started with a small quorum of about 15, ended up with about 28 in attendance
Delbert- #OH stand along with #OWS and stand in solidarity with Occupy the Dream. -passed-
Brandon- Propose a link on #OH.org to the Occupy Kingwood fb page and post info on our event calendar. This event to happen on Saturday. (I would hope to update this soon, but I need more info since it is not in the minutes. There were more details in the GA, they just weren’t written down. JS) -passed-
Work Group Report Backs
Political Action– Delbert- Meeting at City Hall today. Keith Wade (mayor’s advisor) 713-398-8969 and Press Secretary Jessica Michan- 832-393-0804 both in attendance, meeting included going over where we stand from the cities point of view and from ours. City wanted to impress that they really wanted to find out the end game. It was said that we have no timeline for the end game b/c we are seeking a better society and this requires long term goals. City wanted to know whether or not we intended to continue the overnights in the park and they suggested considering another location. One not so symbolic. But also stated that we could use the park for meetings and if GA extended past the dawn to dusk rules, they’d allow that. The city also suggested we get involved with more city based volunteer groups. They want to re-meet sooner rather than later.
Work Group Work Group– Jenny- January 7, Work Group Day. Schedule posted on web and fb.
Sustainability– Trae- did survey today for guerilla gardening, discussed getting more involved with local churches and organizing points of contact.
Outreach– Jamin- Today we met with HPD and City Hall and talked about working on projects that have money allocated to them, just lack the manpower to facilitate.
Don- Green Party- Tuesday was the deadline to submit candidates, Green Party now has over 50 submissions, across the state, which is a great thing to secure a place on the ballot, there are also several Occupiers on the ballot
Don- MLK Day Parade, 2 parades to go on in downtown, will be getting a trailer for the parade so that Occupiers can also participate with the Green Party and have a presence within parade, One of these are being held by the Black Heritage Society which is endorsed by the family of Martin Luther King Jr, starting white washing of signs tomorrow.
Chris- As of tomorrow, Occupy Houston will be the longest running non-evicted Occupation, we hit the 3 month mark, If they kick us out of Tranquility, then we’ll go to City Hall, still trying to find the Herman will so we can back up the use of the park.
Jamin- Today, Jamin, Jocelyn, and Capital spoke on Connect the Dots with Robert Mohammed from the Nation of Islam Southwest Region. It went well and they were asked to come back. Wednesday 3:30
Jenny- Propose to let Mouse RSVP the invite for help from the Global Revolution group, which is the media team for Occupy Wall Street. -passed but pending-
Mary- Propose to answer the Mayor, about the end game, with “We will leave the park when there are no more homeless in Houston.” FA (friendly amendment) -and when all people are making a living wage. POI(point of info) leary of responding to their stimulus, How can we operate from outside the culture? Question-Do we treat the Mayor more favorably then any other person? Question-Can we answer with just our mission statement or the Declaration of the Occupation? POI-We never end it. FA- suggest the mayor come visit and talk with the GA. -proposal tabled-
Jamin- In an effort to find workability, we invite and welcome any entity that will support Occupy Houston with good intent. -passed but pending-
Jenny- We invite the Mayor to the General Assembly. -withdrawn awaiting more info-
Darin- Propose that we assign and address to Occupy Houston. That address to be 420 Walker. Mailbox will be provided. (this is the number of the parking spot by the crosswalk from Tranquility to City Hall.) -passed but pending-
Erick- Make a press release about inviting the Mayor to GA. -withdrawn awaiting more info-
Ben- Form a workgroup to designate rotating delegates to speak to the Mayors Office. -withdrawn awaiting more info-
Alex- Reinstate the gold and silver standard currency. -blocked-
David- Reprint copies of the Declaration of the Occupation. POI- Contact Outreach. -tabled-
???-First Amendment rights to life and freedom of speech are not a game and Occupy Houston has no end in sight, and if any member of city hall disagrees, they are welcome to come to a GA.
Anthony- We have the right to stand up, the right to be heard.
Jamin- Stay focused
Miguel- MLK jr tribute 1/17
Joe- Was at townhall with Congressman Gene Green(?). It is important to reach out to our elected officials.
Jenny- The compost bin stinks. It is rude to walk away in big groups in the middle of a GA. You had your time to speak and people listened, give the same respect to others. I love you.
Trae- Reach out to your contacts, focus on your strengths
Anthony- hesitant to call officials our allies, we need to stay strong and build