Words can’t even explain what down town Los Angeles was subjected to last night. It all started with some sidewalk chalk.
Prior to artwalk we had has 11 arrests in two weeks for chalking, and near 20 in the past month. Last night there were 11 arrests for chalking. The only person arrested from occupy was the first person who was arrested for chalking.
A chalk walk event was planned for DTLA's art walk on 07/12/12 for free expression in our communities to raise awareness of the criminalization of free speech. Occupiers from LA were dedicated to a peaceful action and handed out pieces of chalk with notes explaining the repression and arrests for chalking we've experienced over the last month for protesting the privatization of public space and criminalization of the poor and disenfranchised.
I am going to have to keep this short as we are prepping up for round 2 today. On friday after GA, Myself, Crossxbones, Freedom, and Lucky to ok off for Oakland. Yesterday we were chased by OPD all over the city. I personally think the city should offer tours in this fashion as we saw a lot of the city in a short time, and it was very exciting, scary, and we all suffer from a little PTSD now...
We got tear gassed, and the flash grenades blown up all around us. Less lethal rounds were fired, and left huge dents in the corregated metal faced shields.