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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.

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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While I was searching for any upcoming rallies, protests, and demonstrations on the internet that people were planning on conducting this coming week, I happened to remeber the annual May Day Immigration march that occurs every year that I’ve always been anticipating to get on film. You know. The one that has now become a tradition in commemorating the colossal failure known as the Great American Boycott?

Anyways, while looking it up on where they were planning on having the march, I noticed something that peaked my interest: there will be two marches going on this May Day. Normally, there is a single march that is held by multiple immigrant groups. One will be lead by a group called by the Southern California Immigration Coalition (SCIC), while the other will be lead by the group Full Rights for Immigrants Coalition (FRIC).

This division seems to be due to a conflict that the two groups had last year. According to the SCIC, they accuse FRIC and the LA County Federation of Labor of trying to “keep SCIC out of the planning process” by changing meeting dates and locations. They also accuse the organizers of cutting off the microphones when SCIC and CHIRLA activists were trying to speak, and that  Juan Jose Gutierrez and FRIC “collaborated” with the LAPD in order to block SCIC in getting a permit to march.

In response, the SCIC is planning on organizing a separate march this Sunday. Even though their budget isn’t as much as the other groups, they boast that they are larger and have more community support. I tried to see what FRIC’s response was but I’m unable to find their website if they have one. I did find their facebook page, but it’s terrible out of of date. Another difference between the two groups is that FRIC appears to by the arm of the Democratic Party, supports a Guest Worker Program, and tends to wave only American flags, while the SCIC is more grassroots oriented, hates both Republicans and Democrats, believes in complete open immigration, and waves flags from multiple countries.

It appears that both marches are planning on marching at the same time and place, though I’m not sure how that’s going to work out. FRIC seems more moderate compared to SCIC, but I’m not completely sure. Juan Jose Gutierrez himself has been accused of expressing “radical” views and being a Marxist. It’s just one of those things I’ll have to see when I head over there this Sunday.