Great GA, slow start, a lot covered, notes incomplete, not proofed.
16 in attendance
Frank – Recounted being harassed by sheriff for hanging out in a park.
Paige – SEIU Rally for Janitors Tues. June 5, 1100 – 4 pm Louisiana St Houston TX
also reported Womens Clinic in NOLA fire bombed. Clinic serves low income, women of color and transgender population. Lost needed supplies. Paige wants to start collection.
Theresa – passing that Free Thinkers having fundraiser for Last Organic Outpost – inner City Community farm.
Fundraiser info here: http://houstonfreethinkers.com/jomsocial-events/viewevent/38-hft-resistance-is-fertile-benefit-show
ONGOING – Keep Food Sharing Free Petition Drive – very important, July 4 deadline for 28,000 signatures.
Petition mtgs every Tuesday at 7:30 at Taft Street Coffee / Ecclesia, 2115 Taft Street.
What you can do: https://www.facebook.com/groups/HoustonKeepSharingFree/doc/331079526950668/
Jamin – Occupy Houston has received a Volunteer Initiatives Program Award. Award certificate, letter and autographed 8×10 glossy of Mayor Annise Parker was mailed to 1109 Genesee postmarked May 29, 2012. Jamin brought all to the GA. Burnell Cray took photos of Occupiers holding award. Overall reaction to the award was not-happy-with. 2 opinions were Mayor may have been more supportive of Occupy then allowed to show, but discussion was Mayor is not caring of the less fortunate – Feeding Ordinance cited.
PROPOSAL Jamin – take advantage of partnership with the SEIU
Jamin, Carl Gibson, Steve Johnson are back from a SEIU conference in Denver. Denver Occupy did not join conference as SEIU is pro-Obama. Conference covered strategic partnerships.
Jenny – support SEIU partnership by informing the public so they can make up their own minds.
Phillip – OH should remain independent, not endorse, keep an open mind as OH supports unions, those in need, Planned Parenthood.
Joseph – Stand above politics, stand up for people.
PROPOSAL Jamin – start OH Job Share
Jamin has lead building outdoor rooms. Needs construction professional to help. See Jamin GAs or contact at Jamin@occupyhouston.org
PROPOSAL – Theresa – Screen Better This World. Houston activist Esteban Tovar is in the film, He’s agreed to do a Q&A. In light of similar FBI entrapment charges in Chicago and the NATO protests, this would be a timely film to watch. Collaborate with OWS:Houston as they do film showings too. Theresa has contacted POV to get film. Needs 1 month lead time. Venue suggestions: Havens Center, Genner House, The Artery, SHFL…
Jamin – received message OWS:Houston considering rejoining Occupy Houston. Will decide at their GA. Film could be first collaboration.
Jamin – please refer to GA minutes for 05.27.2012 posted below as info repeated at June 3 GA
Eric- Suggested a physical presence/info booth (what we stand for, what we’re about) booth at City Hall or Department of transportation locations. Shift schedules, 1 hour.
Jenny- Has sign up sheets for scheduled shifts already. Put sign up sheet online.
OH Participant- Put calender of shifts on web/mailing list for volunteering
OH Participant- Mobile information table at several locations
OH Participant- Make Facebook event to host discussion
Jenny- has every OH flier ever
OH Participant Promote mobile GA’s a la Oct. 6
Proposal- Eric proposed that we stand behind daily presence- PASSED
Jamin- OH Jobshare program beginning with construction skills assessments
Proposal- Jamin proposed a movie screening for the film Paradise or Oblivion, date, time, location to be announced hopefully at next GA- PASSED
Occupy Woodlands- June 11 event, petition signing to overturn Citizens United