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Viewfinder: Images From Occupy LA

Santa Monica Patch columnist Gary Kavanagh and another SM resident share their photos of the ongoing protest.

Occupy Los Angeles is soldiering on. The grassroots movement was formed downtown 13 days ago in solidarity with New York's anti-corporate Occupy Wall Street protest, which is continuing to gain national attention.

On Wednesday, for its ongoing Lunchtime Speaker Series, Occupy Los Angeles welcomed Marianne Williamson, the best-selling author of The Age of Miracles: Embracing the New Midlife, to speak and lead a meditation. Legendary social activist Tom Hayden met with protesters on Tuesday.

A large mobilization is planned for Saturday at 10 a.m., when protesters are scheduled to march from their base camp at City Hall through downtown's financial district. "Occupy" protesters around the world are planning similar marches on that day.

Santa Monica Patch columnist took photos of Occupy Wall Street the day after it began. Also, a Santa Monica Patch reader who wished to be identified as Sam, lives in Santa Monica and works downtown shared pics he took during on Thursday. Check them out above.

If you're part of the Santa Monica community and want to share your Occupy Los Angeles photos and/or videos, send them to Kurt.Orzeck@patch.com for consideration.

For more of Gary's photos, go to his Flickr page. Also, don't miss .

To read more about the protest, and see additional photos and a video, check out the following:

Do you support Occupy Los Angeles? Share your thoughts in the comments box below.

Brandt Hardin October 12, 2011 at 11:06 PM
We live in a country no longer represented by the people but by the interests of major corporations and the money they use through lobbying to pay off our elected officials. These politicians no longer voice the opinion of the voters who put them in office but instead speak for the special interests which pay them more and more money to turn a blind eye to the destruction of our environment and the extinction of the middle class. How long will the occupations have to last before a SINGLE government official asks what WE the PEOPLE want changed? Visit my artist’s blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/09/occupywallstreet.html to see my art for the movement and also see videos of the protests and police brutality as well as get other sources for coverage of the movement.

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