Occupy Los Angeles, a faction of the Occupy Wall Street movement, has been camping out on the Lawns of City Hall for the past 7 weeks. What started as a small encampment now covers virtually all open space surrounding the government building.
The movement, which started on Wall Street and has now spread to every major city in the United states and many in Europe, was inspired by an Adbusters blog post, which was posted on July 13, 2011. The ad called for people to take action, starting on September 17, by flooding into Lower Manhattan and setting up tents, kitchens and peaceful barricades with the intent of occupying Wall Street for an unspecified amount of time.
The Adbusters blog reads:
“The time has come to deploy this emerging stratagem against the greatest corrupter of our democracy: Wall Street, the financial Gomorrah of America.
On September 17, we want to see 20,000 people flood into lower Manhattan, set up tents, kitchens, peaceful barricades and occupy Wall Street for a few months. Once there, we shall incessantly repeat one simple demand in a plurality of voices.
Tahrir succeeded in large part because the people of Egypt made a straightforward ultimatum – that Mubarak must go – over and over again until they won. Following this model, what is our equally uncomplicated demand?
The most exciting candidate that we’ve heard so far is one that gets at the core of why the American political establishment is currently unworthy of being called a democracy: we demand that Barack Obama ordain a Presidential Commission tasked with ending the influence money has over our representatives in Washington. It’s time for DEMOCRACY NOT CORPORATOCRACY, we’re doomed without it.”
In Los Angeles, the occupation began on October 1 with a few people and tents. In the last 2 weeks, the encampment has grown to several hundred tents and up to 800 occupiers. Several organizations have joined in the movement and events and marches have been planned for almost every weekend since the camp moved in.
On November 11, 2011, Occupy LA held and afternoon music festival. Bands of all kinds participated including RVIVR, a punk band from Olympia Washington. A friend and I were down at the encampment that day and decided to word together on a short multimedia piece about the band.
Here it is: