Do You Support Occupy Los Angeles?

Are you participating in the mobilization? Do you disapprove of it? We want to know.

On Wednesday, the New York-based Occupy Wall Street protest appeared to be picking up steam across the U.S., thanks to the increasing involvement of labor groups and a nationwide student walkout in which some students participated.

(Read interviews with SMC students participating in Occupy Los Angeles, and see a video of one of them speaking downtown; also, read a related journal entry by another SMC participant.)

While the grassroots movement hasn't yet established a coherent message, the Occupy Wall Street Web site reads, "We can no longer afford to let corporate greed and corrupt politics set the policies if our nation."

Saturday marked the launch of Occupy Los Angeles, in solidarity with the broader movement, which is being dubbed "Occupy Together." Los Angeles is also home to Occupy Colleges, which is focused on involving college students in the mobilization.

On Thursday at 12 p.m., Occupy Los Angeles protesters, along with members of labor unions including the Service Employees International Union, are planning to march on a yet-to-be-revealed bank. More actions are anticipated in the coming days.

Santa Monicans are known for their activism. Are you participating in Occupy Los Angeles, Occupy Colleges or a related branch of the Occupy Together movement? Do you plan to do so? Do you oppose the effort? Do you think the movement needs to establish a message quickly, or is there no rush?

Please share your thoughts in the comments box below, and take our poll as well.

Gary Kavanagh October 06, 2011 at 05:28 PM
I went out to photograph the scene on Sunday evening and was quite impressed with the organization of their setup for their first weekend. Media tent, bike repair station, medical tent, and Food Not Bombs was making sure everyone got fed, including the homeless in the area. There was trash, recycling, compost, and a cardboard trash specific deposit, which people drew from to make signs. The general assembly meetings were long, but created a system to ensure consensus on actions. As I learned more and more about the shady practices of the banks, lenders and investors leading up the 08 crash, I started to wonder if anyone would really stand up to put pressure on the criminals in the financial sector that we so generously bailed out with billions of tax dollars, and kept on giving themselves bonuses without consequence. That time has finally come, and I wish the best for the protestors in New York, and all over the country, in drawing a spotlight to the crooks on Wall Street and the corruption in Washington. If the Occupy LA solidarity protest endures for a while longer, I may join them for a bit, I've got all the gear I need to pack up my bike with camping supplies & could help document the movement.
craig higa October 06, 2011 at 07:23 PM
I brought some supplies by on rainy Wednesday (plastic sheeting, rope, etc.). I hope it helped. Occupy LA is exciting to this 60 year old. I'm impressed with the courage, creativity, and commitment shown. Big banks run this country, and they're doing a terrible job. Time to expose them as the buffoons they are. The king has no clothes. Keep up the good work. Craig Higa
Russ Woody October 06, 2011 at 08:44 PM
God bless these kids! Finally, some voices to combat the banks, the corporations, Wall Street, the networks... the political machines fueled by big money! Hang in there.
John Hupp October 06, 2011 at 09:22 PM
I noticed some temporary "this property closed to the public" signs at the Bank of America when I stopped at Starbucks there. I thought they were strange at the time, but now they make sense.
Eddie Greenberg October 07, 2011 at 07:51 PM
I definately support this movement. The manifestation of corrupt politics are here in Santa Monica too, down to the taproot. I have witnessed cases such as the St. John's parking structure issue to name one, where fifty residents beg the council to have St. John's live up to the word of their legal agreement,only to be overruled by this council for some preposterous excuse. Chicanery was used in the last election I believe to bring the same old carnivorous corrupt hacks back to the dais. The people do not count. Bobby "Lord Fauntelroy" Shriver eliminated special needs people. They were a nuisance.One was an 84 year old veteran of Iwo Jima.Unbelieveable! The other was an honorable handicapped wheelchair bound community asset. For him a squad of ten police officers bundled him out of council meetings because certain elected and unelected dais members were pained by his intellectual utterances. Some officials with SMRR which started with pure intentions are in the mix too, an individual now a college "consultant" and also an Expo "consultant". The purity gave way to upwards of $200,000 per year. The community activist turned out to be a self serving opportunist? Remember when SM banks offered every incentive to open an account? Are you aware that city manager Rod Gould is still making the President's salary of some $400,000 dollars per year? Yet he worked hard to take what he could from dedicated MEA employees who were it would seem deceived by a spineless leadership.


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