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#Occupy LA, Dec. 17: Bradley Manning march, candle light vigil, GA (Massive dialup warning!)

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Busy day yesterday in solidarity with a number of events: Bradley Manning's birthday, the anniversary of the gent who self-immolated to start the Arab spring, and the beginning of the re-Occupation.

DUers Zhade, pinboy3niner, and U4ikLefty were there. Love meeting my fellow DUers, hope to meet more!

The Ben Franklin, candle light, and Fawkes fence pics are by pinboy3niner. There is more great stuff he should post as well
Thanks!

A march had earlier begun at the LaBrea Tar Pits and IIRC, was to end at Beverly Hills City Hall. "Axel F" riffs and Eddie Murphy references were heard...okay, that was only us...but our chosen march began in downtown LA at Pershing Square, which at this time of year features an ice rink:





One protester provided bubbles because "everyone loves bubbles":



There were several homeless people scattered throughout Pershing Square, sitting quietly as people ice-skated.

Mic checks were made regarding the reasons for the day's march, and we were told of the solidarity actions in several other cities and countries...a very busy, positive day. At least it so began. By the time we were gearing up to march, police aggregated:





I'm only mentioning them as they quickly made themselves the functional theme of the evening. After the positive gathering, we set out to march toward city hall. From one corner to the next, around the corner and...cops swarmed one gent who had dared to step into the street, a street they themselves were blocking with six plus bike cops and two grey unmarked vehicles (light bars inside the rear windows, same cops sitting in them as observed above). This is the best video I could get from my position, better is certain to shortly be uploaded by others:



Sorry, forgot I was filming for a moment and attempted to use the sideways angle to capture as much as possible...then remembered that I don't have a video editor which can rotate the framing.

As you can hear, tempers flared as cops continue to attempt to push us into a response they'd expect. I told the officer in front of me that we are a peaceful movement, we only want our rights...he flinched and said "We'll see", which was his only response to my other statements: "We are two and a half months old as a movement, when have we not been peaceful?" and in case he was taunting me, "They're coming for your pensions..that's no joke". Said in solidarity, not upset.

During the arrest (look how many cops it takes to deal with one person barely off a curb), several pedestrians (not part of the protest) walked around into the street past the police, and weren't even noticed. Several. Walked in the street, right past.

The protester was cited for jaywalking and was released. He was not happy; he was given phone numbers to attorneys interested in #Occupy so hopefully all will work out just fine.

We immediately gave up on our original route and began marching in random directions, which I believe is now called the Portland Snake. During this march, we came upon a long fence, along which were pitched tents and numerous cardboard boxes, sheltering the homeless. They were given some food we were carrying for later.



At this point the march from Beverly Hills met up with us:



Shop owners along the route were in their doors, some a bit perplexed, others stating support (one on a bullhorn)
One protester with a guitar stopped and played a song for some children.

Return to city hall, where decorations began to go up:





We gathered on the steps and mic checked about Bradley Manning and the other issues of the day, and settled in to wait a bit for the candle-light vigil.

Several livestreams were going throughout the day...

At city hall, police set up as usual in the sealed-off section of city hall, some six to ten always present, often crossing through our group, some with good humor and others with silent disregard. The bike cops from earlier had taken up across the street and sometime as police crossed the street without using the signals and crosswalks provided, were quick to draw jeers and taunts. "You aren't above the law/who's blocking traffic now" was common. One officer, when returning, DID use the signals and crosswalks to great and loud approval...

The candle light vigil became a re-decoration of city hall. See 7-8 minutes in on this video, just move the progress marker where you want it, sorry about the irritating ad:

http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/19215714





The truth-teller on the right is from #Occupy Minneapolis:



And of course, there are always police. The younger members of #OLA appear to be not getting along with the concept of police domination in the name of the 1%. We are not certain what occurred, but heard that a young woman either took a baton across the face or was butted by a baton in the breasts. Suffice to say, "police" (from invictus99's livestream):

http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/19216390

Invictus dear, California section 830.10 demands that police provide their identification upon request. Glik vs. Boston states we have the right to record them.

I DID see a young lady sitting and weeping, being comforted by a fellow protester, in addition to the abuse invictus received.

Please know that it's not all about cops and shouting. Please take a look at the GA recorded stream at the end. Police can't destroy what we're building.

Before the GA, six to eight lady protesters jumped the fence into city hall park and occupied a lit bus stop, one of several which by necessity are behind the police barricade against tents. They began chanting and were eventually arrested by police, who to their credit, did not swarm, did not bodyslam, did not baton.





Short video of the arrests; I filmed from my then-current position. There was already a crush directly in front of them. Far better video will undoubtedly be shortly found:



The General Assembly began shortly thereafter, concentrating upon guests from #Occupy the Hood, an inner-city project to empower and unify people and communities. crossxbones and freedomla have archived streams:

http://www.ustream.tv/occupyfreedomla

All of our towns and people are suffering from isolation, alienation, and deprivation. #OTH have been working to change that at several levels, including but in no way limited to community networking, community clean-up projects, etc. Watch for change.

There was also involvement from and a vigil for indoor and outdoor sex workers, and their stories of police abuse.

On the way home, we passed a few instances of large homeless encampments right along the streets. Believe nothing nice about our mayor Mr. Villain; there are thousands upon thousands of homeless throughout Los Angeles, Hollywood, and out to other cities on the west side, with little evidence of support from "authorities" whatsoever. A damn crime to use money for anything but equal good treatment for all people!

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Reply #Occupy LA, Dec. 17: Bradley Manning march, candle light vigil, GA (Massive dialup warning!) (Original post)
Fire Walk With Me Dec 2011 OP
barbtries Dec 2011 #1
Fire Walk With Me Dec 2011 #3
FirstLight Dec 2011 #2
Luminous Animal Dec 2011 #4
Zhade Dec 2011 #5
Fire Walk With Me Dec 2011 #6
pinboy3niner Dec 2011 #7
U4ikLefty Dec 2011 #10
pinboy3niner Dec 2011 #8
U4ikLefty Dec 2011 #9
Fire Walk With Me Dec 2011 #15
U4ikLefty Dec 2011 #18
pinboy3niner Dec 2011 #11
bottom line Dec 2011 #12
pinboy3niner Dec 2011 #13
T S Justly Dec 2011 #14
pinboy3niner Dec 2011 #16
pinboy3niner Dec 2011 #17
JessieNicole Dec 2012 #23
pinboy3niner Dec 2012 #24
JessieNicole Dec 2012 #19
hrmjustin Dec 2012 #20
Fire Walk With Me Dec 2012 #21
JessieNicole Dec 2012 #22

Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Sun Dec 18, 2011, 02:17 PM

1. thank you so much fire walk with me

you walk the walk.

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Response to barbtries (Reply #1)

Sun Dec 18, 2011, 03:08 PM

3. Thank you, but I really think that the youngsters are the heros.

 

They know that they have no future, and they aren't going to take it, not at all.

They, and the long-abused "minorities", are the heros. May this be their day.

I'm just reporting. Other DUers have been at this longer than I, make greater sacrifices to be there. I am also, a coward. I was bullied and abused as a child, and as a sensitive, it damaged me significantly. I am using this movement to step up and through my fear, I am using the strength of the young and of the long-suffering "minorities" to work at reclaiming my own strength.

This of course, in general, is what the 1% fear.

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Sun Dec 18, 2011, 02:49 PM

2. Thank you isn't a strong enough term

The gratitude i have for you and for EVERYONE who showed up across the country... awesome

Glad to hear the po-po din't get too out of hand. I listened to the GA in Times Sq yesterday and some of the great stories and words were so important to hear.

(our Occupy is on break till Jan...still a very small group, but powerful and positive!)

Solidarity!

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Sun Dec 18, 2011, 03:18 PM

4. Another fantastic post!

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Sun Dec 18, 2011, 03:35 PM

5. Kick

Great coverage as always, FW!

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Response to Zhade (Reply #5)

Sun Dec 18, 2011, 03:53 PM

6. You were there, say something for the camera!

 

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Sun Dec 18, 2011, 04:02 PM

7. Another excellent OP, Fire Walk With Me!

And it was great to have 4 DUers joining together in this OccupyLA action, which was part of the International Day of Solidarity with Bradley Manning.

Special thanks to U4ikLefty for the pizza and drinks--next time it's my shout. We are the Four Musketeers. Pizza for all and all for pizza! Occupie!

K&R

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #7)

Sun Dec 18, 2011, 05:13 PM

10. It was my pleasure.

It's better than the pizza served here on DU

It was great meeting you, Fire, and Zhade.

Thx for comin all the way to Downtown for the march...very cool.

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Sun Dec 18, 2011, 04:22 PM

8. There were 8 arrests--tweets from last night:

(In chronological order, with earliest message first.)


• OccupyLA #LAPD you have an #OLA indy-journalist in custody. Respect the 1st Amendment. Free the #OLAguerrilla ~pj

• RyanRiceLA @OccupyArrests 8 arrested @OccupyLA tonight. Psted art on the fascist fencing around Solidarity Park & staged a #NDAA action INSIDE the park

• OccupyLA The #OLAguerrilla is not in cuffs. Relief! Reported 8 others have been taken into custody. #LAPD release our free speech advocates.



At the scene last night, Occupiers were documenting the names of those arrested...



http://occupylosangeles.org/?q=node/2997&page=1

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Sun Dec 18, 2011, 05:10 PM

9. Excellent post as always Fire.

I'm busy doing chores around the house because I was Downtown all day yesterday.

I will bookmark & give a better response later when I have time.

I am glad we finally met...it was a pleasure & I'm sure we’ll see each other again real soon.

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Response to U4ikLefty (Reply #9)

Sun Dec 18, 2011, 10:47 PM

15. Nice to meet you, thanks for the 'zza, and please do post your observations

 

of the day. Please start threads, please post pics, everyone, thank you for reporting on this.

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Reply #15)

Mon Dec 19, 2011, 11:55 PM

18. I have video of the 6 arrests behind the fence and a few good pix of the "jaywalking" incident.

I just need to upload them.

A few quick thoughts because I just got home after an 11 hour day...ugh!!!

1) I was upsetting to see that young lady crying I remember her and she wasn't shaken like that when Anthony got arrested (jumped) at the 12/3 march. I knew it was bad when i saw her crying.

2) I loved the spirit of the young lady with the bubbles...lots of energy. Plus bubbles always make things a little better.

3) I saw two news vans, a KTLA (channel 5) and another, but heard of no coverage of the arrests. Did you catch anything?

4) That 25K bail and a felony charge is such bullshit.

Got to go eat something, but I'll try to get some pics & video up tomorrow.

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Sun Dec 18, 2011, 05:47 PM

11. Echoes of TIME's 'Person of the Year' cover: The Protester

One of the participants yesterday in #Occupy L.A.'s march for the freedom of Bradley Manning (with some of our LAPD 'minders' in background):



What does this remind you of? Hint:


TIME Magazine cover


The original Sarah Mason photo by Ted Soqui


Background on how an #Occupy L.A. protester ended up on the cover of TIME:

The Occupy LA protester who made TIME's 'Person of the Year' cover
http://www.democraticunderground.com/100230950

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #11)

Sun Dec 18, 2011, 07:19 PM

12. Cool post

 

Thank You
Love the 99%
Love OLA
(aka 3rock)

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Response to bottom line (Reply #12)

Sun Dec 18, 2011, 07:53 PM

13. Welcome to DU, bottom line



You have some cool 3rock posts at the OLA website, too.

Long live OLA!

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Sun Dec 18, 2011, 08:21 PM

14. K&R (nt)

 

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Mon Dec 19, 2011, 02:03 AM

16. The person who gave his food to the homeless people we passed was Fire Walk With Me

Just to correct the record. Somehow, the OP left out that fact...

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Mon Dec 19, 2011, 08:11 AM

17. UPDATE: One of the eight arrestees charged with a felony ($25K bail)

One of the eight Occupy L.A. protesters arrested Sat. charged with felony (*Dialup warning)

http://www.democraticunderground.com/100240490

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #17)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 12:45 AM

23. Photo sharing permissions?

Hi there! I know this is a super old thread, but I was hoping to use one of your pictures of the vigil for an article I'm writing about International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers and wanted to make sure I have permission? I wanted to link back to this thread as well so people had an account of the cooperation between SWOP/Occupy and the story of Dec. 17 last year. Please let me know! Thanks!

Jessie Nicole
SWOP-LA

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Response to JessieNicole (Reply #23)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 04:44 AM

24. Welcome to DU, Jessie

Feel free to use any of my photos for SWOP and for your story.

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 05:36 PM

19. Photo permission

Hi Fire Walk With Me, I know this is a super old thread, but I was hoping to use a picture of the vigil for an article I'm writing about International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers and wanted to make sure I have permission? I wanted to link back to this thread as well so people had an account of the cooperation between SWOP/Occupy and the story of Dec. 17 last year. Please let me know! Thanks!

Jessie Nicole
SWOP-LA

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Response to JessieNicole (Reply #19)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 05:41 PM

20. Welcome to DU my friend!

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Response to JessieNicole (Reply #19)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 05:57 PM

21. Please feel free to link back to the thread but remember that a few of the above pics are

 

pinboy3niner's. If the one you want is his I'm sure he'll be open to helping. I make note early in the OP of whose is whose. If it's mine, go for it!

Regards,

-Mike

PS: This OP was obviously prior to my own incident with LAPD during an action; my tone has not been so kind or positive since. "Memories..."

Definitely welcome to DU! Best luck with your project!

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Reply #21)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 12:44 AM

22. Thanks!

Thank you!!! I spend so much time on the internet I'm actually a little surprised it took this long to stumble in here

xo
JN

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