Occupy LA, LAPD Clash at Downtown Art Walk, Non-Lethal Weapons Fired, Arrests

By: Friday July 13, 2012 8:00 am

This action was to be people chalking the sidewalks and in the street, according to Occupy Los Angeles’ Facebook.

“Tonight, #ArtWalk in #DTLA becomes #ChalkWalk! Occupy Los Angeles has had a laughably ridiculous 12 arrests the past 6 weeks for children’s sidewalk chalk.


Live Blog: Occupy Movement’s May Day Actions (#M1GS)

By: Tuesday May 1, 2012 7:03 am

May Day has traditionally been known as a day of mass workers’ strikes – otherwise known as the General Strike. But in an economy where, by some estimates, the unemployment rate hovers at close to 13%, and many Americans are precariously underemployed, how will the Occupy movement redefine what a General Strike looks like? Dustin M. Slaughter and I will be taking turns live blogging May Day.

Occupy’s Rose Parade Octopus Floats Down the Street Tomorrow!

By: Sunday January 1, 2012 12:00 pm

The high point of tomorrow will not be the Rose Parade itself, but rather the after-march (usually the refuge of the religious groups–the parade is secular) when Occupy Los Angeles will prance its 70-person manned puppet, an octopus made from plastic bags, down the parade route.

Occupy LA: Reports of LAPD Violence

By: Wednesday November 30, 2011 7:18 pm

This media pool drew mainstream media into the inner circle, where they were treated to a display of courteous policing and nonviolence by the police. Even I was impressed by the police. The operation was smooth and efficient and tactical.

“Then the pool media was divided from the regular media, and kept in the inner circle. They were not present to witness the brutality and violence enacted by LAPD officers who were kettling and running after protestors in order to beat them outside the park and mainstream media attention. LAPD smoothly kept MSM from witnessing this, and tried to control other media by constant kettling and dividing of the crowd.”

Occupy LA: LAPD Limits Media Access

By: Tuesday November 29, 2011 7:25 pm

Under the LAPD’s guidelines, the OccupyLA media team–which includes photographers, videographers, livestreamers and reporters is not credentialed.

There is no Spanish-language media in the pool in a city where 4.7 million people are Spanish speaking. As Monday morning’s midnight-plus-one deadline drew near, there were news crews from the BBC and a Tokyo station present, as well as KMEX (Spanish language). I saw KTLA which was live streaming and had a helicopter overhead, KNBC, KABC, KCBS/KCAL and stringers in unmarked vans. Reporters I ran into included ones from the LA Times and USC’s Daily Trojan, and dozens of people live streaming and taking pictures for blogs and independent media. Oh and Andrew Breitbart was there talking to some dudes with scarves over their faces.

Occupy LA: Sunday Night Eviction, NOFX Plays Sunday at 3pm, Massive “Party” Called

By: Saturday November 26, 2011 7:00 pm

Occupy LA has received their official, “Time To Go” notice from the city for midnight Monday morning, and many people, including the cops, the mayor, and the majority of Occupiers hope that whatever goes down doesn’t involve nasty gas, truncheons and/or rubber bullets.

Occupy LA: “Oh No! We Won’t Go!” Mayor Says “11/28 at 12:01am Park Will Be Shut Down”

By: Saturday November 26, 2011 1:05 pm

At a press conference this afternoon broadcast live on ABC 7 (a truncated version here), Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said. “The Occupy encampments have changed the one-sided conversation, the movement has awakened the country’s conscience…After this initial success the movement is now at cross roads. It is time for Occupy LA to movement from this piece of parkland.”

He cited public health, public safety and the security of encampment.

Occupy St. Louis: The Smell of Democracy

By: Sunday November 20, 2011 11:50 am

I arrived at Keiner Plaza in downtown St. Louis at around 2 pm in anticipation of the scheduled march in cooperation with the National Day of Action Thursday. After I arrived I milled through the crowd looking for familiar faces. I saw a couple of the homeless men that have been there since the beginning, one of them recognized me. We shook hands and talked a bit. He said it was a big day for the Occupy movement in St. Louis. Then I signed in and asked the greeter how many people they were expecting, she said around 750. There were a lot of unions there and each one “occupied” a section of Keiner Plaza. You could feel the electricity in the air.

#N17 Marches, Good Jobs LA and Occupy LA: Actions and Arrests

By: Friday November 18, 2011 11:30 am

Thursda,y in two separate actions, several hundred people participated in a march organized by Good Jobs LA, with folks from Occupy LA, SEIU and citizens joining in as part of a general day of action to protest police actions in New York and elsewhere; planned arrests went off without a hitch. Later in the afternoon, a large group from Occupy LA marched back to the Bank of America branch and some folks were arrested. There was no violence in either action.

Occupy LA Day 27: No Police Action per NLG & LAPD, Food Arrives, and Controversial Radio Team Broadcasts Live

By: Friday October 28, 2011 8:40 am

Occupy LA still has needs: They are out of most medical supplies, including bandages, both adhesive and elastic; single use antibiotic ointment packs; powdered electrolytes like Emergen-C; hand sanitizer; alcohol wipes; single use saline eye drops; Lysol; bleach wipes; tear-off paper covers for exam tables; latex-free gloves; Maalox or other liquid antacids. Blankets are especially important as it gets colder. Thanks to Firedoglake’s Occupy Supply Fund and a private donor, I can pick up some of these items, but more are constantly needed by the LA medics, and by medics at other Occupys.

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