The Tree People were the last casualties of the LAPD midnight raid. They were finally removed with bean bags in what turned out to be the most dramatic event of the evening. Despite the fact that more than 200 people were arrested, there wasn't much in the way of violent confrontations. Over a thousand LAPD officers remaining calm and reserved throughout.
Not much activity over night. The cops didn't make any sort of advance on the remaining occupiers at City Hall. Turns our there were five plaintiffs in the federal lawsuit filed on behalf of those who became residents for 58 days. Mario Brito, Matt Ward, Jim Lafferty and two others (Kat and Jessie) made the civil complaint against the city, the mayor and LAPD.
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.
It is the morning of the 58th day of Occupy Los Angeles. I am not physically at the occupation, but my heart still is. We were scheduled to go to a conference, which will lead to making a stronger network for all occupy cities. I know some people on the ground in Los Angeles are unhappy I left, not realizing I am of more use on the ground continuing to work and lend support, then I would be protesting and put in jail. I am currently waiting on the results of Councilman Rosenthals call for a temporary hold.
Mayor Villaraigosa served notice on Friday that Occupy Los Angeles is no longer welcome, the occupiers asked to leave by 12:01 AM Monday morning. This of course, caused angst and consternation amongst the occupiers, but it was by no means a surprise to anyone who has been following the news.
I write this blog speaking for myself and no one else.
Today is day 55 of Occupy Los Angeles, and we are now facing eviction in the coming week. Today is known to many as "Thanksgiving" but the holiday as it is known to many is a farce. So instead today we celebrate "Giving Thanks" along side our indigenous committee.
Last night, Occupy Los Angeles received an offer from the City of Los Angeles. Nothing has been submitted to us in writing (publicly), but to my understanding, the City of LA is offering 10,000 feet of underground office space for a $1 a year lease rate. They are also saying they will provide shelter for the homeless.