Posted on one of our Facebook groups:
Occupy skid row was attacked on two fronts this morning! At 4th and Towne, police arrested Shawn Gregory, and stole the OSR couches. On Main ST 2 female comrades were arrested. This is just the opening salvo in an upcoming attempt to sweep the housless residents of Central City East community off the streets and into the prison industrial complex. Join us tonight between 5-6pm at Ballington Plaza to help us protest the cities racist and classist policies, as we protest thei self agrandizing bullshit Safety walk. Bring drums, megaphones, and your voice! ALL POWER TO ALL PEOPLE! NOT THE PIGS!
If you can make it please join LACAN on the monthly safety walk. The safer cities initiative is a downright lie. There are well over 15,000 people in downtown LA with no where to go. These streets are the only option. The shelters are full, the missions are nonsense. People are getting fat paychecks to oversee these services while the ever growing demand for help is ignored. The safer cities initiative "helps" these people by hiring private security who carry big batons. They are the "Red Shirts". These individuals violate the rights of the unhoused DAILY. They steal peoples belongings, they assault people on a regular basis, they lie, they snitch. They are nothing but paid criminal thugs of the banks and the business improvement district. Since they are mere security guards, are they not subject to the very laws they are supposed be assisting the police in enforcing? Not only are they not held accountable by the community of Los Angeles, but they are the wal-mart greeters of the LAPD.
They have recently hired 40 new officers along 5th street in downtown LA, these officers are there specifically to target Skid Row. Many nights we have watched them allow drug dealers to do business out in the open, while harrassing the unhoused citizens of Los Angeles. Imagine if they spent the money on the homeless that they did on our raid, and on the police presence to control the citizens of Los Angeles on May day, to take care of the people on the streets? More of them would be housed, more of them would be fed. We need to step up and all come together to address the issues of this city and this nation. Change starts at home. Get involved.
If you can't get directly involved, but would like to support those who are working on this full time from within, please donate through LACAN http://www.cangress.org/giving.htm or to Occupy Skid Row/Occupy The Hood Los Angeles at https://www.wepay.com/donations/173513