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Medicaid Mic Check Wednesday Watercooler

5:30 pm in Watercooler by Kit OConnell

Hi, y’all.

Today Occupy Austin OccuKripz mic-checked the Texas State Capitol in solidarity with ADAPT who completed five days of intensive direct action in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania today. Activists there faced police brutality as they tried to force meetings with government officials to protest cuts to Medicaid. The potential cost of Medicaid cuts is very high — cuts would force disabled people now living independently into virtual imprisonment in nursing homes. 86 activists were arrested yesterday, but only 50 were processed before Harrisburg police gave up and sent the rest home. Occupy Harrisburg also joined the protests.

This is tonight’s myFDL open thread. What’s on your mind?

Watercooler: Kripz

6:00 pm in Watercooler by Kit OConnell

Hi, y’all.

Today I attended the first meeting of the Occupy Austin OccuKripz, a new working group for disabled occupiers and their allies. Austin is home to a very active ADAPT office and a couple of their activists have been occupiers since the start. It’s a natural match — both groups are radical nonviolent activists in love with direct action (the ADAPT office features framed portraits of some of their most memorable arrests) and disabled people have a lot of reasons to Occupy.

Members of ADAPT were the only activists arrested on the floor of the Texas legislature during its last session. The formation of the group seems like a natural way to formalize the connections we’ve already been making and a way to strengthen us both. The main goals currently are to ensure that Occupy events are accessible and to encourage occupiers to support Medicaid, which is under attack nationwide.

After the meeting, my allies introduced me to their favorite Mexican restaurant (jokingly called the ADAPT cafeteria). I’d never been before, and it may be my new favorite East Side Austin tex-mex. Gotta love a working group that meets blocks from my house!

That’s what’s on my mind tonight. What about you? This is today’s open thread.