Just before the Sierra Club meeting, someone borrowed my pen and did not return it, so I was unable to take notes as I had intended. As exhausted as I am tonight, that may be just as well; impressions are what I have to offer, and remembering details of such an event is never my strong suit.
First of all, as diverse as the org is in terms of race, gender, political outlook, etc., Occupy Houston comprises (or at least this group of five people comprised) overwhelmingly young people. All were well-spoken; different individuals had different activist emphases, but all were obviously accustomed to being diplomatic and making things work in a group environment. Their presentation was reasonably well-organized for a four-hour talk, but as they had only one hour in which to deliver it, they did a very respectable job of choosing their cuts and presenting the most important points.
To regular readers of this blog and similar online sources, nothing said tonight would surprise you. Occupy Houston is a community assistance group, a protest group in the best tradition of our nation’s history of civil disobedience, and a team of strategically savvy individuals committed to, in their own words, “reclaiming the commons.” They have had some practical successes, but they are not so much keeping score as keeping alive a dream of what a free society can be and should be.
I was well impressed. If you are a parent or mentor of one or more of these young people, or perhaps an educator or other person in a position to have influenced their degree of caring commitment, you have my thanks, and you have much to be proud of. And if you are one of these genuinely good people yourself, you also have my thanks, and you have even more to be proud of.