Occupy Houston Presents To Houston Sierra Club

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.

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  • L'Enfant de la Haute Mer  On Friday January 13, 2012 at 10:02 am

    “Share Our Wealth” and the 99% vs. the 1%

    “…………..
    By contrast, the “Share Our Wealth” movement was coopted by the “liberal” Democratic Party rather than being put down by force, and it fell victim to its reliance on a single charismatic leader — pitfalls that Occupy Wall Street has consciously and conscientiously avoided. With both these movements, history shows once again that the System’s political front men must be put on notice and alarmed by intemperate radical mass uprisings from below before it will sanction meaningful reforms. So that’s a compelling argument, even if an anti-capitalist revolution for the 99% against the 1% is not on the immediate horizon (as it ought to be) in this country, for getting out there in the streets, parks, and other public spaces during 2012 and giving them the fright that the bastards so richly deserve.”
    http://mrzine.monthlyreview.org/2012/moore120112.html

    • Steve  On Friday January 13, 2012 at 12:35 pm

      Enfant, Huey Long was what Americans call “a character” … so much so that in fact in 1981 he became a character in an opera, “Willie Stark” by Carlisle Floyd, and long before that in a novel by Robert Penn Warren. It is hard for me to get past Long’s racism (he was typical of Southern whites of his era), but the appeal of his populism is easy for me to understand.

      I admit that if I were younger and if my feet worked properly, I might participate in Occupy Houston. I was very well impressed by those young people. They were serious, in a way that I don’t often see among today’s youth, and their commitment was not a single, narrow cause but rather a coming together of a lot of worthy causes contributing to the retaking of the commons (in its broadest meaning). I wish I had a copy of their slides listing what Sierra Club and Occupy Houston could do for each other; Occupy clearly understands that they’re not in this fight alone, and they need what Sierra Club can provide… expertise on environmental issues in a large urban setting.

  • L'Enfant de la Haute Mer  On Friday January 13, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Steve,

    Please delete my double comment: something went wrong and the first one did not appear!
    Apologies. Done. – SB

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