Stephen Box: Occupy LA has faced one of the most potent of enemies, an ambivalent audience, one that is most likely to respond with a tired dismissal based on aesthetics or a weary look of disbelief as issues such as unemployment, foreclosures, homelessness, collapsing infrastructure and a collapsing economy are presented as a call to action.
Anthony Samad: Few have followed his lead on inner city investment, but many have followed his lead in living two decades with HIV.
Friday Feedback: The “fact” is we cannot wean ourselves from fossil fuel because there is nothing to replace it in terms of scalability. It is woven into the fabric of almost every aspect of our existence.
Stephen Box: Occupy LA’s greatest opportunity to impact the policies and actions that are responsible for eviscerating the middle class, for destroying our economy, for unleashing predatory greed and for selling political access to the highest bidder is to mobilize voters at the polls on election day.
What: Power to the People Screening Series – All LA Occupy-ers and activists welcome (FREE) When: November 11, 15, 16, & 22 Where: The Last Bookstore (453 So. Spring St, Downtown L.A.) Why: To show support for the 99% protesting in Los Angeles (and across the world) against the inequities in our economic system caused […]
Stephen Box: Occupy LA should be thanked for challenging the turf lawn status quo and for giving City Hall an opportunity to rethink its commitment to unsustainable landscaping.
Occupy LA Teach-In – Nov.5 & Nov.6 a weekend of actions, speakers, panel discussions and more created to educate, mobilize, unify and inspire the Occupiers
Brad Parker: With no plan in hand, the city leaders of Los Angeles are chortling about how a new Football Stadium for an imaginary NFL Team will usher in an era of jobs, jobs, jobs for all Angelenos.
Tom Hayden: Obama, the black candidate, the liberal candidate, the anti-war candidate, the candidate with not a moment of military experience, certainly saw a strategic opportunity to focus laser-like on bin Laden, from the 2008 primaries right through the first two years of his presidency.
Margot Paez: The large group of American working class who stood on the corner of Spring and Temple with determination and hope, have disappeared. There are 500 tents at Occupy LA, and only five people standing on the corner on a given day.
Overall, LA Progressive readers who took this survey are quite enthusiastic about Occupy America’s potential. Five or 10 years from now, most think we’ll look back upon these days fondly
Sharon Kyle: Not a single camera or reporter from the local news stations was within view. I couldn’t believe that I stood witnessing this phenomenal movement without a hint of evidence that traditional media was documenting or reporting.
Tom Hayden: The LA occupation is not merely symbolic, but constitutes an interruption of government-as-usual by its presence on the City Hall lawn. The protest simply cannot be avoided by those in power.