On July 4th occupiers from around Texas convened at the Texas Capitol to share knowledge, make connections and find out the top priorities for the movement in Texas. We engaged in the same Visioning Process as the National Gathering as a show of solidarity and Support. Here is the current list. We can use this as a starting point and a gathering point for moving forward.

Top Issues

*Money out of Politics (End Corporate Person hood, End Citizens United)

*End War (on Nations, on Terror, on Drugs and Civil Liberties)

*A True Participatory Democracy

*A Sustainable Society (environmental stewardship)

*Basic Human Rights and Equality (Education, Healthcare, Housing, Nutrition)

*Fair and Transparent Financial Practices

Social/Civil Justice

*Right to Healthcare (single payer was the most popular approach)

*Right to Education

*Right to Affordable Housing

Freedom of Thought

Right to a Job

End Private Prisons

Declaration of Children’s Rights

Adherence to U.N. Declaration of Human Rights

Immigration Reform

End Anti-Homelessness Laws

Native American Justice

End Indoctrination

Make all Media Public

Repeal Patriot Act

Right to Nutrition

Public Transit Access

Separation of Church and State

Workers Bill of Rights

Consumer Bill of Rights

Decriminalize Hemp

Equality for All

Pay cap for executives to be the exponent of base employee pay

Economic Justice

*End Corporate Person hood

Prosecute Financial Crimes

End Oil Subsidies

End Corporate Welfare

Living Wage Laws

Reinstate Glass–Steagall

Return Coining of money to Treasury

Overturn Fed Reserve Act

Alternate Currencies

Financial Security

Preserve the Commons

Abolish Capitalism

Run Finance as regulated utility

Erase debt record

Financial transparency

Tax and Regulate Drugs

Fair TradeProtect Anti-Trust and Monopoly Laws

Regulate Big Business and Corporations

Fair Taxation

Free Market

End the Fed

No Bailouts

Less regulation on small business

End Insurance Mandates

Political Justice

No Law Restricting Health Science

Free Political Prisoners

Election Day Holiday

A People written Constitution

True Democracy (direct or otherwise)

End Electoral College

Easy Access to Voter Registration

Paper Ballots

Make recall of elected officials easier

Non-Partisan Redistricting

End Corporate Person hood

End Citizens United

Fair Elections

Publicly Funded Elections

End Super PAC’s and unlimited anonymous spending

Return to Fairness Doctrine and expand from just media to advertisements and Politics

Respect Term Limits

Investigate Misinformation Campaigns

Less Governmental Control

Run off Voting, preferably Instant Runoff Voting (IVR)

Reduce Financial & Legal barricades to running for office

Would like to see an annual citizen’s review panel to critique the policies of the current administration. The panel should be made up of respected intellectuals such as Chomsky, Hedges, Lessig, etc. It should also be as accessible as the presidential debates.

Open up the interpretation of the constitution to citizens. 5 people should not be able to write into law what millions disagree with.

Environmental Justice

Sustainable Society

Label GMO’s

Food Subsidy Transparency

Increase sustainable energy

Abolish Nukes

Recycle College Text Books


End Chemical and Biological Warfare

End use of Nuclear Weapons

End Abuse of security concerns as a way to curtail Civil Liberties

Create Dept. of Peace

Police Reform

No Police or Military

End Drug War

End All Wars

End Empire

Cut Military spending in half

Repeal Patriot Act

Peace in the Middle East

Alternative Society

Non-Governmental Community Councils

Greater Civic Involvement

Non-Oppressive Systems

Transition Communities

Better Communities

Right to Live to full potential

New Occupy Party

No Political Parties

Less Nationalism, more World Wide Focus

Should focus on cooperation over competition

Photo Via John Anderson of Austin Chronicle

Occupy morphs into a new model!

Flash Encampments

Hey all you wild cats, do-gooders and steadfast rebels out there,

Our movement is living through a painful rebirth… “There has been a unfortunate consolidation of power in #OWS,” writes one founding Zuccotti. “This translates into ideological dominance and recurring lines of thought. We are facing a nauseating poverty of ideas.” Burned out, out of money, out of ideas… seduced by salaries, comfy offices, book deals, old lefty cash and minor celebrity status, some of the most prominent early heroes of our leaderless uprising are losing the edge that catalyzed last year’s one thousand encampments. Bit by bit, Occupy’s first generation is succumbing to an insidious institutionalization and ossification that could be fatal to our young spiritual insurrection unless we leap over it right now. Putting our movement back on track will take nothing short of a revolution within Occupy.

The new tone was set on Earth Day, April 22, in a suburb bordering Berkeley, California when a dozen occupiers quietly marched a small crowd to a tract of endangered urban agricultural land, cut through the locked fence and set up tents, kitchens and a people’s assembly. Acting autonomously under the banner of Occupy, without waiting for approval from any preexisting General Assembly, Occupy The Farm was notable for its sophisticated preplanning and careful execution — they even brought chickens — that offered a positive vision for the future and engendered broad community support. While encampments across the world were unable to re-establish themselves on May Day, this small cadre of farm occupiers boldly maintained their inspiring occupation for nearly four weeks.

In Minneapolis, a core of occupiers have launched an Occupy Homes campaign that is unique for its edgy tenacity. “What is unusual, in fact utterly unprecedented, is the level of aggression and defiance of the law by these activists,” a spokesperson for Freddie Mac, a U.S. corporation that trades in mortgages, told a local paper. “Over the past week … the city has tossed out protesters and boarded up the house, only to see the demonstrators peel back the boards and use chains, concrete-filled barrels and other obstacles to make it more difficult to carry them away,” the article reports. Last Friday, police were so desperate to prevent a re-occupation of the foreclosed home that they surrounded the house with “30 Minneapolis police officers with batons” and “over two dozen marked and undercover squad cars and a paddy wagon.” Occupiers respondedby laughing and signing songs… joyous in their struggle to elevate the home into an symbol of democratic resistance to the banks.

In its own sweet way, our movement is now moving beyond the Zuccotti model and developing a tactical imperative of its own: Small groups of fired up second generation occupiers acting independently, swiftly and tenaciously pulling off myriad visceral local actions, disrupting capitalist business-as-usual across the globe.

The next big bang to capture the world’s imagination could come not from a thousand encampments but from a hundred thousand ephemeral jams… a global cascade of flash encampments may well be what this hot Summer will look like.

Meanwhile, tents are up once again in Tahrir Square and youth from Quebec to Auckland to Moscow to Oakland are rising up against a future that does not compute.

Stay loose, play jazz, keep the faith … Capitalism is crashing and our movement has just begun.

for the wild,
Culture Jammers HQ

OccupyWallStreet.org / Tactical Briefing #34


An Evening with Occupy Austin (pt.1)

As part of my newly initiated “I probably need stop drinking beer everyday and do something productive" campaign, I decided to swing by Austin City Hall for the #f3 Eviction Potluck.


Things remained pretty low-key, despite a near constant police presence.  A high point for me was watching the reaction from both cops and Occupiers when the PA started blasting KRS One’s "Sound of da Police."


Overall, it was great getting to talk to folks and seeing people taking the time to participate in direct action.  It’s way to easy to watch from the sidelines so far, but I’m excited about getting out, meeting more people, and continuing to learn how to use my camera.

Shitload of Pics from Tonight's Massive March Down Sixth and Tom Morello #OccupySXSW Show

After an unbelievably long week of workshops and shows, titanic blunts and dozens of rap sets, I had reservations about joining Occupy Austin (also known as OATX online) for a Friday night romp across Sixth Street, the heart of both downtown and SXSW. My feet are bloody at this point, and I knew that an Occupy march would only mess them up worse.

It turned out to be my favorite moment of the week though. The dance party-rally was actually small compared to what’s in store for the six month anniversary of Occupy Wall Street in Austin tomorrow. Still there were hundreds of protesters, and more Occupy energy than I’ve seen just about anywhere else recently. More on this - and other Occupy SXSW activity - coming soon, but for now…. -Chris Faraone



"A New Declaration"

So here is where we stand with 9 days to go.  Our list of people coming seems to be growing, we are hoping for a good final surge, flyers are going up around Austin, TX.  Houston has made T-shirts to promote the event, I understand possibly Dallas is doing some flyering as well.  We have a rough outline, which should be and needs to be finalized on Wednesday.  

This wednesday we are doing an Event to help us raise some funds for potential Bail, last minute food/water at Hole in the Wall on Guadalupe, and we will be selling Raffle Tickets for the Tom Morello Signed Guitar.

We have Dedicated a catch phrase (so to speak) for the event, “A New Declaration,” cause let’s face it, not sure our Declaration of Independence is really up to par with the way we treat our world and those on it.  We must demand better!

Here is a rundown of the events as of now… this may change a bit, check here or at occupyaustin.org/OccupyJ4 for the final list which should be up this Thursday for sure, but for now…

July 3rd

6 pm Dinner

7 pm Statewide GA

This will be mainly announcments /report backs

Perhaps a proposal on where to sleep?

9 pm training for facilitation for the next day

July 4th

9 am Arrival / breakfast

10 am explanation of process

10 am Interfaith WG on site to start mediation, tai chi, and other faith options.

This can be moved up or shortened. Confirmed with & Contact Virginia Lu or Jack.

10:30 am -12: 30 pm Consensus Process for Declaration

11:30 am First Round of Teach Ins

12:30 pm Lunch

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm Consensus Process resumes

1:30 pm Second Round of Teach Ins

2:30 pm Third Round of Teach Ins

3:30 pm Snack Time!

4 pm Begin Amplified Sound

4:00 - First musician: Bill Oliver and Thom Poet. per Jack - confirmed both.

4:30 First speaker

5 pm Second Musician: Steve Brooks, per Jack via Dana McBride - confirmed.

5:30 Second Speaker - “Resistance” (person well known to OA) - confirmed by Jack.

6 pm Third Musician: Paula Maya confirmed per Jack

6:30 pm Reading of New Declaration

7 pm March to City Hall

8 pm Dinner at City Hall

Fireworks at City Hall

We have at 11:30am, July 4th teach-ins.  The OccuKripz (disabled individuals) leading a teach-in.  Occuqueers leading a teach-in on Direct Action in the State Legislature.  Ellen Friedman, doing a teach-in on “The Commons.”  Amy Price, leading a teach-in for Community Sings.  

At 1:30pm, Amanda Austin and OccupyAISD, doing a teach-in on Education.  Chas Moore, on the Austin East Side.  Mandalay or Theresa on the Seaway Pipeline.  Ronny Knape on Marginalization and Criminalization of the Occupy Movement, Police Tactics to intimidate and discredit opposition to government policy.  

At 3:30pm Mel from Beaumont, Money in Politics and Citizens United.  Antonio Buehler on the Peaceful Streets Project.  Dave Cortez on the Trans-Pacific Partnership.  Concious Relationships WG from #OATX, Dependence and Independence in Relationships.  

I do believe more will be following, and there are groups requesting tables at this event as well, so if you want to join and add more to our discussions please email us at Occupyyourcapitol@gmail.com

On Friday afternoon, Dec. 21 – with Christmas only days away – Santa Claus stopped by the Texas Capitol to spread a little holiday cheer, asking passersby to join him in chalking inspirational notes on the driveway. What he got in return — along with his helper, “Corey Elf” – was an arrest for “criminal mischief” and “evading arrest.”