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Veteran activist pinpoints 1960s spirit in Occupy movement

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The 'Occupy' demonstrations nationwide show a growing movement that is just beginning to gain momentum.

The local Occupy Austin protest is no exception. Protestors have been ‘occupying’ City Hall for over a week.

Throne Dreyer, Editor of The Rag Blog, has witnessed cultural change firsthand. In the 1960s, he was active in the Civil Rights movement and often participated in protests against the Vietnam War.

"There was sort of a cultural revolution going on. There were new kinds of music, alternative ways of look at things, sort of new vision,” he said. “And the sense of possibility, people really thought they could change the world."

In 1966, Dreyer began co-publishing The Rag, an alternative newspaper to keep up with and help promote the counter-culture movement. The Rag ran its course in 1977, but through the microphones of KOOP radio, Dreyer keeps political discussion alive.

Despite being more than 50 years apart, Dreyer said there are still parallels to the 1960s and what’s currently happening at City Hall.

"There is a lot of the same spirit, a lot of the same joy, a sense of communality. There is a sense of humor, a sense of theater," he said.

Dreyer says today's activists not only share that same energy, but more importantly, they share one basic common ground.

"The other thing that has become so important is the role of corporations. Corporations have become so powerful in this culture, in this society and they control politicians,” he said. “I don't care if they are Republicans or Democrats."

The veteran protestor stresses that change to the current political and economic systems can be won through determination.

"It's exciting now, it's got this new energy, but it's digging in for the long haul," he said.

Saturday, Occupy Austin is planning to march from City Hall to Chase Bank where protestors will withdraw their money and close their accounts.

At 12 p.m., occupiers nationwide will join a solidarity march for change.

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