Keith Olbermann read the following declaration on the air which is dated September 30, 2011 by the NYC General Assembly
As we gather together in solidarity to express a felling of mass injustice. We must not lose sight of what brought us together. We write so that all people who feel wronged by the corporate forces of the world can know that we are your allies.
The October 6 march was directed at the Bank of America branch at First and Figureoa in Downtown Los Angeles. Apparently, those who occupied the lobby were planning on being arrested and were accompanied by attorneys affiliated with their group, Make Banks Pay. Eleven people were arrested, none of them a part of the Occupy Los Angeles group. It is likely that the assembly of police in riot gear earlier in the day was in anticipation of the march and the arrests that police probably knew were planned before the march took place.
Occupy LA press release -- October 7th, Dr. Cornel West visited the Occupy Los Angeles encampment now referred to by occupiers as "tent city”. Dr. West is to return tonight at 5pm to speak to the occupiers. He will be accompanied by Tavis Smiley.
"1% of the population controls 42% of the wealth. Something is wrong in America." Dr. West says, explaining the growing gap in the economic structure.
Support for Occupy Los Angeles grew (gracefully) with the arrival of renowned actress Rosanna Arquette who toured the area and providing a number of photo-ops for Occupy Los Angeles and everyone else who was lucky enough to be present. She summed up her feelings by saying: "Greed is not the American way", after doing all she could in a very limited time frame to show her support, including joining us on the OWSLosAngeles LiveStream.
It never rains in Southern California but it is raining today, another test for Occupy Los Angeles. It rained off and on all night and is expected to be rainy for the next few days with tomorrow being the worst. It should be clearing up about the same time the permit for amplified sound and full use of the city hall park comes into effect. Also by then, the film shoot on the larger south lawn will be over and they can move back there. That will be good. They need the space, protesters keep arriving and Occupy LA is already outgrowing the smaller north lawn. Soon they will need both.
Rain is promised later in the week but today is a another beautiful Southern California day. Today should be especially interesting because it is the first regular week day for Occupy Los Angeles. City hall will be working, downtown will be bustling and the banks will be open.
So I usually blog over here. In my time, my blog had a pretty big following, got profiled in the New York Times, got me a book deal, a few Bloggie nomination and a LOT of hate mail. I consider the hate mail the pinnacle of my success.