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URGENT: Occupy LA Prepares for Eviction

Posted 9 years ago on Nov. 27, 2011, 10:40 a.m. EST by OccupyWallSt

The mayor of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa, has ordered Occupy LA to pack up and leave Solidarity Park (formerly City Hall Park) by 12:01AM tonight or face arrest. Villaraigosa – who initially claimed to support the Occupation and has lauded OWS for "awakening the country's conscience" – is now citing "public health and safety" as justification to evict the encampment, even as LA police chief Charlie Beck refused to reject the use of tear gas and rubber bullets against nonviolent protestors.

As Villaraigosa held a press conference announcing the park would be closed indefinitely after eviction, Occupy LA held a counter press conference outside City Hall. Meanwhile inside, Occupy LA delivered part of its General Assembly's response, including their so-far unmet grievances:

As a collective, Occupy Los Angeles would like to express their rejection of the City of Los Angeles’ alleged proposal that we leave City Hall by November 28th, 2011, in exchange for an apparently now rescinded offer of a 10,000 square foot building, farmland and 100 SRO beds for the homeless. . . .

We the people have peaceably assembled in public space seeking at minimum a full of redress of grievance for the government's criminal mistreatment of the people and fraudulent application of judiciary responsibilities, in large part for the interest of exploitative corporations and weaponized banks.

At 485 tents and estimated between 750-900 people, Occupy LA is the largest remaining Occupy encampment. Occupiers have already organized a mass call-in asking their supporters to urge Villaraigosa not to evict the camp, and prepared residents of the camp with nonviolent action trainings and legal advice for those willing to face arrest to stand up for their rights. Learning lessons from the eviction of Liberty Square, Occupy LA moved its library to a safer location. Some people were designated mediators to help keep the resistance nonviolent, while others who wish to take action without facing arrest were given impartial observer training.

Organizers have also begun seeking trucks to help those who wish to leave, and are actively soliciting places for displaced residents to sleep in the coming days. A solidarity march and eviction block party is planned for tomorrow.

Occupy LA has already received a tremendous show of support from the community. For example, the following is an excerpt from a statement of solidarity from the South Central Farmers:

When causes reach out and band together, true movements for economic and social change begin and coalesce. In standing in support of the South Central Farmers, Occupy Los Angeles stands with our occupation of the South Central Farm five years ago, our struggle for healthy food and community rights, and with Los Angelenos' long history of resistance to our city leaders' oppression of those among our friends and neighbors who are least advantaged.

The South Central Farmers stand in solidarity with your “Counteroffer to the Mayor and LAPD” of November 24, 2011, and we share your grievances. We, too, recognize that the current social system increasingly favors the 1%, and the 99% is paying for that with our health, our education, our civic infrastructure, and our security. This has been the condition of many in that 99% for generations. For more and more of us, our very lives are degraded and even cut short for the benefit of the rich and powerful and those serving them.

According to some estimates, cities across the U.S. have spent around 18 million dollars policing and evicting Occupations. We must wonder, in a country where one third of people struggle in or at the brink of poverty, why are cities spending millions to assault free speech instead of creating shelters for the homeless or social programs for the 99%? Why do city politicians express concern for "health and safety" at Occupy encampments, while the health and safety of people suffering in impoverished neighborhoods throughout their very cities are willfully disregarded?

And why is their concern for "health and safety" expressed though tear gas and rubber bullets?

We can only conclude that Villaraigosa – like politicians across the world – is a servant of corporate interests, and that "health and safety" concerns with the Occupy movement serve merely as a pretext for suppressing popular dissent. But as Mayor Bloomberg and others in power have already discovered, Mayor Villaraigosa will soon learn:

You cannot evict an idea whose time has come.

LA is being evicted



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[-] 8 points by WeMustStandTogether (106) from Newark, NJ 9 years ago

same mo as all evictions right down to the deadline time. HSA stamped all over it.

[-] 3 points by MiMi1026 (937) from Springfield, VA 9 years ago

Yep! You hit nail on the head.Sounds like orders from a higher up to quell the movement . The evictions have become coinsidental and systematic.

[-] 6 points by inlikeflint (42) 9 years ago

The Los Angeles mayor is scared of OWS escalating in Downtown Los Angeles. (Their resources are tapped...) There are too many communities of Los Angeles that can flood into the city. The homeless in L.A. county outnumber the cops around 80:1.

[-] 0 points by mandodod (144) 9 years ago

Yes but at the same time, many of the homeless talk to themselves. I'm not being rude because it's true. There are reasons that folks are homeless. What are they going to do? Toss bottles of vodka at the police?

[-] 1 points by rockyracoon2 (276) 9 years ago

i was homeless in LA and i sometimes talk to myself. what is wrong with that. you never talk to yourself. sometimes when people are alone by themselves, they have no one else to talk to, so they talk to themselves. maybe it can help them to feel peaceful

[-] 1 points by mandodod (144) 9 years ago

You know what I mean. Many folks who are homeless have mental problems. It is sad but true.

[-] 1 points by rockyracoon2 (276) 9 years ago

everyone has mental problems. the whole world is having mental problems.

[-] 1 points by mandodod (144) 9 years ago

Got to go, My Netflix just arrived!

[-] 5 points by therevolutionisnow (15) 9 years ago

its revolution time !

[-] 2 points by TheMaster (63) 9 years ago

Even the far left wing America hating mayor can't take it anymore.

[-] 2 points by SelfReliant (94) 9 years ago

Play time is over children. Time to go home.

[-] 2 points by CmdKC (8) 9 years ago

Enough is Enough this cant go on like this we need to come together and respond as one single unit. All this leaderless stuff is why we are getting kicked out of places all over the world. This peaceful protest was been great up to about now; there testing our strengths and will chanting is not doing anything; camping out in parks sends a message but what kind. We have great great GA's around the world but we are not a Political Party. And if this is to be a peaceful protest for change and were asking for a whole lot of it then a party in the governments needs to be formed. If we continue on the path we have been on we will see more crack downs, people will be labeled enemies of society, more gas and more hitting more jailing. We can not walk away now the United States is the spear for the movement. With the worlds largest Military, and the smartest people in the world come to live here how can we not control our own government and our own lives. Freedom is not free anyone in any military can tell you that. We don't live in America the way we do because we chanted at the Brits, or Slaves stopped working, it took bold moves by many not just one, remember what it took to get us here and how we did it. The only movement from protest that changed things was Women Rights everything else took bold moves. I hope to hear were starting to form a party in the up coming days. The military I'm apart of is active all around the world I've been given orders not to aid until 49% of you needs rescue I sound crazy I'm not. I just live in a world outside of the one were in and were always looking from the outside In. Sorry if i offended anyone- Respectfully Commander K.C.

[-] 2 points by MiMi1026 (937) from Springfield, VA 9 years ago

I agree with you. Action in the form of a party with a representitive.We The People who support #ows need to mobilize and take this movement to the capitol steps..to Congress,the Senate,to the SJC and the White House in order for our voices to heard.They do not want to hear US and We will not be silenced.

[-] 2 points by manrod (10) 9 years ago

http://i44.tinypic.com/13z9ume.jpg LA FACING eviction spread this image around contact everyone

[-] 1 points by i8jomomma (80) 9 years ago

don't leave and don't let them push you around unless you are going to occupy their homes...........it's revolution time

[-] 1 points by starkin23 (1) 9 years ago

this is amazing!

[-] 1 points by KnaveDave (357) 9 years ago

Are the people occupying the park breaking any laws? The police chief says they are breaking three laws that the police and city government have chosen not to enforce for over fifty days to give the Occupy movement a chance to speak out. IF the city does not usually allow camping in the park, then they are perfectly right to get people out at night. But what is this closing for rehabilitation? Was the park so badly destroyed by the Occupy Wall Street movement that it has be be rehabbed? Or is that an excuse to keep people out even after the cleaning.

One thing I want to know, with so many cities and critics complaining about how unclean the parks are where the Occupy movement goes, why doesn't everyone in the movement spend some of their time cleaning up and even IMPROVING the park in order to negate such objections before they even happen? Cut the legitimate objections off at the pass by making sure there is nothing to object to.

--Knave Dave http://thegreatrecession.info/blog/2011/11/occupy-wall-street-now-unoccupied-but-stronger/

[-] 1 points by AidanAngel (8) from Wichita, KS 9 years ago

I completely agree with you, if they complain how the camps are being destroyed, or are dirty, the Occupy movement(s) should just help clean them up, then the governments (in whatever form they take: federal, state, city) have nothing to complain about.

[-] 1 points by KnaveDave (357) 9 years ago

And they set of shining of example of good stewardship of the environment and friendly and cooperative citizenship.

Hopefully that has been the case in some instances.

--Knave Dave http://thegreatrecession.info/blog

[-] 1 points by Meesa (173) from New York, NY 9 years ago

Good grief. This movement is becoming more and more about "keeping our camps" instead of affecting change in the system. What a waste of energy and money!

[-] 1 points by mandodod (144) 9 years ago

The problem of the camps is that it just looks nasty. Folks on TV see tents, wood, signs. Everything looks a mess. Also when folks see people in tents for 30 days, that is just dirty. People think " they could be looking for jobs". I found a job at a theme park. Jobs are out there.

[-] 1 points by Durruti2011 (1) from Beasain, PV 9 years ago

Los Angeles Mayor needs to think about his ancestors. Because they fighted opression he can be the Mayor of LA. He is not free, he can't remove the eviction, but he needs to feel how powerless is he doing the opposite of what he knows is human and right. Seguimos juntos y atentos. Un gran abrazo desde España

[-] 1 points by ramous (765) from Wabash, IN 9 years ago

Here's what to do when the police come! Tips for what to do when arrested, staying safe, dealing with pepper spray, what happens after arrest.


You know, when you blockade/take over a park/subway/road/sidewalk/port and keep other people from using that, you disrupt the peace. That then, is not protected 'peaceful assembly'. Its a forced blockade, even if its just force of numbers. The real 99 gets mad that they can't use their parks. I know, I know, OWS says its for their own good, and that OWS is only breaking little laws, but the 99 keeps calling the mayor and the police to get Occupy out so they can walk their dogs again and their children can play again. So, the police get to come take back their rights for them that OWS pre-empted. Because one person's rights end where another person's begins.
The police aren't being demons or fascists, they are protecting the rights of people that Occupy has taken from them, and they have to take them back. That's their job. Using force when needed is a big part of their job responsibility. and its needed if Occupy wont go when they are told to.

And rubber and bean bag rounds, pepper spray..those are tools that police have a right and a responsibility to use, just like carpenters use hammers and college profs use text books. They are legitimate tools of their trade, and frankly, its what getting arrested looks like.

Someone is telling Occupy that invading/blockading is peaceable assembly. But its not a lawyer telling them that. invading/blockading is disrupting the peace, so not protected.

[-] 1 points by PatrynXX (2) from Cedar Falls, IA 9 years ago

doesn't really matter who the orders came from. The mission is still the same and everyone will keep doing it no matter how long it takes. The thugs running the cops are the ones shoplifting taxpayer money. They got bored handing out baseless speeding tickets so now they just wanna beat people up. Just making up stuff to make money. Cities shouldn't have to pay for blood money. :(

[-] 1 points by mja (14) 9 years ago

as we walk in the light of the truth it will spread our love for one another and our communities around the world.This is a conscience evolution as much as a revolution. there is no need to panic as long as we stay on the path of the truth!

[-] 1 points by justcause (44) 9 years ago

it is a public health and safety matter, you guys rape, steal, and do drugs in your puny camps

[-] 1 points by nich (57) 9 years ago

Each "successful" police action highlights the unfairness rampant in a society held hostage by an incoherent system of politicians financed by corporations and private untraceable money.

Each of these is really a success. I each of these occupiers are more able to protects themselves. Each of these is bookmark of progress in gaining supporters.

Keep popping up everywhere. Nothing can be done about a population on the side of Robin Hoods.

OWS, I hope, is not a political party. America, much less the political parties have to settle on how morally to proceed, what is the right thing to do and how to do it.

These people have failed themselves, let alone the country. They are the 1%, with policies to protect this. They cannot see things clearly beyond their own imperatives. Their moral imperative is thoughtless self destruction because it is about gaining power and only about gaining power without any purpose other than to hold power. That is not OWS.

The purpose of the movement is to teach by example. The task of following this movement is to learn purpose and value in a world where purpose and value is devised by human beings.

There are people who do not understand that and will never understand that. Power, status and dominance are the only inputs that they accept. They have never been faced with a desperate world where problems are real and have to be solved. They have only been faced with preserving political power, achieving financial gain and preventing competition.

They are ready to topple under their own wieght and the force of their brittle relationships.

[-] 1 points by sufinaga (513) 9 years ago

we are on our own now against a brutal force armed with human body damaging weapons. my own suggestion if the inevitable unconstitutional dispersion takes place, the lets have FULL MOON COMMUNAL BONFIRES in every town and city on open ground. bring food and weed and acoustic instruments and dark satirical theatre groups all around the world. let the drummers lead the mighty dragon of the people as it snakes towards the fire. let our banners read "give us our democracy back" and "give us our money back" while we will TAKE OUR COMMUNITY BACK.








[-] 0 points by HarryPairatestes2 (380) from Barrow, AK 9 years ago

Which U.S. financial institutions are working with the LAPD to evict the campers?

[-] 1 points by WeMustStandTogether (106) from Newark, NJ 9 years ago

I'm thinking we must stay strong and disciplined and nonviolent. We'll all prevail. Almost.


[-] 1 points by WeMustStandTogether (106) from Newark, NJ 9 years ago

Get rodney king a mic check.