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):
- FnB’s Last Legal Food Sharing if the Ordinance Passes Monday 3/19
- POC educational event (March 23, 2012, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm) R.S.V.P. Deadline: March 16, 2012
- Houston Indy Media Radio discusses Food Not Bombs and City of Houston ordinances Announcements, Listen to the audio here: http://radio.indymedia.org/en/node/19012
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
- GA Minutes 3/07/2012
Occupy Houston stands in solidarity with Food Not Bombs. Food Not Bombs has been sharing free healthy vegetarian food for about 18 years. However, if this amendment to the city’s codes passes on March 21, then March 19 will be our last legal sharing. Home made food will be illegal. Unlicensed organizations will be illegal. Serving in public space that hasn’t been pre-approved will be illegal. So, on our last legal night, we are planning music, media, and of course free healthy vegetarian food.
5 Things You Can Do! 1) Sign the petition: tinyurl.com/freetosharepetition 2) Call the City Secretary at (832) 393 – 1100 on Monday or Tuesday morning, to reserve time to address City Council Tuesday between 2 and 5 pm. When you call, request 1 minute to speak against the anti-sharing ordinance. Then come Tuesday, and leave enough time to park and go through metal detectors. 3) Call all of your city council members on Monday. If they are already against the amendment, thank them. If not, tell them your own reasons, or simply say “The increased government regulation described in a new proposed law would lead to more hungry Houstonians and criminalization of those trying to help the needy. ” Council member numbers: Helena Brown (832) 393-3010, Jerry Davis (832) 393-3009, Ellen Cohen (832) 393-3004, Wanda Adams (832) 393-3001, Mike Sullivan (832) 393-3008, Al Hoang (832) 393-3002, Oliver Pennington (832) 393-3007, Ed Gonzalez (832) 393-3003, James G. Rodriguez (832) 393-3011, Mike Laster (832) 393-3015, Larry Green (832) 393-3016, Stephen C. Costello (832) 393-3014, Andrew C. Burks, Jr. (832) 393-3013, Melissa Noriega (832) 393-3005, C.O. “Brad” Bradford (832) 393-3012, Jack Christie (832) 393-3017 4) Come celebrate what could be the last legal food sharing with Houston Food Not Bombs!
Monday 8 – 9pm at 521 Lamar St. Downtown Library Courtyard
Bring only vegetarian food, or just bring yourself. 5) Spread this post around!
As some may know, Houston City Council is trying to pass an ordinance that would effectively prohibit nonprofit organizations and charities from sharing food with the homeless. It has three disturbing components * all food must be prepared in a kitchen sanctioned by the Health Inspector (food czar); this means volunteers can not prepare food in their homes anymore * all people distributing prepared food must be trained like food service employees for paid corporations * you must have written approval from all points of distribution by the property owner — public, or private.
Food Not Bombs – Houston is a nonprofit pacifist organization that prepares vegetarian meals for the homeless. They do this out of love and passion. They’ll be hosting the last legal food sharing tomorrow at 8 PM. Go and show support for Food Not Bombs and all others that resist big government intrusions on our right to help other less fortunate members of the 99%. RSVP, invite your friends, and share the event bellow.
BTW this policy would also effectively kill off any permanent occupation. Occupy Houston ran off of food donations too. Did the City Council create this ordinance to kill off a potential future occupation? Maybe. But, ultimately it’ll be the homeless that bear the burden.
~ Evan Carroll
Houston Riot of 1917
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In the spring of 1917, shortly after the United States declared war on Germany, the War Department, taking advantage of the temperate climate and newly opened Houston Ship Channel, ordered two military installations built in Harris County—Camp Logan and Ellington Field. The Illinois National Guard was to train at Camp Logan, located on the northwest outskirts of the city. To guard the construction site, on July 27, 1917, the army ordered the Third Battalion of the black Twenty-fourth United States Infantry to travel by train with seven white officers from the regimental encampment at Columbus, New Mexico, to Houston. From the outset, the black contingent faced racial discrimination when they received passes to go into the city. A majority of the men had been raised in the South and were familiar with segregation, but as army servicemen they expected equal treatment. Those individuals responsible for keeping order, especially the police, streetcar conductors, and public officials, viewed the presence of black soldiers as a threat to racial harmony. Many Houstonians thought that if the black soldiers were shown the same respect as white soldiers, black residents of the city might come to expect similar treatment. Black soldiers were willing to abide by the legal restrictions imposed by segregated practices, but they resented the manner in which the laws were enforced. They disliked having to stand in the rear of streetcars when vacant seats were available in the “white” section and resented the racial slurs hurled at them by white laborers at Camp Logan. Some police officers regularly harassed African Americans, both soldiers and civilians. Most black Houstonians concealed their hostility and endured the abuse, but a number of black soldiers openly expressed their resentment. The police recognized the plight of the enlisted men, but did little to alert civil authorities to the growing tensions. When they sought ways to keep the enlisted men at the camp, the blacks disliked this exchange of their freedom for racial peace.
On August 23, 1917, a riot erupted in Houston. Near noon, two policemen arrested a black soldier for interfering with their arrest of a black woman in the Fourth Ward. Early in the afternoon, when Cpl. Charles Baltimore, one of the twelve black military policemen with the battalion, inquired about the soldier’s arrest, words were exchanged and the policeman hit Baltimore over the head. The MPs fled. The police fired at Baltimore three times, chased him into an unoccupied house, and took him to police headquarters. Though he was soon released, a rumor quickly reached Camp Logan that he had been shot and killed. A group of soldiers decided to march on the police station in the Fourth Ward and secure his release. If the police could assault a model soldier like Baltimore, they reasoned, none of them was safe from abuse. Maj. Kneeland S. Snow, battalion commander, initially discounted the news of impending trouble. Around 8 P.M. Sgt. Vida Henry of I Company confirmed the rumors, and Kneeland ordered the first sergeants to collect all rifles and search the camp for loose ammunition. During this process, a soldier suddenly screamed that a white mob was approaching the camp. Black soldiers rushed into the supply tents, grabbed rifles, and began firing wildly in the direction of supposed mob. The white officers found it impossible to restore order. Sergeant Henry led over 100 armed soldiers toward downtown Houston by way of Brunner Avenue and San Felipe Street and into the Fourth Ward. In their two-hour march on the city, the mutinous blacks killed fifteen whites, including four policemen, and seriously wounded twelve others, one of whom, a policeman, subsequently died. Four black soldiers also died. Two were accidentally shot by their own men, one in camp and the other on San Felipe Street. After they had killed Capt. Joseph Mattes of the Illinois National Guard, obviously mistaking him for a policeman, the blacks began quarreling over a course of action. After two hours, Henry advised the men to slip back into camp in the darkness—and shot himself in the head.
Early next morning, August 24, civil authorities imposed a curfew in Houston. On the twenty-fifth, the army hustled the Third Battalion aboard a train to Columbus, New Mexico. There, seven black mutineers agreed to testify against the others in exchange for clemency. Between November 1, 1917, and March 26, 1918, the army held three separate courts-martial in the chapel at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio. The military tribunals indicted 118 enlisted men of I Company for participating in the mutiny and riot, and found 110 guilty. It was wartime, and the sentences were harsh. Nineteen mutinous soldiers were hanged and sixty-three received life sentences in federal prison. One was judged incompetent to stand trial. Two white officers faced courts-martial, but they were released. No white civilians were brought to trial. The Houston Riot of 1917 was one of the saddest chapters in the history of American race relations. It vividly illustrated the problems that the nation struggled with on the home front during wartime.
This article was taken from The Handbook of Texas Online.
Occupy-related Tweets & Info
Top Group is my copies. 2nd Group is #OHTX Official Timeline:
@OccupyHouston: That & 1pm Mon. #JoinUs at College Station to protest the food monopoly, #Monsanto. @occupy_cs #OHTX #OATX https://www.facebook.com/events/189359131169039/ #Action2012
@estellevw: The NYPD, proving once again, that the USA is a police state. http://www.truth-out.org/re-occupation-and-police-raid-zuccotti-park-set-tone-radical-spring/1332097105 Land of the free? Bullshit!
@OccupyHouston: https://twitter.com/OccupyHouston/houston-city-officials Here is a list of #Houston City Officials on twitter. The few followers means they’ll hear you. #FoodNotBombs #OHTX
Twitter Updates (from OccupyHouston.org ‘Official’ Timeline)
Description: Dr. Sandra Soto (Department of Gender & Women’s Studies, University of Arizona, co-editor of _Feminist Formations_) will join us to discuss Arizona’s recent push to eliminate Ethnic Studies programs in public education, how campus communities across the state have fought back, and the broader implications for critical discourse and intellectual freedom in Texas and beyond.
People of Color WG Contact: http://www.facebook.com/peopleofcolor.occupyhouston or Mary Lippold (713) 646-1723 firstname.lastname@example.org Cost $20
Where: Consulate General of Russia, 1333 West Loop S # 1300, Houston, TX 77027-9119 (map)
GA 3-7-2012 Library Plaza, 7:35pm Scribe- Alice, Stack- Benjamin, Facilitator- Delbert, Moderator- Don
Workgroup Announcements– -Delbert/PPL of Color– March 23rd, South Texas School of Law, posted on facebook, legal discussion on the Camp Logan Riots, 8am-5pm, $25 to register
–Ray Vet, never been homeless, was going to go to mayor, their whole main thing is to get homeless people off the street. They could take care of the whole situation with a 5000 man tent if they will furnish a property where to set it up; keep homeless in a community that they can live in; HEB and so on bring donations; proposes that we ask the mayor for space. ??Remington, if you can draw something up with more detail Benjamin, proposes we build a workgroup to develop this proposal; all agree Proposal Tabled.
–Remington I am setting up a fundraiser for OH at Last Concert Cafe April 7th 9:30 pm – ? . Approval from GA to get moving on promotion on facebook etc. Fundraising particularly for legal fees incurred from the court action. None of the money goes to the lawyers– evidence, expert witnesses, etc. Need for ongoing fundraising activities because of unsteady flow of donations. Leftover money set aside for bail funds. $400 expense to the Last Concert Cafe for the venue. They would like the money in advance but they are flexible and we can take the money out of the door fee as needed. Proposal: Make fundraiser official #OHTX event & get promotion on facebook, etc Proposal Passes.
–Darin President Obama coming to town. Freethinkers putting together protest, asking for solidarity. River Oaks (?) and 1-4pm Toyota Center; focused on response to NDAA act, House bill 34acks; Friday March 9. Larry blocks Seek to modify proposal to meet concerns of Larry related to potential that freethinker protest will have racist overtones and unfair criticisms of Obama. Larry’s block is not seconded; Ray doubts analysis that pushes blame to Bush for many of the issues Obama is facing. Obama responsible for 6th amendment challenge relateoindividual mandate. Discussion about “indifferent” votes vs. voting against. Proposal: #OHTX be in solidarity and support Freethinkers’ protest of President Obama Friday, March 9th. Proposal Passes.
[-Alice gives scribing to Will]
–Lief: free press houston is having a giant concert on June 7th. He proposes that we try to pass out fliers. Ben Franklin amends the proposal to be that we empower lief to talk to houston free press about participating in the concert. Proposal: Lief is empowered to talk to houston free press about #OHTX participating in the concert Proposal passes as amended
Alice: This saturday is international womens day. There is a protest at westheimer and post oak at 2pm on Saturday. She wants to put this protest up on the website. The protest is about pornography and anti contraception legislation which is a reinstitution of patriarchal society. Ben Franklin asks if this proposal is just to publicise the protest, Alice says yes. Proposal: Publicize International Women’s Day Protest on #OHTX websites Proposal passes
Ben F.: Proposal: That Occupy Houston officially endorses food sharing events, and that we actively invite members to participate in them in defiance of the proposed city ordinance amendment as official occupy houston events. Occupy Houston members will risk arrest in protest of the amendment by sharing food if the city ordinance amendment passes. Proposal passes Food Sharing workgroup suggested, Ben states he would immediately join such a Workgroup. For anyone else that would like to join, ben’s email is veryloudben@gmail
Lief: Austin and College Station want us to back them at a protest & direct action of Monsanto. March 19th. (no time announced yet) It will be at a Monsanto office on A&M’s campus. Proposal: That Occupy Houston support the Monsanto protest & direct action. Proposal passes
Opinion: Ray: the government doesn’t want a solution to our problems. They are wicked and nothing but a racket. They want to build more prisons because they get more money that way than if you pay your fines. The government is backing protestors overseas…WHY CAN’T WE PROTEST? Companies like GE are paying off the government and making the bills that they want to make. Anything I can do against this wicked government, I will do.
Ben F.: Using the hashtag #UnitedGA various occupys will put out ideas for other GAs to consider. When we see the issues presented we will decide if we want to craft a proposal in relation to that issue. We would then place it online and on twitter. Ben F. agreed to present this to OH for Occupy Austin to get a temperature check. Ben likes it because it is horizontal and helps bind occupys together. Ben gives remainder of time for questions.
Don- final chance to enroll as green party candidate; green party G3