I was in the inner arrestee circle in Solidarity Park until the very last minute. I tweeted continually from 9pm until 5.30am, yet I have seven hours of tweets missing from my twitter feed. I was in the Park when the Police came in from within City Hall. They were not violent. Neither were we. They called unlawful assembly.
As both a journalist who occasionally freelances for the mainstream media, and an Occupier, I find myself in a conflicted position regarding reporting on Occupy LA. My personal affinity towards the movement means that I am loathe to write about it in the mainstream media with any kind of objectivity. The flipside of this is that rarely is the mainstream media itself impartial or unbiased.
Those who "get" democracy and the concept of group consensus, understand that this is a movement which means putting one's ego aside, and sometimes watching other people do things you don't personally agree with, or you think could be done better (by you). Those who "get" democracy understand that freedom to dissent is a beautiful privilege, but that consensus can mean compromise, sometimes even radical disagreement with personal principles, for the greater good of the movement and the people.
I got sent to London on Monday for two weeks of screenwriting. I'm not even go into details of what media mogul I'm now working for, but suffice to say, if you guys find out, you won't wanna be my friend anymore.
Los Angeles City Hall.A few blocks away, eleven thousand homeless people bed down on Skid Row for the night.Directly opposite, in front of the imposing Police Station, a film crew shoot a commercial for a sleek, silver car.The only police presence on site are two cops, watching the cameramen, smoking Parliaments and shooting the shit.They decline to give their names, and don’t seem to know the whereabouts of the six LAPD officers assigned overtime to watch Occupy LA.“How long a
When I first attended a General Assembly on Day 3 of the Occupation, I didn't have a clue what was going on. Didn't get the hand gestures, didn't understand the order, didn't know what a proposal was, didn't know the difference between a committee and an affinity group, certainly didn't understand how a magic steam engine was gonna change the world with zero impact when we live in a goddamn desert. And "direct democracy"? Democracy, that same bullshit which has resulted in a two-party dominant system which represents corporations and big business? Oh great.
Is anyone else plain tired of the feeble attempts of Trade Unions, politicians, corporations and political parties to co-opt a movement which defiantly stands against everything these money-driven, corrupt entities represent? Show me your spirit fingers, occupiers!