Occupy Austin! Oct 22, 2011

Amitav Ghosh | October 22, 2011 in Uncategorized | Comments (0)

 

 

 

City Hall

Austin Texas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Occupation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

one wellspring

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fancy told me she was from Elgin, not far from Austin. ‘Our system of democracy has been corrupted by corporations,’ she said. The two things she cares about most are:

– Abolishing corporate personhood

– Restoring the Glass-Steagall Act (separating retail and investment banking).

 

She said she felt a little frustrated that some of the protesters did not want to talk about concrete measures. ‘It’s like herding a bunch of chicks.’

 

 

 

 

 

But nearby there was a long list of demands.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and this:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘Have you heard of the American Dream?’ they asked before handing me a leaflet: Contract for the American Dream.

 

It said: ‘Today the American Dream is under threat. Our veterans are coming home to few jobs and little hope on the home front. Our young people are graduating off a cliff, burdened by heavy debt, into the worst job market in half a century. The big banks that American taxpayers bailed out won’t cut homeowners a break. Our firefighters, nurses, cops and teachers – America’s everyday heroes – are being thrown out into the street.’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jake was handing out information on how to move from big banks to small credit unions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While nearby seekers sought

 

 


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