Yesterday, activists from around Texas came together to Occupy the state capitol and Independence Day. I wrote about what we learned and the struggles we faced in my detailed report on Firedoglake:
In between learning and sharing tasty food, we shared our vision for a better future and the demands for change we hope will get us there. Later, we heard from speakers, poets, and musicians speaking on the capitol steps. At the end of the night, we took the streets and marched together, escorted peacefully by the Austin Police Department. Our banners read ‘We the People,’ ‘Workers of the World Occupy’ and ‘Unfuck The World.’ A young man of about 7 made his first ever protest sign and took the lead, unafraid. All of these moments were powerful ones and enjoyed by all; I look forward to seeing our ‘New Declaration of Independence.’ None of this is as likely to change the world, however, as the connections we made.
What a pleasure it was to be part of such a full day, with so much to do and so much inspiration for future action. I’ll have more video from the event in the future, including the Take Your Capitol class. Below you’ll find a collection of photos from the day. All photos are by Kit O’Connell, except those by Lainie Duro and @OccupyHouston.
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