Apologies from Occupy Los Angeles that this message is getting to you on such short notice! Most of us occupiers have stayed busy since M1GS, continuing the daily struggle against the tyranny of the 1%.
First, we wanted to let you know what we’re up to tonight and tomorrow. Tonight, Friday May 11, we’re having a regular general assembly. We don’t currently have any proposals scheduled, so it should be an informational night of committee updates, action notifications, and breakout discussion groups. It starts at 7:30 p.m., at the corner of 6th & Olive at Pershing Square.
Immediately following the general assembly, we’ll have an opportunity to replicate both the energy of May Day and the occupation last Fall. We are marching from Pershing Square to 6th & Main Street and occupying. Occupy Los Angeles, Occupy the Hood, and Occupy Skid Row have been pitching tents and occupying Main Street every Friday for over three months.
In solidarity with residents of Skid Row, this both symbolic and direct action is meant to raise awareness on not only homelessness, but also the causes and benefactors of gentrification. There will be free pizza and great conversation! Bring tent.
OccupyLA also has a major day of action planned for tomorrow, Saturday, May 12. Saturdays are our weekly themed general assemblies, and tomorrow is an “Anti-Capitalist” theme. From 1 - 4 p.m., occupiers will be facilitating an assembly regarding current economics and alternatives. Here’s the rough order of the day:
- Quick & dirty definition of capitalism, plus glossary of terms to be handed out.
- “Demystifying Capitalism” game - a series of questions to illustrate the contradictions of capitalism.
- Analysis of capitalism
- History of neo-liberal capitalism in Chile, as related to the US
- History of oil capitalism in Nigeria
- Brief definition of each of the different schools of thought of the alternatives to capitalism, highlighting the similarities and overlaps. Followed by asking the GA what questions they would want to ask each school of thought. (Ex: How would a socialist approach global warming?)
- Discussion groups; question: What do you see as the alternative? How do you get to the alternative?
We will be meeting on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. to finalize all plans. Feel free to contribute!
Also, there is going to be a Really Really Free Market from 1 - 4 p.m. An RRFM is like a community gathering where participants bring, and give away absolutely free, any usable items, skills, ideas, smiles, talents, friendship, excitement, discussions, games, and many other things that we as a community can come together and share.
Can you cut hair? Can you provide unwanted clothing? Meals? What about music lessons or arts and crafts? Bring it all!
After the GA and Really Really Free market, we will have an action. It will most likely be an action at a bank since banks are pretty damn capitalist... (though they are just a symptom of the institutional problem).
It should be a great Saturday, in solidarity with the global call for action. M12! Take back the power.
All Power to All People. See you this weekend!