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You Can Start An Occupy Movement In Your City—Texas Progressive Alliance Round-Up

At the end of this post is the most recent Texas Progressive Alliance round-up. The TPA is a confederation of the best political bloggers in Texas.  TPA members are citizen-bloggers working for a better Texas.

Every Texan and every American has the ability to attend a public meeting, attend or organize a protest, write or call an elected official, talk to friends and family, start a blog, donate money, write a letter to the editor, volunteer for candidates and causes, engage in acts of civil disobedience, and to run for public office.

The work of democracy and freedom is up to each of us.

The Occupy Wall Street efforts that have sprung up around Texas and around the nation are also very much do-it-yourself endeavors.

(Above--People doing the work of freedom.)

Here is a comment I got on the blog a few days ago from Gordon Haire of Galveston, Texas—-

Occupy Galveston’s growth has been amazing. On Monday, Oct. 10, a friend offered me a ride to the protest in Houston.

“Why are we doing it here?” I asked.

She told me to start it by posting an event on facebook. I posted the event for noon Wednesday Oct. 12, fully expecting to be a lone protester. More than a dozen people gathered, and several people stopped by and said that they would be joining us for the Saturday protest.

That’s how easy it is to start an Occupy movement in your town.

You can’t beat that.

The Occupy effort is about everyday people working together for the 99% of us who want to work hard, pay our fair share, and live in a society where we care for one another.

We don’t have to allow big money to rule our lives.

If there is not an Occupy movement where you live—Go ahead and start one. If there is already an Occupy movement where you live—Get involved.

There are Facebook pages and websites for many Occupy groups. Poke around a bit and you will find them.

Here is the round-up—-

Off the Kuff took a look at demographic change in one of Houston’s historic neighborhoods.

Harold Cook at Letters From Texas takes a look back at old friend Molly Ivins, when he reviews a new book just released about her. His conclusion: “if you ever spent evenings with Molly, reading the book will give you the gift of spending one more. Even better, if you never got to spend that evening with Molly, you’re in luck – after reading the book, you’ll feel just like you did.”

Bay Area Houston has an interesting audio clip of Teabag darling Galveston County tax assessor/collector Cheryl Johnson.

Justice finally arrives for a man falsely convicted 25 yreas ago in Williamson County. WCNews at Eye On Williamson has the story: Michael Morton walks free after 25 years behind bars.

CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme observes that Texas Republicans hate the elderlyworkers, children and women.

Occupy Houston, the solidarity march and protest which grew out of the continuing Occupy Wall Street action, was covered by PDiddie at Brains and Eggs.

Neil at Texas Liberal also reported on the first day of Occupy Houston. It is great that something hopeful is finally taking place in our politics. The Occupy Wall Street movement gets the idea that the work of freedom and democracy is up to each of us.

At TexasKaos, Libby Shaw writes: “Poor Rick Perry thought he could easily preen, charm and tall-tale his way through the 2012 Republican presidential primary cycle. Unfortunately for the governor, he has not been outside of his impenetrable Texas GOP bubble much. Perry, in fact, spends so much time with his crony donors that he obviously has no clue what the other 99% of the population believes.” Read more: Rick Perry: Razzle, Dazzle, Snap, Crackle and Flop.

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