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August 8, 2012
CHALK WALK 2: OCCUPY LA OCCUPIES THE DOWNTOWN LA ART WALK WITH A TWIST
Members of Occupy LA Plan to Have a Peaceful Event in Pershing Square the Night of DTLA Art Walk
LOS ANGELES – Members of Occupy Los Angeles plan to peacefully occupy this week’s Downtown LA Art Walk from Pershing Square where they hope to create a “community space” with the theme: A Better World is Possible. Participants hope the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) can stay peaceful this month after last month’s near riot caused in part by excessive police force.
On July 12, 2012, Occupiers planned to have a peaceful event of public outreach and awareness called Chalk Walk at the DTLA Art Walk, after 12 LAPD arrests of Occupiers for water-soluble chalk on public sidewalks. These 12 arrests occurred the six weeks prior to the Chalk Walk event and began only after the group started to target the Central City Association, a local lobbying group.
This month Occupiers take a different approach by setting up an open community art and music space in Pershing Square with a community potluck and a “Really Really Free” Market.