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On October 15th, I decided to visit Occupy LA for the International Day of Action march they were planning through the financial district. But first I decided to take a few pictures of the camp they set up.

The frist thing I took notice was that conspiracy theorists and 9/11 truthers set up their own tent and table at Occupy LA.

Some of the conspiracy claims got really delusional and even antisemitic. Notice where it talks about “Jewish bankers” in the sign below.

Hear are a couple of youtube videos I uploaded on youtube involving some of the conspiracy theorists I encountered at the protest. One video also involves an altercation between a couple of liberals and conspiracy theorist Ron Paul supporters.

Many of the tents were used for specific purposes.

There were quite a few animals rights activists there also.

This had to be my favorite part of the encampment. Apparently for Halloween the protesters drew the races of their most despised conservative enemies on pumpkins.

End of Part 1.

This is just some extra footage a images I have. Please enjoy.

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The thing that surprised me really is that lack of confrontations with protest had with police unlike the one in NY. Nonviolence and following the law were major themes that were frequently brought up. The only offence I witnessed was the guy a couple of posts below yelling at the cops.

By the time the protesters got to the North lawn they starting sitting on the grass, stood by the curve, and marked the beginning of the occupation of LA. This could basically go all week long and many people got ready by bringing camping gear.

Around 10:30 am protesters began marching towards City hall from Pershing Square.

Unfortunately, they began unintentionally blocking cars from leaving.

 

On the way to City Hall, LAPD helped block some of the intersections so cars wouldn’t run the protesters over.

The protesters then made it to the steps at the western side of City Hall.

 

The protesters then shifted to the northern steps.

End of Part 2.

Just when I’m about to leave the OccupyLA protest for home, this idiot decides to act macho and starts throwing random verbal obscenities at police up the City Hall steps. I’m surprised at the amount of self-control these cops have and not immediately arresting and kicking this brainless tough guy wannabe’s ass. But he was probably counting on it to give the others a reason to riot.

Also, make sure you listen to the cool cop at the end of the video.

I’m sure most of you have heard of the recent rallies in NYC where socialists, communists, and anarchists have occupied Wall Street, called the Days of Rage movement, in order to protest against corporations, banks, and the bailouts. Apparently movements like this have started to spread to other cities, including Los Angeles. This protest that I’m currently covering occurred in Downtown Los Angeles and is part of the Days of Rage protests that have been going on in numerous parts of the country.

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Around 9:45 am, protests began congregating in Pershing Square:

Before starting the march, participants took the time to create there own protest signs and banners. Some of the signs I noticed which you will see were quite random in their subject material and advocated things that barely had anything to do the main topic involving corporations or Wall St.

Some Anonymous guys were also there:

Yeah, because regulation always works. 😉

The main problem I notice with this movement is the fact is that they have no plan or direction. All that they advocate is the idea that all the worlds ills is a byproduct of some evil capitalist system and corporate greed even though the current economic problems are the result of a wide range of factors besides greed, such as problems with government regulation. But don’t just take my word for it. One of the organizers in the video below even admits they have no specific goal.

While filming the anti-war protest two weeks ago a came across this group known as the Black Hebrew Israelites who are normally seen preaching in downtown Hollywood. Many BHI groups, such as this one shown in my pictures and videos advocate Black supremacy, the idea that Jesus was originally black, and that blacks (specifically those in the Western hemisphere) are the original Israelites from the Bible. They are also known to be highly confrontational and belligerent.

From wikipedia:

In late 2008, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) described as black supremacist what it called “the extremist fringe of the Hebrew Israelite movement”. It wrote that the members of such groups “believe that Jews are devilish impostors and … openly condemn whites as evil personified, deserving only death or slavery”. The SPLC also said that “most Hebrew Israelites are neither explicitly racist nor anti-Semitic and do not advocate violence”.

The Black Hebrew groups characterized as black supremacist by the SPLC include the Nation of Yahweh and the Israelite Church of God in Jesus Christ. Also, the Anti-Defamation League has written that the “12 Tribes of Israel” website, maintained by a Black Hebrew group, promotes black supremacy.

In the video below is a group of Black Hebrew Israelites arguing with a group of people, including other African Americans. Near the middle of the vid they begin to argue with one of the members of the Christian group (the one wearing the hat) who were preaching to the anti-war protesters by the sidewalk.  He can also be seen in the second vid in Part 3 guarding the pastor who was preaching.

Here are some pics from me:

Sorry for taking so long in adding part 4. I had a lot to do considering school.

Anyways, by a little after 12 pm did the protesters began marching through Hollywood Blvd.

The march ended right outside Grauman’s Chinese Theater, and in a huge act of obvious hypocrisy that everyone could stop out besides the protesters, after hours of bitching over the supposed evils of capitalism they begin to left-wing oriented products.

Did I mention that some of the products were T-shirts that glorified left-wing militants, known terrorist organizations, and communist dictators?

Then, in a desperate bid for attention, some of the protesters with pictures of their sons or daughters, specifically parents who had loved ones who were killed or wounded in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, began squatting outside the entrance of the Chinese theater, which is private property and illegal, in an act of “civil disobedience.”

Also, the protesters placed boots that either belonged to dead soldiers who served in Iraq and Afghanistan or were used represent them in some way.

Here one of the officers tries to negotiate with one of the squatters in order to get them to leave. It was practically useless.

After a little while, one of the guys who worked security was fed-up with the trespassing hippies and began going around and throwing away the boots in a while plastic bag. One of the squatting protesters (the bald white guy below) tried to feebly grab the bag in order to get back the boots but it was in vain. Afterwards everyone except the protesters were thrown off of the premises.

Sorry for the quality in that last pic. That’s it for now. I may upload some more bonus footage and photos later so please subscribe if I’m interested.

As with most large scape rallies such as this, there tend to be counter-protesters. The majority of the counter-protestors at this particular rally were Bible preachers.

Here’s a couple of videos I took involving conflicts between the protesters and the religious counter-protesters. The first vid involves the guy in the first photo. While the march was going buy he was involved in a couple of screaming matches. I’m surprised the bald guy at the end didn’t end up resorting to blows.

The second video involves a preacher by the El Capitan theater. Most of the protesters just stared at him. A couple hurled insults.

[UPDATE: The man whose preaching in the video below replied in the comment section. He’s an evangelist by the  name of Pastor Steve Sanchez of Hope Chapel in Hermosa Beach. Here’s what he said:

“Hi There,

I’m the guy preaching at this protest. You can read about why we there and the strategy we employed to reach these people with the Gospel by going to my blog, StoneThePreacher (dotcom). Great footage. I also included your Part 1 in this mini-series, as an example of how NOT to preach the Gospel. God bless you. Pastor Steve”

Sounds like a nice guy, though I must admit there’s probably a whole lot we don’t agree with concerning certain aspects of religion and evolution.

Here’s the rest of my pics that I thought were interesting.

The hippy God himself, Ron Kovic, showed up as he does at every protest. He’s the one in the wheel chair.  He’s a Vietnam vet who wrote the book Born on the Fourth of July.

You know I originally had no idea where these people are getting this 1 million number. It seems that it’s sourced from the Opinion Research Business survey of Iraq war casualties which came up with the number at 1,033,000 deaths of the result of the conflict. However, this ORB estimate has been criticised by some like the Survey Research Methods organization as exaggerated and ill-founded in peer reviewed literature. Most surveys, including the Iraq Body Count project, the Iraq Family Health Survey, and Associated Press estimate the death toll to be just above 100,000.

James Cromwell showed up to lend his support to the protesters.

End of part 3.

In part 2 of our little journey we will focus our attention to some of the other groups taking part in the rally.

One of the most significant and common groups in these sorts of rallies are the anti-Israel / pro-Palestine crowd.

Signs like these are entirely expected. But if you haven’t covered these sorts of protests as much as me and others, you probably aren’t ready for this guy:

He goes by the name of Zan Overall. This individual has a history of holding signs detailing common anti-Jewish rhetoric, including claims of Israel committing the 9/11 attacks (he’s at the very bottom of the page in that link),and Holocaust denial. Here’s a few pics of the paper he gave me. All it is is anti-semitic ranting and selected quites as if it means something:

Just so you know Kevin MacDonald is a professor of psychology at California State University, Long Beach, and an evolutionary psychologist. He is known for his anti-semitic claims and ethnocentrism. he was ties to known white nationalist groups and has been praised by known white supremacists including, David Duke, Don Black, Jamie Kelso, and Kevin Alfred Strom. His work as also been criticized academically due to his use of assumptions, scapegoating, and “sloppy scholarship.”

Then he quotes Buchanan and Fulbright as if what they say absolute truth. I won’t concern with Buchanan but I found an interesting source concerning the Fulbright issue here. Apparently anti-Jewish philosophy was popular back then which isn’t surprising.

Concerning the Stephen Steinlight quote, I can’t find any evidence of him saying such a thing. Not to mention the fact that the quote is incredibly choppy. Racists are known to quote-mine like this. It’s a very common tactic they use. Anyways, let’s continue shall we?

Here are a few other groups who made themselves known:

End of Part 2.

It’s that time of the year again. Where all those political crazies come out to scream random and unrealistic claims about policies they barely know a thing about save what they read from The Communist Manifesto. Most are a sad spectacle really. They are either ageing hippies who are nothing more than a decrepit product from the turbulent sixties or naive trustafarian teenagers or young adults.

This gathering was sponsored and set up by ANSWER or Act Now to Stop War and End Racism. It started at Hollywood and Vine around 11am.

A few minutes later, more protesters started to show up and the assortment of the numerous separate groups and issues that were part of the demo became clear. One group in particular, in my opinion, had a large presence at the demo were 9/11 truthers. It wasn’t as if they controlled a separate section of the march. They were EVERWHERE:

The last guy above is WeAreChangeLA organizer Bruno Bruhwiler. WeAreChange has a history of advocating wacky conspiracy claims and disrupting television shows including  Real Time with Bill Maher. Relatively recently he was arrested for making “involuntary facial expressions” at a courtroom and “resisting officers.” The nincompoops at WeAreChange also dubiously claimed he was arrested for “terrorist” charges and was put in a could room where he passed out. A couple of years back I once filmed him pulling a stunt at a pro-Israel rally which can be viewed here. For more about the case check out Screw Loose Change’s blog here.

There were also a few other conspiracy groups present at the rally spreading their pseudo-scientific beliefs:

Another topic that was popping up at the protest was Libya. The opinions were expected. There was both condemnation of both Kadafi and proposed US intervention in Libya:

But then there was this lovely gem:

Sometimes the insanity of people amazes me. Here’s another:

Notice the look the one in the middle and the far left are giving me. When they walked past me the one in the center asked me who I was with. I just said I was taking pictures for a blog and hobby. The one on the far left (no pun intended) told me I was taking pictures of something “I don’t understand.” Well there is one thing I do understand: Gaddafi is a fucking psychotic nutcase.

That’s the end of Part 1. Part 2 coming up.

As you can see, television reporters were already there interviewing the protesters.

Around 10:30 am, students began walking towards the stairs in front of the campus library where the speakers were located. Many students also began to show up with their signs.

 

About a half hour later, the crowd outside the library grew significantly.

Many other groups began setting up desks, passing fliers, and handing out signs.

Students also began marching around campus and into classroom buildings.

I will also be uploading some video footage of the event later, so please sub.

I’m sure all of you have heard about the recent artillery engagements between North and South Korea. But just this morning I got this lovely message sent to my email account. Now for those who aren’t familiar with the IAC, it’s a communist activist group founded by former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark.  After the 9/11 attacks they also initiated the socialist protest group the ANSWER Coalition (a group I have examined before in this blog). Apparently by the looks of it, they also support psychotic governments who stave their own people.

Let’s examine the petition paragraph-by-paragraph shall we?:

It is an undisputed fact that on Nov. 23, the government of South Korea mobilized 70,000 troops for a week of military maneuvers just off the border of the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea. The DPRK said that these military maneuvers simulated an invasion of the north.

Now let’s just ignore the obvious hilarity of accepted the DPRK’s word for a minute. I mean we all know how honest they have been in the past right? (sarcasm)

Notice that no where in this paragraph did South Korea attack the North. The 70,000 troops that were maneuvering near the border was part of the Hoguk exercise: a large-scale military drill involving the South Korean and US militaries.

On Nov 23, at 1:00 p.m., South Korean forces fired many shells into waters right off the DPRK. This is an area that the north has a longstanding claim to be within its territory. This claim had been accepted by prior south Korean governments.

And? We should blame S. Korea because the North can’t control itself like a child?

An hour and a half later, the DPRK retaliated to what it saw as an attack on its territory by firing shells at the South Korean island of Yeonpyeong.

Retaliated? Against what? North Korea wasn’t attacked, something we already proved and everybody knows.

And now the U.S. has announced plans to send the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington and its battle group including war ships, destroyers and hundreds of fighter jets back into the area to participate in new war maneuver provocations.

If it was after the North Korea I really see no problem with this.

Clearly the military provocation is from the U.S. government and the south Korean government of President Lee Myung-bak.

For there to be peace on the Korean Peninsula, the U.S. must withdraw its troops so the Korean people can decide their own destiny.

Yeah, we should have  just let the North Koreans and Chinese take the area over and turn it into an economic black-hole where starving is rampant and democracy is non-existent. The stupidity of this group never ceases to amaze me. Thank God they are a minority.

On July 6th, 2010, ANSWERLA staged a rally in front of the Federal Building in Los Angeles to protest the IDF’s raid in the Gaza flotilla. As I expected, much of the rhetoric was one sided and composed of words most at the rally didn’t know the definition of. Words like “apartheid.”

When I got there I discovered that the protesters had yet to show up. So, while waiting, I decided to take a few pictures of the veterans memorial across the street.

After a while, the organizers finally arrived and began setting up a table, speakers, a microphone, and signs and banners.

Before long people began showing up with their own signs.

The protesters with the signs and Palestinian flags lined up along the sidewalk along traffic. Though they didn’t receive as many supportive honks as Israel supporters at the rally last month, they did get a few.

Here’s are some of the more interesting posters:

Just so you know Villaraigosa is Mayor of Los Angeles. I have no clue what he has to do with Israel.

Of course there are also the baseless accusations that Israel is performing apartheid.

A common running theme at these kinds of protests that I’ve noticed is a generalization against all Israelis. A generalization that borders on racism.

There were also a few people with Turkish flags:

Some of the posters at this certain rally were also highly graphic. It’s a common tactic in order to incite other peoples emotions. Thought frankly I find it kind of manipulative.  Honestly I wasn’t sure what surprised me more: the fact that the posters were incredibly violent or the fact that there were children amongst the protesters.

(Note: I realize some might not seem as violent as I stated but I withheld some of the images so I don’t get flagged. I might post them later.)

So is it 765 or 865? Make sure you get your numbers right before trying to make a statement.

Of course what’s a protest without Richard Levik tagging along…………. again. Here a reporter from ABC 7 is giving him an interview.

While I was filming Levik arguing with a anti-Israel protester I noticed a young individual with an Israeli flag entering the area he tried to cross the street but before he could the protest organizers quickly surrounded him and began hassling him. One of the organizers by the name of Douglas Kauffman told him to get “that racist flag out of here,” while another in a red shirt told him that I was the reason he wasn’t getting his “ass beat” since I was filming.”

After, he managed to finally cross the street one of the protesters began arguing with the organizers on how the handled the situation. It revealed the rift between the more radical protesters and those who were more inclined to be moderate or pro-peace. Here’s the video of the debacle:

Also, near the end of the situation a guy came out of no where and inquired on to what was going on. He also left an interesting message at the end of the video.