The first soundtrack album of the movement will feature tracks from David Crosby, Graham Nash, Jackson Browne, Lucinda Williams, Ladytron, DJ Logic, and more. It is being organized by musician James Samel and is scheduled to be released this winter initially as a digital download. It it projected to raise 1 to 2 million dollars for Occupy Wall Street.
Former Philadelphia Police Captain Ray Lewis was amongst those arrested at the National Day of Action on November 17th in New York CIty. There was also creative protest and inspiring words from Reverend Billy.
"We must interrupt America. Non-violence is creative!" Reverend Billy
Activist and entertainer Rev. Billy along with the Church of Stop Shopping from producer Morgan Spurlock's ("Supersize Me") documentary "What Would Jesus Buy?" have been protesting corruption in the 1% for years. A couple of years ago he told a group consisting primarily of students a story about a Black Friday protest at the United Bank of Switzerland in Manhattan. Standing up for what he believes and getting arrested is obviously something that is normal for him. He and the Church of Stop Shopping Choir have been very active in the Occupy Wall Street protests.
Today and tonight's mood was and remains upbeat with a very productive day from a march to the Bank of America downtown to an Occupy UCLA protest at Angela Davis Plaza in Westwood.
Though over forty people were arrested today, peaceful protests prevailed and some deeper personal connections with LAPD took place with the assistance of Good Jobs L.A. and the SEIU. Back at City Hall, the atmosphere was vibrant as arrestees began to return fully confirming loyalty to each other and their solidarity to the movement.
Though the judge ruled this afternoon against Occupy Wall Street's rights to pitch tents in Zuccotti Park, technically encampment wasn't really permitted in the park to begin with, but the protest was allowed to create and then maintain the encampment until now. One Tweet I see talks about no tents, sleeping bags and drums allowed from this point forward. Even though there was turmoil and the physical structure built was destroyed in the process, the mood is already calm and seems to be anticipating a needed regrouping and new unity in the movement as occupiers return to the scene.