I believe this.
If you don’t, take a look around and ask yourself, “why shouldn’t I believe that my participation in a community effort, that has an international following, will make a difference?” Last I checked, there are 951 occupations worldwide in 82 countries. Tell me that isnt #solidarity. Now is the time to show that Every Little Bit Helps–and your involvement will shape HOW it helps. So follow me, city of Houston (and beyond), if you will.
Occupy Houston is, in many ways, like other occupy movements melding together out of mutual causes and beliefs; however, noting the distinctions is a worthwhile endeavor to clarify root issues this flavor of the movement will continue to face in the name of progress.
I’ve seen people from many walks of life here–full time employees of major companies, small business owners, part-time baristas, housewives, lone rangers and rebels. Also worth noting are the many that are homeless (previous groups included) due to economic insecurity, family issues, drug abuse, or a willingness to give themselves to the cause of OWS (the 24hr occupants), freeing themselves from some of the previous responsibilities of their lives prior to OH. The jobless have tried again and again to find work or were threatened by the very employers they rely on to sustain their families. Unions lack power in a right-to-work state, especially recently.
Occupy Houston has a fundamental need to understand its roots and purpose in local government and politics around the greater Houston area and the rest of Texas as well. Our political leanings and local economy distinguish us from other regions in Texas also.
Those who have traveled across the country, especially in the light of recent events, have had more of a taste of the flavors of occupie and activism, beyond Houston, as well as issues our local movement may not be familiar with. The best, and probably largest, current examples we have to learn from are in Egypt, Lybia, and OWS, with OccupyLA making more headlines lately.
With regard to this, Occupy Houston, specifically, serves purposes in the community, too, but what can we share that other flavors of the movement haven’t yet had a taste of? Based on current sustainability efforts in Tranquility Park and the discussions about Mobile Occupation, our best moves may yet be the ability to mobilize a huge city in near-completely invisble solidarity. Or do we stick it out and show how to occupy a public park and, by tooth and nail, turn it into one of the best sustainability efforts Houston (and elsewhere) has seen yet? What are OH’s abilities to meet needs which are invisible anywhere else? How can we diversify the palate of Houston’s residents to battle apathy? How do we better tailor the movement’s efforts to meeting the needs of the stricken and willing 99%?
Let’s share a taste of OccHouPie with the world. Why? Because flavors of occupie taste different–they’re made different and they have different ingredients (but they have the same base elements). Besides, H-town’s pretty tasty.
PS: Happy Thanksgiving. I hope you shared your love for pie and each other with one another under the roof of #solidarity that will continue to change the way we look at the world from this point on.