Watching the live video of the Occupy Los Angeles protesters camped out at City Hall is an education in just how difficult it is to give birth to a revolution.
“I propose that tens of millions of progressives, liberals, true
populists, workers, unions, the liberal blogosphere, women, civil rights
supporters, equal-rights advocates and environmentalists join this
movement in full force, now, today, and begin a new American Spring for
our country,” former Democratic congressional staffer Budd Budowsky wrote in an article Tuesday at laprogressive.com.
LA County Federation of Labor boss Maria Elena Durazo endorsed the Occupy LA protest and planned to join the protesters at 1 p.m. today.
Indicted felon Councilman Richard Alarcon promised the protesters his “full commitment” to support their effort and is bringing a motion before the full City Council on Wednesday to endorse the movement.
About 12:30 p.m., Council President Eric Garcetti and Councilman Bill Rosendahl joined the protesters and promised them their full support for as long as they maintain their effort.
The protesters seem to view people like Durazo, Alarcon and the rest of the City Council as part of the solution and not part of the problem they blame on the 1 percent. But then it’s early in what will be a long struggle if it is to go anywhere and they may not know better at this point, or at least need every bit of support they can get.
It’s hard to see how they can navigate the complexities and conflicts and find goals that unify people but it’s clear that the Occupy Wall Street protest has tapped into real energy with protests springing up around the country.
Even Congressman Ron Paul wants to connect to the Occupy Wall Street movement and its “corporate greed’ is the problem message, producing a youtube video with his message to the protesters: “Let’s End the Fed.”
Protesters at LA City Hall apparently got the message and agreed Tuesday to conduct a series of teach-ins, including one on the role of the Federal Reserve in the economic crisis.
Tune in for a while on the live streaming video of what is going. At the least, it’s fascinating reality TV.