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Amy Price Reports On Day 2 Of Occupy Houston & Good Jobs Great Houston Actions In Washington

My friend Amy Price has traveled to Washington with Occupy Houston and Good Jobs Great Houston to take the fight for economic fair play and the 99% to our elected officials and to the offices of the big lobbyists.

Amy was a recent candidate for Houston City Council. With that race over, she is remaining involved in the fight for a better Houston and a better nation.

Below is an account from Amy of her second day in Washington.

(Above–A fuzzy yet clear enough photo of the arrest of an Occupy protestor in Washington on 12/ 7.)  

Here is the account of Amy’s first day.

Here is Occupy Houston.

Here is Occupy DC.

Here is Occupy Wall Street.

From Amy on Day 2—

Today in the DC action against austerity economics, we switched our focus from elected officials to lobbyists. Over 1,000 of us–union members, activists, members of Occupations around the nation–started out in the lobbies of various firms. The one I was in was The Capital Tax Partners, where we chanted “jobs, not cuts” as we moved through the ground floor. Several folks in suits videoed us from the second floor. 

But the real action of the day took place on the streets, specifically on K street, where most of the lobbyists are located. We shut down the street with three different human chains from curb to curb. The first human chain was made up of union members, including a Houstonian with SEIU. The second and third chains were made up of Occupiers from around the country. We waited through the rain and the cold as, one by one, 62 individuals traded a few hours in jail for the opportunity to remind the nation that freedom of speech trumps local ordinances, including traffic codes.

Why does our freedom of speech require taking the streets? Because more ordinary methods of speech aren’t working. We speak through our votes, except that our votes get bought, bought by the bidder willing to put the most money behind a national political campaign. So we speak where we inconvenience people, because then we might actually get listened to. 

I was interviewed by a local reporter who said to me, “why are you doing this when you know that it won’t make a difference?” And I responded with what I believe, which is that while we won’t make the difference today, or tomorrow, we will eventually. And when he asked how we’d accomplish this, I said, “we won’t. You will.” Because the press, in its many incarnations, is the conduit by which the citizens of this nation will become educated about exactly how we are being legally robbed of a just economic present and future. 

Later in the evening, Carlos–who got arrested not for lying down in the street but for literally begging the police, on his knees, to do their duty to protect us and our freedom of speech–was released, and he told this story: a few blocks from the arrest site, the police stopped their van to take names and details of the arrestees. Carlos had been trying to dialog with the police, and one of them finally said to him “you’re doing the right thing. Keep it up.”

That made my day.

December 8, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , ,

11 Comments »

  1. Why does our freedom of speech require taking the streets? Because more ordinary methods of speech aren’t working.

    That’s very telling, and it’s a dramatic misunderstanding of freedom of speech. Amy appears to believe that unanswered speech justifies its own escalation into criminality.

    It’s not as though people haven’t heard the complaints of Amy and her ilk. We have. Their words “aren’t working” — that’s true — but it’s not because they’ve been suppressed or gone unheard. They’ve simply been rejected.

    We speak through our votes, except that our votes get bought, bought by the bidder willing to put the most money behind a national political campaign.

    People shouldn’t sell their votes. If Amy and her petulant fellow travelers have, they’re right to lament their crimes. Personally, I didn’t vote for the guy who spent the most money on a national campaign. Did you?

    Carlos had been trying to dialog with the police, and one of them finally said to him “you’re doing the right thing. Keep it up.”

    That story is as charming as it’s utterly fabricated.

    Comment by Matt Bramanti | December 8, 2011

  2. So long as people are willing to suffer the consequences of being arrested, what is the problem. There is a long history of civil disobedience in ur nation and our world.

    Given the view of many in Occupy that many of the views being espoused by Occupy Wall Street have never been heard due to the control of both parties by big money, it not be said that they have been rejected. It is also the case that the Ameirican right made progress over the years by working hard for ideas that at one point had no traction. Who is to say what will be the case in the years ahead?

    You’ve got no idea that the story was made up. There have been a number of accounts of police officers offering support to Occupy. Just because nearly everything you say is wrong does not mean I think you are lying about stuff. You should reconsider that comment in the interest of proper conduct.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | December 8, 2011

  3. “And when he asked how we’d accomplish this, I said, “we won’t. You will.” Because the press, in its many incarnations, is the conduit by which the citizens of this nation will become educated about exactly how we are being legally robbed of a just economic present and future. “

    That was spot on

    Comment by lbwoodgate | December 8, 2011

  4. “Amy appears to believe that unanswered speech justifies its own escalation into criminality.”

    False. I know Amy and that’s not within the international waters of what she — or any other person involved in OWS –believes. But it is the typical hyper-exaggeration that I see you truck in consistently.

    “If Amy and her petulant fellow travelers have, they’re right to lament their crimes.”

    One of the most pathetic straw people you have ever constructed. But I’ll pay along for the sake of ridiculousness: I’m guessing that if a lobbyist offered a few protestors several thousands dollars yesterday to do something (like go away), especially if they had been able to do so quietly and secretly … some would have taken it. Just like in Congress. But nobody is offering protestors anything. Not money, not employment, not even a redress of grievances.

    “That story is … utterly fabricated.”

    If you can document even the slightest amount of fabrication, not to mention enough to qualify as ‘utter’, please do so at this time.

    You are just not nearly as good at this ‘debate’ thing as you think, Matt, and the primary reason is that you can’t set away the ad hominem.

    My apologies Neil, for addressing this in your comments. I won’t do so again; I have a live to get busy with.

    Comment by PDiddie | December 8, 2011

  5. You’ve got no idea that the story was made up.

    And you have no idea that a flying saucer didn’t land in my yard last night. But if I were to claim such an outlandish thing, the burden of proof would be on me. Nobody would expect you to prove that a UFO didn’t land in my yard last night.

    There have been a number of accounts of police officers offering support to Occupy. Just because nearly everything you say is wrong does not mean I think you are lying about stuff.

    When a story is so implausible — a police officer congratulating a criminal for his crime while arresting him for the same crime — the burden of proof is on the storyteller. I notice in y’all’s responses that you haven’t offered any evidence or corroboration for the claim. Just a second-hand unverifiable yarn from “Carlos.”

    But nobody is offering protestors (sic) anything. Not money, not employment, not even a redress of grievances.

    She’s claiming “our votes get bought.” If something is bought, then there’s a buyer, a seller and a price. She identified all three elements in her third paragraph.

    Comment by Matt Bramanti | December 8, 2011

  6. Matt, Occupy is awesome. Show up at the San Jacinto battleground on 12/12 to find out. This is one of two events planned this day.

    I’ll be at Tranquility Friday and Sunday nights, maybe we can talk after GA..

    Comment by Bacopa | December 9, 2011

  7. Matt–I say the story happened. So there. Neither of us were in Washigton. If you want to keep going around on it, you are free to do so.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | December 9, 2011

  8. Can’t make it; I’ll be at work. Afterwards, “Carlos” and I are going for unicorn rides in Atlantis with the Oakland Police Department’s super-secret pro-vagrancy unit. Honest!

    Comment by Matt Bramanti | December 9, 2011

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  10. Matt Bramanti, Hi my name is Carlos my cell number is 713-562-6765. And Niether was what i shared with Amy or my Arrest was fabricated. i also understand your response to Amy because you are conditioned to think that way.
    That mental conditioning is very hard to break away from. The Truth is, what Amy was talking about was, “more ordinary methods of speech” Not Freedoms of speech. Methods like, but not limited to, open dialog with our elected representatives, letters to congressmen, emails, petitions, etc. etc.

    i am sorry that you can’t understand that your Rights & Freedoms are being stripped away from you too!

    i unlike others do not get online so that i can nit pick & be a troll, no my friend as an American i am online to do my duty as an American & inform the World that “We Americans are Finally Wakig Up to What They Already Knew” if you don’t know what that is my friend, then you still haven’t woken up to the reality that the True Occupiers are Not in City Parks but instead in Our Government.

    Comment by Carlos Villalobos | December 14, 2011

  11. Hi Carlos. What was the officer’s name and badge number?

    Did you think he was engaged in “crimes against humanity” or does that only apply to the Waffen-HPD?

    Comment by Matt Bramanti | December 14, 2011


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