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: The http://occupyhouston.org/ calendar link has been down for a while. Interesting and/or time-sensitive information on #Occupy has been hard to obtain there. I’m now extracting what I can from the site, as well as other sources such as Twitter. 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. – Mike
Major Upcoming Events, Re. 12/10 (More info below the jump):
- Occupiers in Texas Plan to Shut Down the Port of Houston!
- OccupyHoustonOccupy Houston: First ever #OccupyTexasGA to be held on Dec 11th at #TranquilityPark 7pm! #JoinUs! Bring your ideas and support! #d12
News & Announcements (More info below the jump):
- Occupy Houston in DC: December 8th, 2011 Occupy Houston accompanied Good Jobs Great Houston to stand in solidarity with other unions and Occupies in Washington, DC. 3 intersections were blocked on K Street: 14th NW, 15th NW, and 16th
- Freedmens Town Project House
- GA Minutes 12/7/2011
- So…… What was ultimately accomplished? <–CLICK ON LINK posted in forum General Discussion
- An Invitation <–CLICK ON LINK : The following is an invitation from Robert M. Gilmore, Sr. which I am forwarding to Occupy Houston so that those who wish to participate can coordinate. To be clear, this has not been discussed nor has OH consensus been given to support participation officially as of the posting date above.
Occupiers in Texas Plan to Shut Down the Port of Houston!
Approved GA proposal from Occupy Dallas:
In solidarity with Occupy Oakland, Occupy San Diego, Occupy LA, Occupy Portland, Occupy Tacoma, Occupy Seattle and other movements along the west coast of the United States that will shut down ports in their cities on December 12, the General Assembly of Dallas hereby declares:
“On December 12, the occupy movements in different cities will stage mass mobilizations to march on the ports, create community pickets, and effectively shutdown the hubs of commerce, in the same fashion that Occupy Oakland shut down the Port of Oakland on November 2nd, the day of our general strike. The Oakland Port Shutdown was a historic and effective action, and the memory of that night on the port lives in the hearts of people across Oakland and around the country.”
The Freedman’s Town Project House is a workgroup of Occupy Houston. In affiliation with Lynwood Johnson and Emily Nghiem of the Freedman’s Town Civil Rights Center, we are participating in various efforts to advocate for the preservation of the Fourth Ward, a neighborhood that has been ravaged by private contractors with little regard to the wishes of residents. This area is a clear and pressing example of corporate corruption of democracy on a local level, provides an excellent opportunity for outreach to previously unreached members of the 99%, and is very deserving of our attention.
The duplex at 1109 Genessee has been adopted as a model project for our renovation and sustainability efforts. We plan to demonstrate our abilities as a team to mobilize and utilize community resources and skills towards restoration efforts in this neighborhood. In addition, the 1109 space is available to Occupy Houston group to be used as office space, as a location for meetings, and to store workgroup and participant supplies as necessary.
The following rules have been established to ensure proper use of the building:
- Clean up after yourself.
- Conserve resources.
- Smoke outside.
- Sign In/Out.
- IF staying for any amount of time, you must be working on something productive.
- Respect Shaun and Amanda’s wishes, they are responsible for the house and what happens within it.
To address concerns about access to the space, we have established that the house will be open daily from 8a-6p. We close for GA, and can reopen afterwards if a workgroup or occupier requests it. During office hours, occupiers are welcome to come over and do work, read, or help with renovation efforts. Sundays are our day of rest from manual labor, but meetings and other work will continue.
FTPH Workgroup meetings are on Wednesdays at 9am, and Sundays at 1pm. There will be a weekly brunch at the Sunday meetings.
Contact Amanda K.: firstname.lastname@example.org
General Assembly Minutes 12/7/2011
Facilitation- Dustin and Jenny
Scribe – Tea (?/kr)
Work Group Report Back
Outreach- Dustin- Dec 12, lots of people coming down from all over Texas to support the West Coast Port Shutdown; InterOccupy conference calls going well; Occupy Texas is working on getting weekly conference calls
Freedmens Town House Project- Shamus- basic run down of what projects are going on at the house, tomorrow we are painting the kitchen, If anyone wants to help contact Shamus, hours from 9-6, great outreach project for those coming in town this weekend.
Alice- Wants to update the community calendar on the web page
Alice- Running for Congress under the Green Party
Alice- Fri 6-9, Protect Action @ Westheimer and Kirby, Greg Palast, she has an extra ticket if anyone wants to go
Zo- Things have been coming up missing, what actions can we take, why are things being deleted off the fb page, offer to help with peace-keeping.
Joe R- We need to do a grocery store run, CD 29 (Congressional District 29) has the highest rate of uninsured people.
Chris- @occupy site there are a bunch of women coming down for 2012 run for Justice of the Peace. (?)
Work Group Proposal
Outreach- Dustin- Move our action against the S. 1867 (National Defense Authorization Act) from Dec 10 to Dec 14. -passed-
Finance- Darin- Requests for finance need to be brought up through a work group with a budget at the GA, with the exclusion of petty cash (under $100) -did not pass-
Jenny- wants to be added to facebook as an administrator. -Passed-
Jenny- No more deleting comments off of the #OH facebook page, the exception being to edit the comments that might be deemed illegal by fb and hold liability for #OH. -Passed-
Jenny- No more stuff leaves the occupation site to go to storage before it is approved through the GA, with consensus. -Passed-
Jonathan- #OH needs to spend $50 on cold weather items, the excess items to be put in storage to be kept dry until needed. -Passed-
Joe R- If a person exhibits behavior that prohibits or detracts from a working group then that working group has the right to remove said person by consensus in same working group. -Passed-
Opinions- (notes not taken)