I will admit to be completely surprised by the Houston Chronicle covering the first radio show to stream live from Tranquility Park in Houston Texas for the Occupy Houston Rally. I did not even know they took pictures or interviewed Evan Carroll who has been spending the nights “occupying” even as he works his software gig during the days.
I went to the Democratic Johnson-Rayburn-Richards Dinner featuring Democratic Minority Whip Steny Hoyer tonight and Cody Pogue (House District 127 Democratic Candidate) came to the table and told me he saw me on the front page of Yahoo via the Houston Chronicle. Just maybe, just maybe the movement is starting to get the coverage it deserves as the only real grassroots movement in the country.
The show was actually a very insightful show with a frank discussion on representative democracy. We had two other occupiers as part of the panel as well. I want to clarify one item in the article. While there were around 35 people surrounding the broadcast table, there were many more occupiers in the park.
I want to urge all those reading this to check the Occupy Houston website to see how you can help them stay out there and protest on our behalf for the foreseeable future to help catalyze the change we need. Take food downtown and donate a few bucks. The living conditions with the mosquitoes and sometimes muddy wet weather is not easy. The power structure will leave them alone for now assuming they will just fizzle. LET US HELP THEM. THIS IS WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE.
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Radio show now airing from Occupy Houston encampment
By CAROL CHRISTIAN, HOUSTON CHRONICLE
Updated 01:32 p.m., Saturday, October 22, 2011
Making use of recently installed electrical service, an online radio show is broadcasting from the Occupy Houston encampment in Tranquility Park.
Willies, a Houston software developer and engineer, is active in the Coffee Party, a self-described "democracy movement" that began on Facebook.
Since Carroll helps run the weekly radio show and is part of the media team for Occupy Houston, he said it made sense to do today’s broadcast from Tranquility Park.
"It’s more personal," he said. "We’re bringing more attention to the activity at Occupy Houston."
About 35 people were gathered in the park as the broadcast began at noon.
Among them was Scott Buchanan, 41, of the Klein area who has been at the park since Oct. 15.
"I quit my job to be here," said Buchanan, who was working full time remodeling houses. "It’s that important."
Buchanan helped Occupy Houston install solar panels, which provided the camp’s electrical power until earlier in the week, when professional electricians gave the group a boost.
"The electrical union turned on the electricity for us," Buchanan said.
Copyright 2011 EgbertoWillies.com