Keith Olbermann read the following declaration on the air which is dated September 30, 2011 by the NYC General Assembly
As we gather together in solidarity to express a felling of mass injustice. We must not lose sight of what brought us together. We write so that all people who feel wronged by the corporate forces of the world can know that we are your allies.
The October 6 march was directed at the Bank of America branch at First and Figureoa in Downtown Los Angeles. Apparently, those who occupied the lobby were planning on being arrested and were accompanied by attorneys affiliated with their group, Make Banks Pay. Eleven people were arrested, none of them a part of the Occupy Los Angeles group. It is likely that the assembly of police in riot gear earlier in the day was in anticipation of the march and the arrests that police probably knew were planned before the march took place.
Support for Occupy Los Angeles grew (gracefully) with the arrival of renowned actress Rosanna Arquette who toured the area and providing a number of photo-ops for Occupy Los Angeles and everyone else who was lucky enough to be present. She summed up her feelings by saying: "Greed is not the American way", after doing all she could in a very limited time frame to show her support, including joining us on the OWSLosAngeles LiveStream.
As the Occupation movement expands to new cities and gains membership, the debate over the principles that should be included in a defining statement of the purpose and objectives of the organization has also expanded. Unfortunately, the growing pains that occur when any such organizational structure is formed become part of the public perception of what the organization is, who its members are, why it exists, and what it wants to accomplish in practical terms.
The Los Angeles City Council allowed Occupy Los Angeles protesters a forum to articulate their grievances courtesy of Councilmembers Rosendahl, Garcetti, et al who visited with protesters on October 4, 2011 on the City Hall lawn. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2011/10/occupy-la-city-hall.html The text of the Resolution that was presented by representatives of Occupy Los Angeles can be found below.
On October 4, City Councilman Gil Garcetti made it known to protesters in front of City Hall that he is willing to introduce a mission statement for a vote by the members, but in the meantime he offered his support for the general principes of the protesters. The policy statements of Occupy LA will be found here as they become official as well as any proposals submitted to the City Council of Los Angeles.