Trayvon Martin Verdict: So Far, Peaceful Protests in L.A.

Update: By 1am, when the Hollywood crowd had moved south to Sunset and Cahuenga, close to the Cinerama Dome, the LAPD gave the order to disperse. Most did, however the police eventually fired beanbags at the lingeres and severla arrests were made, one for assualt on a police officer. More protests are planned today.

Los Angeles is on citywide tactical alert tonight, Sunday. One protestor arrested in Hollywood, a woman.

Peaceful marchers shut down the 10 Freeway for about half an hour, from 6pm to 6:30pm. About 50-100 protestors  walked onto the freeway, the east/west artery  also known as the Santa Monica Freeway. Police stopped traffic and the freeway marchers dispersed before the police could broadcast an order. That march moved back onto Crenshaw Blvd. and splintered into smaller marches. Some bottles were thrown, but no arrests made.

At 9pm, a march north on La Brea Blvd. included walkers and slow moving cars, about 100 people and maybe 30 vehicles, stopped traffic at La Brea and Beverly. La Brea is a major north/south street which runs from near Los Angeles International Airport, acting as a divide for the the Fairfax District and Hancock Park. Further north it is the eastern border of West Hollywood (WeHo is a city separate from LA; it uses the sheriffs as law enforcement) and the western border of Hollywood (which is part of LA proper). Cops in riot gear showed up at at La Brea and Beverly and the crowd moved further north towards Hollywood.

By 10pm, the march had reached Hollywood Blvd, shutting that street down from La Brea east to Highland (that would be in front of the Chinese Theater and the Dolby Theater at Hollywood and Highland, where the Oscars  happen; across the street are the El Capitan Theater and Jimmy Kimmel’s studio).

Protesters blocked the intersection at Hollywood and Highland by 10:30pm, while tourists snapped photos. The Hollywood Bowl, just up Highland, with more people on foot and in cars, is about to let out at 11pm.  Police were getting ready to broadcast

get on on the sidewalk and get moving.

Commander Andy Smith who handled Occupy LA (and did a pretty decent job) said that he didn’t want to interfere with First Amendment rights, but that safety was a priority as well as adhering to legal protest laws.

California Highway Patrol are also blocking the freeway entrances and exits along the 10 in the areas around Leimert Park, an historic black district which is really messing up traffic (we already have two major freeways, the 5 and 2  closed for a few miles because of a tanker fire and fuel spill Saturday in the northbound  interchange tunnel).

While a news report on KCLA 9 said protesters wanted to march to Beverly Hills, a five mile walk that would take them through West Hollywood and the sheriffs (and during the LA riots, the Beverly Hills Police set up armed barricades at all intersections leading into that city), protestors were moving east, the opposite direction, toward my direction.  If they get here, I’ll be dressed and ready, but as my housemate pointed out, it’s getting late, and this is L.A. (which is why I took photos of my TV!)

protestors on the 10 Freeway

Protest locations. The La Brea and Wilshire protests moved north to Hollywood Blvd.

La Brea and Beverly, about 2 miles south of La Brea and Hollywood.

Police cars, protestors and tourists on Hollywood Blvd.

Hollywood and Highland, 10:15 pm

 

Police line at Hollywood and Highland.

The one arrest.

Protestors moving east at 11:08pm.

Occupy Back to Chalk Sidewalks at Los Angeles Art Walk

Occupy has vowed to return to Art Walk tonight, Thursday the 9th, and “Chalkupy” the sidewalks, as well as staging

an open community art and music space in Pershing Square with a community potluck and a “Really Really Free” Market.

Occupiers also plans to have a portion of the evening dedicated to the victims of LAPD violence at last month’s event including those arrested for chalking, those injured by police projectiles and other law enforcement weaponries, small businesses and artists who had to shut down early, and residents and patrons who the LAPD kept from entering or existing buildings until early the next morning.

In advance of tonight’s Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk, members of Occupy were arrested earlier today for chalking Pershing Square. The three arrested Chalkupiers were bused in from Occupy Oakland. Two were released, and one remained in jail on an outstanding warrant.

The Los Angeles Police Department–which came down hard on  Occupy last month for chalking the sidewalks, streets and crosswalks–is taking a firm stance on sidewalk chalking, as is the city. Los Angeles Police Department Capt. Horace Frank, of the Central Division, told the Los Angeles Times that his officers plan to enforce the anti-chalking law if they see it being broken:

It’s a violation of the law, it’s vandalism, and we’re going to make an arrest,” he said, adding that he has received frequent emails from downtown property owners complaining about damage from chalk.

“My BlackBerry is burning up with pictures of businesses being vandalized.”

Meanwhile, though the city has declined to press charges on the majority of those arrested for chalking–which seems like a huge waste of everyone’s time and a form of intimidation–no permits will be issued for  chalking:

Richard Schave, a founding member of the Art Walk non-profit, asked the city if it would be possible to create a “safe space” for the group to protest, after LAPD clashed with protesters at last month’s “Chalk Walk.” The city said that it could approve a permit for protesters to congregate at Pershing Square, but not if the event included chalking, which it does not consider lawful.

The President of Public Works, Andrea Alarcon, sent Schave a letter saying that the city considers chalking illegal activity:

“Unfortunately, a request for a permit to assemble in Pershing Square for the purposes of ‘chalking’ does not fit within the parameters of our permitting structure because the use of chalk to deface public or private property is not lawful.”

9:15 p.m: According to Channel 9 News, Chalkupy is going on at Pershing Square and no arrests have been made. While there is a police presence, it’s waaaay smaller than last month’s; and police say they are taking things on a case by case basis, with no arrests so far tonight. Meanwhile, some of the chalkers are heading to Art Walk.

Will update at next news report.

 

Photo: Twitpic @FreshJuiceParty

HT: LAist

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

 

According to KTLA, broadcasting live at 10:25pm in Los Angeles, the LAPD is on citywide tactical alert, with rapid response teams and hundreds of officers in downtown Los Angeles. Non-lethal “stinger balls” were fired at protestors, reported to be from Occupy LA. An  LAPD officer was injured, a suspect captured, and hundreds of protestors and just folks driven from the Art Walk area.

There were numerous arrests, KTLA says that bottles have been thrown. (You can read KTLA’s account and see their video here.)

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. Tonight from 7-9pm, occupiers, artists, enthusiasts, rebels, and the intrigued will defend the First Amendment and freedom of speech.”

Using washable chalk on the sidewalk is not in and of itself a crime. Blocking sidewalk is the issue.

Downtown Art Walk draws thousands of people to check out galleries and socialize, and many of them were just hanging out during the protest to see what wass going on. Live video from KTLA  anbd a photo on qmanhellerman’s photostream shows chalking in the streets (including some suggestions to commit certain Anglo-Saxon verbs on the police) and people sitting in the street.

More from Facebook:

[Live!] LAPD taking care of crime? Chalking is NOT a crime! Be our eyes and ears tonight! Watch us Live! -GR
[Live] Children & young people yelling at LAPD to go away. Even children know more about our rights than them. Please be our eyes & tonight!
Watch us Live or get down to DTLA and support us!-GR
[Live] People now filling the streets as LAPD in tactical gear are putting on facemasks and look like theyre moving in. Crowds chanting “Whose streets! Our Streets!” -GR
[Live]Thousands in the streets now, still no dispersal order, cops have leathal weapons, the people chanting “Show me what a police state looks like, this is what a police state looks like!”
Watch Live: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/pmbeers  [La Figa note: That Livestream is down at press time; try this Global Revolution link]
[Live]We Need Medics on the ground! This is an emergency. People bleeding from rubber bullet shot. -GR

From the news media: There  have been dispersal orders, but the LAPD is allowing the media to stay within 40 feet of police at all times. KNBC reports that bottles were thrown at their news vans and some protestors tried to climb onto the news vans. A police vehicle was also vandalized. The reporter added

In all fairness, some protestors were calling out others to stop throwing rocks and bottles.

These photos from my TV show the police in stand off mode and one bystander who said he was just walking down the street when he was hit by a rubber bullet. Occupy LA, per KNBC, says they will try to spend the night. There are currently more officers than protestors, per KNBC’s 11pm broadcast.

Officer Karen Rayner from the LAPD called into KNBC to report  that at least one officer was injured, struck by a skate board. There was no official arrest count at press time.  Officer Rayner says that incident began at 8:40pm when protestors started blocking the intersections during Art Walk.

The monthly Art Walk is when the majority of downtown businesses, which are locally owned, experience a huge upsurge of customers; one business owner told me that he and other small businesses depend on Art Walk, since it’s when thousands of Angelenos come to Downtown. It’s also when dozens of locals artists get the opportunity to show and sell their work. Art Walk has experienced some troubles in the past–public intoxication, crowds spilling into the streets; and a death when a car jumped the curb, striking and killing an infant. Local merchants, artists and residents  have worked hard to make Art Walk a success after every setback, and it is a treasured event, one of the few places where people from all over the city mix and mingle. You can hear the subtle thought process:

This is why we can’t have nice things.

At 11:27, KNBC says the police are reopening Spring Street, and situation is over, but it remains fluid. Occupy LA says, per KNBC, that they will be back tomorrow.

Update from eyewitness Eric Copeland via my Facebook page:

news stations came late to the party and all got their info from the police spokeperson. police gradually increased tension – first by slowing traffic with orange cones and dozens of police cars and motorcycles, then bringing in riot squads, then moving people around, then pushing people, then clubbing people, and finally firing rubber bullets. most all civilians were artwalk attendees. sick stuff. reminded me of the old police incited punk confrontations. no cops = no problems! the great chalk riots of 2012! so shameful those chalk games of tic-tac-toe on the street. sorry, but if “occupy” is trying to claim credit they are deluding themselves. i was right on 5th and spring. people ignored the guy on the megaphone. artwalkers were intrigued, then bothered by the police actions – not rallied to action by politicos.

UPDATE: Twenty arrests per KTLA, 19 according to LA Times; four officers injured, one with a concussion.

From a friend attending artwalk via my Facebook:

The cones and dozens of bike cops had been dispatched by the time we left at 9. The occupy protectors were making a big scene from early, maybe 7, over (at that time) two people who had been arrested for chalking. So then they handed out more chalk. Self-fulfilling prophecy, I say.

 

The Livestream is back up http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/23953533. From Occupy LA’s Facebook:

ABC 7 tried to block the livestream around the 13 mark and fights with livestreamer.

Shot fired around 14 min mark.

Streams-
http://occupystream.com/

And another photo of an injured civilian form Occupy LA’s Facebook

Late Night FDL: Wolverines? US Military “Invades” Los Angeles for Training Mission

 

This must be the reason the Los Angeles City Council wanted Occupy LA out of downtown. I’m kidding!  They were actually worried about the trees and the lawn and the Farmers Market.

According to KFI640:

Joint military training exercises will be held evenings in downtown Los Angeles through Thursday, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

The LAPD will be providing support for the exercises, which will also be held in other portions of the greater Los Angeles area, police said…

The exercises are designed to ensure the military’s ability to operate in urban environments, prepare forces for upcoming overseas deployments, and meet mandatory training certification requirements, police said.

The comments on KFI are hysterical, in every meaning of the word:

-I don’t have to imagine the reasons for this training, or its location. Only wonder when it will be put to use. Can you spell Marshal Law?

-Yes, but evidently you can’t.

plus the usual screams about Posse Comitatus. At least it’s not interfering with the Downtown Art Walk/food truck frenzy. Now that would cause a serious uprising!

Occupy LA: “Let’s OK Property Damage!”

 

 

Factions within Occupy LA are calling for the removal of “property” from the Occupy Statement of Principles of Non-Violence or to have the statement non-violence be modified to precisely define and codify what property damage is allowable. The matter is due to be voted on tonight, 12/23 in the General Assembly, the Friday night before a major holiday when many people are unable to attend.

Ruth Fowler who wrote the current revision is a member of the facilitation committee, the group which allows for the (ideally) smooth running of General Assemblies. Here is her logic about the removal of property damage from the Statement of Purpose:

I think my argument will be that mentioning violence and property damage in the same document obfuscates the issue, and that a separate document against property damage should be drafted separately to the non-violence statement and brought to GA.

Others would like “property” removed from the SoP entirely, like Anthony Cristofani who posted December 20 on the OLA listerve regarding property damage (pd):

You know I support getting rid of pd for all the reasons that have been correctly and eloquently argued. I myself don’t believe on it or do it. But guess what Scott and cronies listen hard: this proposal gets blocked and I will gonto every one of your permitted pansy events and fuck property up to punish you and the 1% you serve. Then I’ll frame your ass for for it.

Wow. So basically if the clause to remove property damage from the statement of non-violence is not passed, Anthony Cristofani, a PhD candidate at UC Riverside with a very interesting background (use teh Googles) will commit property damage and frame OLA members. And says so, which is is just so brilliant. Wow. Just wow.

The debate about non-violence and property damage has been raging in recent weeks on listserv and on the OLA website, though it was pointed out that the inclusion of property damage had been in place since September 23, and that it had passed the GA three times since then. There is hair splitting (graffiti and tearing down fences is okay, for example), and calls for no property damage or property damage to make a point:

A proper statement of nonviolence assumes that should we commit property damage (and we inevitably will), and the police react with violence, that we will remain true to our principle.

Seriously, Occupy LA, WTF?

Occupy LA: Reports of LAPD Violence

Josh’s hand, hit by rifle-fired projectile. This photo was taken at 3:50 am Wednesday on Main Street about a block south of La Placita Queen of Angels Church. A man with him who declined to be named or photographed had been struck in the face with a police baton; there was slight swelling around his mouth, and the inside of his lip was broken. He told me

I forgive the cop, I forgive him.

Josh had been in City Hall Park when the dispersal order came. He and his friends told me an office called out

Hey you!

and Josh turned, pointing at himself as if to ask,

Who me?

and was struck in the wrist by an LAPD projectile fired from a green shotgun at a distance of about 30 feet away. He was triaged by roaming medics once he left the park, and had an ice pack on his wrist. He could move his fingers slightly.

About 45 minutes later he walked into the parking lot of La Placita Queen of Angels. I had already spoken with one of the legal observers from Peace in Harmony about him, and pointed him out to the medics when he arrived to get him a fresh ice pack before he spoke with the legal observer (LO). His hand had swollen considerably, but he was still able to move his fingers and asked for a cigarette before talking with the LO. He was sleeping in the medic tent when the National Lawyers Guild arrived from the park. I provided these photos to the NLG rep.

Ruth Fowler wrote on Occupy LA’s website:

No bad treatment of protestors occurred while the mainstream media was watching – it was only at the end that this occurred, when the non pool reporters were separated from the pool media, and the reporters not in the pool were shoved and hit by cops.

At this point I left, but other non-pool media refused to leave and wanted to stay reporting on the scene. Jared Iorio, our photographer, stayed for fifteen minutes after me and was hit twice in the chest with a baton by a policeman until he left Solidarity Park…

She goes on to say that after leaving the park and assembling on Los Angeles Street:

We were blocked (kettled) in on Alameda between second and first. The police started running towards us – the group was now about 100 people by this point – and everyone ran into a parking lot to escape. The police ran after them and started beating protestors with batons repeatedly as they were running away trying to escape. I saw about ten police hit protestors. I did not get video footage nor photographs as I was running…

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

Monday night at 7:15 PT, the Los Angeles Police Department held a lottery to decide which media could be credentialed for the LAPD Occupy LA media pool, in anticipation of the next raid. According to a mainstream media source who was there, the LAPD only wanted to allow one media outlet per medium (print, radio, television), but was persuaded to allow three of each:

the only media eligible for pool were those who were on the LAPD press release list and able to get to headquarters with an hour’s notice. So very few were represented at the meeting. I asked about independent radio/blogs and they said that only media with LAPD-issued badges would be allowed in the vicinity. I asked about those already at the camp, and they said after the unlawful assembly order everyone who doesn’t leave will be arrested, even those who are journalists. Our attorney was looking into whether there were legal challenges to be made.

No independent/citizen media was in the grab bag of media outlets selected. The LAPD Media Relations Department declined to tell me who was in the media pool, saying it was not for publication. Someone had called earlier and had been given the names and told the POI officer that they would not guarantee non-publication, so the officer was very wary. Why doesn’t the LAPD want that information released?

However a media source not in the pool relayed to me:

ABC, NBC and AP Video are the pool.

A print media source whose outlet is in the pool told me that Reuters, the LA Times (whose offices are across the street from Occupy LA, and would likely be within the LAPD’s perimeter, so they sort of have to be included) and

I think, the Daily News.

The source told me his/her employers were consulting with their attorneys and with the LAPD about the police department’s

restrictions on how we would be operating.

He/she said that each outlet is allowed one reporter who must be designated in advance. There is a separate pool for photographers.

There is concern from media that the LAPD may want to review material before publication or broadcast.

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.

The media presence played a huge part in keeping things nice Monday morning. When Occupy chanted

The whole world is watching

they were pretty close to the truth. The revolution is being televised. And if it weren’t being beamed into TV and computers around the globe, would the LAPD have acted with such restraint? One would like to think so, but odds are maybe not so much.

Breitbart photo: Linda Patron, used with permission

Note: Keven Gosztola will be live blogging events through the night, so tune in at The Dissenter for updates.

Occupy LA: Love is the Law

 

Wow. Wow. I was at Occupy LA from 11 pm until 6:30am, I and at one point 1,000 other people. It was intense, with the air of  macabre carnival. People wandered, chanted, danced, drummed, smoked, and om’ed as the midnight-plus one minute deadline was counted down. Across the street, in front of LAPD headquarters on 1st St from Main to Spring cops lined the street. A friend was texting me live updates from KTLA.com’s video stream, including notification of a city wide tactical alert.

One man built a tree fort in a banana grove next to the Spring Street steps, while others positioned themselves up trees or around the symbolic tent draped with an America flag. The tent encirclers had decided to be arrested and were linking arms and chanting. Others were prepared for the worst (even we had vinegar soaked cloths and a bottle of Maalox and water). Some of the people we knew left at 1am, as did many in the crowd which thinned out by 2 am, but we decided to stick around. We mapped out our safety routes for escape if necessary.  An announcement was made that the Mayor had told the police to hold back as there were still hundreds of people (and, unspoken, news media!) present.

Fourteen officers of the LAPD were at Temple and Main while a sparse group of protestors sat in the crosswalk. My friend Ava and I walked over to talk with them.  They were really cheerful and nice, usually based out of (South) Central.  One joked about being a geek who liked to hike and read books, and I said I try to avoid the evil, yellow hurty thing.

You mean the sun, me too, that’s why I work at night. Hey, occupy the sun!

he laughed.  The larger mass of police at Spring and 1st were grimmer, though one laughed at my my Hello Kitty iPhone cover. The drummer circle was there, as was a protestor reading a declaration from Occupy about why they were there, while the human mic repeated it (some cops looked visibly uncomfortable when they heard the portion on Constitutional rights read, followed by an explanation of corporate and mortgage malfeasance.

Clark Davis, an Occupy camper from the start was in contact with the LAPD and spoke repeatedly with LAPD Commander Andrew Smith (in charge of all of Occupy operation for LAPD) and the commanding officer in charge of the  massive force of LAPD in riot helmets with batons and green shotguns (bean bags! fun!) at 1st and Main. Clark and Commander Smith walked to 1st and Spring and asked people to please move into the park, which worked at that intersection.  However many many people remained at 1st and Main, some taunted the cops, all refusing to move back. The Channel 2 camera man told his reporter while I was joking with him (“It’s not what you say, but how good you look saying it”) that the SWAT team had arrived. The word was that at 4am LAPD would clear the streets. They asked nicely for people to move back.

Suddenly, cops surged forward and people ran for the park, it was gnarly, and scary. The cops stood their ground then stepped back. And people being people, they moved back into the street. Then came the official order for dispersal, the one where they cite the state code and state that they have the right to use force, including chemical weapons and which could result in injury, and that everyone including media needed to get on the sidewalks or be arrested. Everyone complied and the police asked people to move back into the park to accommodate those moving on to the sidewalk. The megaphone officer assured us that people in the park would not be arrested or removed. All but one person complied and he was taken away.

The police stepped up to the boundary of the park and things were a bit tense. Then a skirmish started, as a bottle and one of the long bamboo sticks carried by some of the park dudes were thrown! The cops quickly pulled three people from the crowd and took them away. That was it. That’s all they did–arrest the troublemakers! Wow.

Lines of police filled the block from 1st to 2nd on Main.  It was tense.  An announcement was made that the street needed to be opened for traffic, people had to get to work. Occupiers and supporters stayed put, chanting

Stay on the sidewalk! Stay on the sidewalk!

The police took giant steps backwards, the street was clear except for Juan, one of the wise elder homeless dudes who rode his brightly decorated bike in circles. the police did nothing. The Occupiers stayed on he sidewalks, the streets stayed clear; we were told we could cross on the lights, and obey the traffic laws as motorcycle police rode up and down, then began escorting traffic through. A cheer went up.   People were hugging and smiling and clapping.

It was miraculous, and I hope that spirit of community, or mutual respect, or restraint or whatever–LOVE–love of oneself, of one’s city, or one’s fellows can spread through Los Angeles’ police and community and become a model for both cops and civilians to work in cooperation to obey the laws and foster change.

Chief Beck was on the news today saying that the assembly in the park is a violation, but there is not a specific time to begin enforcing it. And at 8:30 this morning a judge began a hearing on an injunction filed over the weekend to prevent Occupy form being evicted. Meanwhile, plans are being made by Occupy to launch Occupy 2.o.

I have a doctors appt in 20 mins. Will post more photos and video when I get back.

Occupy LA: As Midnight Deadline Draws Near

The mood at City Hall is weird, a little spooky and tense, but also a a sense of  valor. People are expecting the cops to move anytime after midnight. Every local channel has news crews out, and  teevee news channel KTLA is giving OLA plenty of coverage.

Lots of clergy are present, and lots of civilians, over a thousand people are on the grounds, celebrating and feeling brave.  I was told by members of the Veterans Committee that there are more vets than ever before on the grounds, that they are their to protect the Constitutional rights of the Occupiers.

Some idiot of course has threatened violence showing a reporter one of his smoke bombs he plans to use against the LAPD, per KTLA’s 10pm news, and the reporter says that he felt obliged to tell the police, and that

The party is just getting started

The media tent has moved all their equipment out, but their tent is still up, as are many others. The food tent is serving food, and well, we’ll see. I’m heading back down now.

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

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.

But as usual, there is always some eejit or five who are itching for a fight. Occupy LA’s listserve–which is open to the public with nothing off the record–has some interesting correspondence.

One of the loudest voices in real life at the camp and online crying for Occupy LA revolution–let’s call him Che-Shirt–has basically said Occupy Los Angeles is a bunch of scaredy cats because they haven’t gotten tear-gassed or beaten like comrades in Oakland and Wall Street, and on Friday announced proudly:

Solidarity with Oakland tonight, who are sending down many I know of to help us with the raid/reoccupation.

Che-Shirt however is disinclined to get arrested himself because he has been to jail. Despite decrying leaders and patriarchy, he’d rather direct the action than participate in it.

Tomorrow, as a countdown to eviction the band NOFX is playing a free show and all of Los Angeles is invited down. This has its pros and cons, as you can imagine. Occupy LA is saying there is a chance the police will start barricading the streets at some point.

Meanwhile one lawyer has filed a federal injunction to prevent the eviction, though naming (former) police chief William Bratton in the paperwork is pretty fail. The National Lawyers Guild is seeking to file a temporary restraining order with the city, but there is some confusion about whether or not Occupy LA is still working them.

So tomorrow will be interesting. Monday day even more so.

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