I made time to visit Tranquility Park this evening at about 10:30 PM. It’s amazing to me how inspired I feel by very little visible activity. It reminded me of the famous quote, “They also serve who only stand and wait.” ~ John Milton (1608 – 1674) from Sonnet XIX.
These are the folks who spend the dark and now increasingly chilly nights on the grass, the benches, the walls, and whatever few amenities have been gathered or donated, in order to maintain the occupation of Houston. To keep the beachhead, as it were, for the spirit and maintenance of the Occupy movement.
As usual, it didn’t take long to strike up a conversation with a couple of the occupiers. This is the third time I’ve made it to the Occupation for any span of time, and I still find it remarkable how quickly it begins to feels like I’m among friends.
I urge you to experience it.
Latest announcements and Details (as of 2:30 AM) after the jump.
Remember, you can support #OccupyHouston without participating in specific demonstrations with which you do not agree! (Read: OPINION: #OccupyHouston and the Energy Day Protest (Oct. 15) Just bringing your warm body (and any other warm bodies you can rustle up) represents support for the movement.
SIGNIFICANT AID FOR OccupyHouston PARTICIPANTS! Tweeted by“@OccupyHouston: http://Www.wepay.com/donate/OccupyHoustonBailFund this account has been made to assist anyone who can’t financially bail themselves out for taking part in CD.” [Civil Disobedience – Mike]
According to: Vipul Divecha on October 1st, 2011 at 12:33 am # Parking is free in Downtown Houston after 6PM M-Saturday and free all day Sundays. Here is a resource on Downtown Houston parking, http://downtownhouston.org/resource/parking. This is an interactive map with locations of buildings, underground tunnels, parking, etc: http://www.marketscenter.net/ext/houstondowntown
Sceduled for Saturday, Oct. 29th –
We will be cleaning up our area and surrounding areas downtown.
We will start at Tranquility Park and break of into teams that will cover specific areas, then w will meet back up again at Tranquility.
BYOB -Bring your own broom and stand-up dust pan
Latest Meeting Minutes (Posted 10/18)
General Assembly 10/17/2001
70 people attending
Volunteer workgroup reports:
* Craig w/ News: there have been 1,592 people arrested since Occupy Wall Street began – None of them are bankers. 1000+ have been arrested in 82 countries.
* Joe w/ Direct Action: There is a protest on 18 October at 1200 Texas Ave. to protest the prison industrial complex. [Now past. – Mike]
* Carl: Delivered a jail experience report and a plan for a “zombie attack” on a bank on Halloween.
* Shawn w/ Logistics: We need red worms to eat our compost and two red wagons to help transport our solar panels and batteries.
*Shawn w/ Security: We need security shifts
*Jamyn w/ Outreach: Visited Occupy Dallas today and gave a status report
Post to website: “Occupy Houston stands in solidarity with the protest by Houston United at the Federal Detention Facility. We condemn immigrant detention as an industry traded on Wall Street!”