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Good Jobs=Great Houston Organizing Training Session On 2/11 & 2/12

There will be organizing training sessions held by Good Jobs=Great Houston this weekend. These meetings will be at 2955 Gulf Freeway in Houston.

Here is the website of Good Jobs=Great Houston.

Here are details of the two sessions—

A weekend of learning, sharing and training. Presented by veteran organizers Lisa Fithian and Juniper, and hosted by Good Jobs=Great Houston. RSVP now for your free space! Please specify Sat, Sun, or both.

9:30 Gather, Food (breakfast and lunch provided by GJGH)
10:00 Organizing For Power
From corporate offices to banks, auto plants to universities to cities and streets, strategic nonviolent direct action can creatively liberate spaces, shift the balance of power, offer alternatives and win. This workshop will look at some success stories, explore different action models, and examine some good practices in the art of actions and campaigns.
2:00 Nonviolent Direct Action
We will do some hands-on exercises including scouting, blockade techniques, flying squads, the five finger and more. We will draw together lessons for our movements about how we can work in alignment with one another despite differences in race, gender, class, culture, strategy, tactics and goals. 

9:30 Gather, Food
10:00 Facilitation and Consensus
This session will help us deepen our understanding of the role of the facilitator and the consensus/decision-making process in building strong groups.
2:00 Organizing Now and for the Long Haul
Our power is relational, so we need to build relationships that support each other and that last. This session will look at some of the basics of 1-on-1 organizing and structures that can support the 99% in being more engaged in this movement for social change

please RSVP to amy@occupyhouston.org. Note whether you’ll be there Sat, Sun, or both!

There is a Facebook page for this event called Organizing the Power of the 99%.

Here are pictures of a Good Jobs=Great Houston protest at the office of anti-worker U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady.  Rep. Brady has repeatedly voted against the extension of unemployment benefits for good people who are hard pressed in the Bush recession.

Day-by-day and step-by-step a more organized and energetic progressive and liberal movement in taking shape in Houston. Attend one or both of these sessions and be part of the progress.

February 8, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | 1 Comment

Good Jobs Great Houston March For Fair Corporate Taxation On Jan. 24

There will be a Good Jobs Great Houston march and protest against the failure of U.S. corporations to pay a fair share of the taxes in our great nation.

From a Reuters story about a government study conducted during the administration of G.W. Bush

The Government Accountability Office said 72 percent of all foreign corporations and about 57 percent of U.S. companies doing business in the United States paid no federal income taxes for at least one year between 1998 and 2005. More than half of foreign companies and about 42 percent of U.S. companies paid no U.S. income taxes for two or more years in that period, the report said. During that time corporate sales in the United States totaled $2.5 trillion, according to Democratic Sens. Carl Levin of Michigan and Byron Dorgan of North Dakota, who requested the GAO study.

Here are detail of the Jan. 24 march.

FACT: You have more money in your pocket than a majority of US corporations paid in federal income taxes last year. 

FACT: Several of these corporations are headquartered downtown.

FACT: While these corporations dodge paying their fair share of taxes, we’re the ones getting cut and fired. What’s wrong with this picture?

Join us at the reflecting pool in front of Houston City Hall on Tuesday, January 24 at 1:30 PM, where we’ll go hog wild and march to some of these corporate HQs downtown to tell them to pay their share!

January 13, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | 7 Comments

Amy Price Reports On Day 2 Of Occupy Houston & Good Jobs Great Houston Actions In Washington

My friend Amy Price has traveled to Washington with Occupy Houston and Good Jobs Great Houston to take the fight for economic fair play and the 99% to our elected officials and to the offices of the big lobbyists.

Amy was a recent candidate for Houston City Council. With that race over, she is remaining involved in the fight for a better Houston and a better nation.

Below is an account from Amy of her second day in Washington.

(Above–A fuzzy yet clear enough photo of the arrest of an Occupy protestor in Washington on 12/ 7.)  

Here is the account of Amy’s first day.

Here is Occupy Houston.

Here is Occupy DC.

Here is Occupy Wall Street.

From Amy on Day 2—

Today in the DC action against austerity economics, we switched our focus from elected officials to lobbyists. Over 1,000 of us–union members, activists, members of Occupations around the nation–started out in the lobbies of various firms. The one I was in was The Capital Tax Partners, where we chanted “jobs, not cuts” as we moved through the ground floor. Several folks in suits videoed us from the second floor. 

But the real action of the day took place on the streets, specifically on K street, where most of the lobbyists are located. We shut down the street with three different human chains from curb to curb. The first human chain was made up of union members, including a Houstonian with SEIU. The second and third chains were made up of Occupiers from around the country. We waited through the rain and the cold as, one by one, 62 individuals traded a few hours in jail for the opportunity to remind the nation that freedom of speech trumps local ordinances, including traffic codes.

Why does our freedom of speech require taking the streets? Because more ordinary methods of speech aren’t working. We speak through our votes, except that our votes get bought, bought by the bidder willing to put the most money behind a national political campaign. So we speak where we inconvenience people, because then we might actually get listened to. 

I was interviewed by a local reporter who said to me, “why are you doing this when you know that it won’t make a difference?” And I responded with what I believe, which is that while we won’t make the difference today, or tomorrow, we will eventually. And when he asked how we’d accomplish this, I said, “we won’t. You will.” Because the press, in its many incarnations, is the conduit by which the citizens of this nation will become educated about exactly how we are being legally robbed of a just economic present and future. 

Later in the evening, Carlos–who got arrested not for lying down in the street but for literally begging the police, on his knees, to do their duty to protect us and our freedom of speech–was released, and he told this story: a few blocks from the arrest site, the police stopped their van to take names and details of the arrestees. Carlos had been trying to dialog with the police, and one of them finally said to him “you’re doing the right thing. Keep it up.”

That made my day.

December 8, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | 11 Comments

Occupy Houston & Good Jobs Great Houston In Washington—A Report From Amy Price

My friend Amy Price has traveled to Washington with Occupy Houston and Good Jobs Great Houston to take the fight for economic fair play and the 99% to our elected officials and to the offices of the big lobbyists.

(Update 12/8/11—Here is Amy’s second day in Washington.)

(Above–Picture taken by Amy of an occupation on the National Mall.) 

Amy was a recent candidate for Houston City Council. With that race over, she is remaining involved in the fight for a better Houston and a better nation.

Below is an account from Amy of her first full day in Washington.

Here is Occupy Houston.

Here is Occupy DC.

Here is Occupy Wall Street.

Here is Amy’s report–

I came to Washington DC on Monday of this week, along with about 100
other Houstonians, to meet up with people from across the country who
have taken over the National Mall and are here to demand that our
government start–well, governing. Folks will be coming in through
Wednesday, leaving Friday, and by the time it’s all said and done we
should number about 2,500. The group here is pretty diverse: all ages,
different ethnicities, way different backgrounds. What we have in
common is the realization that austerity economics is not the solution
to America’s economic problems.

Walking past the Capital Building, I had an acute sense of history
wash over me, and I felt privileged to be literally in the shadow of
the symbol of our nation’s legislature. I wish the folks who worked
around that building–the senators and congress members elected to
serve their constituents–felt the same way. Even the most casual
student of American history knows that America got out of the Great
Depression by spending the money necessary to put people to work. The
Works Progress Administration, the manufacturing that accompanied WWII
and other programs ushered in the golden age of America’s middle
class. Continue reading

December 7, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | 7 Comments