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Aug 18: Nonviolent Civil Disobedience Class with Iana Di Bona

KitO : August 9, 2012 1:45 pm : Events, News, OccuQueers

What? FREE Nonviolent Civil Disobedience Class with Iana Di Bona

Who? Iana Di Bona is an experienced teacher of nonviolent civil disobedience, who was arrested on Feb 14 attempting to obtain a marriage license with her wife Tiffani Bishop.

When? August 18 from 4pm to 7pm.

Where? TO BE DETERMINED. Watch this space, or RSVP for information.

How? This event is FREE and open to ALL interested activists. RSVP at occuqueers@occupyaustin.org or on the Facebook Event. RSVPs will help determine how much refreshments & food to get.

Class Description: 

Protester carrying an Angry Pacifist sign in a march

Photo: Joshua Kehn / Flickr

Do you want to learn to be a more effective, more peaceful protester?

We all have a right to use our freedom of speech to demand a redress of our grievances. Despite this right, modern protesters often find themselves threatened by hostile, sometimes violent police forces who look for any excuse to levy serious charges such as resisting arrest or assaulting an officer. Tensions can run high, especially when hecklers and counterprotesters appear.

Iana Di Bona, a member of Get Equal TX and a highly experienced teacher of nonviolent civil disobedience will lead a FREE, 3 hour class for all interested occupiers and activists. Half of her class will consist of a lesson on peaceful resistance tactics and remaining nonviolent. The other half consists of fun, hands-on roleplay with students taking the roles of protesters, counterprotesters and police.

Snacks and refreshments will be served (details to be determined). A location is being finalized. Please RSVP using now so we know how many people to expect.
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OccuQueers Meeting Notes 8/8/2012

KitO : August 9, 2012 2:17 am : OccuQueers

The Occupy Austin OccuQueers met on August 8, 2012 at the Q Community Center.

I. Chick-Fil-A Kiss-In Reportback

Carey attended the Team ProHomo sponsored Chik-Fil-A Kiss-In. About 50 people attended. Chik-Fil-A staff gave out free water and food. Two sheriffs were present inside the shop but did not interfere.

We shared our collective disgust at ‘Starbucks Appreciation Day.’

II. Do Not Kill List Video

It’s online. Go watch it.

III. Chalkupy the World

Occupy Austin will gather at the SW Corner of 11th and Congress on Thursday, August 9 at 5:30pm. Members of Peaceful Streets will hopefully be present to film. Chalk all the things!

IV. Nonviolent Civil Disobedience Class

Iana of Get Equal TX will teach us her 3 hour nonviolence training on August 18 if we can find a place and suitable equipment.

LOCATION: ADAPT or the Q. Sarah will check on ADAPT availability as our first choice.

Equipment:

Internet access ( can use phones in a pinch)

Handcuffs (ADAPT / Sarah W)

Zipties (Kit, Sarah or various people have zipties)

Projector (Kit can borrow from his house?)

Still need:
Spray bottles

Cushy Gym mats

Delicious snacks and refreshment

V. Pride Planning

Matt from Unite Here San Antonio called in.

GetEqual TX says OccuQueers & Unite Here San Antonio can join us at their Pride Festival booth & march with them in the Pride Parade.

Hyatt: steals wages and tips, engages in union busting, and is otherwise known for its unethical behavior toward workers. See Hyatt Hurts

Matt from Unite Here will get us material we can distribute about the Hyatt campaign and will check with Unite Here staff to get them involved — what they want to contribute, signing off on our letter, liaison with Occupy Bexar on this etc.

We would like to target both Wells Fargo and Hyatt during the lead up to Pride and on Pride day.

We need to get Mac’s letter to Austin Pride ready ASAP and signed off on

VI. Accessibility at the Q

OccuKripz are inspecting the Q for accessibility issues. Bathroom and shower are inaccessible. Accessible parking lot & ramp are hard to find and not well labelled.

The Q is sympathetic but does not control their finances (fiscal sponsor AIDS Services of Austin does). Sarah W is drafting a letter for AIDS Services of Austin to discuss at next OccuQueers meeting (August 17th, 2:30pm at ADAPT, 1640A E 2nd St), and will also run it by a legal contact.

 


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Video: About The Do Not Kill List

KitO : July 31, 2012 1:43 pm : OccuQueers, video


Members of Occupy Austin and the OccuQueers, supported by Peaceful Streets, created the footage in this video on July 17 during President Barack Obama’s fundraising visit to Austin, Texas. It was part of a long day of protesting in the hot sun!

The Do Not Kill List was conceived by the OccuQueers as a way to confront Obama supporters with certain unethical, specifically his policy of killing anyone anywhere without due process and the growing use of drones domestically and abroad. The loyalty oath depicted in this video comes from one used on Japanese-American citizens.

The Do Not Kill Team was Laura Glick with Brian Svaboda. Film and editing by Kit O’Connell.

The Next OccuQueers Meeting is July 8 at 5pm at the Q Community Center on 3408 West Ave.

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OccuQueers Meeting Notes 7/25/2012

KitO : July 25, 2012 11:36 pm : News, OccuQueers

The Occupy Austin OccuQueers met on July 25 at the Q Community Center.

I. General Update

The OccuQueers meet on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month at 5:30pm. This contradicts our previously announced meeting schedule of every other Wednesday at 5:00pm.

We continue to meet at the Q, 3408 West Avenue.

II. Obama Unwelcome Reportback

The Obama Unwelcome was successful. Many banners & signs including some on ENDA & the executive order on queer nondiscrimination. We appeared at key points near his route and Austin Music Hall appearance. GetEqual Texas had a floating banner on Town Lake. Police over-reaction when we protested his $25K/plate dinner at the 4 Seasons led to greatly increased attention from Obama supporters.

Mac’s plan, the ‘Do Not Kill List’ street theater action was tested on a few supporters waiting in line, with video collected and waiting to be edited. This action needs to be refined and tried again. One voluteer made a great ‘official’ looking form to keep on a clipboard with talking points for engaging people.

III. Chik Fil A Kiss-In

This is supposed to happen nationally on August 3. We discussed how the mall might be a juicy target but has harsh security guards. Not much interest in organizing our own kiss-in but we will lend our support if the community organizes one.

Michael (of GetEqual TX) said he’d send us info if he hears of one.

Mac said he’d try to find out about a zoning board meeting in his neighborhood about a Chik Fil A wanting to move there.

IV. Austin Pride

We wish to target Pride sponsors Wells Fargo and Hyatt (for their treatment of hospitality workers). Also because of overall class issues — you have to buy tickets to get into the Pride ‘Festival’ though the parade is free (duh).

Austin Pride schedule, Sept 22:

11am-6pm Festival at Fiesta Gardens(tickets only)

8pm Pride Parade from Capitol to the 4th St Gayborhood/Warehouse District

How do we bring attention to Wells Fargo & Hyatt when the parade does not pass them and on a Saturday? Arrange actions near Pride earlier in the week? Lots of traffic on the Hike & Bike trail near the Hyatt in afternoons.

Arrange for Party Wagon and do a street party later Sat night like Occupy Seattle and give fliers at the march?

Let’s look at the whole community not just the middle class – Mac

Kit: reach out to Unite Here San Antonio & OATX Party Wagon people

Carey: Reach out to Queerbomb

Mac: Draft a letter about class & sponsorship for Austin Pride

IV. Solidarity for Beau & Major

Tiffani (GetEqual TX) called in to report on us.

Beau & Major were arrested in civil disobedience in Dallas for performing a sit-in after applying for a marriage license. Although arrest was expected, charges are especially severe.

August 2-8 is a national call for solidarity action. Austin action will probably be August 4.

We will publicize the day and look for people interested in joining. Looking for gay couples to attempt marriage, straight couples and others in support. GetEqual has some funds available for marriage licenses, legal fees etc.

For now: Recruit people/publicize date, wait for more info from GetEqual

Mac: Reach out to pastors who might be interested in joining

Kit: Reach out to Interfaith groups

Tiffani & Michael: Feed us info as plans develop

V. Other Notes

Housing Justice ‘picnics’ coincide with a major Austin feeding at the University Baptist Church, consider whether to avoid conflict with major homeless feedings.

Danny: Continue encouraging OccuKripz to meet and work on crafting a letter to AIDS Services of Austin about accessibility of bathrooms at the Q

 

Next Meeting: August 8, 5:30pm at the Q (3408 West Ave)

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Calling all LGBTQ Working Groups & Radical Queer Organizations

KitO : June 10, 2012 5:16 pm : News, OccuQueers

Queer All the Things!

Rainbow Bloc with Protest Sign

"Love is A Human Right"

Kit O’Connell of the Occupy Austin OccuQueers, together with Alex of GLITUR (affiliated with Occupy Seattle) are reaching out to all Occupy Queer & LGBT working groups, and any other interested groups or organizations to form a national (or international) network of radical queers.

We believe that queer activism is more than marriage. What good is the right to marry when we can still lose our jobs, our livelihoods or our lives simply for being out of the closet? The right to marry will not house or feed the many queer people without homes. We reject mainstream “pink dollar” gay-rights groups such as Human Rights Campaign and seek to connect only with groups engaged in civil disobedience and direct action, not those who sell out to the Democratic Party and corporate influence.

Our definition of queer is a broad one, encompassing activists identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, genderqueer, asexual, intersexual, leather, polyamorous, kinky and other non-heteronormative sexual orientations, lifestyles, and identities as well as straight allies.

We seek to form a network of queer activists to coordinate actions and share tips, tactics, targets, and solidarity. We have many ideas, but we’re starting simply by sharing contact information & beginning a dialog.

Get In Touch

Please contact the OccuQueers if you or your organization wish to be part of this network:

 

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