Two Protests Against Cruel Proposed Houston Anti-Food Sharing Ordinance On Tuesday, April 3—Annise Parker Wants To Limit How You Can Help Those Most In Need
There are two upcoming events to protest the ongoing efforts of Houston Mayor Annise Parker and Houston City Council to criminalize many acts of sharing food with the homeless in Houston.
Both protests are taking place on Tuesday, April 3.
Here is the first event–
Those wanting to share food with one another can gather in anticipation of the Free To Give public rally which meets @ 1:00 PM outside Houston City Hall.
Starting at 11am, feel free to come to the people’s park: Hermann Square Park around the reflection pool at City Hall. Bring homemade snacks, treats from some of our great local businesses, a blanket, and your 1st amendment right to gather with edibles.
We’re also trying to get as many of our needy friends out to share lunch with us. If you work with a community like this, please invite them out! We will be signing up people to speak at that time.
Lots of people have a lunch hour. Let’s support the people who are trying to make our government work FOR us, not against us.
Here is the 2nd event–
Public Rally at 1:00 PM outside Houston City Hall by reflection pool. Also, if you can sign up to Speak at Houston City Council meeting at 2 PM for 1, 2 or 3 minutes or just attend the public meeting to show support against the City’s continued effort to criminalize feeding the homeless. To speak call the Houston City Secretary at 832/393-1100 and ask to speak under the subject “Anti-Giving and Sharing Food Ordinance” Chapter 20 and choose 1, 2 or 3 minutes.
Conservative Mayor Annise Parker merits a challenger from the left in 2013. This link also details Mayor Parker’s odd views about how public space in really private space.
How in these hard times can it made illegal to help those most in need? How can this be the right course at any time?
I will be at these Tuesday protests. I hope to see you there as well.
Pictures From The First Day Of Occupy Houston—Learn About The Occupy Effort On Your Own And Determine What You Think
Today I attended the Occupy Houston event in Downtown Houston.
(Update 10/7/11–Here is an update on day two of Occupy from the Houston Chronicle.)
Though Houston police estimated the crowd to have been about 200, I think the crowd was larger than that. It may have been closer to 500 at the beginning.
In any case, the event had some energy and it felt like a good start.
Houston police officers were helpful. They helped the march run well.
In Ohio, the Republican governor and the Republican state legislature essentially ended the right of police officers to collectively bargain. Police officers are working people just like anybody else.
If the Tea Party/Republican Party will mess with politically popular police unions, what chance do other working people have with wages and worker’s rights?
Below are some pictures I took of Occupy Houston —
Below are folks this morning organizing for the day ahead at Market Square Park.
From Market Square Park, people walked to the Chase building Downtown and rallied there for a time. Below are people at the Chase Building.
From the Chase building, people went to Houston City Hall. Below are folks in front of Houston City Hall.
Here again are Occupy Houston backers at Houston City Hall.
This fellow citizen you see below took the work of freedom and democracy into his own hands. This is the type of effort that reflects well on free citizens of any ideological leaning.
Below are some of the signs from Occupy Houston.
The plan is for Occupy Houston to camp out at Hermann Square in front of Houston City Hall.
Over time I imagine there will be public speakers and other events at that location.
What will constitute success for this effort?
This is not clear as of yet.
The Occupy Wall Street effort and other such efforts across the nation, have helped put issues of corporate greed and the declining condition of the American worker back on the table.
These are the issues we need to be discussing rather than more cuts and austerity.
Occupy Houston is taking donations to keep the operation going for the long haul.
There are also Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Houston pages on Facebook. There are Occupy pages for many cities on Facebook.
Take the time to look around the web for yourself to see where this cause is headed.
It may flame out or it may last for a long time.
From Bloomberg Businessweek–
“The Occupy Wall Street protests came to Washington today, as marchers gathered near the White House and President Barack Obama said the demonstrations are “giving voice” to frustrations with the financial system. “The American people understand that not everybody’s been following the rules, that Wall Street is an example of that,” Obama said at a White House press conference. He stopped short of endorsing the movement that began three weeks ago in Lower Manhattan and has spread to cities from Houston to San Francisco with the help of postings on Twitter and websites.”
Mother Jones magazine has a great interactive map of Occupy events across our great nation. This link also includes a timeline of the Occupy protests.
The issue is not resentment of the rich. The issue is the ability to get a good job in America. The overwhelming number of people in America just want to work and be able to earn a decent living.
The crowd in Houston today was good-natured and hopeful. The police were helpful. More passing motorists honked in support than yelled out something nasty.
If you are in the Houston area, go down to Hermann Square and see what is happening. Follow Occupy Houston on the web and on Facebook.
No matter where you are—You can learn about this movement on your own and determine what you think.
My own view is that it is great to have a possible counterweight to the Tea Party, and it is great that everyday people are getting involved in the work of taking back our country from big money.