisan group of political activists Occupy Austin encourages those with political, social, moral, or environmental grievances to join us in a co-operative day of action: building relationships around the solutions to problems facing the world that bring can bring us together in the first place.


We meet at city hall! The birthplace of our movement and a people’s common. We will meet here with various working groups, an open mic, a DJ, possibly even a movie, and internet access. Bring yourself, your grievance; and together we will work on changing the world.


Because we are unstoppable!

another world is possible!

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#TentCity United at Occupy Austin

KitO : February 11, 2013 5:54 pm : End Homelessness, Events, General Assembly, News

A green spray painted tent and lit OCCUPIED signs.

Tent City United April 1st 2013

Why Tent City United?

The purpose of this action is not necessarily to create a new encampment, though of course that is wonderful if it happens. It’s to raise awareness about a number of issues — the plight of people without homes and the poor, whose very existence is illegal in some cities like Austin, the attacks on free speech and the loss of public spaces, etc. It also is a deliberate attempt to capitalize on the continued power of the tent as a symbol of free speech — our tents up action Feb 3 created a powerful response from both people in real life and on social media, and spawned at least one solidarity action I can’t speak about yet here online.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/481236308602494/

Twitter: @TentCityUnited

What Could You Do April 1

Actions can take place anywhere and by groups of any size. You could:

  • Pitch 1 or many tents in a park or other public space. Or many small tents in many different public spaces.
  • Pitch tents in a bank or other private space as an act of nonviolent civil disobedience.
  • Wear Tent Monster costumes.
  • Spread paper Tiny Tents in strategic places.
  • March with tents.
  • Pitch a tent in your front yard decorated with a sign and encourage your friends and neighbors to do the same.
  • Etc.

Form an affinity group with your friends and make your plans securely. Pass along to us what’s safe to share online.

Document Your Actions! and share them with info@occupyaustin.org or on Twitter with the #TentCity hashtag, on Facebook, etc.

A History of Encampments & Tent City in Austin

Occupy Austin occupied the steps of Austin City Hall from October 6 2011 until Feb 3, 2012. In 2012, our Tent City Working Group made several encampments. Some were shut down immediately by police. Others lasted for days or even months, some as guerilla camps and others with permission of land owners. These camps allowed many people a place to sleep until they successfully moved on to more stable situations, and helped raise awareness of the need for more shelters in Austin, contributing to the successful opening of a small women’s shelter. On Feb 3, 2013 we set up tents again at City Hall for a day as a pop up occupation with no arrests or interference by cops, only minimal harassment by security. This event was part of the inspiration for Tent City United (this day of action).

Endorsed by the Occupy Austin General Assembly Feb 11, 2013

I will bring this as a proposal at General Assembly today, February 11 2013 – Kit O’Connell

I ask Occupy Austin to consent to join the new Tent City United Day of Action.

While thousands are forced to live on our streets, thousands of homes are empty. Billions of dollars are diverted to war and maintaining the banks’ bottom line, while the prison industrial complex creates slave labor from our poor and the homeless, sometimes for basic human acts like sitting, lying down, or sleeping. Our public spaces are restricted, curfewed, and converted into advertising.

Occupy Austin calls on activists in Austin, and world wide, to create tent cities in public and private spaces on April 1, 2013. Tent City United will be a day of action in support of free speech, public ownership of public spaces, and the right of all humanity to have a safe place to live.

This will be a nonviolent action and we encourage all encampments to adopt an appropriate code of conduct and safer spaces agreement where possible.

In Austin, this action will be a joint effort by the Tent City working group and Occupy Austin Tactics and Strategy (OATS).


***Call for Emergency solidarity GA***Please distribute this message widely***

Lainie : May 20, 2012 8:51 am : Civil Liberties & Privacy, Events, General Assembly, News, Spread the Word, Welcome Wagon

Dear Friends,

Last night, a large group of peaceful people took the streets to protest the war machine and promote a better world. The response by the Chicago Police Department (among other agencies) was to block, beat, bloody, and even run them over with a truck. In addition, 4 livestreamers, including Timcast – who was here in Austin and did a teach-in for us during sxsw – were detained and interrogated AT GUNPOINT on their way home from the protest. They have reason to believe the house they were staying in was raided by police, and there was worry that material evidence may have been planted during that raid, as is suspected to have been done just days before with the NATO 3.

What better place than a COMMUNITY POTLUCK to gather ALL communities to decide how we will respond to the escalation of tactics against our right to express our dissatisfaction with the ruling class and its henchpeople.

Come one, come all to Pease Park today, 2 PM, near the volleyball courts. Invite your friends, bring your families, and lets make a plan for responding to the tactics used by the Chicago Police Department, and for moving forward in solidarity against an increasingly unjust system. ♥ Lainie

Potluck Event page: http://www.facebook.com/events/239835996117679/

Communique 246 from OWS: http://occupywallstreet.net/story/communiqu%C3%A9-246

Police Van pushing protester, now hospitalized AND arrested:http://occupysydney.visibli.com/share/JzCnoq

Violence against protesters (trigger warning):http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/05/20/1093159/-Occupy-Chicago-Police-Violence-Video-Liveblog-Updates-sadly-Expected?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed

Raid on livestreamers:

Teach-in event page: http://www.facebook.com/events/297947060294194/


Informational Assembly Notes 11/25

Joe Cooper : November 29, 2011 8:54 pm : General Assembly

There was no GA tonight. Instead, we had a an “Informational Assembly”. This was done at the suggestion of guest occupier Andrew, who hails from Occupy the Big D. The assembly was at Austin Java and had one committee report back then a few announcements. No proposals were heard. I took stack, moderated and scribbled some lame notes. A one woman show! Here are my lame notes: Committee Report Back: Infoscribes: looking for more volunteers. Hoping to have more involvement from the different committees to help with the welcome booth as the capitol expansion happens. Announcements: Andrew from Occupy Dallas: Working on OccupyNow – trying to bring all the occupations in TX together @ Capitol. Can find it on Facebook. Step 1 – Occupy both Dallas & Fort Worth together. Step 2 – Get San Antonio & Houston to join in, then come to AUS. Chad W: back in Austin from a sustainable bus tour (promoting sustainable agriculture, renewable fuels). Managed to see a lot of occupations on the 4 month tour. Back in Austin & ready to organize. Lucian from Occupy UT: Will Mic Check the UT president at the meeting where they get approval for the tuition increase. Nov. 30 @3:30 http://thestudentsspeak.com/ Michael: went to Occupy Bee Caves. Received media attention & made impact despite lower turnout. Other items: – 2 were arrested in Dallas tonight – Occupy Colorado Springs was kicked out of their encampment – Occupy LA was told they will be forced out Monday.

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anton : October 24, 2011 9:42 pm : General Assembly


1. We are committed to resisting the monied corruption of our democracy
2. We are not a political institution or action group – to include the local, state and federal level
3. We are committed to non-violent forms of resistance – including civil disobedience if necessary 
4. These core values are NOT subject to change unless on a national level and in solidarity with NYC

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