At the Occupy Los Angeles protest yesterday, the earnest and dedicated nature of those protesting and the widespread reach of the protest were affirmed.
Yes, there were the young people using music and whimsy to express themselves as there were passionate speakers and marchers with signs, along with hundreds of determined protesters living in and adding their tents to the community of protesters occupying Los Angeles.
The charming Chernynkaya attended as well, a real treat to see her and she’ll be able to “Cher” her observations as well.
As Cher did, I took the Metro subway (yes, LA does have a subway!) to the protest, the symbolism of taking “the underground” seemed appropriate. Getting on at the same stop were several young men of various races holding cameras, blank posterboards and sticks, an older white hippie-ish man and his son, an older white woman, a young Asian woman on her own, all offering smiles, nods and “hello”s. This is one thing that the MSM and GOP don’t understand about this movement, the coming together is not limited to the physical site of a rally, it is extending through society.
When the Metro stopped near City Hall, it was remarkable to see how many people on the somewhat crowded train headed in the same direction to the rally. The sounds of cheers and drums could be heard upon exiting the station, growing in volume as I neared the protest.
Arriving in the early afternoon, I was met by protesters coming the other way with signs and water bottles, those who had no doubt come there early in the morning. The pleasant and confident nature of those passing by helped build the atmosphere of “event” and “community” as one approached.
The block on which City Hall is located was indeed busy and occupied with people, tents, marchers, musicians, eccentrics and displays in either direction. Some protesters marched with signs and banners around the block but most were concentrated in the tent city and along Spring Street, the street bordering City Hall on the north.
One of the first people I saw was a TeaBagger with a NAZI Obama-with-Hitler-Moustache poster, trying to rile up and provoke protesters but instead haplessly mired in a calm discussion with some (you can see him at the start of the video below, on the far left). I debated whether to film his conversation with protesters but felt that to be “the MSM thing to do”, giving attention to the one out of a thousand there seeking conflict and spewing hatred and chose to ignore him instead.
The first video below was shot as a continuous walk through to give you a feel of walking through the protest yourself, hopefully giving you a feel of the diversity and energy that has been unleashed through the Occupy Wall Street movement.
You’ll note that all the statements from supporters and detractors about there being a variety of focuses among the people there is quite true, from Vegans protesting animal cruelty in factory farming to those protesting human trafficking, there are so many causes for citizens to decry…which stem primarily from one cause…that of corporate domination of society and politics.
And so, OWS not having a focused message is not a deficit as many in Pundit Land declare, it is instead the only way in which such a broad and popular coalition of a majority of Americans can come together. The diversity in causes has divided the energies of the majority (along with many other things), the more serious problems corporate powers cause, the better for them because they splinter the American people amongst causes and dilute their power.
The Occupy Los Angeles protest is only growing, a huge swath of the lawn around City Hall that wasn’t occupied a couple of days ago, now is occupied.
The problem with corporate oppression is too massive for there to be a single silver bullet to kill so it is wise indeed to focus first on building a movement under the umbrella of fighting back against corporate domination and economic injustice then once a majority of Americans are connected, those who move forward in one direction or another have the strength of that coalition to empower and support them.
So, to begin, here is the first video, a walk-through of Occupy Los Angeles upon my arrival there yesterday:
Here is the second video, a view of some of the tent city on the front lawn of City Hall:
There were many sights and sounds of democratic strength and protest, here are some images from the day (click on a photo to enlarge it):