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Day 12

Let Occupy Wall Street brag about $300,000 & "hot chicks"; Occupy Houston is good with its $1,800

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Occupy Houston may not have the funds of #OWS, but protesters are hanging in there. Whitney Radley

As Occupy Wall Street hits the one month mark, the movement seems to have it all: $300,000 in the bank, an entire storage space devoted to donated supplies and plenty of "hot chicks."

How is our homegrown protest faring in comparison?

Occupy Houston's goals may seem more modest — the movement has raised $1,800 — but then again, the protest's size and scale of need are very different. The Houston Police Department has only detained three occupiers to date, who protested in solidarity with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and Good Jobs, Great Houston last week. Compare this to 74 arrests in New York City on Saturday alone, and up to as many as 700 in one day.

 Occupy Houston's goals may seem more modest — the movement has raised $1,800. 

Houston occupiers spend donated funds on necessities as they arise. They plan to purchase a portable Wi-Fi hub, food and electricity and they started a bail fund. Fortunately, Occupy Houston didn't have to dip into those funds after the arrests last week.

"Union-funded attorneys and bail bonds got them out," occupier Artem Sevbo says.

Sevbo says that the group is currently well-stocked on food, but they do have a few pressing needs: Reusable plastic bowls and cinnamon, to ward off the ants. The group has a "needed items" page on its website, should sympathizers care to donate supplies in lieu of hard-earned cash.

Occupy Houston is hosting an Art Show all day Monday at Tranquility Park as well. Stop by to participate or make a donation.

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