Encampment evictions cannot stop this movement. In every city that has been evicted there have still been major actions planned and executed. Occupying vacant public spaces, foreclosed homes, establishing squats, and attempted reoccupations of city squares are all tactics currently being used in response to evictions.
This deal being negotiated with the city represents a unique opportunity for Occupy LA to work more closely with our local government but also represents a danger of disconnecting Occupy LA from the larger movement's struggles.
Where do we stand in relation to the worldwide struggle? There is a lot of global organizing going on at http://takethesquare.net/ , if we leave the city square voluntarily what does that say about our movement in LA? Are we still part of the occupy movement if we aren't occupying? Is it even worth it to occupy the City Hall Lawn which can hardly be mistaken for the city square?
The relation of our organizing space to our actions also must be discussed. We are currently organizing non-permitted marches, bank shutdowns, and disruptive mic-check flash mobs from an illegal encampment. If we follow the rules to obtain a space, how much will this bleed into the rest of our organization? How much pressure will the city be able to place on us if they have some control over our lease agreement on space?
It's a difficult problem and we will need some time to sort through these sticky issues, but I look forward to working with all of you on it.
Peace, love, and solidarity