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Occupy L.A. Escalates Fight with City Hall

EDITOR”S NOTE: Here’s the latest posting by the Occupy L.A. movement, rejecting City Hall’s ultimatum to leave by Monday and re-focusing their demands on city issues, from restoring the South Central Farm to a moratorium on foreclosures. Click here to read more.

Counter-Offer
from Occupy Los Angeles G.A. to Mayor’s Office, LAPD

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY’S RESPONSE TO THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES

History: passed with full
consensus at GA on Wednesday 11/23/2011. The language, ideas and grievances
contained herein were culled from the minutes of 2 special City Liaison
Committee Meetings, 2 General Assemblies devoted to the issue, one meeting with
the Demands & Objectives Committee, consultation with Media and PR, and
widely circulated and amended by the online community of occupiers, and adapted
into its current form by the General Assembly on 11/23/2011.

As
a collective, Occupy Los Angeles would like to express their rejection of the
City of Los Angeles’ alleged proposal that we leave City Hall by November 28th,
2011, in exchange for an apparently now rescinded offer of a 10,000 square foot
building, farmland and 100 SRO beds for the homeless.

Occupy
Los Angeles believes that as part of a global movement advocating direct,
participatory democracy, and challenging economic and social injustices, our
position is such that we cannot, in all good faith, accept further material
benefit from City Hall at the taxpayer’s expense without seriously compromising
our beliefs, our desire for global change, and our commitment to our inherent
human rights to free speech and assembly protected in this country by First
Amendment Rights. The 1 percent should be paying for any services used by the
Occupy Movement, not taxpayers.

In
the spirit of inclusivity and transparency which is so dear to our movement,
Occupy Los Angeles extends an invitation to Mayor Villaraigosa and the City
Council to attend our General Assemblies at the City Hall Occupation if he
wishes to discuss these and other matters in a direct, democratic and
horizontal way. Mayor Villaraigosa must speak out against the violent actions
towards our brothers and sisters, declare the actions of other cities to be
unjust, and stand before us equally at a General Assembly. Occupy Los Angeles
believes that until this happens, we should have no more closed-door
discussions regarding our continuing occupation of City Hall.

The City Council – in
line with government in general – is an authority which is more accountable to
developers and corporations than the public. The very act of the Los Angeles
City Council requesting the physical removal of Los Angeles Occupiers without redressing
the grievances which were specifically referenced in the inclusion of our
adopted ‘Declaration of the Occupation of New York City’, and in the City
Council’s ’1st Amendment Rights / Occupy Los Angeles / Responsible
Banking Resolution’ — is in effect supporting the removal of all Occupations
from public space by any means. We cannot negotiate with such an institution
without undermining our sister occupations across the globe who are suffering
from oppressive force and attacks upon their inherent human rights to free
speech and assembly, protected in this country under the First Amendment. We
refer here to episodes in Oakland, Boston, New York, Portland, UC Davis and San
Francisco, to name but a few. We refer to those further afield, in Tahrir Square
in Egypt, in Madrid, Greece, London and more. Teargas, pepper spray, beatings,
jail, suppression and intimidation have been used as a coercive method of
silencing our movement and our desire for global change.

We reject outright
the City’s attempts to lure us out of City Hall and into negotiations by
offering us nebulous, non-transparent and unconfirmed offers which fail to even
begin to address our local grievances. We will continue to occupy this space,
in solidarity with our global movement, until the forces of the few are forced
to capitulate to the power of the people.

When the following
grievances have been addressed – grievances which we have agreed upon as a
movement through our General Assembly as advancing our cause and providing for
the people of Los Angeles – we as a movement will be happy to initiate dialogue
with the Mayor and Los Angeles City Council. An office space of 10,000 square
feet would not have addressed these grievances. While the grievances listed
below are localized, we believe that they promote the underlying foundations
and principles of our movement, which include, but are not limited to:
providing for basic, fundamental and inalienable human rights such as shelter,
food, healthcare, freedom of choice, sexual orientation, gender equality and
education — and the right most paramount to a free and democratic society — the
right to self-govern. Detailed demands which encompass our greater world view
will be released at a later date by our Demands and Objectives Committee
through the General Assembly.

 

 

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GRIEVANCES NOT ADDRESSED

  1. A moratorium on all foreclosures in the
    City of Los Angeles. The City of Los Angeles to divest from all major
    banks, and money to be removed from politics.
  1. A citywide effort undertaken to solve the
    homelessness problem which has led to 18,000 homeless people sleeping on
    Skid Row every night. Rehabilitation and housing must be provided for all
    homeless people.
  1. South Central Farm to be returned to the
    same LA community from which it was taken, and all other vacant and
    distressed land be open for the community use, and money to the tune of 1
    million dollars – taken from Skid Row and given to the multi million
    dollar NFL firm – to be returned to Skid Row.
  2. Los Angeles to be declared a sanctuary city
    for the undocumented, deportations to be discontinued and cooperation with
    immigration authorities be ended – including the turning in of arrestees’
    names to immigration authorities.
  3. All forms of weaponry used by multiple law
    enforcement officials – including, but not limited, to rubber bullets,
    pepper spray, verbal abuse, arrest, foam batons, long-range acoustic
    devices and more – are not to be used on those exercising their First
    Amendment Rights to petition our government for redress of grievances. We
    do not accept interference with freedom of the press and the public to
    document police actions in public spaces. We will not tolerate brutality.
  4. We assert our right to an open plaza on the
    South Side of City Hall for people to peacefully assemble, voice
    grievances, speak freely, hold our General Assembly and come to the
    people’s consensus 24 hours a day if needed.
  5. The City of Los Angeles to pressure the
    State to start a convention, as provided for in the Constitution, to
    remove corporate personhood and money from politics at a national level.
  6. The City of Los Angeles to begin a dialogue
    at the State and Federal level on the issues of student debt and tuition
    hikes.
  7. No cutbacks in city services or attacks on
    the wages, work conditions and pensions of city employees.
  8. A world class transit system which
    addresses our debilitating traffic problem and restores the quality of
    life in Los Angeles.

We conclude, as a General Assembly, by hereby renaming City Hall
Park -

 

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25 Responses to Occupy L.A. Escalates Fight with City Hall

  1. Anonymous says:

    Thank you, Ron. This is a positive
    story that must be taken seriously by the Mayor and City Counil.

  2. Anonymous says:

    The Mayor and City Council of Los Angeles approved $52 million of Taxpayer funds for Billionaire Eli Broad (one of the 1-percent).
    Demand No. 11. Withdraw the $52 million from Eli Broad’s project and re-direct it to the 99%.

  3. Anonymous says:

    City Hall has not identified its core services to be provided. In addition, it continues it bad spending habits, as well as its poor collection habits.
    BUT, Occupy needs to go. SOme of their demands make sense, but most are not attainable, or just out of the jurisdiction of this city. As to their occupying land after hours, they do have the right to free speech and assembly, but not to break the law. THey need to go during after hours, or be removed. You can’t fight for justice if your idea of justice is selective.

  4. Anonymous says:

    City Hall has not identified its core services to be provided. In addition, it continues its bad spending habits, as well as its poor collection habits.
    BUT, Occupy needs to go. SOme of their demands make sense, but most are not attainable, or just out of the jurisdiction of this city. As to their occupying land after hours, they do have the right to free speech and assembly, but not to break the law. THey need to go during after hours, or be removed. You can’t fight for justice if your idea of justice is selective.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Every story I’ve read on the Occupy LA has been NEGATIVE. They haven’t accomplished a damn thing and when I passed by I could smell the marijuana, see them sleeping, doing yoga and basically wasting time. They have been nothing but a headache to our City and caused havoc. The People of Los Angeles want them GONE!!! Everyone I have spoken to doesn’t support them. Every area of Los Angeles is saying the same thing and that is they need to go back where they came from and stop costing the tax payers of LA more money. They do not REPRESENT THE PEOPLE. There is so much infighting they fight between themselves, has caused triple crime in the area and are aggressive pan handlers. Watch them get violent and start demanding as if they deserve a damn thing. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!

  6. Anonymous says:

    of course, one group of law breakers supports another:
    “Los Angeles to be declared a sanctuary city for the undocumented, deportations to be discontinued and cooperation with immigration authorities be ended – including the turning in of arrestees’ names to immigration authorities.”
    you people elect crooks that have no regards for laws, so good luck to deal with these vermins.
    just checked the weather forecast — nice, very warm in LA. excellent conditions for camping outside.

  7. Ms. Anonymous says:

    “The City Council – in line with government in general – is an authority which is more accountable to developers and corporations than the public.”
    And the light suddenly shines through! They’re finally starting to get it!
    And all those references to “meeting in secret” in which they were involved, there, too, they are beginning to get fact that secret cabals are the problem for the 99 percent and not the solution to all that ails this city, City Hall and the way it does business.
    I hope they’re not hold their collective breath waiting for the mayor to have open “horizontal” meetings with them.
    After all, they’re not rich, influence-peddling developers, campaign contributors or sexy reporters.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Thank you Matt Szabo for commenting at November 25, 2011 2:41 PM.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Occupy LA is beginning to realize what Neighborhood Councils have known for a long time: Our Mayor is bought and paid for by developers and corporate interests and has no dick of his own. They need our support. And if the Mayor rolls out his little black uniformed police to forcibly remove Occupy LA because of its free speech, there needs to be lots of protest from the rest of us at home.

  10. Anonymous says:

    6:53PM You got that right!!!
    I heard Vilar and Beck tonight, they are caring about the homeless and hungry, but they KNOW THAT
    THE REAL PURPOSE IS TO CALL ATTENTION TO THE MISUSE OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS. WE ARE NOT GETTING
    OUR MONEY’S WORTH. ALL OF US NEED TO SUPPORT
    THIS EFFORT AND NOT LET IT DIE OF NEGLECT.

  11. Just Saying.... says:

    If ever there is a time that I wish to stage a demonstration at City Hall, I expect the exact same treatment as OccupyLA. I expect to not have to obtain a permit, to not have to have an exit time and date, to not have to pay any cost recovery on city property damages and other city resources and to be offered land and office space in exchange for an exit from the demonstration area of origin. Anything less will be a violation of the equal protection clause of the Constitution.
    Whether I am a Tea Party Person, a homeless person, a local merchant, a vendor selling incense without a permit or a billionaire-the accommodations granted to OccupyLA shall now be extended to all citizens no matter what their station in life is. Anything less will be discrimination.

  12. anonymous says:

    Dear OLA,
    I am very glad to know that you support “a global movement advocating direct, participatory democracy, and challenging economic and social injustices.” I would be happy to contribute towards travel costs to a Muslim country so that your group can protest the injustices towards women that live there. Please let me know how I can make such arrangements.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Villar is getting serious!
    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2011/11/villaraigosa.html
    Funny the only reason given for their eviction is to restore the grass.

  14. Anonymous says:

    The garden reporter from the LA Times wrote a terrific article calling on that Villar gangbanger to tear down this grass and put in native plants that do not require so much watering. What a great idea. IF the Mayor succeeds in evicting Occupy LA from City Hall lawn, perhaps he could at least have the decency to “restore” it with original native plants.

  15. Anonymous says:

    The garden reporter from the LA Times wrote a terrific article calling on that Villar gangbanger to tear down this grass and put in native plants that do not require so much watering. What a great idea. IF the Mayor succeeds in evicting Occupy LA from City Hall lawn, perhaps he could at least have the decency to “restore” it with original native plants.

  16. Anonymous says:

    I find it very odd that no neighborhood councils came out to support the Occupy LA movement. Occupy LA did nothing but create problems and crime in our City. You could have protested DWP but you didn’t, You could have protested AEG you didn’t, you could have protested every week inside City Council and you didn’t. Angelenos are looking at your entire movement as a big disappointment. You are demanding things you are NOT entitled to just like the illegals. You pretend to care about the 99% yet you behave like criminals, refuse to abide by the law, and have shed a negative light on our City. We already have that with the corrupt politicians. Now you will EMBARRASS LOS ANGELES by behaving like criminals when you have been asked to leave peacefully and the entire nation will see you behave violently toward the police. I bet if a poll was taken how many support Occupy LA in Los Angeles the numbers would be very very low. Read the press and it says it all.

  17. Anonymous says:

    6:23 AM
    No Neighborhood Council participation should
    not surprise you. That was the plan of the City Council, they told us what was ok TO DISCUSS, ALLOWED A MINUTE TO EACH SPEAKER, speakers were screened and it was supervised by a council rep who had to clear the agenda. That way, we were not allowed to try to solve problems – we had to hear what the council and mayor wanted us to discuss and listen to. I don’t think that is happening now, but I have not attended my council in ages. The last time I was there – the city council and mayor were still in control.

  18. Anonymous says:

    My prediction- the pigeons will refuse to move off the lawn, more hardcore anarchists, marxists, professional trouble makers will come. Monday LAPD will move in, a melle just like one of those may 1st will happen. Some will get injured.
    Helpful lawyers will step in and demand compensation. Villar will say how much sorry he is and will pay a few millions immediately to show how much sorry he is.
    Then of course fees and other ways of revenue will need to be found since the city is bankrupt anyways.
    When you stood by and let Villar be re-elected in 2009, you are as responsible for this as much as Villar.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Read all the negative comments posted against Occupy LA on every news web site and other blogs. They don’t seem to have any support in our City. In the beginning, they did, however, their arrogant, demanding attitude lost that support. This is OUR City, WE don’t support you, you do not speak for US. The chaos will escalate and get violent because Occupy LA is being told what to do by Good Jobs LA, a coalition of labor unions. Occupy LA is represented by the Unions, are you freaking kidding me? Who is funding Good Jobs LA? Occupy LA is already tweeting to cause chaos in our City on Sunday nite. You idiots need to go look for work and get a life.

  20. Anonymous says:

    This is being emailed throughout the City to tell people who Good Jobs LA is and who they represent. Sounds like all the Illegal Organizations and rumor has it that Gil Cedillo is behind this group. “We are broad coalition consisting of education, public service, long-term care and property service workers in SEIU, along with Brotherhood Crusade, Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), Community Coalition, Consejo de Federaciones Mexicanas en Norteamérica (COFEM) and Korean Resource Center.”

  21. End CRA/LA says:

    DEMAND #N:
    Abolish the CRA/LA and its successor, VARP, and end the Community Redevelopment Agency in any form whatsoever.
    DEMAND #N+1:
    Downzone Hollywood and throw away The Hollywood Community Plan which is a plan to kill Hollywood.

  22. Help the homeless says:

    Any unit in a CRA project like the W Hotel ccondos which is unrented or unsold units after 6 months must be rented to a homeless family for no more than 20% of their income for one year.

  23. # 7 says:

    “The City of Los Angeles to pressure the State to start a convention, as provided for in the Constitution, to remove corporate personhood and money from politics at a national level.”
    Does that include the SEIU, IBEW and all other unions?

  24. The Koch Bros says:

    While we, the esteemed Koch Bros, are glad to see that associate Siemens Corporation from Germany and backer of the texpayers paying them trillions of dollars to construct endless subways. Oh Yes, there program is BEYOND CARS. Yes, they want to band cars from LA.
    They pretend that they are oh soooo green, but they are nothing but shills for mega corporations which want turn L.A. into a super-mega dense city surpassing Singapore, Hong Kong and Seoul.
    So when you see a huge banner for BEYOND LA urging the Occupy LA people to resist any compromise and reasonableness, you know they are backed by one of the right wing, mega-international corporations out to discredit Occupy LA.

  25. The Koch Bros says:

    Like the Koch Bros who fund the tea baggers to disrupt civil discourse and elect intransigent morons to Congress, Siemens Corporation, the right wing international corporation, will be using its front group, BEYOND CARS to discredit Occupy LA.
    BEYOND CARS pretends that they are oh soooo green, but they are nothing but shills for mega corporations which want turn L.A. into a super-mega dense city surpassing Singapore, Hong Kong and Seoul.
    So when you see a huge banner for BEYOND LA urging the Occupy LA people to resist any compromise and reasonableness, you know BEYOND CARS is a right wing, mega-international corporation out to discredit Occupy LA.

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