Occupy Houston Camp Ordered To Disband—There Is A Great Deal To Be Hopeful About
The Occupy Houston camp at Tranquility Park was cleared out this evening by the Houston Police Department at the order of Mayor Annise Parker.
(Above–An Occupy Houston photo from the end of the Tranquility Park camp in Downtown Houston.)
I could not truthfully argue that Mayor Parker acted in a rash or unreasonable fashion in moving out the Occupy camp. She was patient in this regard.
At the same time, progressives and liberals in Houston should not forget the A- rating on fiscal concerns Mayor Parker received in 2011 from the Texas Conservative Review. Mayor Parker–A Democrat– is no true friend of progressive and liberal aspirations in our great City of Houston.
The camp began on October 6, 2011. Here is my post from the first day of Occupy Houston.
In the months since October, the Occupy Houston camp had become an eyesore and had stopped serving any useful purpose for the cause of a more just society.
There were many good people who took part on the camp and who are still part of Occupy Houston. Yet this is simply the case as to what the camp at Tranquility had become.
At the same time, the Occupy Houston Facebook page has more than 16,000 followers and the Occupy Wall Street effort continues.
There have been other victories as well.
InterOccupy offers conference calls and news for a growing network of activists and supporters.
As the Occupy effort chooses its next course, it can already claim success in propelling issues of income inequality and economic fair play into the national debate.
I remain hopeful. I’ve come to know a number of good and smart people through my support of Occupy Houston and the Occupy movement.
Just this past weekend I attended an organizing training session in which a number of other Occupy backers also took part.
I don’t know what form the Occupy effort will take nationally or in Houston in the weeks ahead.
I do know that victories have already been won, and that there is much to be hopeful about in the weeks and months ahead.
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