Occupy LA Day 3: Sign Here!

 

This is the city. This is Los Angeles. Occupy LA has moved to the smaller north lawn of City Hall because a movie is shooting on the south lawn.

I don’t know the title, but I know that Ryan Gosling is hot!

exclaims an Occupy LA  volunteer at the media tent. Gosling didn’t stop over to say hi to the Occupiers, but the coordinator, multi-tasking at a computer, pack of Pall Malls and pad of paper as people ask her heaps of questions, said that she took a few extra breaks to catch a look at the Drive star.

The movie is Gangster Squad, a true tale about the Los Angeles Police Department’s efforts in the late 1940s and 50s to keep the mob out of Los Angeles. Sean Penn co-stars as the notorious Mickey Cohen.

City Councilman Richard Alarcon had dropped by earlier in the day. And Rocket Pizza delivered pizza! NBC, ABC, and both CBS stations had broadcast  trucks parked  and reporters scouring for interviews. There is no media blackout, but the media might get bored.

During General Assembly the announcer thanked the LAPD and the city council for allowing the Occupy LA to continue to assemble without permits, which are in the works. A huge round of applause went up and continued as the speaker introduced Vincent from Occupy Wall Street.  Vincent informed the crowd of almost 200 that the Occupy Movement was now in 70 cities.

Vincent said he was amazed at how organized Occupy LA was in only three days.

There are more people here tonight than we had in three days. You have a microphone, we didn’t have a microphone.

Tall, with a shaved head and full sleeve tattoos, Vincent said he is a anarchist and after he started doing Occupy WS, he saw how true leaderless government worked.  After much hand-waving and applause from the Occupiers, Vincent stepped back , Rose from La Puenta stepped up the mic with her story. A  single mom, Rose was late on a mortgage payment and the bank began foreclosure. She has decided to stay in her house and invited any Occupiers who would like to join her.

Come on down. There are fliers with my address.

La Puenta is twenty miles east of City Hall.

Next up, Brian from the International Workers of the World who began to explain how the consensus process works (basically if you like it or can live with it, don’t block it) which is designed to give everyone an equal voice and avoid power dynamics.

To keep groups from getting shut out, women of color. Queers.

Much applause and cheers from the LGBTQ in the crowd.

Then I overhead

How cute! A mom and her daughter just came with sandwiches they made!

My friends, Teresa the voter registration lady and her daughter Ava had arrived with a tin of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and a huge stack of voter registration forms, which were very hard to find; there were none at three post offices, but luckily the post office at by the Grove, a celeb-studded outdoor mall had a huge stack.

I walked around with Teresa and her eight-year old as they asked people if they were registered to vote. The majority said yes, but those that weren’t happily took forms. Voting is important says Teresa because:

The three branches of the government are bought and sold, but the people can’t be. It’s not just electing officials, there are lots of propositions on ballots. And  judges.

Theresa also dropped off a stack of the forms at volunteer tables. One volunteer, who I had spoken to yesterday, asked her if she thought he should tell his boss–he works in finance and having just come from the office,  was wearing a button down shirt and tie–that he is spending his evenings and weekends at Occupy LA.

Ava and I ate bacon wrapped hotdogs–her first!–to celebrate her first time at a political event and we finished strolling around the camps.

This mornng I woke up and the rain had started. Occupy LA needs tarps, blankets, socks and toilet paper. They would also like reusable bowls, drinking glasses and flatwear which will be passed out to campers and washed to cut down on waste. There’s a PayPal donation button here, along with more info about what is needed.

 

10 Responses to "Occupy LA Day 3: Sign Here!"
bluewombat | Tuesday October 4, 2011 12:55 pm 1

I’ve been delivering a pizza a day (from the Pizza Hut in Silver Lake) and wondered why they moved from the SOUTH lawn to the North (copyediting note: not from the north lawn to the north lawn).

On Friday morning, I’ll be participating in civil disobedience in front of the Federal Building downtown organized by Interfaith Communities United for Peace and Justice (ICUJP). We’ll start at Olvera Street, march in a roundabout way past Occupy Los Angeles at City Hall and wind up at the Federal Building.

Details:

9 AM: Interfaith Prayers and Gathering – La Placita Church
535 N Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

9:45 AM: March to downtown Federal Building

10:30 AM: Rally and Civil Disobedience

For more info:
http://www.icujp.org/

All locals are welcome to join the march,and the rally that will precede our civil disobedience.


mzchief | Tuesday October 4, 2011 12:58 pm 2

I’ve posted all your articles on Occupy LA so far in one handy place here as well.

I really like “rEVOLution” word play sign.


alan1tx | Tuesday October 4, 2011 12:59 pm 3

An admission of inferiority:

Bill Buckley once referred, with a slight sneer, to “the street theater of the Left.” They are very good at this, these theatrical protests. For instance, they will have a “kiss-in,” or a “die-in,” or a “teach-in.” It stands to reason that the Left is better at collective action than we are. Conservatives are apt to recoil at the very thought of a group.


Teddy Partridge | Tuesday October 4, 2011 01:01 pm 4

Magnificent! Wonderful reporting and superb photos — thanks Lisa!


jrubin998 | Tuesday October 4, 2011 06:06 pm 5

Great!


DonWilliams | Tuesday October 4, 2011 08:30 pm 6

“Tall, with a shaved head and full sleeve tattoos, Vincent said he is a anarchist and after he started doing Occupy WS, he saw how true leaderless government worked. After much hand-waving and applause from the Occupiers, Vincent stepped back , Rose from La Puenta stepped up the mic with her story. A single mom, Rose was late on a mortgage payment and the bank began foreclosure. She has decided to stay in her house and invited any Occupiers who would like to join her.”

Occupy Loserville.


DonWilliams | Tuesday October 4, 2011 08:30 pm 7

“For every bomb we drop, we could build a school.”

Not in LAUSD!!!


DonWilliams | Tuesday October 4, 2011 08:32 pm 8

“The three branches of the government are bought and sold, but the people can’t be. It’s not just electing officials, there are lots of propositions on ballots. And judges.”

You sure that wasn’t a quote from the 8-year-old?


knowyourvote | Thursday October 6, 2011 01:44 pm 9

Actually, all my love to the fabulous Lisa, who tirelessly trots on down to support the cause each day, to bring them donations and us all these wonderful nuggets in the news, but the quote is just a teeny bit off. I didn’t say they can’t be, I said they aren’t.

What I usually say, but maybe got a little tired repeating it to every person I gave a voter form to, is this:

All three branches of government are bought off – The President, Congress, and The Supreme Court. The only branch of government that has the power to change things that isn’t bought off (yet), is We, The People. So, it’s really up to us to get the money out of politics, because the other branches of govt. aren’t going to do it.

For those of you who hate govt. and don’t want to vote, that’s your choice, but it means you are silent, have no voice, and no say, in how your country is governed. I don’t like other people making decisions for me. Do you?

Government is supposed to be by, of and for, We, The People. The reason government exists, is so we can govern ourselves. Our government, our rules we all vote on, is what separates the Free State from the Slave State. Just because our current system of government has been corrupted by money and power and has become more like a Slave State than anything resembling democracy, doesn’t mean that idea of a democratic republic is a bad one, or that government is a bad thing. Government is supposed to be governed by We, The People. We have to take personal responsibility for our own governance, and start voting like our country depends on it.


knowyourvote | Thursday October 6, 2011 01:46 pm 10

I will add that sadly, only roughly 20% actually make it to the polls to vote, in America. Can you imagine the tidal wave of power that could rise, if the 80 percent who are silent stood up and roared?


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