“THE 99 PERCENT.”
“WE ARE THE 99 PERCENT.”
There were more protestors at the port than we’ve seen at any one time for the Occupy Houston protest. That’s because organizers put out calls to Austin, Dallas and San Antonio for fellow occupiers to join them.
“Ask not, what America can do for you. Ask what together we can do for the freedom of man.”
That’s how things went for the first 40 minutes or so of the protest. Various people yelling out impromptu statements followed by the rest of the group repeated it.
But then a couple groups headed down the street as if they packing up and heading home. Instead they lay in the street blocking an entrance to the port.
That caused the rest of the 50 or protestors to take off running in their direction as the police followed them on horseback. Julie Gustafson is retired and wasn’t about to run, but she told me why she was there holding a sign.
“The whole system is corrupted. And it didn’t start yesterday or the other day, and it didn’t start the year 2000. It’s been going on for a very long time. It doesn’t really matter whether it’s Democrat or Republican. The powers that be are behind both of them.”
“WE WILL NOT”
“WE WILL NOT STAND FOR SLAVE LABOR”
“WE WILL NOT”
“WE WILL STAND FOR THOSE WHO PROFIT FROM…”
Throughout all the yelling and carrying on, Jonathon Schultz sat in the grass along a fence reading a book. I asked what he was doing.
“I’m sitting here expressing my freedom to protest. I figure a protest doesn’t have to be shouting or being angry and I mean the only people listening to these chants right now is this police force. They’re on duty obviously, they don’t care what we have to say. Well whether they do or not doesn’t really matter to their job. My presence here I feel like is enough.”
One by one about ten or so who lay on the ground defying orders to move were handcuffed and taken away. One went kicking and screaming, but most walked peacefully to the applause of their fellow protestors.
“One line has to be crossed, 3,000 tons of depleted uranium blow across a rock. Birth defects are astronomical…”