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OH Gulf Port Action DEC12 UPDATED

On Monday, December 12, Occupy Houston will be joining our brothers and sisters in the Occupy movement around the United States in a coordinated action targeting the nation’s ports. This event is an expression of solidarity with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and West Coast truck drivers who have come under attack this year, as well as a statement against the multinational conglomerates and their relentless campaign to outsource American jobs and undermine our economy in the pursuit of ever-widening profit margins. We will be joined here in Houston by hundreds of Occupiers and concerned citizens from all over the state, including Austin, San Antonio, Dallas and Fort Worth.

UPDATE! 9:30 AM Direct Action Work Group Special Session at Tranquility! All hands on deck!

UPDATE! Make that 11:00 AM 12:00 PM:    Meet up at Tranquility Park

1:00 – 3:00 PM:  Rally at POH Offices :: we will be protesting outside the security perimeter where the Port of Houston Authority’s executive  offices are located, 111 East Loop. (77029)

4:00 – 6:00 PM:  Main Street March :: From Tranquility Park on down the length of downtown Main St. from in a visible display of support for  the West Coast Port Shutdown effort and the American working class.

Here is a approximate breakdown of the day’s line up:

11:00 AM    Meet up at Tranquility Park to get the caravan ready
12:30 PM    Make our way over to the POH executive offices (111 E. Loop) MAP LINK
1:00 PM       Gather up at the gate and start protesting
2:30 PM       Start heading back to the cars
3:00 PM      Get back to Tranquility Park
4:00 PM      Head out for “Main Street March” during rush hour
6:00 PM      Wrap up the march in time for dinner and the 7PM General Assembly

Occupy. Magnify. Amplify. Solidify.

 

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Occupy Houston Joins “Occupy the Ports” Campaign

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Houston, TX, December 10, 2011 – On Monday, December 12, Occupy Houston will be joining our brothers and sisters in the Occupy movement around the United States in a coordinated action targeting the nation’s ports. This event is an expression of solidarity with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and West Coast truck drivers who have come under attack this year, as well as a statement against the multinational conglomerates and their relentless campaign to outsource American jobs and undermine our economy in the pursuit of ever-widening profit margins.

We will be joined here in Houston by hundreds of Occupiers and concerned citizens from all over the state, including Austin, San Antonio, Dallas and Fort Worth. From 1:00 – 3:00 PM, we will be protesting outside the security perimeter where the Port of Houston Authority’s executive offices are located, 111 East Loop. We will also hold a “Main Street March” down the length of downtown Main St. from 4:00 – 6:00 PM in a visible display of support for the West Coast Port Shutdown effort and the American working class.

The Port of Houston Authority and its board members have come under scrutiny this year for violations of the Texas Open Meetings Act, procurement irregularities, misuse of public funds, records falsifications, and other highly questionable practices. During his tenure as PHA board chairman, Jim Edmonds became a highly paid consultant for AECOM, a global infrastructure company with deep ties to Libya and Khamis Gaddafi, son of Muammar Gaddafi. After this, the Port of Houston agreed to a major study of Libya’s Ports and even hosted a special tour of the port for Khamis Gaddafi just days before the Libyan revolution broke out. In addition, the CEO of the PHA, Alec Dreyer, is the highest paid local government official in the state of Texas, receiving a larger salary than that of even Houston’s Mayor Parker.

Occupy Houston demands justice for these abuses of privilege. We call for an audit of the Port of Houston Authority and the prosecution of those found to be culpable in the misuse of public funds. We demand stiffer restrictions on the use of public funds for executive travel expenses and more equitable and reasonable salaries for public officials such as Mr. Dreyer.

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New Schedule! Join us tonight for Multi-Group Assembly Dec10

We had a very lively GA last night.  Per GA consensus, we will implement a new Meetings Schedule, effective tonight! Here’s the new schedule:

        Sun, Mon, Wed, Fri at 7 pm:  General Assembly
        Tues, Thurs, Sat at 7 pm:       Work Group meetings

Tonight we will hold a special session to include all Work Group’s together.  This will be one big intergroup meeting to enable everyone to discuss some basic logistics, share updates about ongoing WG projects, plans and needs, and possibly do some collective Thinking Outside the Box for Houston Occupy 2.0.

Have questions or suggestions for future Events or Actions? Sign up to join the DIRECT ACTION Work Group tonight! Want to hear more about MOBILE Occupation’s brainstorms? Come on down! Want to help out with #NEEDS of the Occupiers? Come hear what – and WHY – our current needs are! See you at 7!

Forget how to get there?  SeeTranquility Park directions HERE .

SPECIAL BONUS NOTICE:  Tomorrow evening, Dec 11 OH will host the first ever OccupyTexas General Assembly. Come down and help us welcome  (and feed!!) various statewide Occupiers from Austin, Dallas, Ft. Worth,  San Antonio and points west.  And south, heya Galveston & Beaumont folks! Same time, same bat channel.

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Strategy Session#2 Dec 3rd Saturday 2PM – 5PM

What next?  This is a question that every dedicated Occupy Houston participant and supporter is asking. At the 2nd Strategy and Public discussion, participants will address this question. It is open to ALL. The Occupy Movement overall is at a very interesting and critical point. Occupy Houston has a unique role in this movement to explore many paths forward. We have a bi-monthly Newspaper, a weekly Radio Show on KPFT 90.1  (Thursdays at 6PM) and many beautiful dedicated Occupiers that are in the Tranquility Park 24/7 in the cold weather and under the rain.

edit:  to post questions or comments,  go to the  Forum Topic Thread HERE

So, What Next? That is the question. Come to this meeting,  bring your ideas &  suggestions, and invite your friends.  See you this Saturday!

 

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Join us City Council today 2PM

Join Occupy Houston as we address City Council in the Public Comments today to request a meeting with our newly re-elected Mayor to discuss our need for tents . Meet up at Tranquility Park round 1PM to gather then proceed to City Hall, 901 Bagby.  In solidarity.

2:00 P. M. – PUBLIC SPEAKERS – Pursuant to City Council Rule 8,  City Council will hear from members of the public; the names and subject matters of persons who had requested to speak at the time of posting of this Agenda are attached; the names and subject matters of persons who subsequently request to speak may be obtained in the City Secretary’s Office

http://www.houstontx.gov/citysec/agenda.htm

Can’t make it? Watch the Meeting on  Municipal TV www.houstontx.gov/htv/  and be sure to come down to the Park tonight for the General Assembly for updates and an important session.

Watch live  LINK http://houstontx.city.swagit.com/Live/

 

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Occupy Houston on GreenWatch TV air date 10.19.11

Now this is ‘must see TV’!  Occupy Houston on GreenWatch TV Oct 19 2011 (air date).

Guests: Maria-Elisa Heg, Steven Johnson, Dustin Phipps, Gessner Soto, Jocelyn Viera, Shaun Crump; all standing in solidarity not only with other occupiers, but with the 99%.

Here, our fellow Houston participants tell their stories: why they’re participating in OH (Occupy Houston), what motivates them. They also edify those of us who are nonparticipants how the movement is organized (e.g. the General Assemblies, consensus, people’s mike, food, medical care, recycling, solar power energy supply, activities including “greeters” who orient and welcome newcomers to the park). AND they share dreams of what a thriving future would look like. We thank our guests for all they do.  ~GWTV

From about the 40:00 minute mark, OH Occupiers give their answers the question posed:  “Is that all Occupy Houston is about…. asking questions?”

The current system that we have now is completely unsustainable. …. Its wildly irresponsible… You’ve got these folks with massive amounts of money basically acting like a sixteen year old with a brand new Mustang…  It’s… it’s insane, frankly.  And if we don’t stand up and say ‘This is wrong, it needs to be addressed!” …  I mean, the future of the planet is at stake and we’re all gonna be going down the tubes right along with the 1% !”

~Dustin Phipps

Ain’t that some truth!

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/30886839[/vimeo]

OH on GreenWatchTV link

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The Banks Are Made of Marble: Pete Seeger in NYC

Much love to Pete Seeger and friends who came out to sing and show support of Occupy Wall Street in NYC last night.

Pete Seeger and pals attend NYC protest action

By CRISTIAN SALAZAR
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Folk music legend Pete Seeger joined in the Occupy Wall Street protest Friday night, replacing his banjo with two canes as he marched with throngs of people in New York City’s tony Upper West Side past banks and shiny department stores.

The 92-year-old Seeger, accompanied by musician-grandson Tao Rodriguez Seeger, composer David Amram, and bluesman Guy Davis, shouted out a veMrse as the crowd of about 1,000 people sang and chanted.

They marched peacefully over more than 30 blocks from Symphony Space, where the Seegers and other musicians performed, to Columbus Circle. Police watched from the sidelines.

At the circle, Seeger and friends walked to the chant of “We are the 99 percent” and “We are unstoppable, another world is possible.” Seeger stopped to bang a metal statue of an elephant with his cane – to cheers from the crowd.

 

The banks are made of marble

I’ve travelled round this country
From shore to shining shore.
It really made me wonder
The things I heard and saw.

I saw the weary farmer,
Ploughing sod and loam;
I heard the auction hammer
A-knocking down his home.

But the banks are made of marble
With a guard at every door,
And the vaults are stuffed with silver
That the farmer sweated for.

I saw the seaman standing
Idly by the shore.
I heard the bosses saying:
‘Got no work for you no more’.

But the banks are made of marble
With a guard at every door,
And the vaults are stuffed with silver
That the seaman sweated for.
I saw the weary miner,
Scrubbing coal dust from his back;
I heard his children cryin’:
’Got no coal to heat the shack’.

But the banks are made of marble
With a guard at every door,
And the vaults are stuffed with silver
That the miner sweated for.

I’ve seen my brothers working
Throughout this mighty land;
I prayed we’d get together,
And together make a stand.

Then we’d own those banks of marble
With a guard at every door;
And we’d share those vaults of silver
That we have sweated for.

Words and Music by Les Rice
Sung by Pete Seeger, photograhed here by Christopher Felver.

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OccHou Art Show today 10.17

Monday, October 17th, Occupy Houston is hosting its first ever art show!

The show is an outdoor, all day event, and will feature live art, music, and fun! Come visit us at lower Tranquility Park for the event! Lower Tranquility Park is located along Bagby.

For anyone interested in submitting art or finding out more about participating, drop a line at occupyhoustonoutreach@riseup.net or just come on down.

17 Oct 2011

The Art Show is LITERALLY ALL DAY LONG!! So come whenever you can; we’re going to have people throughout the day. Here are a few of the artists who’ll be out:

GONZO247 & Aerosol Warfare
Super Flake
Hannah Keal
Deface
six6six
Abby Lee
tes-five
calm Hound
Red
Moe
Tito Fabian
Diana Ventura

… And more!

We also are looking for DONATIONS! Here is the list of what we’d like to get:

* CARDBOARD (We need TONS of large pieces of cardboard – the more, the better!)
* Spray paint
* Sequins, bejewels, glitter, feathers, and all manner of pretty art and craft
material you can think of!
* Glue
* Easels (for display)
* Paint, markers, etc.
* Sidewalk chalk

We can’t wait to see you on Monday! If you have any questions about the art show, drop a line at occupyhoustonoutreach@riseup.net

 

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