Oct 2012 03

by Nicole Powers

The weekend leading up to Occupy LA‘s October 1st anniversary featured a packed schedule of activities, which included panel discussions, educational events, and a Really, Really Free Market. In anticipation of the big day, several protesters reoccupied City Hall on the Sunday night, erecting tents on the sidewalk surrounding the now restored South Lawn. Though the LAPD harassed campers under the premise of minor infractions, occupiers ensured they stayed within the bounds of local bylaws and codes, and were allowed to stay in their temporary encampment overnight. Despite the fact that two arrests were made – after those suspected of “crimes” such as first degree jaywalking and possession of a bike with no light were found to have outstanding warrants – the symbolic victory set a distinctly upbeat tone for Occupy LA’s first birthday celebrations, which featured a rally at Pershing Square at noon (where OLA kicked off exactly one year ago), an afternoon of marches and direct actions, and a special evening GA. Though anti-Occupy propaganda and general burnout had taken its toll on numbers, a hardcore group of protesters, who through shared goals have forged strong bonds over the past year, came out to celebrate their numerous tangible achievements (most notably in the realm of foreclosure) and their new American Dream: that another – fairer – world is possible.

[Occu-puppy springs into action on the restored South Lawn of City Hall.]

[Agreed: “Revolt Is All We Have – We Must Overthrow This Corporate Dictatorship.”]

[End the Koch party: “Billionaires Your Time Is Up.”]

[Yep: “Free Pussy Riot.”]

[Clowning around…]

[…As the media circus comes to Downtown.]

[Son Fish gets carded.]

[As temperatures soared well above 100 we wanted to get our nipples out too – but the sexist law in LA doesn’t allow women to bare their breasts in public.]

[“Imagine Fairness” – Nowhere Man gets everywhere; We’ve occupied with him in LA, Chicago, and New York.]

[A couple of dishy and delish ladies!]

[“Power To The People” – Problem is corporations are apparently people too!]

[“Free Hugs” make us happy 😀 ]

[Money talks…and corporations walk..over everyone and everything.]

[Anon love…]

[…Can lead to Anon babies.]

[Love it when OccupyFreedomLA gets that faraway look in her eyes.]

[“Capitalism’s Fate Is The Corporate State.”]

[Beware of this chalk pusher – she could get you arrested with her wares. #Chalkupy]

[Yummy family dinner.]

[“Anti-Imperialista ~ Anti-Fascista.”]

[“Police Are Pawns…And Shellfish.”]

[The best kind of birthday party.]

[Who Is Your Enemy?]

[The US Government “Now Detaining Awakened Americans” under unlimited detention without trial provisions of the NDAA.]

Visit our gallery for more pictures of OccupyLA’s first anniversary.


Oct 2012 02

by Lee Camp

Did you know that Transformers is a propaganda film produced by Toyota? Or that The Hangover was made by the recreational drug industry in order to convince people that blacking out is fun? Or that the new Maggie Gyllenhaal flick Won’t Back Down is a propaganda piece by the people who want to privatize education?…I have a confession to make. Those first two sentences were lies. (But that last one is true.)

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