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Watercooler: We Can’t Wait

Hi everyone!

All this talk of health care today hits close to home, as a disabled writer living without health insurance. I struggle to get what help I can through public assistance, and know that I am lucky I live somewhere & fall within a narrow window where some options are available to me.

In my last Watercooler post, I mentioned that activists from the group ADAPT were planning action in Washington, DC to protect Medicaid from cuts. Today, over 100 activists were arrested handcuffing themselves in the Capitol rotunda, among them two of Occupy Austin’s best, and also actor Noah Wyle. ADAPT’s official twitter said that the police mobilized for arrest much faster than at previous actions, another sign of changing attitudes toward activism at our nation’s capitol.

I’m looking forward to some direct action later this week. During his campaign, Obama promised to provide protections against discrimination for gender identity and sexual orientation, an action he can take for about 20% of the nation’s workers with a single swipe of his pen. Queer people & their allies are now being told that this is no longer a priority to the administration. The Occupy Austin OccuQueers are joining Get Equal Texas this week in the first stage of an escalating series of actions.

Today’s musical selection is from Los Skarnales, a local favorite I had the pleasure of experiencing for the first time on Friday night. I was there to see reggae artist Collie Buddz, but it was one of those wonderful times when the opening act is just as engaging as the main event. Their energy was incredible. This video barely expresses what it’s like to watch them cavort around stage.

What did you do this weekend? What are you looking forward to this week? It’s an open thread, so tell me what’s on your mind.

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Kit OConnell

Kit OConnell

Kit O’Connell is a gonzo journalist and radical troublemaker from Austin, Texas. He is the Associate Editor and Community Manager of Shadowproof. Kit's investigative journalism has appeared in Truthout, MintPress News and