On April 27th, 2012, CNN published a misleading, inaccurate and damaging article entitled 'LA May day observances split immigration'. While the various immigration groups who have traditionally marched on May Day have naturally been in various stages of ideological and sometimes political conflict, Occupy LA has never been part of these internal differences, and stands firmly in support of im/migrant rights. The General Strike Preparation Committee, as part of its planning for May Day 2012, actively put out the call for various immigration groups and organizations to join Occupy in building a coalition to participate in a May 1st General Strike. Despite numerous calls, these groups were not interested in participating in a coordinated effort on May Day, and preferred to stick to holding their own separate marches, rallies and events on the day. Occupy LA supports this decision, and as a mark of their respect for these groups' work and the meaning of May Day in Los Angeles, the General Strike Preparation Committee made sure that they prioritized Im/migrant rights on their list of demands for the General Strike.
On 4pm May 1st, 2012, Occupy LA has committed to marching with the Southern Californian Immigration Coalition with their full support. The SCIC is a group which, back in October, voted NOT to participate or organize within Occupy. Occupy LA has urged all participants on their Four Winds Caravan to join this march, with SCIC's cooperation. Occupy LA respects all groups working and organizing in Los Angeles, and recognizes and appreciates their autonomy and right not to participate in Occupy LA actions, without any ill-will or disrespect. Viva La Revolución! All Power to All People!
The Black Riders considers itself to be the new generation Black Panther Party for Self-Defense. We are a Black Revolutionary organization that stands against terrorism, racism, capitalism, and imperialism. Our organization was created in 1996. We started off by organizing numerous Bloods and Crips to stop gangbanging and committing Black on Black violence. We helped to transform the criminal gangsta mentality into a positive Revolutionary mentality. We also created a ‘watch a pig’ program to patrol our community and police the police. Since then our organization has been subjected to military style raids, harassment, and arrests of numerous members on trumped up charges. May day represents a day of resistance to capitalism, racism, and Imperialism across the planet. As we work together in solidarity with Occupy L.A and others, it will raise awareness amongst poor oppressed people that our fight against oppression should be based on a race and class struggle!
WTF is M1GS? What are the caravans? 4 winds? There's too much happening - how do I get involved? I don't have a car. What's the point? Yeah, I'm hearing this all day long. So here's your handy 101 guide to getting involved, complete with links.
The Statement of Nonviolence is a statement which sets forth one of our principles as a movement: our commitment to nonviolence. It is a principle that is deliberately excluded from the Principles of Solidarity - I believe because the term 'nonviolent' is so broad, and so nebulous, as to be, really defunct as having any meaning. Semantics are always subject to interpretation after interpretation - one need only look at the Supreme Court, an institution which literally just works on interpreting semantics and their applicability to real life.
This afternoon, eight protestors connected with Occupy LA (including myself) took up the LAPD's invitation to a basketball game aimed "To bring together the public, law enforcement and homeless communities in an effort to strengthen relationships and bring awareness to those in need." The game was between "The LAPD Young Gunz" - a basketball team from the LAPD that trains all year round - and "The Skid Row Allstars" - a group of players from various
JUST IN: Reports of Police Brutality witnessed on the streets of downtown Los Angeles during an Occupy LA March from Pershing Square to City Hall. A large police presence of around 50 officers pushed the 200 protestors back on the sidewalk. At approximately 1.30pm, Officer Cardenas (pictured) grabbed, beat and arrested Anthony Lascano, an Occupier who was just released from jail yesterday with no charges. Video footage caught this violence and will be released shortly. Police also beat 5 other protestors.