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.
Please note: If you have information about the Occupation which is not getting input to the main site in a timely fashion, please write a comment or email me (ThinkwingRadio@msn.com) and I’ll consider posting it on this blog. FYI, I do not necessarily support every action reported here to the same degree or at all, but I report. – Mike
OccupyHouston is (at least temporarily) without a permanent physical presence. I have been informed by @OccupyHouston (#OHTX) that, “The library steps are our [temporary] unofficial meeting area.” [See Tweet below jump.]
***This post will be further updated as the week progresses ~ Mike***
Upcoming Events, (More info below the jump):
- #OHTX Benefit Concert! April 7th
- Solidarity with Occupy the Machine ( Support their April action (April 19 – 24, 2012) as described here)
News & Announcements (More info below the jump):
- Tweets: News, Opinion, Comments: Below the jump
Calendar Of Upcoming Events
- OCCUPY MOVEMENT: Occupy Together – Actions and Directory (Domestic and Worldwide) <– Click here
- General Assembly Minutes 4/1/12
Join your #Occupy friends and family for a night of music and art. Please come out, show your support, enjoy yourself, and consider donating to us. All fund raised will go to support Gulf Port Action defendants and future #OHTX actions.
April 7th, Last Concert Cafe, 9:30 PM to 2:00 AM
Occupy Houston stands in solidarity with Occupy the Machine and members will support their April action as described here, in the ways each sees fit.
OTM action planned in Houston, April 19 – 24, 2012
A festival of resistance and alternatives to the fossil fuel economy, in the shadow of the Houston Valero refinery, culminating in a refinery blockade.
April 19th – 24th, 2012
Hartmann Park, Manchester Neighborhood, Houston, TX
In Honor of Struggles Against the Extraction Industry Everywhere
In Memory of the Workers Whose Lives Were Taken By BP Two Years Ago,
Join Us In Saying:
“CLEAN AIR AND WATER FOR ALL”
“TAKE BACK EARTH DAY!”
LET’S SHUT DOWN THE TAR SANDS AND BLOCKADE AN OIL REFINERY!
The Alberta Tar Sands project is uprooting and poisoning Indigenous people in Canada while destroying the ancient boreal forests that are their home. The huge amount of carbon released will seriously worsen global climate change. The Keystone XL Pipeline will take oil from one of the most ecologically devastating projects on the face of the planet to Houston.
In Houston it will be refined by Valero and other companies. These refineries are surrounded by working-class neighborhoods throughout the Gulf, bringing cancer-causing toxins directly into their backyards. The majority of the Tar Sands oil processed in these refineries will be shipped overseas, ensuring that North American oil workers and those whose rights and lives have been uprooted by these companies won’t even see any long-term benefit for themselves.
Meanwhile, two years after the Deep Water Horizon explosion that killed 11 workers and devastated the communities of the Gulf, BP has had a record year of profits. BP has escaped justice yet again in its recent legal victory against the shrimpers and fishermen who they’ve put out of work and the families of the workers who died under their watch.
We invite those who oppose the Tar Sands Project and who want clean air, water and soil for all to come down to Houston for a festival of resistance and alternatives to the fossil fuel economy. Let’s continue to build the power of our communities, amplify the voices of those most affected by companies like Valero, and join together in nonviolent direct action to blockade a refinery.
Friday, April 20th will be the beginning of a historic escalation in the battle for our rights to clean air and water, the struggle to protect our communities, and the fight to stop companies from destroying the planet.
We plan to wake up an oil refinery Saturday and Sunday too, escalating our blockade as necessary. And we will use our rights to public assembly and protest—rights that have been under increasing attack.
Waves of support will be welcome and needed.
How You Can Participate:
We need it all. There are as many levels of involvement and risk as there are individuals, affinity groups, and organizations willing to participate.
Not everyone will want to risk arrest by participating in the refinery blockade. That’s OK. However, many people are willing and able to take that risk. We appreciate all levels of commitment.
There will be room and plans for those who wish to cooperate with the police, and there will be room and plans for those that wish to engage in jail solidarity tactics. Come prepared to tell us what you want to do.
Contribute to the Festival: Anyone who has a desire and ability to teach a class or hold a training as part of this event should contact us. Want to present a workshop or training? Please contact our Recruitment, Training, and Personnel Committee at: otmrecruitmentandtraining[at]riseup[dot]net
Offer Material Support: Donate through our website, offer a rideshare or bring a bus, bring medical supplies, donate or bring food, come prepared to cook food, bring educational materials like zines and books! Able to contribute materials for this campaign? Please contact the Logistics Committee at: otmlogistics[at]riseup[dot]net Able to contribute monetary support? Please contact the Fundraising Committee at: otmfundraising[at]riseup[dot]net
Be the Media: Bring your own video camera or audio recording equipment, blog on site, bring portable wireless devices, write articles, embed reporters with us! Interested in contributing to the media team? Contact our Communications and Outreach Committee at: otmcommunications[at]riseup[dot]net
Be the Blockade/Bring the Blockade: Come prepared with others to participate in non-violent direct action. Once you arrive, we will train you in the tactics and strategy we plan to use to sustain this blockade. Bring puppets, bring inflatables, bring signs, bring anything that could be useful.
Come in caravans, bring your friends.Have questions about joining the blockade? Contact the Recruitment, Training, and Personnel Committee at: otmrecruitmentandtraining[at]riseup[dot]net
–The Occupy the Machine Coalition
Have general questions, comments, or not sure where to direct your query? Contact us and let us know at occupythemachine[at]riseup[dot]net!
Occupy-related Tweets & Info
Top Group is my copies. 2nd Group is #OHTX Official Timeline:
@kylejack: So disgusting. RT @radleybalko You should probably try to avoid being black in Bellaire, Texas. http://www.theagitator.com/2012/04/04/qualified-immunity-strikes-again/ Retweeted by Occupy Houston
@OccupyHouston: Deer Park Shell Refinery flare during a rainstorm. 3/9/12 #Petro #OHTX #OccupyTheMachine #HouNews http://www.occupythemachine.net http://pic.twitter.com/N80oQInu View photoHide photo
@BFSCR: We needed people to sign up to speak against #criminalizingsharing this Tuesday @ city council #8323931100 email@example.com #ohtx Retweeted by Occupy Houston
Twitter Updates (from OccupyHouston.org ‘Official’ Timeline)
- “We are the 99%” – Guy Schwartz and the Zap Rhythn Band http://t.co/erl0JDaf See you April 7th! #OHTX #D12 1 day ago
- WAIT! Forgot one of the most important parts: BRING A HAND DRUM FOR THE DRUM CIRCLE! #OHTX #LastConcertCafe #April7 https://t.co/dISlQIP6 1 day ago
- https://t.co/dISlQIP6 Here is the facebook event with all the info you need. We can’t wait to see you there! #OHTX #April7 #LastConcertCafe 1 day ago
- April 7th Benefit Concert Flyer http://t.co/qQRR71xo Come out to #LastConcertCafe & support #OHTX & the #d12 defendants! #Solidarity 1 day ago
- #Love and #Solidarity to all of you. Whether you think you’re with us or against us, we’re all in this together. http://t.co/kMaY9fI5 #OHTX 1 day ago
- @ThinkWingRadio 3rd: it is to gain ultimate control over where people can and cannot share on PUBLIC property. #OHTX #HKSF @anniseparker 1 day ago
- @ThinkWingRadio 2nd: it is to protect the subsidies the city and for-profit non-profits get when they pack the shelters. 1 day ago
- @ThinkWingRadio 1st: it is to keep the indigent population out of the eye of the new #Dynamo statium patrons and similar money makers. 1 day ago
22+ in attendance
New comer welcome, hand signals discussed
Will- just took a position with the American Civil Liberties Union as a youth organizer. If anyone is interested, please get in touch
Craig- City Council Public Comment on Tuesday, flier with the phone numbers to call to speak out against the food ordinance, there will also be a Food Share Picnic in front of City Hall on Tuesday, Keep Food Sharing Free and Legal
Jenny- Occupy Houston will be having a benefit concert on Saturday, April 7th, at Last Concert Cafe, see the fb event for details, come out and have some fun and help support fellow Occupiers
Jamin- There are many 99% Spring Training events happening all over town. Good Jobs Great Houston will be holding a training session. Check online for details on event dates and times. These trainings are free.
Miguel- will be working to have a voter registration drive, not to push canidates, but to push issue voting
Don- Green Party Meet-Up every Monday at West Gray Cafe @7. Friday, local Green Party canidates will be meeting up @ West Gray Cafe, 7pm. Come out and enjoy great conversation and debate.
Jamin- Tuesday. April 3rd, after City Council Public Comment, meet up in front of the library for a May 1st Action Planning Meeting
Jamin- April 19th will be the Occupy the Machine action in Manchester. Please visit OccupytheMachine.org for more info.
Work Group Report Back
People of Color- several Occupy Houston members just finished an 8 week training seminar at the Center for Racial Healing. Delbert, Boosie, and Lisa have all graduated from this program. For more details, see Delbert.
Roccupy- Asking for support and people to come out tomorrow (April 2) for a meeting with the Freedmen’s Town Association. The hopes are to continue to work together with this FTA and receive an affidavit of resolution.
Stucture & Strategy- looking for more volunteers. If you’d like to get involved with this work group, please message Jane Same on facebook. For more info, see the new OH wiki. Contact or join by email: SSWG@occupyhouston.org to send request to be added to the OH S&S WG facebook group.
Finance- Jenny- Finance is proposing a new WePay account specifically to collect funds for bail and legal matters. POI; by bailing people out we feed the corrupt system, better people stay in jail and put a drain on the system, POI; by staying in jail, the jails make money off of the people in jail, so either way, the system gets fed more money. Restate proposal; Proposal Passed
Finance- Jenny- Proposal for $500 to have t-shirts made, hopefully in time for April 7th. This gets us 100 shirts, one color, one-sided. Q; Can we get them done cheaper? A; It seems to be the going rate everywhere we’ve called. POI; Selene might be able to help. Finance will contact Selene, but we are also in a time crunch for this first batch. Friendly Amendment; $500 is the initial allotment for shirts, and we will try our best not to need the entire amount. Proposal Passed
Jamin- Propose Occupy Houston get involved with the May 1st actions of a national General Strike. Proposal Passed
Jamin- Propose that we endorse the 99% Spring Training, Q; does the 99% Spring training involve MoveOn.org or any other political endorsement groups? A; Yes, there are groups involved that do endorse specific parties, but the training does not lean towards any party politics nor is there any kind of money transfer. It is free, so you don’t have to worry about financially supporting any group or canidate. POI; It’s a good idea to get this training and use the FREE resources available to us. POI; we can find a way to work with groups without endorsing political agendas; Friendly Amendment; We endorse the spring training WITH a disclaimer explaining the endorsement and informing the public of our findings, FA accepted; Proposal Passed
Jenny- Propose next Sunday to be the next Strategy Meeting. POI; that’s Easter Sunday, Friendly Amendment; Change next Sunday’s GA to be a GA with focus on Strategy and moving forward, Amendment accepted; Proposal Passed