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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

Occupy Houston & Good Jobs Great Houston In Washington—A Report From Amy Price

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.

(Update 12/8/11—Here is Amy’s second day in Washington.)

(Above–Picture taken by Amy of an occupation on the National Mall.) 

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 first full day in Washington.

Here is Occupy Houston.

Here is Occupy DC.

Here is Occupy Wall Street.

Here is Amy’s report–

I came to Washington DC on Monday of this week, along with about 100
other Houstonians, to meet up with people from across the country who
have taken over the National Mall and are here to demand that our
government start–well, governing. Folks will be coming in through
Wednesday, leaving Friday, and by the time it’s all said and done we
should number about 2,500. The group here is pretty diverse: all ages,
different ethnicities, way different backgrounds. What we have in
common is the realization that austerity economics is not the solution
to America’s economic problems.

Walking past the Capital Building, I had an acute sense of history
wash over me, and I felt privileged to be literally in the shadow of
the symbol of our nation’s legislature. I wish the folks who worked
around that building–the senators and congress members elected to
serve their constituents–felt the same way. Even the most casual
student of American history knows that America got out of the Great
Depression by spending the money necessary to put people to work. The
Works Progress Administration, the manufacturing that accompanied WWII
and other programs ushered in the golden age of America’s middle
class. Continue reading

December 7, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | 7 Comments

Occupy DC Protests Democratic Congressional Fundraiser—Good!!!

Occupy DC will be holding a protest outside a high dollar Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee fundraiser in Washington.

From Talking Points Memo

” It’s going to be harder for critics of the Occupy protests to say it’s a pro-Democratic Party movement after tomorrow. TPM has learned a group of DC Occupiers plan to hold a demonstration outside a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee high-dollar fundraiser for, among other members, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ). The event (which comes with a $75,000 PAC sponsorship price; the cheapest ticket is $5,000) will feature speeches from all the top leaders of the House Democrats, including Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer and DCCC chair Steve Israel. On its website, OccupyDC calls the event “elitist” and “indicative of how the Democrats represent a major part of our government’s failure to represent 99% of its citizenry.”

The article goes on with whining that some of the Congresspeople taking part in the fundraiser have praised Occupy Wall Street.

Folks making such a complaint have no idea what they are talking about. Occupy Wall Street is not asking for support from the Democratic Party.

If elected officials want to praise Occupy Wall Street than that is great. They just should not expect anything in return for the praise. They can cut their deals with the lobbyists in the back room. Leave Occupy out of it.

How can you talk about Occupy Wall Street and then think they will be on-board with you when you attend a fundraiser asking $75,000 from PACs?

Occupy Wall Street will be most effective if it remains outside both major parties.

Here is the Occupy DC website. 

Here is the Occupy Wall Street website.

Here is Occupy Houston. 

Here is Occupy Galveston. 

There is also an Occupy College Station Facebook page as well as Facebook pages for Occupy efforts all across the United States.

Noted author and columnist William Greider has some thoughtful and hopeful things to say about Occupy is his latest column in The Nation.

Take some time and learn about Occupy Wall Street and related efforts across the country.

The work of freedom is up to each of us.

December 2, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | 2 Comments