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Occupy Houston Event To Be Held On October 6—It Starts At Market Square Park At 8:30 AM

(Update– 10/06/11–Here is my post on the event today.) 

Below are details about the Occupy Houston protest to be held later this week.

Here is the Occupy Houston website.

Here is why I will be taking part in this event.

I will be at this event. I hope you will attend as well.

The details as written by Occupy Houston—

IT’S TIME TO STAND UP. Join @OccupyHouston and the rest of the 99% On October 6, 2011 and make your voice known!

  • We meet at Market Square Park at 8:30am on October 6. Pick up a sign if you don’t have one. Meet your fellow protesters, and get ready to march!
  • At 9:00am we march to J.P. Morgan Chase Tower downtown.
  • After an hour of speaking out against corporate corruption, at 10:00am we head toHermann Square and begin our occupation.

Check out and share our Facebook event with your friends. If you want to join us in the afternoon then please head directly to Hermann Square Park. Come join us and stand in peaceful solidarity with our brothers and sisters occupying Wall Street and the rest of the nation. Together we can END CORPORATE CORRUPTION OF DEMOCRACY!

October 3, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , ,


  1. Not a peep from the President yet. I would like to see him at least make a statement.

    The people have a right to protest. Please do not force them into the streets and then arrest them for being in the street you just herded them into.

    Something simple and to the point.

    The JP morgan chase 4.6 million dollars given to NYPD does not help, Most of the arrest have been peaceful thankfully its a bad spot for the cops to be in. Its a worst spot to be forced into a street and then handcuffed and bused off.

    Comment by BIll | October 3, 2011

  2. If the goal is to end corporate corruption in democracy, why aren’t you demonstrating in Washington? What good is it to pile a bunch of protesters into the lobby of a building to say “WE ARE UNHAPPY THAT YOUR MONEY HAS AN AFFECT IN WASHINGTON!” ???? Lobbyist will exist as long as there are politicians that take their money. For this group in NY to pull from the techniques used in the Arab Spring and then compare their effort to those in the middle east is absurd. Their cause: to live freely away from tyranny of dictators and a police state. Your cause: …..um, uh….what exactly is your cause? I have looked for a bit and cannot find a clear cut decisive answer for that in any of the links you sent.

    To me it is also laughable, and I don’t mean to belittle your effort, because it sounds strangely familiar to the beginning of the TEA Party movement. “GRASSROOTS” and “WE THE PEOPLE” were some of the same buzzwords used in early discussions about the Taxed Enough Already movement, that was soon denounced with slurs of “TEA BAGGERS” and “RADICALS”. I am sure you have even taken part in some of this in the past.

    I don’t like the fact that money makes the world go round and politicians are held accountable to the money they took in from corporate America during their elections – but that isn’t something that should be addressed at the banks. The people at JP Morgan care about one thing. Shareholder Equity. If the Shareholders decided to “occupy” the lobby, I am sure they would listen, but I doubt you will have too many shareholders in your group….or maybe you will – it is confusing? But you and the other “occupants” are considered to be “shareholders” of the political system. Your congressman and your senators regard your votes as their equity and will be more apt to listen to your plight than Jamie Dimon ever will. Why not take this demonstration to them? Force a change in the election laws, tort reform and other current policies that plague are political system. You can yell at the coyote to stay away from the chickens, but until you put a fence up – it ain’t happening.

    Maybe clarifying the movement’s purpose to yourself and others would be advantageous. Here are some goal setting steps that may be useful to you and the organizers:

    1. Write down your goal – be specific.
    2. Be able to measure it.
    3. Make sure it’s attainable – this is pretty important.
    4. Make sure you get buy in (everybody agrees and it’s understood)
    5. Put a timeline on it.

    If whoever is organizing this thing doesn’t define these items in the beginning, how will you know if you were successful?

    Good luck sir.

    Comment by Mike | October 3, 2011

  3. Bill—Some of this would not be happening if the President had made himself relevant a long time ago on helping everyday people.

    Mike–I’ve never used the Tea Bagger term.

    I’ve said before the Tea Party folks worked hard and beat us in 2010 and that it had plenty to do with everyday folks and not just big money.

    There is great value in having protests all over because the point right now is just to convey the idea that something better than either President Obama’s tepidness so far or the Tea Party movement is possible.

    My Congressperson is John Culberson. I’m doubtful Mr. Culberson really cares much about my views. Nor do Senators John Cornyn or K.B.H. I wager those folks are not really listening all the time to the Republican base in contrast to the attention they pay to big donors.

    We’ll see where it all leads.

    Thank you for your ongoing comments here.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | October 4, 2011

  4. Mike: the effort to end the corrosive influence of too much money in our so-called democracy is being waged on a different front. It’s called “Move to Amend”, and there are meetings all over Texas this week about it.


    Comment by PDiddie | October 4, 2011

  5. Mike–I’ve never used the Tea Bagger term.

    Yes, you have.

    Comment by Matt Bramanti | October 4, 2011

  6. Matt–I was all set to apologize for having used the term at some point I did not recall. But what you have is a link I provide to another post from last year. If you want to say I’ve allowed it in my blog, you’ve proven that true. I did not edit it just as I don’t edit comments I disagree with. I can’t recall using the term and I can say I will not write it in the future. At the same time, I won’t censor it here at the blog if another blogger uses it in the weekly round-up that I post on most Sundays. Thanks.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | October 5, 2011

  7. I appreciate that, Neil. You’re an exemplar of civility among your ideological kin.

    Comment by Matt Bramanti | October 5, 2011

  8. Matt–It is simply not the case that any group of people of any ideological stripe, of any economic class, or from any part of the nation are any more or less polite than any other group of people. I gave that notion up a long time ago. If you hold any different notion, I feel that empirical non-ideological observation will someday lead you to the same conclusion I have reached.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | October 5, 2011

  9. Let me make it simple. The mistakes. The United States Supreme Court insanely equated money with that of “free speech, making it possible for corporations to give enormous (unlimited) amounts of money to political candidates of their choice. Before that the Supreme Court ruled that coporations could have the same legal rights as human beings without holding them responsible for their misdeeds. And a long time before that human beings were determined to be nothing more than “a thing,”perhaps just “a cog” in that of a greased up machine!

    The end result: a nation ruled by greed, congressmen sitting back waiting for lobbyists to fill their coffers with wads of money (filthy lucre)………. the consequential destruction of a democracy, one that if not reversed soon will be replaced by a hierarchy of thugs, corporate CEO’s who will have but one thing in mind, money, even more money, for the rich, and to Hell with everyone else!

    Comment by Doug Soderstrom | October 5, 2011

  10. Matt–It is simply not the case that any group of people of any ideological stripe, of any economic class, or from any part of the nation are any more or less polite than any other group of people.

    Oh, I wasn’t speaking broadly, just that you’re the most civil of the three or four Houston-area lefty bloggers I’ve engaged in conversation.

    That said, there’s some empirical research that conservatives are more polite, which you might expect given our deference to tradition and the like.

    Comment by Matt Bramanti | October 6, 2011

  11. I’m not convinced on that point.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | October 6, 2011

  12. You should read the study; it also found that liberals are more compassionate.

    Comment by Matt Bramanti | October 6, 2011

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