It was surreal today to watch a fashion shoot in the middle of Occupy LA, but there it was. A collective of Los Angeles designers had a sent a male model down with photographers for a photo shoot.
Meanwhile, last night some of the sprinklers had gone off, and some of the Occupiers got wet, while others had moved to the sidewalk. No one was arrested. In fact no one has been arrested, period.
I was walking by the media tent and got called over to fill in for a minute or two on the Occupy LA livestream which was scary but fun and showed me how hard the gig is and kudos to the folks who do such a good job with it!
Terry the Solar Lady (aka the Sun Goddess) was busy at work in the solar tent planning Saturday’s talent for the big Occupy LA rally and fest at 1 pm on the City Hall lawns, after a march through the financial district which begins at noon at Pershing Square as part of the Global Day of Solidarity. Terry runs a non-profit organization called Power of Green LA:
a collective of organizations and individuals committed to creating Green & Sustainable approaches to Community Outreach, Employment Service, Intervention, Urban Renewal, as well as Emergency Response.
She and her team have set up the whole media tent and the public address system with solar energy. In the meantime Power of Green LA employs people to install solar panels and trains people to install their own panels, along with running workshops, a food bank, a hip hop collective, and generally making Los Angeles a better place.
There is voter registration and a chess club is now in place. in front of the fountain on the south lawn. And there is a volunteer laundry service! Friday a group of stand up comics brought in by Josh Androsky performed and will be back on Saturday along with much more entertainment including live music from local bands beginning at 1pm at City Hall, plus lots of people to talk with. So come on down!
One of the faux-memes Limbaugh and others have been pushing is that Occupy is anti-Semitic, which is kinda like the left picking one the Tea Party morans who misspell their signs, say racist things, or think the moon landing was faked, or Obama was born in Kenya. There are fringe groups or idiots in every group who are low hanging fruit for the opposition. At Occupy there are some people like the LaRouche-ites who are um, crazy or regurgitating whacked conspiracy theories without bothering to think for a minute about how goofy they are, and how such thinking plays into the hands of the people they are protesting. Some Occupiers despair at Israel’s policies towards the Palestinians.
So I asked a lady visitor who was chatting with an Occupier and planning to march on Saturday about her thoughts on anti-Semitism at Occupy LA. Here’s what Marsha Steinberg had to say: