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Watercooler: Getting Ready

Hi, y’all.

I won’t have much time to Occupy this week until Memorial Day is passed. I’m rushing about getting ready for a nice 6 day vacation out in a pecan grove somewhere in Texas with a couple thousand of my closest friends. Six days away, so much to plan and prepare. Now that I’m in the midst of it, I can’t believe I thought I might sneak away to Chicago for a weekend and not be in a total panic today.

But I am awfully proud of the thousands in the streets of Chicago over the last few days. I’m also proud of my allies at Occupy Austin who performed three separate banner drops in solidarity with the protesters in Chicago (Picture 1 Picture 2 Picture 3). After getting so heavily involved, it was nice to just see an action from the outside.

Unfortunately, it turns out two of our occupiers, Carl and Alex, have been arrested in the aftermath of today’s action. This story is still developing as of this writing.

If you’re going to be in Texas for Memorial Day and you aren’t going camping, you should check out Harvey Milk Day 2012. Last week, we had two separate posts about how inspiring Harvey Milk Day can be, by Michael Diviesti and John Dean Domingue. If I hadn’t been attending the same festival for the last 12 years, I’d be there for sure; with all those classes and a fun march and roller disco, I’m conflicted about my choice!

Got any plans for Memorial Day Weekend? What’s on your mind tonight?

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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