Dear Councilman Alarcon,
Greetings, my name is Yvonne, I am a Native Angeleno born and raised, and I love L.A.. I am also like you, a 99%er. I am an Occupier, and so I guess I can also add that I am your close neighbor, and I live where you work.
It is with Hope I write this letter Sir, and of course, with all due respect for you and your position as L.A. Councilman, and recent status: "Hero to the People”. Perhaps you didn't anticipate the responsibility of “hero” when you stepped up to champion the citizens who are representing Los Angeles in the peaceful protesting of this Global Revolution, but Sir, in that I look to you, as do many others in this current situation of “to let stay or not to let stay”, a responsibility does arise.
You have been hailed by us, and then hailed by many, with others like you, through the great and powerful sharing across the Internet that is now the current people's media for all who have gathered and found their way to the heart of an historical American Movement that is a part of an historic Global Revolution. When I say the current people's media, I say all news to the people through the Internet is the voice of the people as well, and therefore truth. The mainstream media has proven to be the voice of the politicians, and not regarded as truth. These statuses are fact and gone viral as well. "The whole world is watching." is an underestimated fact.
Articles of groundbreaking moves for the people, as one of the people made by politicians and authorities have circulated the Internet, gone viral, and given millions of people across the country and the world “hope”. That very same “HOPE” that became a campaign slogan and that runs a risk of being completely lost and without recognizable meaning if we are abandoned by those we have invested our trust in, since they consciously moved to reside within our hopes.
Long remembered will be the police officers in Albany, New York who 2 days ago defied orders from Mayor Gerald Jennings — who was under pressure from Gov. Andrew Cuomo to arrest the protesters there. Long remembered will be US Marine Sergeant Shamar Thomas, as he defended demonstrators from cops during a rally in Times Square. Long remembered will be The Los Angeles City Council and Councilman Richard Alarcon that came in support of our peaceful protest, becoming recognized in brotherhood through the moves you have all made on our behalf.
Here and now I place my all in the first hope. And in this, I believe again since and because of how I felt when I saw your Memo From Richard Alarcon to Occupy Los Angeles, where you tell us that you had written the Resolution in SUPPORT of Occupy L.A..
Know I am sincere when I here say, "Thank You" for your efforts not only in regard to us L.A. Occupiers on the lawn, but also for your efforts toward the same request as the people of the Nation and the writing of your "Responsible Banking Initiative". I applaud you and your spirit that is a part of the 99% in sentiment, human compassion and understanding.
I was elated for the American and Global crisis, and this elevated my dwindling hopes to a Believing when I read your words in the Initiative:
"For far too long the American public has been silent while many financial institutions and large corporations remain unaccountable for their actions. Like you, I believe that we must take drastic, bold measures to take our country back..."
My brother Dennis told me that a century ago, a promise and a handshake was as good as a legally binding agreement. Nothing was stronger than saying, "You have my word." There was sacred quality to one's word that was not taken as lightly as it is today. In the same de-evolution of the word in a promise and a handshake, comes also the written words of corrupt governments and also the written resolutions of ambitious politicians.
And when your Resolution in Support of Occupy L.A. was accepted, this was history made Councilman Alarcon. Never before in U.S. history has a government office supported a protest.Sir, I thank you again for every effort you have made with us, I thank you sincerely. You are a hero, and I am sorry of the difficult responsibility that is attached to the status. But I'm not sorry that you have given us real hope again.
I love our city Los Angeles, I love it's art, it's neighborhoods, it cultural melting pot and I love it's leaders. Together, we will always be at the forefront of innovation, style and just recently, Change.
With the recent news that the City Council is considering an end to their graciousness, I look to you Sir, and wait...
A 99%er in The Peaceful Global Movement
Occupy Wall Street / Los Angeles