Welcome to our new blog!!

We’ve been meeting regularly over the past twenty days, and I think nearly all of us can say that we’ve come away from many of our discussions feeling motivated and excited.

Sometime last week, we decided to do our best to keep a log of our discussions.  We also decided to have rotating blog writers, so that we can hear as many voices as possible.

For those of you who are new to the Occupy Austin Reading Group or are deciding whether or not to stop by, I want to include a list of what we’ve read so far.  In most cases, we have not read the entire text, but rather excerpts chosen by each new facilitator.  Readings have so far included:

-Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail

-Percy Bysshe Shelley’s “The Mask of Anarchy

-August Spies’ address following his conviction of inciting a riot after the Haymarket Affair of 1886

-songs from the IWW’s Little Red Songbook

-chapters from Call (L’Appel) (pdf) by the Invisible Committee (aka the Tarnac 9)

-excerpts from Saul Alinksy’s Rules for Radicals

-Naomi Klein’s speech “Addicted to Risk

-a chapter from David Foster Wallace’s The Pale King

-excerpts from War is a Racket by General Smedley Butler

-some transcripts/articles by politicians Russ Feingold and Bernie Sanders

-excerpts from Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky’s Manufacturing Consent

-articles by Chris Hedges and Katharine Ainger on the Occupy movement

-César Chavez’s speech “The Wrath of Grapes

We encourage new people to get involved and bring excerpts from texts that are particularly relevant to them.  If you are interested, please come participate in a discussion.  If you like it, maybe you can facilitate an upcoming discussion on a text of your choice.



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