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Pictures From November 2nd Occupy Houston March In Downtown Houston

I took part in an Occupy Houston march this afternoon in Downtown Houston. A purpose of the march was to offer support for Iraq veteran and Occupy protestor Scott Olsen. Mr. Olsen was seriously wounded by police in Oakland at an Occupy Oakland demonstration. This peaceful march in Downtown Houston during the lunch hour also had the salutary effect of showing the flag for Occupy Houston and Occupy Wall Street, as we continue to turn the tide in the national public debate.

Below are pictures I took of this march.

Here we have people demonstrating at a Chase Bank facility Downtown. While Occupy protesters are being arrested in some places in our great nation, the financial interests that had so much to do with our current recession run free.

Below are Occupy Houston demonstrators appropriately in the shadow of —and enjoying the protections afforded by— the Flag of Texas and the Flag of the United States of America. Fair play and First Amendment protections for all are the embodiment of the best aspirations of Texans and of the American people.

Below is an Occupy Houston marcher in the shadow of one of the former Enron towers. The former Enron tower is that big blue glass building. The sign says that Houston police officers and Harris County sheriff’s deputies are part of the 99% of working people. I know I have no gripe with the majority of law enforcement officers. I figure they are everyday people with a tough job.

And finally we have two freedom loving Americans who took part in Occupy Houston today.

Here is the Occupy Houston website.

Here is the Occupy Wall Street website.

We are the 99% and we all have the ability to work hard and to take responsibility for our futures. Don’t let big money buy our politicians and erode our democracy and our freedoms. Don’t be a bystander while others determine your fate.

November 3, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 2 Comments

Some Occupy Wall Street Links—General Strike Called In Oakland

University of Oregon professor Gordon Lafer writes in The Nation how Occupy Wall Street is not looking to Washington for solutions. Our p[olitcal system is so corrupt with money that people are begining to see that they will have to take personal responsibility for addressing the problems.

(Above—An Occupy supporter in Egypt.)

Occupy Oakland is preparing for a November 2 general strike in Oakland to respond to police violence against Occupy demonstrators in that city. Oakland is where Marine veteran Scott Olsen was attacked and seriously wounded by police.

In Des Moines last week, Occupy Iowa protestors marched to the Obama Iowa headquarters to protest the President’s policies on the economy and immigration. Anybody who thinks that Occupy is a recruiting station for the Obama 2012 campaign is going to be disappointed.

Former Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich writes that public opinion is shifting towards the views of Occupy Wall Street on issues such as distribution of wealth and additional taxes for the most wealthy.

England’s The Guardian newspaper has been giving extensive coverage to Occupy efforts across the globe.

Here is the Occupy Wall Street website.

Please take the time to learn about and consider the Occupy movement.

November 1, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Iraq Veteran Scott Olsen Wounded By Police At Occupy Oakland—Please Consider Supporting The Occupy Wall Street Effort

Above is a picture of former Marine Scott Olsen after he was seriously wounded by Oakland police yesterday as they attempted to break-up the Occupy Oakland effort.

Mr. Olsen was hit in the head with a projectile of some kind.

The folks who helped bring about this recession with economic crimes and fraud don’t go to jail, but you see above what can happen when you advocate for economic fairness.

YouTube has a video up that strongly suggests police fired so-called non-lethal force into a group of people seeking to assist Mr. Olsen after he was wounded.

The Voice of America reports that Occupy Oakland protestors are not giving up.

Here is how Jon Stewart reported on the situation in Oakland. 

Tea Party events have in many cases treated very well by police. This has been the case even when Tea Party rallies have involved people brandishing guns in public.

Political protestors of all viewpoints should be given a wide latitude. The current Supreme Court has made clear that First Amendment rights are very important.

The Citizens United case was about free speech for political donations of many kinds and from very powerful interests. The Supreme Court has ruled that the Westboro Baptist Church people may shout offensive things at the funeral services of veterans killed in combat.

Free citizens must be allowed to take part in our democracy. Occupy Wall Street supporters do not have the money to buy millions of dollars in campaign ads, or to buy the votes of politicians on both sides of the political aisle.

I support the Occupy Wall Street effort because I’m a hard-working, taxpaying citizen who votes in every election. I want a society where there are good jobs, where everybody pays a fair share of the taxes , and where we show some care for each other.

 Here is the Occupy Wall Street website.

There are Occupy efforts taking place all over the nation. Look around and you may find one near you.

Here is Occupy Houston.

Here is Occupy Galveston.

If there is not one near you, then start one yourself. 

There are Occupy pages all over Facebook.

People have a right to protest and to ask for a fair society.

I’m certain that many police officers feel the very same way. Police officers are everyday working people.

Please take time to consider the Occupy Wall Street effort and please consider lending your support in some way.

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