This video is from a Nov. 9th, 2012 march by hundreds of supporters on several banks in Los Angeles (including Deutsche Bank, as well as Wells Fargo, BNY Mellon, and Bank of America) to protest illegal foreclosures, the banks' greed, and a corrupt system built to enrich the wealth of a few at the expense of the 99%. The video features interviews and speeches from Occupy activists from southern California, and members of other groups including Occupy The Hood, the American Indian Movement, and LA residents facing foreclosure and homelessness.
Occupy the Hood
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- American Indian Movement
- BNY Mellon
- Bank of America
- Candlelight Vigil
- Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine
- Central City Association
- Deutsche Bank
- Economic Equality
- General Assembly
- JP Morgan Chase & Co.
- LA CAN
- Los Angeles
- Main Street
- Martin Luther King
- New York City
- Occupy Skid Row
- Occupy Skid Row economic development
- Occupy Wall Street
- Patti Smith
- Pershing Square
- Police Violence
- Religious Leaders
- Riverside Church
- Skid Row
- Wells Fargo
- black panthers
- high rises
- hood week
- occupy la
- occupy the hood atlanta
- people of color
- private security
- racial justice
- yoko ono
Occupy the Hood has organized a weekend of action—dubbed “Hood Week”—where OTH chapters from all over the country will come together for community building, positive networking, education, and empowerment. OTC chapters will converge in Atlanta for Hood Week over the July 20-22 weekend to promote peace and unity within neighborhoods.
Occupy the Hood is an affinity group working to bring more people of color and their concerns to the Occupy movement. To learn more visit them on the web at www.officialoccupythehood.org or on Facebook or Twitter.
HOOD WEEK SCHEDULE
FRIDAY (July 20th, 2012)
Occupy The Hood Meet & Greet!
An evening of introduction and positive networking. Buy tickets in advance here. Hurry, tickets are limited.
The OTH Meet & Greet will Feature:
Occupy The Hood National Chapters
The artwork of local Atlanta artists
Tattoo artist on rooftop
SATURDAY (July 21th, 2012)
“Unity Day” Occupy Your Mind!
Grow something! Teach something! A day of building, workshops and community service designed to educate, engage and empower. Email OTH at HoodWeekATL@gmail.com for vending or sponsorship info.
SUNDAY (July 22th, 2012)
Occupy The Hood Presents: “Rep Your Hood” Blowout BBQ Finale
Maddox Park (1142 Donald Lee Hollowell Pky Nw, Atlanta, GA 30318)
This will be a family reunion style event, because we are FAMILY! Several activities, music artists and informational speakers will be there. All we need is YOU, and your dish and/or drink.
There are several community organizations (local and national) slated to donate their time and resources to this cause. Occupy the Hood would love to have your assistance in this effort as well. You can reach them at Occupythehoodatl@gmail.com or www.facebook.com/OccupyTheHoodAtlanta for further info/sponsorship packages.
Also, please consider donating on WePay to help make Hood Week a success.
Members of Occupy Los Angeles say that recent efforts to clean the "skid row" area of the city are actually a ploy to eventually rid the area of its homeless population, so that a powerful group of lobbyists can begin efforts to help their clients realize plans to redevelop the area into profitable businesses.The CCA is a business group that lobbies city and state government to grease the wheels for development in downtown LA. They represent local businesses, as well as large corporations, such as Chevron, Walmart, Verizon, JP Morgan Chase & Co., Wells Fargo and Bank of America .
Police say that any property not placed in the city provided storage facility during the cleaning operations must be mobile, and kept moving all day long, until the one of the Injunctions kicks in at 9pm and people are allowed to sleep. At 6am, they must begin moving around again until the night. You can hear police explain in the video above "You cannot return to where you were, and you cannot stay where you are now." Come 9pm, the homeless have to find a new spot to sleep for the night because they are not allowed to return to the "cleaned" areas, and then each day the process begins again.
Occupy Los Angeles, LA CAN, Occupy the Hood, and Occupy Skid Row have all kept a presence in the area to protest the efforts of CCA, with Occupy LA reporting over this past weekend. From Occupy LA's website:
First thoughts written last night: ”4 Arrests in Midnight LAPD Raid on CCA Siege – Occupy Los Angeles – three of my best friends and roommates, and an unknown 4th man ARRESTED. Charges unknown. Police orchestrated tactical raid with 25+ cops, pepper spray out and batons were swinging. Captain Frank (at a compañera’s trial yesterday) pointed at her and said, “Don’t I know you?”. Another police officer told a fifth occupier that “You’re getting arrested tomorrow.”
I couldn’t move, trapped inside a tent and seeing silhouettes of gum-chewing cops, fidgety and in war-mode. LAPD’s true colors emerging.
You want to talk targeted kidnappings and terror? Cops were laughing as they pushed and hit us. Laughing as they sent 3 snatch squads and took my friends in the dead of night.”
We’re traumatized and enraged. Three of my roommates were snatched by LAPD last night. Bails are $50,000, $25,000, and $10,000…. they’ve been some of the most visible organizers with the siege on the Central City Association (1%’s lobby here in Los Angeles) for nearly a month. They have all been harassed, intimidated, brutalized, and arrested by the LAPD before. They have all been occupying for months and are inspiring in their defiance and rejection of the oppressive status quo.
The arrests began over alleged chalk drawings, despite the 9th circuit court decision of Mackinney vs. Neilson that states, “No chalk would damage a sidewalk.”
LA Activist reports on the situation:
Since May 29, occupiers and homeless advocates have camped out each night in front of the CCA’s offices in downtown, as part of an ongoing “siege” protest that was originally only meant to last seven days. The action was coordinated by Occupy Los Angeles, Occupy the Hood, Occupy Skid Row and the Los Angeles Community Action Network.
Obviously, occupiers, who would prefer government to be free of corporate influences, are ideologically opposed to the lobby group. In fact, one could say the CCA is Occupy LA’s local archenemy.
Heather Meyer, an occupier who has been camping out in front of the CCA, said the lobby is “behind everything that is oppressive.” She cites as an example the groups opposition to the recently passed “Responsible Banking” ordinance, which requires banks doing business with the city to turn over information on loans and foreclosure activity and making it readily available to the public.
“They are the lobbyists for the one percent,” she said. “They are the epitome of money in politics.”
The CCA has done more than support bankers to irritate occupiers. The CCA also successfully opposed community efforts to block the construction of a Walmart in Chinatown. They helped kill a city ordinance that would have required hotels to keep their employees 90 days after a change of hotel ownership, according to their website.
As further evidence of the power the lobbyists at CCA wield, the report cites CCA announcing their intentions earlier this year to further lobby for more police resources for the skid row area. The LAPD soon after announcing 40 more officers being sent in to patrol despite there only being a “minor uptick in reported crime” in a neighborhood that “still reports some of the lowest crime levels in the city,” according to the Downtown News.
To explain the decision to respond so strongly to a minor uptick in crime, the LAPD stated:
In recent months, the department has been fielding more complaints from residents and businesses about aggressive panhandling and people sleeping on the sidewalk during the day, he said.
“We are having an increase in quality of life issues and we don’t want to lose any ground that we’ve gained in that area,” Perez said. “We want to stop the problem before it explodes. We’re just being proactive in our analysis and response to the area and understanding it.”
Interestingly enough, it sounds as if the increase in complaints began around the time CCA announced it would begin lobbying for more police...
If you continue to read the Downtown News article, it really does a great job of making skid row sound bad. I've seen it, it's a depressing and disturbing area that seems like you've crossed some great divide into an undeveloped nation. So many people with nowhere else to call home. Then it finishes with a quote from CCA's CEO:
“There hasn’t been an area in the entire county of Los Angeles that has not benefited from making Downtown come alive,” said Schatz. “When people are sleeping on the streets… it affects our ability to continue to attract investment and continue to make this Downtown thrive.”
As I read that quote, it didn't sound to me as if what happens to the people of skid row was a priority, or even a concern at all.
I'll keep you posted on any updates on the situation.
We are occupying!!!
Join LA CAN, Occupy the Hood, Occupy Skid Row and Occupy Los Angeles at Wilshire/Hope (626 Wilshire Blvd.) at 8:30pm tonight to fight gentrification and the corrupt practices of the lobby group Central City Association. BRING TENT.
We are peacefully gathering to protest the Economic Development Meeting and the downtown 2020 plan to build new high rises, the AEG Stadium and further criminalize and push out the homeless. The CCA is the localized manifestation and microcosm of everything wrong with policy, the 1% and obsession with wealth and prestige. In this hyper-localized resistance, everyone must fight the bully in their respective backyards, as a community.
We have power in numbers and will be OCCUPYING the CCA, who monitors the public spaces of downtown with private security for the one percent. Red shirt, green shirt, purple shirt, police all working together to criminalize the homeless, communities of color and more recently, to patrol protesters in the area.
Bring your tents, bring your blankets, bring some extra tarps if you can! Hot drinks and food are always welcome as well, tonight hot drinks would be awesome with the terrible weather! Every Friday night, OLA, Occupy the Hood LA, Occupy Skid Row, and visitors from other southern california occupations Occupy Main Street between 5th and 6th. (Near LACAN) We do this to raise awareness of the over 13,000 people who live on Skid Row, and are being pushed out of the only place that has services for them by gentrification.
Please join us, every friday night, we march from Pershing Square to Main Street after our General Assembly!
There has been much discussion as to whether people of color have been adequately involved and represented in the Occupy Wall Street movement. However, the discussion needs to be not just focusing on if there is enough diversity in Occupy Wall Street, but also on if that diversity is leading to a shift toward racial justice and equity in the agenda and politics embraced by the movement.
This is the first in a two-part series from Colorlines. Read the full report here.
On his birthday and in the spirit of Dr. King's vision for racial and economic equality, peace, and non-violence, Occupy Wall Street is holding candlelight vigils to unite our world in a global movement for systemic change.
"Wherever we may be, whether in our homes, in city squares, online, Occupies, or at work, we lift a beautiful message high above the political dialogue. We light the dream of a more equitable world in our hearts. We can overcome!"
If you're in NYC for this event on Jan.15th, oh, what a time you'll be having! Patti Smith, Yoko Ono and many more are slated to appear, per the press release:
At 6:30 p.m. hundreds of Occupy Wall Street activists will assemble on the steps of the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine (1047 Amsterdam Avenue) and at 7:00 p.m. begin a massive candlelight march to nearby Riverside Church (490 Riverside Drive). The group will join additional feeder marches and members of the community at Riverside Church for a candlelight vigil and celebration renewing King’s message of peace, justice, and equality for all, regardless of race or economic class. The action will culminate in an assembly featuring performances and speak-outs from artists, celebrities, religious leaders, and activists. Performances by Patti Smith, Steve Earle, Stephan Said, and Kozza Olantunji, as well as many more, will complement the inspirational words of Dr. Benjamin Chavis, Yoko Ono, Russell Simmons, Reverend Stephen H. Phelps, Daisey Kahn, Norman Siegel, Sumumba Sobukwe and Malik Rhasaan of Occupy The Hood.
And if you're aren't able to attend, you can still be a part of this special day via a number of creative means:
Like the Facebook page and share with your friends.
Follow @J15global on Twitter.
Call a friend and make a plan to light a candle together.
Organize a vigil on your block or in your town.
Return to Facebook to post your ideas and see what others are planning.
Dr. King said "A true revolution of values will soon look uneasily on the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth. With righteous indignation, it will look across the seas and say: 'This is not just.' "