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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.

From Newsmax:

Glenn Beck says his family was accosted while watching a movie in a New York City park Monday night. On his radio show and his website today, Beck described the incident and said an angry moviegoer kicked a glass of wine onto his wife Tania’s back, and as she got up to walk away, a man shouted: “We hate conservatives here.”

“We didn’t leave. My staff this morning said: ‘Why didn’t you leave right away.’ That was uncomfortable,” Beck said, as he described the incident, which occurred while he and his family were watching a screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s “The 39 Steps” in New York’s Bryant Park. “I said because I have a right to watch a movie and enjoy a movie with my family in the park. I have a right.”

Beck said while he doesn’t expect “a warm welcome in New York City,” what bothered him “was the cowardly behavior of the hateful crowd,” he wrote on his website, glennbeck.com.

However, the woman who sat behind Beck responded in a letter to New York Magazine:

To Whom It May Concern:

Just a quick FYI -saw your article on Mr. Beck and his numerous FALSE claims about the way that he was treated at Bryant Park last night. Myself and several of my friends were seated immediately behind Mr. Beck & co (have pictures) and I can tell you that while the crowd was certainly not *thrilled* that he had shown up, his family was left completely alone, and for the most part he was too. Conversely, it was his security detail (two body guards) that seemed to be unnecessarily prickly with the crowd, scolding myself and my friends for acrobatics and other harmless activities taking place well before the movie started, and contributing to a considerably less relaxed atmosphere than is typically experienced during BPMN (I’ve been going for about six years now).

It was my friend that spilled the glass of wine on Tanya -and I can assure you that it was a complete accident. A happy one, to be sure, but nonetheless a complete and utter accident. As soon as the wine spilled (and I question how Tanya became soaked from a half glass of wine) apologies were made and my friends pretty much scrambled to give Tanya & co napkins -no doubt aware that it would look terrible and that their actions could be perceived as purposeful. No words were exchanged after that, as I think that it became pretty clear to Beck & co that my friends and I were doing everything in our capacity to help clean the “mess”.

I‘m sure it’s unnecessary to point out the hypocrisy in Glen’s statements that we were being hateful. I can assure him that we don’t need his sympathy. Incidentally, none of us have made a career of “spewing hate” on the radio, or any other media platform. We live our lives intolerant only of those who don’t tolerate: We have chosen New York as our city for that very reason. We do things like go to Bryant Park Movie Night, and vote to legalize gay marriage. We don’t taunt Glen, or his family. And we certainly don’t waste our wine, even on Tanya.

Thanks, and please let me know if you have further questions.

Lindsey Piscitell

Her tweet, on the other hand, gives a different impression.

Whatever happened to being tolerant to others ideas?

Well here it is. Been waiting for this one for a while. This is actually my first time at the annual May Day parade in Los Angeles. If you’ve been paying attention to my blog, you’ve already heard that there were two parades, due to conflict between two immigrants groups. Therefore, I will divide my report in two. One will cover the rally organized by Full Rights for Immigrants Coalition (FRIC) and the second half will cover the rally orgainzed by the Southern California Immigration Coalition (SCIC).

Though there were two rallies, most people who took part would shift between the two, either because they didn’t care about the divide or because they didn’t realize there were two separate rallies, even though a line of LAPD officers separated between two groups. This is unfortunate, since if the two groups were united the amount of those who took part would have probably seemed larger than they were.

Here’s the report from the LA Times.

Full Rights for Immigration Coalition:

This was the first rally I went to when I got there. It was a bit larger than the other one which was further down the street.

The vast majority of protesters were holding the following sign.

A few bands were also playing at the rally:

A few socialist/communist protesters brought with them a pinata in the shape of a “capitalist banker.”

At first they tried to tie it around the street pole but it got stuck and the police told them they couldn’t do that. So they went to a nearby sidewalk (in front of the Bank of America) and used a metal stick to hold it up while kids took turns swinging at it until the candy came out.

Here’s a video of what happened:

Southern California Immigration Coalition:

This rally was blacked off by a line of LAPD officers.

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