On Friday the 16th of March supporters of organic crops met together in order to protest the Monsanto Corporation. Members of Occupy Los Angeles, Occupy Food, Occupy Moorpark and Occupy 805 collaborated together in order to promote the event, which garnished attention from residents of the town as they drove by. Shining a light of exposure on the greedy corporate giant Monsanto, these protesters stood out in their community and braved the chilly weather, standing vigil to proliferate knowledge.
On almost a daily basis I hear the same thing again and again; “Isn't Occupy over?” The answer is pretty clear: NO!
All across the nation Occupy is still rolling along. In some places it is completely hidden away due to climate, or even due to unpopularity with local governments, and having to move meetings indoors. As spring begins we will see a re-awakening of the movement, and I believe the momentum will only build from there.
“Following the recent slate of scandals -- the birther investigation; a finding that the sheriff's office neglected 400 sex crimes; and a rebuke from the federal government for violating civil rights, among others -- more national groups are calling for him to step down.
Tom Morello formerly of Rage Against the Machine and NOW with singer/songwriter Ben Harper as the Nightwatchmen, has been a familiar face at Occupy Wall Street and L.A. as well as on programs such as the Real World With Bill Maher on HBO.
In this video, before he performs at the So Cal Interoccupy Meetup at MacArthur Park, he interacts with fellow occupiers, stops to listen to artists and occupiers Michelle Shocked and Esteban Gil perform en espanol and then talks to me about the future of Occupy.
On March 10th on the south steps of 200 North Spring Street in front of City Hall, demonstrators gathered in solidarity with women around the world in an official event to celebrate the recent passing of Women's Day (March 8th), and to spread messages of empowerment to the public. As speakers took turns sharing their motivational words, a unifying theme prevailed; one which calls for a facilitation of a nurturing maternal model, rather than the patriarchal hierarchy which tends to arise more often in professional institutions and the governing establishment.