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Watercooler: Ignition

I feel more hopeful about Occupy and the global activist uprising than I did a couple weeks ago, as more and more news of May Day actions across the country and around the world. We may never meet but solidarity is a powerful boost to morale.

At the same time I agree with Keori, an activist who wrote on Twitter:

#Occupy has focused on protest so far. Good. Keep calling shit out. But, esp since camps are gone, we’re losing community. Time to rebuild.

Occupy Austin meets multiple times a week, often at Austin City Hall. We received great local coverage for our May Day parade and related actions. An ally of the Occupy Austin OccuQueers, was quoted extensively talking about queer worker discrimination at a teach-in where we didn’t even anticipate attendance by members of the press. Yet we’re not so visible anymore without our camp. Unless we’re meeting (as we do for hours some days), no one driving by city hall has a reason to be reminded of our presence.

Now that summer is all but here, and we have shown we can ignite the popular imagination (if not the mainstream media), it’s time to focus on outreach. During and after May Day, we’ve connected with new organizations like Get Equal Texas and Under the Hood Cafe & Soldier Recovery Center. These new coalitions we’re building will bring us new numbers, new energy, and new ways to build a better world.

But this outreach is crucial if we want to continue to be a movement and not just a rabble rousing social club.

Who are you connecting with today? What’s on your mind? This is the newest open thread.

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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