A Conversation With John Jack Anderson, Occupy Photojournalist

By: Friday March 7, 2014 9:15 am

John Jack Anderson has decades of experience as a photojournalist. As part of the Austin Chronicle team, he conducted a long study of Occupy Austin from its first beginnings till the point when it’s activity waned two years later. He continues to be a fixture at local protests, and during the height of Occupy was our embedded reporter — someone activists trusted enough to tip off about direct actions and civil disobedience before they happened, even in those paranoid days of police infiltration and provocation.

 

A Conversation With Scott Crow, Part 2: Mutual Aid

By: Sunday February 16, 2014 9:21 am

One reason I wanted to chat with Scott Crow was his experience with Common Ground Collective in New Orleans. In recent years, we’ve seen similar collectives spring out of the activist networks formed by Occupy Wall Street — projects like Occupy Sandy. Late last year, alongside key Common Ground Collective organizer Lisa Fithian and many others, I organized Austin Common Ground Relief to respond to a record-breaking flood on Halloween. As the group’s dispatcher, I relied on the networks and skills formed during Occupy Austin.

A Conversation With Scott Crow, Part 1: Occupy & Activism

By: Thursday February 13, 2014 6:59 pm

Scott Crow is a co-founder of the Common Ground Collective which provided grassroots solidarity and mutual aid after Hurricane Katrina. An anarchist activist, author and public speaker, he travels regularly to share his views. The second edition of his book about Common Ground, Black Flags and Windmills is due out soon. It’s one of multiple book-length projects in the works.

Both Scott & I call Austin home, so I invited him out for coffee and conversation on a recent break from an unusually chilly Central Texas winter.

Texas Republicans Cannot Reanimate the Dead

By: Wednesday January 29, 2014 7:28 pm

Four Republican candidates seeking their party’s nomination to run for the position of Lieutenant Governor of Texas in the fall election participated in the first televised debate of the primary season on Monday evening. Of particular note, they all disagreed with the judge who ordered the hospital to disconnect Marlise Munoz from a ventilator. They also vowed to change the law so that this mistake will not happen again.

UPDATE Judge Intervenes: Texas Hospital Keeps Pregnant Body Functioning: Where Could This Lead?

By: Friday January 24, 2014 2:25 pm

Marlise Munoz is dead. She died Nov. 26, probably of a pulmonary embolus, when she was 14 weeks pregnant. But John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas refuses to turn off the machines and let the family claim the body of their beloved.

This family is grieving a tragic loss. Their grief is all the more devastating because the firm wishes of their loved one – the woman paramedic, the daughter and wife who knew she never wanted to be maintained in an unconscious state – mean nothing.

Hypocrisy is bigger in Texas

By: Friday January 3, 2014 1:30 am

Sounds totally fair…in a Rick Perry fashion doesn’t it?

Free Speech, Capitalist Dynasties

By: Thursday December 19, 2013 6:00 pm

Free speech is freedom to create commercially profitable spectacle. The media disappearing yet again up its own asshole.

Keystone XL Fork in the Road: TransCanada’s Houston Lateral Pipeline

By: Wednesday December 18, 2013 5:43 pm

Only Barack Obama knows the fate of the northern half of TransCanada’s Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. But in the meantime, TransCanada is preparing the southern half of the line to open forcommercial operations on January 22.

Yet, there’s a fork in this controversial pipeline system that has largely flown under the radar.

TransCanada Begins Injecting Oil Into Keystone XL Southern Half

By: Tuesday December 10, 2013 5:47 pm

Keystone XL’s southern half is one step closer to opening for business. TransCanada announced that “on Saturday, December 7, 2013, the company began to inject oil into the Gulf Coast Project pipeline as it moves closer to the start of commercial service.” The Sierra Club’s legal challenge to stop the pipeline was recently denied by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, so the southern half, battled over for years between the industry and environmentalists, will soon become a reality.

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