A chalk walk event was planned for DTLA's art walk on 07/12/12 for free expression in our communities to raise awareness of the criminalization of free speech. Occupiers from LA were dedicated to a peaceful action and handed out pieces of chalk with notes explaining the repression and arrests for chalking we've experienced over the last month for protesting the privatization of public space and criminalization of the poor and disenfranchised.
We are deeply concerned for any who were arrested or brutalized by the actions of the LAPD. At times, the struggle involves physical as well as mental assault by the ruthless organizational force of the policing arm of the state. Though we expected some degree of harassment for our chalktivism, we did not expect the full effects of the police state including riot lines and brutality over chalk. Furthermore, the kettling and firing of weapons on a public crowd, as well as the policing of public sidewalk space, were not acceptable uses of institutionalized force.
For those who lament the presence of community activists at the ChalkWalk ArtWalk in DTLA and blame us for your traumatizing experience or inconvenience, I ask that you collect your thoughts and do yourself the benefit of a hard reality check. Our free expression is one of the most vital explorations of the human spirit, it is our shield and our weapon against tyranny. We must excersize it. CHALKUPY the WORLD.
We meet every MON WED FRI (7:30pm) and SAT (4pm) at Pershing Square to build collective will and defiance and challenge corrupt corporate interest to remake the world with the power of the people.