OCCUPYHOUSTON: October 30th, 2011, At TRANQUILITY PARK (Bagby/Walker, or Bagby/Rusk)

For those who maintain the occupation at night and all day:They also serve who only stand and wait.” ~ John Milton (1608 – 1674) from Sonnet XIX.

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The #OccupyHouston web site is very much a work in progress. I search for bits and sources of information every time I go to it, and sometimes find new sections or capabilities. What I try to do on this blog is consolidate and point out these pieces of information, and direct you to them. I also make small editing changes in an attempt to emphasize or clarify some details. Any errors or misinterpretations in that area are mine.

They’ve been busy bees down at Tranquility Park. Getting ready for the Halloween weekend appears to have really consumed the time they might otherwise have been dedicating to information updates. Tonight (Oct. 30), there is the HauntHouston Open Mic Night Party & Protest, from 5-8PM.

Now, it appears that the folks of  #OccupyHouston are catching up on some admin work and looking ahead, planning new protest demonstrations.

The OccupyHouston Divestment March will take place on Friday, November 4 from 9:00am – 12:30pm, with a tentatively scheduled guest appearance by renowned activist, commentator, donor and documentary film maker Michael Moore!

Details on the November 4th protest, as well as the minutes of the last several days, are posted after the jump.

There is a new “Upcoming Events” section on the right-hand side of #OccupyHouston’s Home Page. You have to scroll down a bit to see it. Some details are posted at the bottom, after the jump. Some of the on-site links there are ‘hot'; mine here are not. 

Details of the OccupyHouston Divestment March, and recent updates of General Assembly minutes are posted below the jump.

View Divestment March Route in a larger map

Come join us as we march through downtown Houston to the major banks responsible for the current economic crises. We will  let them know their corrupt practices will no longer be tolerated by the 99%.

If the 99% removes our funds from the major banking institutions to non-profit credit unions on or before November 5, we will send a clear message to the 1% that conscious consumers will not support institutions with unethical business practices. Bank of America, CHASE, Wells Fargo, and the other big banks are so large and behave so irresponsibly that they put our entire economy at risk.

In addition, these financial institutions have engaged in tax evasion through offshoring of capital into tax havens and lobbying for tax loopholes, all the while continuing to foreclose on peoples’ homes, often times illegally. The American people have already had to bail them out once, and yet, the banks continue in their unethical practices. Our logical response at this point is to move our money.

Divestment March

The march will meet at 9AM in Tranquility Park to prepare to march at 10AM. We will stop along the way for approx. 30min at each of the four banks we are divesting from (except UBS) to protest and give people time to close their accounts. The total walking time will be about an hour which makes for about a 3 hour march.  We will end back in Tranquility so that we can do group banking with the credit unions  that will hopefully agree to setup there, and to issue a few statements about the march (kind of a short pep rally). We will also be serving lunch (pending suitable donations) after the march back at Tranquility Park and having a card cutting ceremony.

All members of the public are encouraged to attend this event, whether they choose to divest (close their accounts) from the banks or not. We are also encouraging people who have accounts at other major financial institutions that are not included on the march, like UBS and Citigroup, to please consider closing your account before this event (you can still take part in the card cutting ceremony after the march).

  1. Bank of America Center
  2. JP Morgan Chase Regional Headquarters in the Gulf Building
  3. Wells Fargo Plaza
  4. Amegy Bank (corner of Smith & Lamar)

UPDATE: We’ve received word that the man himself, the award-winning director, producer, documentarian, and activist Michael Moore may attend and speak at this rally! So come on out and do your part!

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October 29th, 2011 · · GA MinutesNo comments

GA MINUTES – 10/29/2011

WORK GROUP REPORTS
Diversity – meet @ 850 carpool to KPFT for Queer Voices
Occupy the Streets – will continue travelling the streets
Flash Mob for Thriller Dance – Rehearsals @ 10 PM Tomorrow [October 30th], target location will be revealed.
Security
– problem of theft
– take what you need from supplies
– need two volunteers for night shift
Facilitation – learns of a new process for consensus would like to meet with those interested

PROPOSALS
Proposal to send signed card to Scott Olsen in hospital – passed
Proposal to join in solidarity march November second at 11:30 Wednesday to Harris County Sherrif’s office – passed

OPINIONS
Mayor Parker’s election is imminent we need to make our presence known

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October 28th, 2011 · · GA MinutesNo comments

Intro to GA -hand signals, etc.

Volunteer Group Reports Back

Outreach (Amy)- Occupy the Streets went well,

  • Wed, Juan Gonzalez was here and spoke at Occupy Houston!
  • Tuesday, Nov. 1st at 5:30 a rep from local credit unions will be available for those interested in opening accounts in preparation for the divestment march on the 4th.
  • Sun – Bob Buzzanco will be here at the GA

Sustainability (Shamus)

  • We are growing seeds, have compost, are working on a mobile feast, working more on power campaign,
  • Could use help from sustainability volunteers , especially for Last Organic Outpost – contact Shamus

OWS Study Group (Jim)

  • Sunday at 4pm showing 2 short films

Media (David)

  • 59 & Montrose overpass , held banner, it was awesome, Operation Rush Hour Monday 4PM  -Monday – Friday. Come out! We do many major overpasses.

Security (JJ)

  • Security table where sustainability used to be.
  • Fire extinguishers have been donated
  • Personal accountability reminders: pick up cigarette butts on sidewalks, recycle plastic bottles, people slacking all the time could just as easily be cleaning

General Announcements

Carl- Halloween Flash Mob, Sat and Sun rehearsals 11-3 !!

Jamin- food area tour after GA

Ryan- Operation rush Hour a success, OH app (for mobile devices) needs programmers

Vanessa- Cold and flu season, use hand sanitizer

Chris:

  • Nov. 2 – Oakland Solidarity March
  • Nov. 11 – John Carlos free lecture 6PM at Shape Center

David K- going to document what’s going on on his Twitter

Anai- refugee from Burma who has been waiting over 2 years to receive aid from the government. He is still jobless and homeless. (We are glad to have you with us, Anai!)

Vanessa- Stepping away from food station , staying to consult.

Carl- Oakland mayor stands with Occupy Movement.

Chris- Idea to boost morale with Story Time (after GA when people can share stores, jokes, etc)

Proposal: Dr. Shea: Workshops and education classes –Points of Information-  regarding existing groups and the need for more volunteers to run classes / teach-ins like these. Point of Process: proposal not necessary

Proposal: Maya: A daycare M, W, F from 6:30 to after GA –tabled to figure out legal concerns

Opinions

David E- be active, make a sign

Andy- Direct your anger not with violence but with determination

Carl – 1% rant

Carlos – volunteer groups need to communicate more. Be the movement, use signs, start marches.

Joe R-

  • water – connection will show how to hook up meter so we can use city water directly from the fire hydrant.
  • City council trying to shut down the public comment forum on Tuesdays for further notice to avoid talking with OccupyHouston.

Pierre – making a card for Scott Olson

Dr. Shea- Always with us, is a cab driver [at] night and teaches in the day, has many items to donate. Says to stay strong through the cold and be patient with the revolution.

Noah- Occupy the Streets, Sleep out Saturday, going out and getting opinions and hearing people’s experiences; we need to talk to each other and the world and get different perspectives.

Amanda- Critical Mass girl getting messed with by police for wearing a police costume. [some occupiers assemble with signs and go to offer support]

Darin – Money is the excuse for why nothing gets done. Money has outlived its usefulness. People can help each other, feed each other. Would like to see a uni-Earth flag to symbolize humanity coming together with basic needs of everyone in mind

Amy (?) – listen to people

Edwin- chief of Staff of Oakland has resigned. Use the internet, it works. Fox News is annoyed with us, tweet, your phone is a weapon. @EdwinDMunoz on Twitter , Liking things on Facebook, sharing images, etc. IS making a real difference!

John P- use his house for storage

Artem- someone needs a ride from Beaumont (carpooling forum)

Scott- went to work in new public school position and talked about the kids having consensus type processes

Selene – Nov. 2, Solidarity with Oakland march… check out the site and FB for more updates on this.

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Upcoming Events

Sunday, October 30

10:00am Logistics Meeting

WhenSun, October 30, 10am – 11am

WhereTranquility Park, Houston, TX (map )

Description: Help keep our occupation site running smoothly! Logistics keeps the Occupy Houston machine running. Volunteers are welcome!

5:00pm Haunt Wall Street.

ALSO at 5:00pm
Direct Action Meeting
Logistics Meeting
Sustainability Meeting

6:00pm Facilitation Meeting, Outreach Meeting

7:00pm General Assembly Meeting

10:00pm Logistics Meeting

Monday, October 31

10:00am Logistics Meeting

5:00pm Direct Action Meeting, Logistics Meeting, Sustainability Meeting

6:00pm Facilitation Meeting

7:00pm General Assembly Meeting

10:00pm Logistics Meeting

Tuesday, November 1

10:00am Logistics Meeting

5:00pm Direct Action Meeting, Logistics Meeting, Sustainability Meeting

6:00pm Facilitation Meeting

7:00pm General Assembly Meeting

9:30pm Film Screening (TBA)

10:00pm Logistics Meeting

Wednesday, November 2

10:00am Logistics Meeting

5:00pm Direct Action Meeting, Logistics Meeting, Sustainability Meeting

6:00pm Facilitation Meeting, Outreach Meeting

7:00pm General Assembly Meeting

9:30pm Film Screening [TBA]

10:00pm Logistics Meeting

Thursday, November 3

10:00am Logistics Meeting

5:00pm Direct Action Meeting, Logistics Meeting, Sustainability Meeting

6:00pm Facilitation Meeting, Outreach Meeting

7:00pm General Assembly Meeting

9:30pm Film Screening [TBA]

10:00pm Logistics Meeting

Friday, November 4

9:00am Divestment March

10:00am Logistics Meeting

5:00pm Direct Action Meeting, Logistics Meeting, Sustainability Meeting

6:00pm Facilitation Meeting, Outreach Meeting

7:00pm General Assembly Meeting

9:30pm Film Screening

10:00pm Logistics Meeting

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