Category: Houston Socialist Movement
Protest against Greg Abbott on Tuesday, April 18, 11 am, at Hilton Americas Hotel
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
This is a reminder that there will be a spirited protest against Governor Greg Abbott on Tuesday, April 18, beginning at 11:00 am, at the Hilton Americas Hotel on 1600 Lamar Street. Abbott will be addressing the Greater Houston Partnership. We are going to show him what we think of his right-wing policies. The Facebook event page is at https://www.facebook.com/events/1814469988804957/.
Since becoming Governor in 2015, Greg Abbott has proved to be an enemy of workers, people of color, immigrants, women, LGBT communities, and the differently abled. As Attorney General and Governor, Abbott backed the racially discriminatory Texas voter ID law that was later gutted by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Abbott opposes women’s reproductive freedom–even in cases of rape and incest–and he backed the Texas law imposing prohibitive restrictions on abortion providers that was later overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court. Today, Abbott supports SB 4, which aims to punish cities, counties, and higher education institutions which do not aid and abet repression against undocumented immigrants. Abbott also supports SB 13, which would prohibit payroll deductions for union dues for most public employees, and other reactionary legislation. 

This demonstration is being organized by Houston Communist Party, Houston Socialist Movement, International Socialist Organization, Latinos Inmigrantes Triunfadores, MORENA-Houston SW, Organizacion Latino Americano Pro-Derecho Del Inmigrante, and Party for Socialism and Liberation. For more information, call 832.692.2306 or 713.447.4106.

The Harris County Democrats will also be protesting against Abbott. They contacted us weeks ago to discuss a possible combined action but then obtained a street closure permit exclusively for themselves. We will be there anyway, and our voices will be loud and strong. Only the masses of workers and oppressed people–not the Democrats or any other pro-business party–can bring about the fundamental social change we need.

Please also note that local neo-Nazi Ken Reed has called for a counter-demonstration against HSM at the same time and location. Reed says he isn’t really a “fanboy” of Abbott but “really despises” HSM, so the “American Patriot Vanguard” promises to be there. We sure hope so. It isn’t every day that we get to demonstrate against right-wing conservatives like Abbott and fascists like Reed at the same time! Although we do not expect any problems, Houston Jail Support will be available during the action. Contact us if you would like their phone number.

In Solidarity,

HSM
Upcoming Actions on March 24, March 25, and May 1
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
Houston Communist Party, Houston Socialist Movement, Latinos Inmigrantes Triunfadores, MORENA-Houston SE, Organizacion Latino Americano Pro-Derecho Del Inmigrante, and Party for Socialism and Liberation are organizing three important actions during the next several weeks.
On Friday, March 24, from 11 am until 2 pm, we will be demonstrating against Governor Greg Abbott while he speaks to the Greater Houston Partnership at the Hilton Americas Hotel, 1600 Lamar Street. Greater Houston Democrats are also planning to protest against Abbott, so discussions about developing a unified action are under way.
 
On Saturday, March 25, beginning at 11 am, we will have a counter-protest against the pro-Trump Houston MAGA March scheduled at City Hall, 901 Bagby St. Some Trump supporters may be armed, but this will not stop us from standing up against exploitation, white supremacy, anti-immigrant hysteria, misogyny, anti-LGBT bigotry, and the threat of Fascism.
 
On Monday, May 1, from 5:30 pm until 8 pm, there will be an International Workers Day/Dia Sin Inmigrantes Rally held at a City Park. This action will combine the traditional celebration of May Day by workers of all nationalities with a special focus on solidarity with our immigrant brothers and sisters. An event page with the location and details for this event will be posted soon.
If your organization would like to support these actions, or if you would like more information, please call 832.692.2306 or 713.447.4106. We look forward to your participation in these events.
In Solidarity,
HSM

 

Stand Up against Anti-Immigrant Repression in Galveston Tomorrow
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
The Galveston County Commissioners Court and Sheriff are currently considering participation in the 287(g) program, and they are already engaging in the repression of our immigrant brothers and sisters without legal status. Last Thursday, Gerardo Martinez was pulled over by a deputy for a minor vehicle infraction and ended up being held in the Galveston County jail over the weekend. Early this morning, he was turned over to ICE. During the past eight years, well over 2.5 million people have been deported from the U.S. and now the Trump administration and its minions in state and local government aim to forcibly expel millions more, shatter countless additional families, and destroy innumerable lives.
We apologize for the short notice, but we urge you to attend the meeting of the Galveston County Commissioners Court at 1:30 pm tomorrow if possible. The meeting will be in the old county courthouse at 722 Moody Avenue, also known as 21st Street, in Galveston. Individuals can speak for three minutes during public comments, but you must sign up to speak before the meeting. It is important to let the County Commissioners know that people care about what happens to Gerardo and other undocumented immigrants–and that the growing repression of hardworking people without papers will generate growing resistance in a county that prefers to be known for tourism and recreation.
Many thanks to the activists from Asamblea Popular de Houston, Deportation Defense Network, and FIEL who have been spreading the word about this terrible injustice and trying to help Gerardo and his family. Houston Socialist Movement is glad to support this important effort, and we hope to see some of you in Galveston tomorrow afternoon.
In Solidarity,
HSM
HSM Anti-Fascist Educational Program on Sunday, February 26
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
Houston Socialist Movement is hosting an educational program on Sunday, February 26, 3-5 pm, in Room 111 of the Montrose Center, 401 Branard Street, in Houston. The program will address two important questions: Are we seeing the rise of Fascism? What can we do to stop the Far Right?

We will discuss the nature of the new right-wing regime in Washington, DC and the threat it poses to workers, people of color, immigrants, women, LGBT communities, and democratic-mind​ed people. We will also explore how independent working class political action by workers and oppressed people can defeat the Far Right and lay the foundation for revolutionary social change.

For more information, please call 832.692.2306 or 281.935.9248.

In Solidarity,
HSM
Upcoming Protests in Houston
| February 2, 2017 | 8:31 pm | Announcements, Houston Socialist Movement | No comments
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
On Friday at 4 pm, there will be a Super Bowl Weekend #No Ban! No Wall! Protest at the intersection of Westheimer and Post Oak. This action was initiated by our friend Sayed and several other individuals. Co-organizers include Students for Justice in Palestine, the University of Houston Muslim Student Alliance, Houston Socialist Movement, Black Lives Matter, Familias Inmigrantes y Estudiantes en la Lucha, Standing Up for Racial Justice, Latinos Inmigrantes Triunfadores, and other groups.
On Saturday, the group Houston Stands with Standing Rock will meet at City Hall, at 2 pm, then march to Discovery Green at 3 pm. Their action is called, “Punt the Pipelines for the People and Planet.” Another group of people under the banner, “Resist Trump! Resist Hate!”, will meet at City Hall at 3 pm, then march to Discovery Green.
On Sunday, Houston Stands with Standing Rock will have a “Punt the Pipelines for the People and Planet” gathering at NRG Stadium around 2 pm. Yet another group will assemble there at the same time under the banner, “Occupy Super Bowl 51 Houston.” In addition, the Alliance for Action will march from Hermann Park to the NRG Stadium.
We know many of us have been in the streets a lot since Trump was inaugurated, but we hope you can participate in one or more of these upcoming actions. We will see you there.
In Solidarity,
HSM
Upcoming Protests against Trump’s Ban, Wall, and Other Repressive Measures
| January 30, 2017 | 7:33 pm | Donald Trump, Houston Socialist Movement | No comments
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
The inauguration of Donald Trump as President marks the beginning of a new, increasingly dangerous period in our history. But the unprecedented mass demonstrations of the past 10 days signal the beginning of a new era of resistance. The Houston Socialist Movement urges you to participate in as many protests and other acts of resistance as possible. Here are three important actions occurring this week:
Tonight, at 7 pm, FIEL is holding a vigil, “We shall Overcome/Juntos Venceremos,” at City Hall, 901 Bagby St.
Tomorrow, Tuesday, at 5:30 pm, LITE, HSM, and MEAP are holding a demonstration, “Protesta contra Pena Nieto y Trump,” at the Mexican Consulate, 4506 Caroline St.
Friday, at 4 pm, our friend Sayed and other individuals and groups are holding a rally, “Super Bowl Weekend #NoBanNoWall Protest” at Westheimer Rd. and Post Oak Blvd.
HSM is glad to support these events and other upcoming actions. We will get another email about demonstrations next weekend out to you ASAP.
In Solidarity,
HSM
Not My President! Resist Trump! March and Rally in Houston on Friday, January 20
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
Donald Trump is the most openly racist, misogynistic, anti-immigrant, anti-worker, and authoritarian candidate to become president of the United States in modern history. He was not democratically elected, and he will never be a legitimate president for scores of millions of us. As this billionaire sociopath moves into the White House and the threat of fascism grows, it is imperative that workers, women, oppressed people, and democratic-minded allies make clear: Not My President! Resist Trump!
The January 20 coalition is organizing a march and rally to protest the inauguration of Trump on Friday, January 20. Our application for a parade permit was denied, but this will not stop us from forcefully opposing Trump from his first day in office. We will assemble on the sidewalk at 900 Smith St., next to Hermann Square, at 1 pm. Beginning at 1:30 pm, we will march on the sidewalks down Smith St. to the Leland Federal Building at 1919 Smith St. Our rally there will include speakers, chants, spoken word artists, and the dramatic smashing of a new Trump piñata.
The January 20 action will be an independent political action by workers and oppressed people, without any ties to organizations led by the Democrats or Republicans. As Trump moves into the White House and the threat of fascism grows, our message will be that only the masses of workers and oppressed people can effectively resist Trump, defeat fascism, and lay the foundation for revolutionary change. And the January 20 action is only the beginning of our resistance.
Together, we will demand: Stop the attacks on immigrants! Stop the attacks on women! Black lives matter! Brown lives matter! Stop racist police terror! Defend the Muslim community! Defend and expand the rights of workers and the 99%! Defend the LGBT communities! Stop the rise of fascism! Stop US imperialist wars! Stop the destruction of Mother Earth!
The January 20 coalition includes Alianza Mexicana, Familias Inmigrantes y Estudiantes en la Lucha, Houston Communist Party, Houston Socialist Movement, International Alliance in Support of Workers in Iran, Latinos Inmigrantes Triunfadores, Organizacion Latino Americana Pro-Derecho Del Inmigrante, Party for Socialism and Liberation, and other organzations (list in formation). If your organization would like to endorse the January 20 action or if you would like more information, please call us at 832.692.2306, 713.447-4106 (se habla espanol), or 713.714.5361. If you would like to help spread the word about the action, please share our “hold the date” event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1755961954728284/.
In Solidarity,
Houston Socialist Movement