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Solidarity with Occupy the Machine

Occupy the Machine’s action for April has been postponed.

original announcement:

Occupy Houston stands in solidarity with Occupy the Machine and members will support their April action as described here, in the ways each sees fit.

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Occupy Houston Opposes Actions to Regulate Citizen Food Distribution

Occupy Houston opposes government actions to regulate and limit free distribution of food to the homeless and hungry in the street.

 

We join Food Not Bombs in going to City Hall public comment 2pm-5pm tomorrow to express our opposition to the city’s proposed ordinance. The City Council will vote on this ordinance on Wednesday morning. To get on the stack to speak  at public comment, call or email the city secretary, or go into City Hall and ask to speak to her and she can put you on the list to speak.

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[city secretary info]

Contact Our Office

 

E-Mail: citysecretary@houstontx.gov

Phone: 832.393.1100

Address: 900 Bagby, Public Level, Houston, TX 77002

Staff: Anna Russell, City Secretary • Wanda Bluhm, Patricia Jefferson, Troy Lemon, Administrative Assistants

Current Agenda: www.houstontx.gov/citysec/agenda.html

 

**To appear before Council, please phone or email the office.

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Correction to F28 flyer

A version of the Call for Mass Action Against the Suppression of Occupy, distributed yesterday included a misprint which changes the meaning of the text.  The correct language for the flyer is found here.

 

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Healthcare-NOW Conference visitors

Participants from the national Healthcare-NOW Conference will be caravanning from the conference to Tranquility Park for GA today at 5:30.  A teach-in about single payer universal coverage will follow the GA.  Please come out and learn more about how we can work together for Healthcare for the 99%.

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GA Minutes 12-11

Moderator- Jenny
Facilitation- Ben, JJ
Stack-
Timer- Tyler
Scribe- Alice
WORKGROUP REPORTBACKS
Seamus—Freedman’sHouse POC. Mtgs at 1 on Sunday. Lookingfor ideas re: sustainability and usefulness of the house for Occupy. Workgroups please take advantage of soon-to-be internet and power to do your work from the house-base
Ben- First aid- Keep med supplies here.  Was some confusion on this point, but it was addressed
Joe- Political Action POC- Jolanda lost her seat. We got agenda for West University council meeting and plan to attend Tuesday 4pm. Friend Jesica Farrar on facebook.
Scott- facilitation-POC – scottrgregory@gmail.com  email if you have comments on facilitation and the changes it is facing, all the time.  Trying to settle into a steady process.

ANNOUNCEMENTS
Kit OAustin-Coordinating livestream and twitter, citizen media for the action tomorrow.  National tag is #D12.  Also using #Gulfportaction.  Learn how to use unlimited txt msg for twitter, talk to him.
Blas- Dec 30-31 OH hosting direct action, teach-ins, education, to expse big oil re: poisoning of air land water war corruption of our democracy and so on. Conglomerates which we will be confronting include JP Morgan int’l, goldman sachs, big fraudulent health ins, defense dept, pres intelligence advisory board, just to name a few. Sunday, the whole day will be dedicated to demonstrating wholistic solutions which will liberate us from this tyranny.  If you’re visiting from other cities, come down for that weekend.
Sandy- Presenting BAsics project BA everywhere, getting the voice chairman of the revolutionary communist party Bob Avakian, out into society. April 11 2011, amazing event in Harlem NY, occaisioned by Basics.  Basics is from the talks and writings of B.A.  Jazz musicians, cornel west, culture secretary of Black Panthers.  Culture of the mainstream is disgusting, depressing.  This is about a culture that is uplifting.  Let’s imagine if we had a whole different culture, end of bitches and hoes, imagine if we had a society full of lively creative culture, lifting us up, giving us a vision, challenged us to think critically. Imagine.  Imagine if all the masses of people made the culture and art from time to time, together with those who are more full time in that realm. This inspired event, trying to raise $23,000  by midnight tomorrow www.indiegogo.com/basicsevent
Jim- Houston sierra club- wants to express solidarity with Occupy, would like to thank Occupy for helping us to encircle the white house about the XL pipeline.  Maybe someone could come to our meeting and say what the occupy movement is about.  Looking for a rep.  Jim Williams,  contact info on the Sierra Club website.  Mtgs is 2nd Thursday of the month.
Art- GreenWatch public access tv show.  Every other Monday, including tomorrow, looking for reps from occupy to be on the show, justin is the point person to be on the show. Can watch live online 8-9pm also shows are archived on vimeo.com ; show sponsored by green party
Mike- someone has an 8×4 political sign that she wants to donate, she is lookingfor a truck to haul the sign down here so we can use it.  Mike has her phone number.
Remmington- helping coordinate civil disobedience for tomorrow. Wants to get information out by tomorrow am at the latest. Probably blocking traffic which is class c misdemeanor, municipal, going to be dealing with Homeland Security if you trespass, not recommended. But lawyers lining up to defend those with the civil disobedience
Jamin- constructing letter to address armed forces around the world. Has rough draft, want to help edit, see him after GA.
Jenny- Open forum after GA focused on D12 action
Eric R- Occupied Wall Street Journal; printed 50,000 here in Houston. People in other cities take large amount, meet after GA with Eric to get 5-10,000.  Need distributors to stock stores, meeting with orgs, to get the word out.  Part of building sustained movement.  Also, talk to jim about distribution plan.  Also 25,000 copies in Spanish. Coming next wek.
Scott- Went to Last Organic Outpost, urban farm. Lots of food, growing right in dirt on top of asphalt.  If you come help, you can pick what you want and take it with you. On the east side. Matt Trimble announcement—really really free market, at Tranquility Park Dec. 29th 1-5 pm gently used free things, food, skills. Market depends on your participation.  Also looking for musicians
Jacob- Host of OH radio show Thurs 6pm. Issues about women in the occupation. Amy and another unknown going to be on the air this upcoming show. Another show coming up reaching out to other occupations, communicating with groups around the nation and world. 90.1 KPFT .  3 episodes more at minimum. Let station know you like us. Like us on Facebook.
George- I want to acknowledge all that are here from out of town. I want to acknowledge Deb, and Dee, Art and Madeline and three other people who’s names I don’t know who provided food. If you have any utensils that you used, please put it back
John- Tomorrow night at the West Gray Café, there will be a meeting of the Harris County Green Party Discussion Group at 7pm at near Taft and West Gray. Please come and join us. I know many are not down with electoral politics, so please come and tell.. please come and
Joe Roche – Please if you don’t have anything to do tomorrow night, meet here at 4:30pm we are going to go occupy the West University City Council. West University Place is home to many of the 1%. There will be a free ride from here and food provided. This Tuesday, 2pm, public comment right across the street. Occupy it, public  comment Also, Tuesday morning, early morning, public comment with the Port Authority of Houston at 8am.  Point of Information, Tuesday city council meeting will talk about giving an SSA Marines license to .. owned by  Goldman Sachs

PROPOSALS
Delbert – with People of Color Work Group. During Halloween, we had a display corporate house of horrors.. Would like to submit a proposal to do a nativity scene to visualize the issue of home foreclosure and it would also be a shelter in contravention of city rules. r proposals. Starting on.. and have it done by the week  before christmas;
Alice – I joined up with Houston Unido this past week that’s doing a project called Tell Your Story Houston. The idea is to get people to take the survey and questionnaire about attitudes about police and undocumented people. They are doing trainings for people who are willing to give the survey about police and immigration. My proposal is about doing a training here at the park at Occupy Houston to be done in December.  Hope and Jim will be the contacts to organize a training session at the park for interested people. Hopesnopes@gmail.com and  jimtoweill@gmail.com . passed
JJ – It’s been known, hat I intend ot run for constable. My opponent is my own flesh and blood, my uncle. He is a constable, but as a constable on duty he shut and killed a nine year old child with a toy gun on their hand. Therefore, I call in unity and solidarity to protest his office and running in his campaign. For any man who shoots a child should not run for constable. A republican candidate with a record like that does not deserve to be a constable. Precinct 4. Proposal to start a work group on it. I’m proposing that we protest constable Chris Jack, for as constable he shot and killed a nine year old child in his own front yard and that we protest his campaign office. This has nothing to do with my campaign. The election is March 6th.  Date of protest will be announced later. Passed
Ryan- Working with engineers from Nasa and other firms with magnets for a perpetual motion machine.  I bought the magnets myself for $166, and spent many hours.  looking to OH to support me with the building materials; around $50, like to have from GA treasury. Disagreement about whether there is basis in terms of physics.  ga participant suggested Bike generator based on “actual physics”.  Similar machines have been built and shown to work but have been bought off by large corporations to suppress this technology. I have a small scale one working. I have been working on this for a while, I believe I can get a working larger scale model going within a week.  Blocked by multiple  people.
Tyler- The proposal is to take a fifteen minute break after the GA and have a discussion for the work group on the D12. Already done by Jenny.

OPINIONS
Jacob – OHAirwaves@gmail.com – Occupy the airwaves email – twitter @OHAirwaves
Thursdays – Jacob and Remington coming to the park
KPFT.org – listen to the archives
To call in 713-526-5738
Indigo – Sustainable living organizations – compost, recycling
Noe from Dallas – Feels welcome, thanks HTX for being hospitable; don’t be afraid to be at the port action – we’re with you
Ariana – Art is a powerful medium – more art!
Jamin – Doubletree Hotel is a place for people to use the restroom – don’t write on the walls
We are working to create a better society – no horseplay; cigarette smoke is responsible for 600,000 deaths due to 2nd hand smoke every year – supports large corporations
Steven from Dallas – communities organizing against police terrorism – organized after an act of police violence – created a citizen-run investigative board

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Houston United Tell-Your-Story Project

Occupiers and Occupy Supporters– this is a great opportunity to support immigrants and all of us in our fight against the prison-industrial complex.  You can talk to Marianela if you want to learn how to administer the survey or if you want to take it and share your opinion of policing, community trust and public safety!

Houston, TX– On Friday December 9th, Houston United, along with immigrant’s rights activists, faith leaders, and community members, will unveil its Tell Your Story Houston project. The project is designed to better understand the effects of federal programs that target the immigrant population, specifically 287(g) and “Secure Communities”, and to document any abuses that have resulted from their implementation.
The 287g program deputizes local police officers to enforce civil immigration laws and has siphoned hundreds of thousands of immigrants into the deportation process. Similarly, “Secure Communities” seeks the deportation of undocumented immigrants by using local law enforcement. Nationally, both programs have come under strong scrutiny by community leaders, local and state governments, and congressional leaders for their lack of transparency, accountability, and oversight.
“We want to ensure the voices of those directly targeted and affected by these programs are being heard,” notes Marianela Acuna, one of the organizers of the project, “their stories are essential in promoting immigrant rights.”
Houston United organizers will be teaming up with other community groups to survey individuals regarding the effects of Police/ICE collaboration on civil rights, community trust, and public safety. Through these surveys, Tell Your Story Houston aims to better understand the local impact of these federal immigration programs, and use the results to educate and organize communities to action. Most importantly, the project hopes that immigrants in Houston will be empowered by telling their story.
Houston United organizers will discuss the importance of documenting the effects of these programs and community and faith leaders will remind us of the continuing struggle of immigrant communities in Houston. Individuals will also share their personal experiences living with the 287g and “Secure Communities” programs.
All Houston residents who are part of, or interact with, immigrant communities are invited to participate in this confidential survey. For more information on the Tell Your Story Houston project and other research concerns, please contact Marianela Acuna at (832)713-6352 or Tell.Your.Story.Houston@gmail.com

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