On November 30th last year around 300 protesters were arrested at the Los Angeles City Hall after being camped out in the vicinity for over two months. An estimated 1,400 police officers showed up and blazed through the encampment in what protesters are now calling a "shock and awe" attack on their rights. The movement activists have now filed a class action lawsuit for the arrests and the protesters' treatment while in custody. RT's Ramon Galindo brings the latest from Los Angeles.
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- -BRITISH COLUMBIA
- 14th Amendment
- American Indian Movement
- Antonio Villaraigosa
- BNY Mellon
- Bank of America
- Ben Harper
- Bill Rosendahl
- Central City Association
- Deutsche Bank
- Eric Garcetti
- General Assembly
- General Strike
- Hugo Black
- Main Street
- Mark Horvath
- May 1st
- New Orleans
- New York City
- OWEN SOUND
- Occupy Skid Row economic development
- Occupy Wall Street
- Occupy the Hood
- Occupy the World
- Pershing Square
- Riot Gear
- SIOUX LOOKOUT
- San Francisco
- Save the Hammer for the Man
- Skid Row
- Social Media
- Supreme Court
- Tom Morello
- United Kingdom
- Wall Street
- Wells Fargo
- Yonge-Dundas Square
- black panthers
- city council
- freedom of speech
- high rises
- music video
- occupy la
- private security
- shock and awe
Idle No More Toronto -Over 1000 people! Idle No More FlashMob Round Dance Took Over Yonge-Dundas Square today in downtown Toronto as part of the Idle No More rallies happening in solidarity with First Nations across Canada and the world.
There's a google map of all the worldwide #IdleNoMore events and rallies scheduled, find your local rally/Flashmob! View the Google Map here: http://bit.ly/ZWzvNA
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Mark Horvath has been a drug addict, a con artist, a producer for Christian television, and for a time, homeless. Now, he's using social media to raise awareness about homelessness and poverty in America. Armed with a website (invisiblepeople.tv), Twitter account (he goes by @hardlynormal), and a camera, Mark's on a mission to give "a face and a voice to homelessness."
Watch, and meet the guy who just might solve homelessness with his Twitter account.
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.
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.
Ben Harper weighs in on the Occupy movement's May 1st General Strike.
What's on your mind today?
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!
The Nightwatchman (Tom Morello) & Ben Harper performing "Save the Hammer for the Man" at Occupy LA 3/11/2012. I think you'll all really like this one, is was written especially for Occupy Wall Street.
Consider this a mid-day open thread and chat amongst yourselves, or just enjoy the music.
"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win."
Soundtrack: Naruto - Yamagasumi
The Los Angeles City Council passed a resolution on Tuesday declaring that corporations are not people and not entitled to the same constitutional protections.
The council’s 11-0 vote drew a standing ovation from a packed chamber of Occupy L.A. members and other activists.
Pending the resolution’s approval by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, the city would be on record in support of
federal legislation that would ensure corporations are not entitled to the same rights as people, especially when it comes to spending money to influence elections.
It also proposed language for a constitutional amendment declaring that money is not a form of speech and affirming the right of the federal government to regulate corporations.
The Council President Eric Garcetti, co-sponsor of the resolution along with Councilman Bill Rosendahl said that “Every American should have an equal voice in their government, but unless there are big changes, your voice is only as loud as your bank account. And its the big corporations that have the largest bank accounts of all.”
The resolution comes, in part, as a reaction to the recent Supreme Court ruling that that corporations and unions can spend unlimited amounts of money in elections. The resolution cites a 1938 opinion from Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black on the subject, that reads “I do not believe the word `person’ in the Fourteenth Amendment includes corporations”.