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):
- May Day MAYDAY! May 1st, 2012
- Occupy the Machine’s action for April has been postponed! (WAS, Solidarity with Occupy the Machine
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
- Minutes 4/18: GA discussion
OCCUPY HOUSTON Houston General Strike Press Release:
May 1st, 2012, is a global general strike. Every year millions of people around the world celebrate May 1st as a dignified day of revolt against this system. May Day is an international holiday that commemorates the 1886 Haymarket Massacre, when Chicago police defending, as always, the interests of the ruling class attacked and murdered workers participating in a general strike and demanding an 8-hour workday. Five anarchists, known as the Haymarket Martyrs, were framed and sentenced to death as a result.
Occupy Houston has chosen to stand in solidarity with the international call. We urge everyone to skip out on school and work to take to the streets. This general strike will not be comparable to the other past general strikes because the general strike is not what it used to be. In this current era of extreme social cuts, anti-immigration racism, and massive predatory financial speculation the number of unionized workers in the US stands at only 11.8% of the population.
Therefore, we are calling out to a population of largely unorganized workers as well as the growing millions of people who are unemployed or underemployed. We are calling on those who are never mentioned in the statistics; the undocumented and manual workers drawn largely from immigrant communities as well as those whose work at home through unwaged gendered labor. We are calling on the youth, college students, and the retired to meet in the streets with the employed, the undocumented, and the homeless. The general strike in this century is a day of generalized rebellion for the exploited.
As students and youth we walk out against the ongoing attacks reflected in education cuts, juvenile detention center expansions, police harassment,and racist murders.
As workers we walk out against selling our time and energy to a boss or owner that profits from our labor. We walk out because we would rather be with our friends, family, and comrades creating and working with each other not for a system we never agreed to be a part of.
As the exploited, excluded, and working classes we walk off the job, out of the school, and into the streets because we see standing up together in the streets as the first step toward dismantling this system that oppresses all of us.
On May Day 2012, Occupy Houston will act in solidarity with people from all walks of life in all parts of the world in a Global General Strike to shut down the global circulation of capital that every day serves to enrich the ruling classes and impoverish the rest of us. There will be no victory but that which we make for ourselves. On May 1st, REVOLT FOR A LIFE WORTH LIVING!
More Details To Come
Occupy-related Tweets & Info
Top Group is my copies. 2nd Group is #OHTX Official Timeline:
@OccupyHouston: RT @SnorkyJr: JOLIET, IL. — 780 machinists plan to strike at a Caterpillar Inc. plant at 12:01am Tuesday http://www.pjstar.com/news/x206667427/Cat-workers-in-Joliet-plan-to-strike @occupychicago
@USDayofRageTX: U.S. Bridges, Roads Being Built by Chinese Firms http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/video/us-bridges-roads-built-chinese-firms-14594513 @OccupyAustin @OccupyHouston @OccupyWallSt Retweeted by Occupy Houston
13 AprAmy Shields
@rockinaunt: I REFUSE to stop feeding the homeless. It is the right thing to do as a human being. So fine away @anniseparker. @CynicalHouston Retweeted by Occupy Houston In reply to Name can’t be blank
Twitter Updates (from OccupyHouston.org ‘Official’ Timeline)
- #M1GS approaches quickly. Get ready for it. #Solidarity #NoWork #NoSchool #May1 about 6 hours ago
- Happy #1TDay! Student debt hit $1 trillion today. Invest in education, don’t seek profits from it. #KeepKnowledgeFree #OHTX via@democracynow 2 days ago
- Medicine, fuel, paper, clothing, food. Cannabis and hemp renew top soil. Incarceration and death are what our taxes go to. #NoMoreDrugWar 26 minutes ago
- So here let’s have this debate. Let’s move forward and put the stigma and lies to rest. Willing to hear any question or point. #Occupy420 56 minutes ago
- We are completely against the cartels, but prohibition is what creates them. Outlaw carrots and they’d be there tomorrow. #occupy420 #ohtx 57 minutes ago
- The reasoning for its prohibition is laughable at best. And at what expense? Millions of dead or incarcerated. Violence. #Occupy420 #OHTX 59 minutes ago
- For too long have we been silent about #cannabis #legalization out of fear of demonization. But we need to talk about it. #Occupy420 about an hour ago
- If there was ever a day to begin having a conversation about #cannabis within the #occupy movement it would be today. #Occupy420 #OHTX about an hour ago
Hello, I actually went to a GA. And took notes.
Theresa Occupy Houston GA Wed. 04/18/2012
No quorum. In attendance: Will Burke Matthew Theresa a bit later Alice another young man was in and out
Discussion: ACTION TO REVOKE CORPORATE CHARTERS Burke: In 1998, the National Lawyers Guild in California took action to revoke Unocal’s charter. Details here: http://www.feinstein.org/own/corporatecharterrevocation.html
Burke is a lawyer and would like to get a similar action started here with corporations chartered in Texas. The action by the NLG of CA generated a lot of negative press for Unocal at the time.
ACTION AGAINST THE TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT Matthew: Occupy Texas is asking for support from the 99% against the TTP such as protesting the meeting in Dallas on May 8 – 16, 2012. TTP agreement includes off-shoring jobs, weak labor laws and monopolizing Intellectual Property provisions. TTP details here:http://www.peoplesworld.org/occupy-for-fair-trade-not-free-trade/ Call to action flyer here: http://issuu.com/varsane/docs/call_to_action_tpp
OCCUPY THE GARDEN Theresa: Restart the Sustainability Group as Occupy the Gardens and use the bins from the encampment to make container gardens. Use this container garden skillshare as a gateway drug to more container gardens, community gardens, guerrilla gardens, yard-share gardens and permaculture design teach-ins all the while sticking it to Monsanto. Chatted with Nick of FNB about it after GA. Will follow up.
Alice arrived later with info on: PROTEST MASS INCARCERATIONS for tomorrow April 19, 2012 3:30 pm—Convergence, intersection of Cleburne and Tierwester, March to Houston Police substation. http://www.worldcantwait.net/index.php/home-mainmenu-289/7723-april-19-say-no-to-mass-incarceration
MAY DAY MAY 1st ACTIONS Occupy Houston passed a proposal to be involved with the Unioin/workers May Day actions and the 99% Spring. See proposal here: http://occupyhouston.org/accepted-proposals/ Plan is to conduct actions throughout the day and then go to the march organized by Houston Unido to start at Renwick and Bellaire at 6:30 pm which ends at Burnett Bayland Park.
Day Brigade planning meeting will be 04/19/2012 at 7:00pm in front of the Downtown Library.