Tonight at the general assembly the pitched debate was on. It was all about whether or not to comply with the non-negotiable DEMAND by Captain Sherman of the LAPD that the donation of organic garden boxes should be removed, forthwith.
What you say? What are you talking about, Gardening Boxes? What has THAT got to do with Wall Street? Not much as far as I can see, but way too many of the folks at the GA tonight saw it far differently. Many expressed their feelings that THIS should be the line in the sand where the battle starts. Too many of the Occupiers seem to be itching for a fight. Maybe it is because everywhere around the country that IS what the occupations have gotten, a fight, complete with riot cops, tear gas, pepper spray and rubber bullets. And so far NONE of that has been seen in LA, thank God.
Be careful what you wish for Occupiers, THAT is this reporters advice to the crowd. You MAY think it is NOBLE, or it is inevitable or just plain part of the process to be beaten, gassed and arrested. I do not see it that way. I see that the LA Occupation has had more leeway and understanding from the LA city officials than any other occupiers anywhere else in the nation from the get go. I believe the Occupiers should embrace and be thankful for that leeway and insight from the LA powers that be. Work-With-It, DO NOT throw it all away over some organic garden boxes intended to GROW THEIR OWN FOOD.
What the majority of the Occupiers do not grasp is that they are there for ONE PURPOSE and one purpose only. That purpose is to Peaceably Assemble and to petition the government with redress of their grievances. That’s IT folks. You are NOT there to start a people’s university. You are not there to feed and cloth the homeless who have flocked to the lawns to take whatever advantage and raise whatever hell they can get away with. You are not there to drum, dance, and party far into the night, disturbing the PEACE of the neighborhood. You ARE there to Peaceably Assemble to petition the government with a redress of YOUR grievances. That IS the one reason you are there and that one reason allows you the PROTECTION of the First Amendment to remain in Occupation of the City Hall lawns. Once you move outside that Peaceful Assembly process THEN the LA City officials and LAPD can and will make the case in Federal court that YOU ALL were no longer Peacefully Assembled, to petition the government with your grievances. That's the Ball-Game, you've screw it up and open the door for tear gas, pepper spray and rubber bullets. THAT is the cold hard FACT that Occupy LA better embrace fast or it is going to get real messy. AND all the hard work and sacrifice the TRUE, down-for-the-cause Occupiers have invested with suffer the unnecessary set back of Legal Eviction from the lawns. And what a shame that will be. Because, dear Occupiers, ultimately you are there on the lawns of LA City Hall because of this and this alone:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
So Do the WORK, Get It Right, DUMP the garden, turn down the PA at 9 PM behave like responsible CITIZENS, peacefully assembling to petition the government with a list of your grievances. Like the song says: Be Cool Or Be Cast Out. Don’t Blow It! Do you REALLY want to go back to Square One and begin all over again?