The eviction seems to be proceeding smoothly. There will be an undetermined number of “residents” leftover after the exodus, but the concern for LAPD will likely be those who arrive for the festivities from elsewhere. There have been unconfirmed reports of groups hostile to LAPD that see this as an opportunity to be exploited, much like the group that broke off in Oakland going on a vandalism junket apart from the main body of demonstrators.
Everything up to the point of eviction is speculation of course, Some pundits and the usual suspects in the mainstream media uttering the predictable, trying to portray this as some sort of doomsday scenario. Whatever.
The Occupation Movement, if nothing else, is agile and adaptable. We travel light. It is also adamant about its message and the cause is just. So whether or not the eviction features the drama the news organizations are hoping for, the occupation of Los Angeles will survive. Thankfully, the elements and hardships suffered elsewhere have not been a factor here. The people that have occupied City Hall for the last 58 days will move, regroup, perhaps relocate, perhaps reoccupy. There are many voices here, many opinions, many motives.
And somehow the group has maintained some form of cohesion throughout this experience that is not easily defined. As a group, the accomplishments have actually been rather significant. The website you are viewing didn't exist, for example. The marches, too many to count, got a lot of attention, and the spectacle of 10,000-plus demonstrators showing up at City Hall on November 15 is classic footage.
The variety of groups and their individual members that offered support continues to be a source of amazement. These people were ready to step up long before the occupation of City Hall, and they did. I'm thinking of course of the labor organizations, the speakers, the notable visitors like Danny Glover, Bill Maher, Rosanna Arquette, Cornel West, Jesse Jackson, Tom Morello, Russell Simmons and even some members of the city council like Mssrs. Alarcon, Garcetti, Rosendahl and all those that offered their support in the form of a resolution early on. We will continue to offer our support of the Responsible Banking Resolution to whatever extent the city council finds useful.
So tomorrow many of us will be somewhere other than the lawn in front of City Hall. The Occupation Movement will overcome this obstacle as it has the others that have been a daily part of the entire affair. Very few organizations or individuals will ever be asked to operate under these conditions, remaining peaceful, focused and motivated.
If people like Michael Bloomberg, Rupert Murdoch, Bill Kristol, and the Wall Street financial wizards declare victory who will be served? Not the majority of Occupy Wall Street supporters that know they have to find a way to make changes despite the intransigence of the entrenched power brokers that control their destiny and their financial future. They have taken to the streets and there are lots of streets. There are also lots of venues for the message to continue to be disseminated and there is no reason to think the Occupation Movement won't become a permanent addition to the political landscape.
So the General Assemblies, the integral element of the movement, will continue, perhaps on the West steps of City Hall. If not there somewhere else. The message, some of which is articulated by our contributing writers here, will continue to proliferate. No doubt the dialog with city leaders will also continue, and together with the rest of the 99% we will find common ground and reasons to do what we can to improve the lives of all Americans, including those that have made City Hall their home for the last 58 days.
Scene at OLA 4 PM, November 27, 2011