Day 15 of Occupy LA started off with a permitted march from Pershing Square to City Hall where two stages of music and spoken word entertained and inspired participants. The entire PA system is solar powered by Power of Green LA, a non-profit education and employment consortium which provides green jobs while educating people on how to create their own energy sources, including workshops on building and powering generators. Activist Ron Kovic came by and delivered a stirring speech, then led the crowd at the People’s Stage on the south lawn in singing “This Land is Our Land,” while comedian Jeff Ross strolled through the encampment.
Spring Street was closed to traffic for the (R)Occupy LA stage which, like the People’s Stage, featured a mix of music, poetry and speakers. The food tent and welcome tent were bustling with activity, while committees held their regular meetings and workshops took place on the grassy lawn. An art installation created from abandoned furniture was built facing 1st Street, drawing honks from noted artist Peter Shire who cruised by in his vintage truck.
Local eatery, the Nickle Diner, which has been bringing by donuts and other goodies for the Occupiers, baked special “Occu-pies,” their own version of all-American apple pies decorated with
and brought them to the celebration.
There is a feeling a jubilation and fellowship at Occupy LA, with people who normally wouldn’t come in contact with each other now hanging out, sharing common ground, talking, sharing food and stories. And within this, solutions are discussed, actions are planned, and plans hashed out. I saw a La Rouche supporter getting schooled by an activist while a decorated infantry specialist, a veteran of the Afghanistan War in full uniform, carried a sign asking why the government and financial institutions won’t do what’s right.