My Hometown

From Holden:

Yes, even here in liberal Austin, Texas, the city catered to Bush Assministration bubble-maintanence efforts – pre-9/11!

The City of Austin violated the free speech and assembly rights of a group of protesters in 2001 when police kept them away from the Governor’s Mansion during a visit by President Bush, a judge ruled Wednesday.

District Judge Gisela Triana ruled after a three-day trial that the city discriminated against members of the Democracy Coalition based on their opposition to Bush.


About 40 members of the coalition, which formed after Bush won the presidency in 2000, had arrived at the Governor’s Mansion on April 27, 2001, to protest Bush’s election and his policies on the death penalty and the environment. Bush was in Austin that day for the dedication of the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum and had scheduled a meeting with Gov. Rick Perry, Krause said.

Police stopped the protesters before they could reach the traditional protest site on Lavaca Street across from the west entrance to the Governor’s Mansion, Krause said, keeping them out of Bush’s view as he left the mansion. Krause said police stopped protesters at least three times, including when an officer told a demonstrator to put away his sign.