LA City Offer To Occupy Los Angeles?
I thought it was a great write up
where is it?
People need to understand that this "offer" is about more than the city wanting their lawn back. They want us to leave without their fingerprints on it; they want if possible to split us. They are under Homeland Security pressure to shut us down like the other occupations, but I still believe they fear a situation that will spiral out of control if they move in with force, because of the history of mass rebellions in L.A., the proximity of 18,000 homeless people on Skid Row, and the fact that LA is one of cities hardest hit by the foreclosure crisis. They are afraid that a blow-up downtown will screw up their attempt to bring the NFL to so-called "Farmers' Field" near Staples/LA Live. AEG has bought off everyone at City Hall, and the stadium is a big anchor for their gentrification plans.
The "offer" is specifically and explicitly a "carrot and stick" -- move and take the office and a place to live or farm, or stay and get busted. Lafferty clearly laid it out that way to us. So that's clearly a divide and conquer approach. But the offer also represents the state's weakness and the Occupy movement's strength because so many people identify with our stance of opposition to corporate greed, government corruption, and concentration of wealth at the expense of the rights and needs of the 99%. This "offer" would specifically try to undercut that by making it look like the occupation is about the needs or desires of the occupiers.
The "counter-proposal" needs to be a rejection of the 'politics of the deal' that got us into this mess, and an assertion of what the communities of this city need.
The city should not just house the unhoused who have been camping in Occupy LA, but make serious plans for a "housing is a human right" solution to homelessness, foreclosures, gentrification, slumlord exploitation of tenants, and the privatization of public housing. The city has no power over the foreclosure process, but they can pull their money out of banks, and pressure the Board of Supes and the Sheriffs to stop evicting people in foreclosure. the city can institute rent control and slap fines on slumlords.