GA Minutes Nov. 9th
Intro to GA
Newcomers welcome to introduce themselves
Volunteer group report backs:
Sustainability (John): no longer have a sustainability table because the police stole it. The sustainability business will continue as usual.
Outreach (Dustin): Thanks to everyone who stood up for their 1st amendment rights and everyone else that came out in support. Trying to put together a meeting to address the tent issue. Panel discussion at the end of the month. Let me know if you want to get in on that. I was contacted by Will Cloud who did leaked the pepper spray video in New York and did a piece on our movement last night. Anyone willing to outreach to specific campuses get with Outreach.
OH Newspaper (Massoud) : We need help from you –to write reports and articles and send them to us, send photos. Trying to get the first paper finished Monday.
Women’s Group (Roxanne): Women’s group met yesterday evening. Had a great meeting. We appreciate you respecting our safe space. We were able to address a lot of issues and we all got a lot out of it. Our next meeting is Tuesday at 5:30pm. Some issues: inappropriate language and touching. Get with Roxanne at email@example.com
Peacekeeping (Ben): Due to the disruptive forces last night this means we need more volunteers for peacekeeping. Part of peacekeeping’s role is not merely security but greeting, since you have to know a community if you’re going to make sure it’s safe. This Wed. at the public library there will be a workshop for those who have already gone through the basic non-violent class and want to learn more- 10am – 2pm.
Medical (Mary): We really need more people to volunteer. Also please clean up when you take things from medical. We can train people but we really need more people.
Emergency announcement (Rafi and Sarah): sad to report, when something bad happens you have to talk about it. For the past 2 weeks an occupier name Joe Roche volunteered on the Amy Price campaign and went a lot of places with us and on Monday night Rafi graciously let him sleep over at our apartment. The next day at the election party we were siting outside. The following events were witnessed by myself, Rafi, Remington, Amy Price, Dr. Bizinco: Joe stole Rafi’s car. We knew he would go back to our apartment or here to this park. We sent people both places to try and confiscate the keys and keep him on site. The next part is that Artem saw Joe and reported it to me and Artem confiscated the keys from Joe. 2 police reports: 1 for unlawful use of a vehicle/… today I was sitting at home when without warning I saw Joe Roche sitting on the porch of the building I live in, within the fence. Joe has my cell he could have called me. Instead he showed up unannounced and asked him why he was there he said he left some things so I told him to wait there and needed to leave or I would call the police. He did not leave and 2nd report comes in: the police declined to arrest him for trespassing though they did say if he did it again they would arrest. An unrelated 3rd party whom Joe engaged in conversation and claimed he is my cousin. The upshot of all this is that Joe is a liar and a thief and these are facts.
Joe: there is a campaign puppy and is a very beautiful pit bull. If anyone wants to give it a home, please ask questions.
Point of Process
Food (Jeremy): Cleanliness is important not just in the kitchen but everywhere.
National Report (Kevin): last night attended an online national coordination meeting. Others can do this too. You’re more than welcome too. Come see me after the meeting. The name is Occupy Coordination –to provide resources and provide facilitation to occupy movements all over the country. This group has a meeting on Friday. Occupy Coordination also has an IT working group building a site that addresses all these concerns. If you have experience with development, etc, or speak another language other than English come see us. Next May planning a year anniversary and worldwide occupation. National day of action to block infrastructure but this was blocked by Houston’s GA. Dec. 9th another notational day of action where it is proposed to be read UN Human Rights Declaration and ensure that countries comply with this declaration.
Legal (Maria): as it stands right now, the arrests carried out yesterday and te detentions are based upon the city’s attempt to put the city ordinance over OH constitutional rights. He main issue is to what extent the park restrictions regarding tents can unnecessarily restrict the 1st amendment free speech rights. It is clear that peaceful assembly and the right to spontaneous free speech and the right to ask gov to correct bad mistakes, is protected by the highest law of this law, the US Constitution. There are bigger demands that OH goes beyond the 1st Amendmet right to free speech —the right to homes, education, health care, decent jobs, and the right to end the corruption of democracy.
John Carlos events (Dan): this Friday John Carlos along with Tommy Smith raised their fists from the Olympic podium in Mexico City.. coming to OccHou at 3PM. Also speaking at 7pm at the Shape Center on Almeda near Alabama. Try to go to both events to show solidarity.
John: On a more positive note, the Houston Legal coalition is in the beginning stages of organizing a solidarity march with OccHou. There is a proposed Latino march to support OccHou, Dec. 10th, International Human Rights Day. The proposal is to meet on the east end and march to OccHou.
Logistics (Melissa): housekeeping needs people to always pick up after themselves. Logistics and finance team needs volunteers. Give your contact info to me or Swim so you can be added to the directory. In light of the arrests yesterday it became clear there is no protocol, we need sweepers –those not here to get arrested, but can be called on to watch stuff or move it to a safe location. Please come and see me if you would like to do that.
Radical Studies (Alice): Friday 11-11 after John Carlos we are hosting discussion circles here in the park on all topics, like world systems theory of capitalism, the effect of pornography on our culture, earth centered living, all kinds of stuff. We will list all topics, walk-out students will show up here and engage interest in the groups, and have perhaps 3 rounds. So if you know people who are experts or yourself, do some research, perhaps find a video or document to generate discussion, bring them with you. Open mic the rest of the night. John Carlos talks at 3, then when he finishes, until 6, when we will switch to open mic before GA.
Jeff: also on 11-11 which is Friday, Veteran’s Day, I’ve organized a reading of the fatalities in Iraq and Afghanistan. This reading will take place in front of KBR head quarters. I will begin reading at 6:30 am until 8:30 am. Reading shifts are available. Please see me if you would like to read for 2 hours.
Aaron: film after the GA –a film called The Corporation
Jaimyn: on 11-12 we will be standing in solidarity with Egypt and marching on the Egyptian consulate with about 20 participants from Occupy Austin.
Maria: the court date for some of the arrestees has been set for Dec. 10th at 1pm in the Houston Municipal Court #18. As you know there is a discussion study and strategy session scheduled for 200 occupiers and supporters from 2-4:45 pm on Nov. 19th this will include a general assembly sub study group that will include current work groups plus a strategy and tactics study group. Finances, independent media, education and organizational study groups will address 3 points: economic crisis, solutions, and where Occupy Houston is going next. Everybody here should have studied what the CEO and the West Point General study the Art of War.
Roxanne: this Saturday is National Sleep Out Day for Homelessness Awareness. There will likely be new people sleeping out here. On Dec. 5th there is an event for World Aids Day in Tranquility Park- we don’t know who is organizing that.
Bill: there’s a chance to support Unitas, this coming Tuesday meeting at the Naturalization building. Organizations are marching on the Leland federal building on the 16th over the janitor contracts. Hotel workers will be demonstrating on the 23rd. Would like to propose that people interested in related issues form a volunteer group for workers issues.
Dave: this Saturday Jim Hightower will be speaking but at 3 he will be at OccHou.
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