Occupy Your Capitol: July 4th

We are planning the pro democratic events to take place at the Texas State Capitol on July 4th, 2012.  Join Us.


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Wednesdays after Spokes Council (Usually 8 pm) at City Hall



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#OccupyAustin Calls for #FreeSanta Rally After Troopers Arrest Kringle for Chalk!

KitO : December 21, 2012 4:41 pm : Civil Liberties & Privacy, Events, News, Occupy Your Capitol: July 4th, Press, Press Releases



Chris Michael



Troopers Arrest Santa Claus & Elf for Chalking Wishes At Capitol

Occupy Austin calls for Free Santa Solidarity Rally 6pm at Travis County Jail

Austin, Texas December 21, 2012: Acclaimed Arctic peace activist Kris Kringle, better known to the world as Santa Claus, was arrested early this afternoon at the Texas State Capitol. Claus was arrested while chalking Christmas wishes for the world, offered by children and other holiday merry makers.

Santa facedown in handcuffs.

State Troopers arrested Santa Claus today for writing with sidewalk chalk.

“Today I saw the jolly red elf at the Capitol, cheerfully requesting that children write their wishes for a better world in chalk on the sidewalk. Santa said his favorite word was ‘Community.’ Various children wrote words like ‘Peace,’ ‘Friendship,’ and ‘Grace,'” said Occupy Austin’s Lainie Duro, a witness to the arrest.

After wrestling Santa to the ground and placing handcuffs on him, State Troopers also arrested Corey Elf after he used sidewalk chalk to write “Free Santa.” Both were arrested for Criminal Mischief, while Santa may face additional resisting arrest charges.

Occupy Austin stands in solidarity with Santa Claus and his elf. Three members of Occupy Austin, Audrey Steiner, Corey Williams, and Jim Bird were arrested earlier in 2012 for chalk. Though they were held in Travis County Jail, they have not been charged with any crime, raising questions about whether Troopers are arresting activists to silence them.

Occupy Austin believes that the use of washable sidewalk chalk is constitutionally protected free speech, and several previous court rulings agree. The organization demands that the Texas State Preservation Board respect the free speech rights of chalkers, and that State Troopers halt arrests immediately.

Occupy Austin called for a Free Santa Rally to begin at 6pm at the Travis County Jail (500 W. 10th St) and to continue until Santa Claus and Corey Elf are released. “DPS has overstepped all boundaries today and I will stand and wait for Santa. I hope he’s out quick, I hear he still has a lot to do to get ready for Tuesday,” said another witness, Christopher Michael, a member of the Occupy Your Capitol group.

About Santa Claus

Santa Claus, or Kris Kringle, is an internationally known child welfare and world peace activist. With the help of his many elves, Santa delivers gifts to good children all over the world while cultivating a sense of global togetherness and love. His busiest night, Christmas Eve, is just around the corner.

About Occupy Austin

Occupy Austin is a standing protest against the unjust and harmful power of large corporations over the world’s economic and political systems and against threats to civil liberties and democracy at home and abroad. Our Occupation began on October 6, 2011 and continues to hold marches and events throughout the city.

Photos and video footage are available.

For interviews, more information or photos and other media contact:

Chris Michael,





Ronnie : July 16, 2012 3:11 pm : News, Occupy Your Capitol: July 4th


WHEN: Tues. July 17, 2012 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

HOST: National Gathering Working Group


PURPOSE: To debrief the gathering, discuss if and how we should gather again in the future, review the Visioning Document that resulted from the National Gathering and discuss next steps.

REGISTRATION LINKhttp://interoccupy.net/newswire/ai1ec_event/natgat/


The visioning documents from the National Gathering and the Texas Gathering can be found here:




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National Gathering Visioning Process

Ronnie : July 2, 2012 3:22 pm : News, Occupy Your Capitol: July 4th

The Texas Gathering will use the same Visioning Process as the National Gathering. Once completed the two documents will be merged after the 4th.


1. Break into groups of 3 and discuss your vision for a new democracy. (15 min.)

2. Choose 1 scribe out of the group of 3 to compile the list of your top visions and grievances on a sheet of paper (mark how many times the same issue was listed with a 1, 2 or 3). There is no limit to the type or number of items you can include (10 min.)

3. 3 groups of 3 will come together into a group of 9, once in that group the 3 scribes from the groups of 3 will compile the lists and then check back with the rest of the group of 9 to make sure the new compiled list sounds correct. (20 min.)

4. 1 scribe from the group of 9 will come together with scribes from the other groups of 9 and compile the new list for the group of 45. (10 min.)

5. The scribes from the group of 9 will then address the group of 45 to make sure the new compilation of the list is accurate and everyone is satisfied with the new list. (20 min.)

6. 1 scribe from the group of 45 will come together with scribes from the other groups of 45 and compile the new list for the group of 225. (10 min.)

7. The scribes from the group of 45 will then address the group of 225 to make sure the new compilation of the list is accurate and everyone is satisfied with the new list. (20 min.)

8. Repeat as necessary in larger groupings.

9. Late comers will wait till at least 9 people have arrived to form their own group of 9 and compile a new list. We will continue to collect these throughout the day.

10. Once everyone has had a chance to compile their list we have one final review to check to make sure the document is reflecting the collective visions of the Texas Gathering. (30 min.)

Initial Visioning Process: ≈1 hr. 45 min. for 225 people
Final Visioning Compilation: 30 min.


Teach In Schedule for July 4th

maryann : July 1, 2012 11:06 am : News, Occupy Your Capitol: July 4th


Schedule of events for July 4th!

maryann : June 28, 2012 10:08 pm : Occupy Your Capitol: July 4th

Here is a rundown of the events as of now… this may change a bit, check here or at occupyyourcapitol.tumblr.com for the final list which should be up ASAP, but for now…

July 3rd

6 pm Dinner

7 pm Statewide GA

9 pm training for facilitation for the next day

July 4th

9 am Arrival / breakfast

10 am Interfaith Working Group Teach In

10:30 am -3:30 pm Ongoing Consensus Process for Declaration

11:30 am – 12:30 pm First Round of Teach Ins

12:30 pm – 2:30 pm Lunch

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Second Round of Teach Ins

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Third Round of Teach Ins

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm Fourth Round of Teach Ins

3:30 pm Snack Time!

4 pm – 7pm Amplified Sound

Musician: Bill Oliver and Thom the world Poet

Speaker: Antonio Buehler

Speaker: Chaz Moore

Musician: Steve Brooks

Speaker: John Bush

Speaker: Cindy Noland

Musician: Paula Maya

Speaker: Virginia Lu

Reading of New Declaration

There will also be speeches from other Occupations around the state.

7 pm March to City Hall 8 pm Dinner at City Hall Fireworks at City Hall


Please see the following Teach In Schedule for a line up of the teach ins.

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