The March for Ferguson: Houston

By: Wednesday November 26, 2014 4:54 pm

The notice of the March for Ferguson and Michael Brown came through Facebook. It would begin in a park near where I work so I thought I would take a look.

When I arrived, I thought there might actually be more media and cops than demonstrators but the crowd slowly swelled. A few people spoke in turn through a megaphone but the chants soon took over, “ Hands up, don’t shoot”.

 

Three Tricks From The Global 1% Playbook

By: Wednesday June 12, 2013 5:00 pm

Many journalists and experts have cautioned against drawing too many parallels between the Occupy Gezi movement and Occupy Wall Street, or between the Turkish uprising and the uprisings of the Arab Spring, such as the one centered around Egypt’s Tahrir Square. It’s true that Turkey exists at a pivot point between secular and religious that is unique to its history, for all the superficial resemblances that may have to The Handmaid’s Tale fantasies of America’s Christian conservatives. Each people, each culture, is unique and so are its uprisings.

Two More Austin Undercover Officers Revealed in #D12 Gulf Port 7 Trial

By: Friday November 16, 2012 7:10 pm

Judge Joan Campbell’s release reveals that a total of six undercover officers were assigned to monitor Occupy Austin, but three were apparently not involved directly in the lockbox incident where undercover Austin police built lockbox devices. Made from PVC pipes and also known as sleeping dragons or dragon sleeves, lockboxes linked seven protesters together at the December 12, 2011 Port of Houston shutdown. The use of these devices resulted in these occupiers from Austin, Dallas and Houston facing felony charges instead of the misdemeanors brought against those who simply linked their arms and legs.

Austin Police Department May Drop Charges Rather Than Reveal Undercover Officers

By: Wednesday October 17, 2012 2:49 pm

The Texas fusion center enabled Austin Police to entrap activists in Houston, but apparently it can’t help settle a dispute when that entrapment comes to light. The Austin Chronicle reports that the Austin Police Department would rather drop the charges against the Gulf Port 7 than reveal their undercover officers.

Also a Tar Sands Blockade Update.

More Unconstitutional Copwatching Arrests in Austin

By: Monday September 24, 2012 7:15 pm

What is it about being filmed that makes Austin Police so scared? Why is being filmed equated with physical interference or even threats of violence? Despite the risk that the arrests put on all local journalists, mainsteam media continues to repeat claims by Austin Police Association Wayne Vincent, Police Chief Acevedo and others that PSP presence incites violence rather than simply documents it. Peaceful Streets Project seems unmoved, however, holding emergency tactical meetings over the weekend and planning their expansion into other cities. They held their first rally in Houston, Texas today.

Undercover Austin Narcotics Detective Enabled Houston Felonies: #D12 Gulf Port 7

By: Wednesday August 29, 2012 3:30 pm

Why did undercover Austin Police Department Detective Shannon G. Dowell provide material support for an activist protest that resulted in them being charged with a felony in Houston?

That’s the question I want answered after speaking with Ronnie Garza, a member of Occupy Austin who faces felony charges resulting from actions at the Port of Houston on December 12, 2011. On this day, the National Port Shutdown day of action, seven activists from Austin, Dallas, and Houston blocked the main entrance into the port by laying in the road and linking arms inside lockboxes (also known as sleeping dragons), which physically linked them together so that they had to be cut apart. The use of these instruments resulted in these seven being charged with Unlawful Use of a Criminal Instrument or Device, while others who merely linked arms and legs faced lesser misdemeanor charges.

FDL Movie Night: Stitched

By: Monday March 19, 2012 5:00 pm

Quilting has long been a staple of American crafting, and tonight’s documentary, Stitched–directed by Jenalia Moreno, produced by Nancy Sarnoff, and shot by Tom Gandy all whom are joining us tonight– drops us right into the middle of the ultimate in competitive quilting: International Quilt Festival, the largest quilt show in the nation, held annually in Houston, TX and drawing over 50,000 quilters.

Zero Job Growth Is No Surprise to Parents

By: Friday September 2, 2011 4:14 pm

The Markets and the Financial Media were stunned by the August Jobs report, which said there were no net jobs created in August. Whatever gains there have been in certain sectors of private industry, every parent in the country with school-age kids can tell you how a sizable chunk of those gains were erased.

Cuts to school budgets.

Serious business leaders know that poor schools today means less qualified workers tomorrow. Local chambers of commerce get it, but if you expect the US Chamber of Commerce to come out in favor of more actual spending for school districts . . . well, I’ve got an abandoned school building to sell you.

Giffords Making Miraculous Recovery, Could Attend Husband’s Shuttle Launch

By: Sunday March 13, 2011 5:00 pm

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, just two months from the tragic shooting in Tuscon where she suffered a bullet wound to the head, is doing so well in rehabilitation in Houston, Texas, that she may attend the shuttle launch of her husband, Mark Kelly, on April 19.

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