Many people and reporters ask us these questions....
Who are we? Why are we here? What do we want?
We are Occupy Wall Street Los Angeles!
Individual, ordinary citizens began meeting to organize one week prior to Day 1, October 1st, 2011. On Day 1 over 3,000 protestors marched onto the lawn of Los Angeles City Hall in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement that began in NYC on Aeptember 17, 2011.
In those days prior to Day we we adopted the Principles of Solidarity http://www.nycga.net/resources/principles-of-solidarity/ and also chose collectively to remain in our integrity and NOT break the law, unless doing so WAS in integrity.
To this end, the Occupy Wall Street Los Angeles experience has been very different than the rest of the Nation, on that Day 5th, Los Angeles City Council announced they stood in solidarity with us, along with the Mayor and with the protection of the LAPD. NEVER before in the history of America has an occuptation come together in soludarity with its local governance and peace officers. On this day there were 160 cities occupied in the United States of America. When news of our official Resolution from the City Council was published, resonance within our community was heard across America, the next morning 567 cities were occupied, the next day 863 cities were occupied... and today there are now over 1,500 cities occupied in the United State and over 30 international cities www.occupytogether.org. Estmates are between 1,000,000 and 3,000,000 globally are standing in solidary with this same single pointed message "ENOUGH" of the financial abuse perpretrated by a banking system owned by less than 1% of the wealthiest people in the world.
I have been on the ground a few days prior to Day 1 and have been present every day since. I am now camping out and fully engrossed in this movement witnessing the most remarkable self-organizing, leader-full movement anyone could every have imagined!
Why are we here?
Our freedom has been hi-jacked!
What do we want?
Our freedom back, guaranteed within the sanctity of the Declaration of Independence of the United States of America, original venue. First, a economic banking system owned by The People, for The People, and by The people. A banking system that is 100% transparent, auditable, and full of the same integrity, we as citizens of the Unites States of America know is our inherent right. All in-justices rise from this fisure. Once this is resolved, everything else in the world can shift into alignment!
More on these topics later... time to get back on the ground for Day 25 of the Occupation here at Occupy Wall Street Los Angeles!
And a special prayer to all our brothers and sisters in other occupied cities who are not experiencing the peace, harmony, love, and beauty we are witnessing in Occupy Los Angeles. And a grateful thanks and deep appreciation for all the evolutionary leaders camping out on their public properties, encompassing the courage to return integrity back into our financial exchanges with one another! Beautiful people occupy this planet! There is enough for everyone to be provided for... enough shelter, enough clean water, healthy natural foods, family and friends to share and thrive in relationship, and meaningful work in the world for everyone to be a creative expression of joy!
What else would love do?
Lisa Clapier, Media Team
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