The OccupyWallStreet movement is rapidly becoming OccupyAmerica as the peaceful protests expand from the financial district of NYC to every major city throughout the United States. Having risen in the wake of the brutal attacks on workers’ rights by governors in Wisconsin, Indiana, and Ohio earlier this year, OccupyWallStreet has brought Americans from all walks of life into the streets in numbers that haven’t been seen since the antiwar demonstrations of the 70s.

OccupyWallStreet march in Sept 18, 2011

Fueled by the dissatisfaction most Americans feel toward the inability or unwillingness of elected officials to address issues like housing, healthcare, education, infrastructure, and jobs, OccupyWallStreet represents an organic, non-partisan movement of citizens exercising their constitutional right to assemble peacefully and to voice opinions which focus correctly on the source of the problem — the cozy relationship between wealthy Wall Street moguls and politicians.

Congress as well as many municipal and state governments have become dysfunctional in terms of addressing these important issues because so many political decisions are driven solely by the interests of the ultra-wealthy 1% of American society. As a result, tax policies favor the super-rich while ignoring the needs of the remaining 99% of our population. Tax dollars go to fund unnecessary wars and cleanup corporate malfeasance while our children suffer in substandard schools, our infrastructure crumbles, and more and more middle class families slip into poverty.

During the housing market meltdown, the wealthy bankers held the U.S. economy hostage while successfully engineering the “legal” theft of trillions of dollars from poor and middle class families via taxpayer-funded bailouts. Because of undue political influence, they avoided accountability, blocked effective financial reforms, and through proxy politicians placed the federal government in gridlock.

Americans are frustrated with elected officials who have abused their oath of office. They are fed up with laws that allow the wealthy to avoid paying their fair share of taxes while sheltering earnings in off-shore accounts and showering executives with exorbitant bonuses. And, they are disgusted with Supreme Court Justices who can’t tell the difference between people and corporations.

Since our late entry into WWII, America is often viewed on the international stage as a sleeping giant who is slow to awaken in times of crisis. For several decades now, most of the 99% dozed in relative comfort oblivious to the impending financial collapse brought about by the slumber party the 1% were having at our expense. They even had the audacity to send us the bill!

The good news is that once awakened from our slumber, we, Americans, represent an unstoppable force unified in our opposition to whatever crisis confronts us. The current threat comes from within and if left unchecked presents a clear and present danger to our democracy. OccupyWallStreet is wiping the sleep from the eyes of millions of citizens, in this great country, who are ready to tell the 1% that their party is over for good and, this time, they are going to have to clean up the mess!




OccupyHouston graphic

On September 17, American citizens took to the streets in protest of the massive disparity between the top 1% whose combined wealth soared by 275% over the last 30 years while the income of the other 99% has stagnated. Protesters from all walks of life now occupy more than 1200 municipalities throughout America, and the Occupy Movement grows daily especially as each new YouTube video of police squads beating and tear gassing peaceful citizens exercising their constitutional right to petition the government goes viral.

What we are seeing is democracy locked in a life-and-death battle with pure unregulated capitalism. The question that currently confronts Americans is whether we want the important decisions that impact our future made at the ballot box or in the market place!

OccupyHouston protests began when several hundred people gathered in Market Square on October 5, 2011. From there, the group marched to the steps of the Chase Bank Building for a rally and speeches condemning the abuses of Wall Street. Then they marched to the City Hall. Houston Police officers maintain a relaxed posture throughout the peaceful rally. Following the rally, protesters occupied the lawn in front of City Hall for several days until relocating the OccupyHouston encampment across the street in Tranquility Park.

Visit OccupyHouston for more information on OccupyHouston, how you can become part of the movement, and details of upcoming events.

Photos & Videos

OccupyHouston rally at City Hall in Oct 5, 2011
OccupyHouston rally at City Hall in Oct 5, 2011

The Day The Bubble Burst! featuring Benson. This true story, set to music, makes the excess and greed of Wall Street which lead to the current worldwide economic crisis personal. Benson feels the pain and decides he's going to get involved in making a difference. Fred Stawitz on Vimeo.

Occupy Houston Corporate House of Horrors hosted by OccupyHouston in occupied Tranquility Park next to Houston City Hall in downtown Houston in celebration of Halloween 2011. This event revealed the real ghouls demons, and spectors wearing the skins of corporate personhood but inflicting REAL HORRORS on real people, real animals, and the planet, often without being held accountable. Fred Stawitz on Vimeo.

Occupy Houston Art Fest features art work and protest signs produced and displayed as part of Occupy Houston Art Fest held in occupied Tranquility Park next to City Hall in downtown Houston on October 17, 2011. Fred Stawitz on Vimeo.


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