OccupyLA's 6 month anniversary sidewalk festival was disrupted on Saturday #M17 by the LAPD who barged in demanding that flags be removed from planters on city property while protesters were eating chili trying to keep out of the rain. Later, the police rushed the protesters and began tearing down tents that were being used to keep food and reading zines dry in the rain.
We heard about Occupy Oakland's Move-In Day and read about their plans to occupy space and convert it into a community center. I was excited to participate in their actions, for both the learning experience and as a way to start connecting better with other occupations. In reference to Occupy Oakland, we are one and the same movement. We are all occupiers. We are brothers and sisters. And solidarity sees no regional difference.