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Local Activists Prepare Actions Over The FBI’s Cover-Up Concerning An Assassination Plot To Kill Key Activists of Occupy Houston

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Key activists of Occupy Houston were once targeted by a sniper group while the FBI continues to withhold information about the assassination plot.

January 2013 an article was written concerning the early stages and findings: “Occupy movement nationwide targeted as an assassination plot unfolds: FBI gives no warning” which gave little detail about an assassination plot that surfaced after FBI documents revealed the following:

An identified [redacted] of October planned to engage in sniper attacks against protesters in Houston, Texas, if deemed necessary. An identified [redacted] had received intelligence that indicated the protesters in New York and Seattle planned similar protests in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Austin, Texas. [Redacted] planned to gather intelligence against the leaders of the protest groups and obtain photographs then formulate a plan to kill the leadership via suppressed sniper rifles.

January 2013 article here:  http://www.sheredore.com/?p=214

OCCUPY HOUSTON’S BACKGROUND

The article detailed Occupy Houston’s findings back then and this is now. Nearly three-years since Occupy Houston began, the assassination plot concerning key activists of Occupy Houston has become a hot topic once more, especially for those deeply involved with activism and the community. Occupy Houston is an extension of Occupy Wall Street that thrived in September 2011. The Occupy movement ignited after the Arab Spring in the Mid-East sparked protests all over the globe by individuals and groups who clearly had enough of corruption within their government and the role that major corporations played with political leaders. Occupy Houston jumped on board and hosted their first rally on October 6, 2011, just three-weeks after the start of Occupy Wall Street (OWS).

Houston is the 4th largest city in America which has a population of nearly 4-million (including the surrounding suburbs) and is considered the Energy Capitol of the World. Houston has the 2nd highest number of Fortune 500 companies after New York. These corporations include:  Phillips 66, ConocoPhillips, Sysco, Halliburton, Marathon Oil and National Oilwell Vargo just to name a few. Occupy Houston along with Occupy extensions throughout the U.S. were assembling on public space while forming several actions that protested corporations, banks and political leaders who intentionally depleted the nations economy, used their financial powers to obtain special favors from Congress and of course the infamous 1%, 85 of the worlds wealthiest people. In fact, the 85 richest people in the world have as much wealth as the 3.5 billion poorest individuals on the planet. Combine the highly imbalanced scale where it concerned minimum wage workers vs. the corporate elite, including our nations government who had passed a bill that gave an $800-billion bail out via tax dollars to banks and mega financial groups. Congress approved the $800 billion bailout quickly and quietly.  Citigroup, Merrill Lynch and seven other U.S. banks were paid $32.6 billion in bonuses by the U.S. Treasury Department in 2008 which went to a handful of bank executives meanwhile the majority of the nations people were hit with job losses that had a negative rippling effect for individuals personally and America’s economy. It is no surprised that The People were fed up and wanted to do something about the growing problem. Occupy was born. Although mainstream medias perpetrated a very negative view of the Occupy movement, those who were personally involved and those who supported Occupy had first hand knowledge that while imperfect, Occupy was attempting to make positive changes within the country. Occupy worked hard to ensure that voices were not silenced, giving people an outlet and even breeding new activists. With all the positive energies surfacing with a true will to do good in society, Occupy Houston was appalled upon learning about an assassination plot. Even worse, the FBI failed to inform Occupy Houston of the plot which added speculation among local activists.

MEET RYAN SHAPIRO

Ryan Shapiro is a researcher and an advocate for animal rights groups. Shapiro is most known for his FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) requests to government entities and has almost become an expert concerning FOIA requests. When the U.S. government has refused to process those requests or provided data that is highly redacted or presumed to be manipulated, Shapiro has pursued repeated litigation that has been widely publicized. Shapiro currently has more than 700 active FOIA requests and four pending lawsuits with the FBI. Most recently Shapiro has been in the media worldwide concerning Occupy Houston and the FBI. Shapiro learned of the assassination plot aimed at key activist of Occupy Houston and initiated a FOIA request through the FBI to obtain more information on the assassination plot. The FBI responded by giving Shapiro heavily redacted (information intentionally blacked out by the FBI) documents that gave Shapiro no information concerning the plot. Shapiro filed a suit against the FBI for a violation of FOIA itself. The FBI had identified 17-pages that concern the plot but only surrendered 5-pages however little to no information was obtained by Shapiro or his FOIA attorney, Jeffrey Light. FBI FOIA Chief David Hardy defended suppressing the information in a motion to dismiss Shapiro’s lawsuit. The request concerned material that the FBI had given to local authorities who were investigating “potential criminal activity” by Occupy Houston protesters. The FBI was working with them to assess potential terrorist threats posed by Occupy Houston and determine whether it had advocated overthrowing the US government. The FBI and the Department of Justice invoked the Bureau’s “general investigative authority” and its “lead role in investigating terrorism and in the collection of terrorism threat information” as a basis for its exemption from FOIA, but this did not convince Judge Rosemary M. Collyer of the US District Court for the District of Columbia.

At no point does Mr. Hardy supply specific facts as to the basis for the FBI’s belief that the Occupy protestors [sic] might have been engaged in terroristic or other criminal activity,” Collyer wrote in an opinion that denied part of the FBI’s motion to dismiss. “Neither the word ‘terrorism’ nor the phrase ‘advocating the overthrow of the government’ are talismanic, especially where FBI purports to be investigating individuals who ostensibly are engaged in protected First Amendment activity. -Judge Collyer

Collyer gave the FBI until April 9th to provide a more detailed explanation for its exemptions, which the FBI can submit to the court under seal and can keep it sealed if the Judge chooses. Meanwhile April 9th has passed, Occupy Houston has knowledge of the latest information concerning the April 9th court date however out of respect for Shapiro, Occupy Houston has chosen to keep silent on the matter and awaits more information by Shapiro and his attorney which is soon to come.

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Occupy Houston’s One Year Anniversary at Houston City Hall
(Photo Credit: Burnell McCray)

OCCUPY HOUSTON CHOOSES TO FIGHT BACK

Upon learning about Shapiro’s lawsuit, activist of Occupy Houston began assessing the information that was pouring in by different medias all over the world. While Occupy Houston had little knowledge of the assassination plot in early 2012, the more recent information learned by activists forced several communicate and realize the importance of this issue. To be called a Domestic Terrorist and have knowledge that there was a true plot to assassinate, to literally murder individuals for practicing their First Amendment right, became very real for Occupy Houston. On March 19, 2014, Occupy Houston filed a FOIA request through the FBI concerning the assassination plot. On March 25, 2014, Occupy Houston issued its first formal statement:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Occupy Houston activists demand FBI release assassination plot details

We want to take a moment to thank everyone for your concerns regarding information released about the FBI’s knowledge of assassination plans that targeted key participants in our movement. These plots involved the execution of members of Occupy Houston through coordinated sniper fire.

We want you to know we are ok, we are not afraid, and we are not going to run from this. We, Occupy Houston, have launched a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for the documents, and are awaiting a response before deciding our next moves.

Occupy Houston activists collectively stand together and have made it public that we are running our own investigation of the assassination plots after learning that the FBI not only had knowledge of these plots but actively refused to inform Occupy Houston activists of the details. These extremely suspicious acts lead us to question whether the plot(s) were a government sanctioned plot or that of an independent entity.

Let’s be clear: a terror plot such as this one put our lives in danger. The FBI has refused to inform us of the details. The FBI felt it was best to not only keep this imperative information from us but continues to heavily redact documents that would answer our inquiries. The FBI is actively shielding a vicious plan to murder us under the all-too-familiar guise of national security.

Throughout the time that Occupy Houston physically occupied Tranquility Park, it was made clear that the Houston Police Department, Houston Mayor Annise Parker, the Houston FBI, Dept of Homeland Security, Austin Police Department (who infiltrated and set up Occupier activists from Houston, Dallas and Austin) and other government agencies were not interested in respecting peaceful democratic assemblies, and in fact they used the most undemocratic and violent methods to suppress our movement, here and all over the country.

We thank our supporters who have stood by our side since 2011. Occupy Houston has formally requested the documents as of March 19, 2014. We demand the FBI immediately release all information pertaining this case.

We would also like to thank MIT student Ryan Shapiro for his continued support and attempts to obtain these documents, which were previously denied by the FBI. Mr Shapiro, we appreciate your passion to stand up to government entities who work feverishly to defame and criminalize democratic movements that belong to us, the people.

On March 30, 2014, Occupy Houston collectively agreed to pursue information from local government agencies via TPIA to find out if local government agencies had any knowledge of the plot. March 31, 2014 an OPEN RECORDS REQUEST was emailed to the City of Houston, Mayor Annise Parkers office.  Occupy Houston requested “identifying information” that dealt with any document concerning Occupy Houston and the Mayor’s office. a little over a week later, Occupy Houston received a response from the Mayor’s Director of Communications advising “We have no documents responsive to your request.” (See email below)

On Tue, Apr 8, 2014 at 12:06 PM, Evans, Janice – MYR wrote:

*****,

We have no documents responsive to your request.

Thank you,

Janice Evans

Chief Policy Officer

& Director of Communications

Office of Mayor Annise Parker

However Mayor Parker’s office wasn’t being truthful. Twice in 2012, Occupy Houston was given information by the very same individual,  Ms. Evans, in response to TPIA requests. One of the requests answered by Ms. Evans gives Occupy Houston a PDF file that had attached documents concerning Occupy Houston in late 2011 through early 2012.  (See below email from  Ms. Evan’s obtained in February 2012)

From: “Evans, Janice – MYR”
Date: February 27, 2012 6:46:36 PM CST
To: **** *****
Subject: RE: Open Records

Mr. *****,
I received your payment today. Attached are the documents we are able to release at this time in reference to your January 30, 2012 TPIA. We also have documents ready from your February 10, 2012 request. I will be sending a cost breakdown for them tomorrow. Other documents are still being withheld pending an opinion from the Texas Attorney General. You were previously copied on the correspondence from our legal department regarding that.

Janice.Evans wrote:

Dear Mr. *****,
Sent via electronic mail to an******@gmail.com

Re: Your Texas Public Information Act request dated January 30, 2012 for All email correspondence, sent to and from the Office of the Mayor, on any publicly funded computer, or any other computer or electronic device that is used for official city business, that mention the following phrases:

“Occupy Houston “
“Occupy Wall Street”
“Protesters”
” Tranquility Park “

In response to your above-referenced request received by the City of Houston on Monday, January 30, 2012, the custodian of records has located 88 pages of responsive documents. The fee for these documents is $8.80 for the cost of making copies. See the attached sheet for a breakdown of the charges. You may send your check or money order payable to the City of Houston to my attention at P.O. Box 1562 , Houston , TX 77251 or you may bring the payment in the exact amount listed above. The documents will be released to you once payment is made.
If you have any questions regarding this matter, please contact me by phone at (832) 393-0800 or by e-mail at Janice.Evans@houstontx.gov

Thank you,
Janice Evans
Director of Communications
Office of the Mayor

Why would the Mayor’s office tell activist that they don’t have any documents that was requested when two-years ago the very same Director of Communications sent Occupy Houston documents dealing with communications by the Mayor’s office concerning Occupy Houston? Could it be that Mayor Parker had knowledge of the assassination plot and is attempting to cover-up evidence? Parker’s office had received Occupy Houston’s official statement on March 25, 2014 which would give the Mayor’s office days to strategize on how to deal with the Occupiers if an open records request were to be made. Occupy Houston is working to gather more information and is interested in pursuing legal avenues concerning the denial of documents that come by our local government.

Several Occupy movements all over the country had been met by brutalities that came by local law enforcements in various cities. It was evident that Occupy was a threat to the 1%, local and national government, major corporations and banks. Occupy Houston activists were not engaging in plans to use any kind of domestic terrorism or violence. To date the FBI has made no arrests, no charges filed, have yet to identify the entity that wanted to assassinate key activists and what is most disturbing is that the FBI is working feverishly to protect an entity that wanted to kill peaceful protesters. It is troubling that our own government felt threatened by a group that have been making positive changes within the communities of Houston, Texas, shortly after their February 2012 eviction from Tranquility Park. While Occupy Houston moves forward to get answers, the situation that surrounds Occupy Houston should raise red flags about the FBI and all law enforcement entities tied to the government. For merely practicing your First Amendment Right: To peacefully assemble and freedom of speech, it is enough to get you killed, literally, and our government will do anything in their power to protect the assassins. Please stay tuned to the latest. You can reach out to Occupy Houston via Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/OccupyHouston or you can link to Occupy Houston’s website: https://occupyhouston.org/

(For more information on the FBI documents that was obtained by PCJF in early 2012, please see the link below. These are NOT the documents obtained by Mr. Shapiro or his attorney Jeffrey Light)

https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/549518-fbi-ows-documents.html

Thanks:

Ryan Shapiro

Jeffrey Light

Burnell McCray

Vice Media

 

Credits:

Vice Media: https://news.vice.com/articles/the-fbi-is-hiding-details-about-an-alleged-occupy-houston-assassination-plot

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ryan_Shapiro

Occupy Houston Photos: Burnell McCray, Houston, Texas

Occupy Assassination Documents provided by Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF) by FOIA request: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/549518-fbi-ows-documents.html

 

 

 

 

 

Occupy Houston General Assembly – Details – Jan. 6, 2013

8:00 p.m. General Assembly

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Jorge: MLK Day Parade coming up. Occupy Houston to get involved. Follow up to take place. Will have more information soon on how OH will participate in the parade on January 21, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.

Shere: David Rovics -Songs of a Struggle Concert held January 20, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. Location: 1031 E. 24th St. Houston, TX 77009/Admission: $10-Adults, $8-Students

Shere: MOVIE NIGHT: “Salt of the Earth” (An American BLACKLISTED movie) January 28, 2013 at 7 p.m. Location: 333 Jensen St. Houston, TX 77003/Admission is FREE

Capital: Walls of Hope PAC – Still taking donations via Pay Pal (under Walls of Hope PAC) in assisting with getting the homeless off the street immediately. Any charitable donations offers a motel room for any given night when donations are made possible. Still in need of a DONATED LAPTOP!

Jamin: Peaceful Streets Project Film at Eastside Social Center, January 13, 2013

Jamin: Press Conference Re: HPD at City Hall – January 15, 2013

Shere: “Struggles for Freedom” – January 25 – Evening (Exact time TBA) Occupy Houston will have their time to shine at an art gallery where photo’s of Occupy Houston’s work will be presented. Shere will be speaking on behalf of Occupy Houston in how OH started, moved forward and is still proceeding today. This is open to the public. Occupiers are welcomes to join in the event and speak as well.

PROPOSALS:

Shere: Would like to start a Homeless Advocate Program. This is to give a voice for Houston’s homeless. Several homeless people do not have the means to communicate with loved ones nor do they have the knowledge on how to take advantage of misc programs designed to help them. Many are having trouble in cutting through the red tape when they do apply for assistance and this is where Occupy Houston steps in to assist them when the city (and/or any given organization) fails to communicate or do their due diligence. This would require Occupiers to step in and fight on their behalf, make contact on their behalf, etc. (PROPOSAL PASSED)

GENERAL DISCUSSION

Shere: This is election year-locally. GET INVOLVED. Council members along with Mayor Parker, are up for re-election. Making the public aware of ordinances passed by the city (most unpopular-Houston’s feeding ordinance) is key in this election. We want people to make an educated vote come November 2013.

Occupy movement nationwide targeted as an assassination plot unfolds: FBI gives no warning

Recent revelations was buried deep within documents released to the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF), a human and civil rights advocacy organization, after the group filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. FBI unclassified and heavily deacted documents confirm the plans to possibly assassinate key members of Occupy Wall Street and movements nationwide which included Occupy Houston.
The link is below:

https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/549518-fbi-ows-documents.html

Information on the alleged plot to kill off protesters appears in the trove of documents obtained recently by a FOIA request filed by the Partnership For Civil Justice Fund. On the page in question, marked “SECRET,” the FBI acknowledges:

An identified [redacted] of October planned to engage in sniper attacks against protesters in Houston, Texas, if deemed necessary. An identified [redacted] had received intelligence that indicated the protesters in New York and Seattle planned similar protests in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Austin, Texas. [Redacted] planned to gather intelligence against the leaders of the protest groups and obtain photographs then formulate a plan to kill the leadership via suppressed sniper rifles.

Letters of resignation requests have been sent to the Director of the FBI, Director Mueller. Outrage is pending as many look upon each other and wonder why it was that the FBI failed to warn us. Just as Houston police failed to properly protect Occupiers while at Tranquility Park, it looks to be the same for the FBI.

Occupy Houston Bank Divestment event
Many gather at Tranquility Park in support of Occupy Houston
Occupy Houston Energy Day Protest: Many used a one dollar bill to cover their mouths to perform how money has silenced their voices in this country

The Occupy movement was set in to be a leaderless transparent group of individuals who looked to call out CORPORATE GREED, CORRUPTION IN THE GOVERNMENT, LEADERSHIP, PRESIDENT, LOCAL CORRUPTION and addressing the needs of society who had been silenced for too long. Had the media report accurately, then several police agencies would be under fire for brutalizing protesters nationwide. Several Mayors would have been asked to resign after giving the orders for police to act against protesters. Various Congressional leaders would have been asked to step down since they didn’t work to protect those practicing their First Amendment all the while signing off on the NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act) a bill that can detain ANY AMERICAN CITIZEN without due process indefinitely.

NDAA Bill link below:

http://www.opencongress.org/bill/112-h1540/text

Derrick Broze (Houston Free Thinkers) along with Occupy Houston confront Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson’s office for signing an unconstitutional NDAA bill

Because the media has failed to recite true journalism, many are in the dark where it concerns how their constitutional rights are being dismantled. Several do not understand how these new laws can affect their future. Many are not aware of the workings of mega corporations (not pay taxes, outsourcing jobs over seas, taking advantage of tax loops holes that Congress refuses to close while collecting millions in tax refunds and billions in bailouts) and how our leaders intertwine with Wall Street which gives corporate greed a free pass to do anything they like and get away with it. Citizens refuse to believe that the government was and is responsible for the brutal out lash against Occupiers nationwide. Certainly the government did not want the people to take over the corrupted leaders of this nation while bringing out the true intentions of what America’s government is really about. Since the start of Occupy, documents have surfaced citing surveillance of members by Homeland Security and ICE. Now we learn that the FBI’s involvement, or lack there of. What is troubling is that the documents do not recite “who” was responsible for wanting to carry out these acts and the fact that the FBI had no interest in warning each Occupy camp outlined in their intel, is chilling.

Occupy members wanted to initiate real change. Obama’s “change” has come by the signing of the NDAA, HR 347 (http://www.opencongress.org/bill/112-h347/text), re-signing of Bush’s Patriot Act and several other bills that is a direct violation of the Constitution. The very same Constitution that Obama swore to uphold upon his entry as President of the United States. Media has failed us. Our President has failed us. Our Congress has failed us.

While the Homeland Security, ICE, local police, various mayors all collaborated together in effort to shut down Occupy, including Occupy Houston, essentially, they were unsuccessful. “They can’t evict an idea” still rings true. At this point, many should question our government, national/local leaders, wealthiest 1%, the Fed and President’s motive of the American people. Bringing these issues to light would be considered reason enough for Occupy to be met with such brutal force and close off any warnings from the FBI that any one or more people to incite death acts on these brave individuals who were standing up for the people who’ve been silenced long enough. Signing anti-constitutional bills into law that remove our First Amendment, using agencies to violently shut down the movement and controlling mainstream media should cause any one person to at least think on these efforts (more so, why they’d go to such great legnths to silence these groups) led by a government that expresses that you have Constitutional Rights and freedoms, until you literally use it.

Occupy Houston nears its 1st birthday

Occupy Houston

Dear supporters of Occupy Houston local and abroad:

We are happy to announce the FIRST BIRTHDAY OF OCCUPY HOUSTON. The celebration is set for Saturday, October 6, 2012.  Please join us at Hermann Square Park located at City Hall. The following is the agenda set for this joyous occasion.

9 a.m. – Meet, greet & set up tables
10 a.m. – 11 a.m. – Breakfast/Brunch
11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Rally & 1% Tour
1:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. – Break & Stack for Progressive Teach Ins
2 p.m. – 6 p.m. Teach In, Tabling & Intermin “What Occupy Means to Me”
6 p.m. – General Assembly (without opinion)
7 p.m. – ???? – Entertainment: Music, Art, Reflection & Soap Box

Some say Occupy is dead. Occupy has only begun. Taking what we’ve learned in the last year combined with accomplishments, Occupy Houston is widely ready to move forward with a vengeance. No one ever said this would be easy. The media and govt offices have worked feverishly to shut down people who have made an impact offering if anything, HOPE.  We hope you join us and enjoy what Occupy Houston was and is now.

“First they ignore us, then they laugh at us, then they fight us, THEN WE WIN!” -Gandhi

Mayor Parker continues to ignore questions & discussions over the new feeding law

Top photo: Dozens of people are fed a healthy & hot meal outise city hall after Mayor Parker makes it illegal to feed the homeless.
Bottom photo: Kids help feed the homeless as they prove that it’s better to give rather than to take away.
(Photographer: Burnell McCray)

“Illegal Feeding” continues in spite of Mayor Parker’s unpopular feeding ordinance passage. Houston’s feeding ordinance was voted on April 4, 2012 and became law as of July 1, 2012. What does this law mean? The ordinance prevents charitable feeding for more than 5-people otherwise those individuals who feed Houston’s hungry can be given a ticket which holds a fine varing between $500 – $2,000 or even worse, can be arrested. When dealing with Houston’s police department, no one person can ever know which way this will go. Some Houston officers have come forward and stated that even if ordered, they have no intent on giving citations or arresting citizens for feeding a hungry group. One officer came forward however asked that I give him an alias to prevent any backlash so we will call him Brandon. I openly asked Brandon whether he would arrest anyone who participated in charitable feeding: “I am a God fearing man. I go to church each Sunday. I morally cannot worship God then turn around and arrest a citizen for feeding people who are hungry.” While we know HPD has been looked at negatively in recent years, it is safe to say that many officers are beginning to step forward and take career risks over this new law. Brandon continues, “I am prepared to deal with whatever comes my way if that time should come but know that I will not side with Mayor Parker on this law. It is ridiculous!”

On July 1, after the law became effective, the feeding continued at downtown Houston. The evening of the feeding, over 140-hungry people were served a hot and healthy meal. Food Not Bombs is a nationwide organization focused on feeding those in need of a good meal. Several major cities have recently passed food ordinances that would prevent groups like Food Not Bombs from feeding those in need. The media was conducting interviews however as these stories ran on the late night news, a quick clip of the feeding was shown but certainly didn’t offer any real insight to the public. We would later learn that the media had been asked to pull back by the Mayors office and not cover these gifts of charity or what we call being humanitarian which Mayor Parker lacks. The second Sunday of the considered “illegal feeding” FNB counted over 99-people in the beginning stages as the line continued to grow. When one comes to a homeless feeding, you immediately notice women, men and children quietly standing in line, hesitant to smile, the look of concern in their eyes that they don’t want to be looked down upon. The fear of where they will sleep for the night clearly weighs heavily on their minds. As these hot, healthy meals were served I saw eyes light up, worries turn into smiles, laughter amongst strangers and most of all, a level of comfort in that moment that is indescribable. FNB isn’t like the Houston homeless shelters who shove religion on these individuals while dehumanizing them and citing rules that make these shelters feel more like prison. FNB truly makes an effort to show compassion, love, sharing and the will to take risks of arrests or citations. “I don’t know how the Mayor can live with herself,” says one homeless man who calls himself Frank. He continues on to say, “I don’t trust our people (city leaders) because they don’t care if we eat or not. If it wasn’t for these people (FNB) then I would not have eaten today.”

America used to be a free country and once cared about their fellow man. However little by little, we are seeing our city and national leaders take away basic human needs. Mayor Parker arrogantly points the finger at the those who oppose the feeding ordinance by stating that we wrongly convince individuals of the law by changing it to our opinion rather than what it really is. Interstingly enough, several people have openly asked her blunt questions about the feeding and Mayor Parker does the typical political stance: dodging the question and turning the discussion off focus. I personally would like to know when the last time it was that Mayor Parker literally took time out of her schedule to sit down and converse with a homeless man? I can guarantee you that if Mayor Parker doesn’t have something to gain, she will refuse participation or acknowlegment. It was back in January when Mayor Parker finally decided to visit with Occupy Houston. Sporting her neon yellow heavy weight coat, she definitely caught the eyes of several occupiers. However only those members who “looked the part” were allowed to bypass her security team and personally speak with her. I was lucky enough to be groomed that morning but some of my co-occupiers were turned away because they were in tattered clothing, their hair was messy and were not what she would consider a normal looking citizen. After spending nights on end at Tranquility park in protest of corporate greed over human need, these men as highly intelligent as they are, were not allowed to speak to their local leader. One must begin to wonder who she truly serves?

We activist had all come up with solutions for each issue that Parker and Rodriguez presented to the people. It was poor excuse making on Parker’s part. First it was a food safety concern, next was the trash problem and lastly it was a trespassing issue. Mayor Parker flip flopped more than a fish out of water and refused to listen to the voters. What really counts for Mayor Parker? I think the answers come by those businesses and local shelters who were given the ability to speak at city council meetings while Parker had the opposing citizens and groups against the bill, shifted to last on the council agenda in airing our grievances. Ask Mayor Parker about these special interest groups and what each of them stands to gain by passing such a ridiculous law. Ask yourself why it is that Star of Hope shelter so strongly supports the bill. I’m sure the CEO making over $200k annually has a lot to lose if his shelter loses people who are the reasons why these places receive astronaumical donations from various energy companies, the Bush’s, not to mention the money they save by the food donations only to serve the homeless undercooked expired foods that an animal wouldn’t even eat. But here is Mayor Parker, attacking charity groups who give from the heart. Not giving because they stand to make their $3,000 a week paychecks. So when you hear Mayor Parker give the public some bleeding heart speech about how unfortunate it is that us being the 4th largest city in dealing with the homelessness and how she is trying to rectify the problem, just remember, actions speak louder than words. She is only worsening the situation by creating this law. Parker has worked feverishly to quiet the media including myself as I was “released” from the Examiner a few weeks ago where a special call was placed to the higher authorities that had my credentials ceased immediately. It is no secret that Parker assumed my last article that focused on the feeding ordinance was more an effort to have Parker impeeched from office. As honored as I was to hear such a thing, I also thought it was pathetic that Mayor Parker thinks of herself as so worthy to waste such energies on such a heartless human being as herself. Parker, Adams (who campaigned and assured the public of her will to focus on the homeless problem. Nice job Ms. Adams. Way to handle the issue) and Rodriguez have all signed their own political death certificates back in April 2012. When you pick on the helpless, when you bully the meek, what could one expect? It is unfortunate that even as this last weekend passed, Parker continued to refuse to openly answer and discuss the feeding law while she attended Whole Foods on Kirby where the public was invited to have their 3-minutes with the Mayor. Parker.

I refuse to allow our corrupted politicians skate by without openly holding each one accountable. Her itty bitty arrogant eyes and fake smile is not intimidating to those of us who will continue to fight the city head on concerning this bill. The politics as usual is not working anymore. While many of us, occupiers or not, cannot make it to D.C. to implement change, we can start locally and spead it out. For now all we can do is make the public aware any way we can since such great actions to silence the media has been taken. Guess what Parker: the people are watching, the people care and some of us have the resources and all the time in the world to make the public aware of your wron g doings. It is time to take responsibilty.