Posts Tagged ‘protest’

Rick Loomis / L.A. Times

It’s the 60th day of  the Occupy L.A. movement, and two days after the Los Angeles Police Department’s (LAPD) deadline for protesters to leave their makeshift camp that surrounds City Hall.

While many of the protesters have packed up and left, there’s still about half of the original population of die hard demonstrators still advocating for social and economic democracy.

If the demonstrators decline to disperse then they will likely be raided by LAPD tactical forces, arrested and forced to leave.

But once all the commotion dies, and City Hall is finally free from the multitudes of peaceful protesters, what will become of the Occupy movement?

Steve Lopez of the L.A. Times proposes they take the Occupy movement on the road, and purchase a bus.

“You’ve heard of Meals on Wheels? This would be Squeals on Wheels,” wrote Lopez, in a recent article. “If a college rally were being held against budget cuts and tuition hikes, the Occupiers would head to it — and scream the loudest.”

“Occupiers could stage read-ins at the hundreds of Los Angeles Unified schools that have lost library staffers,” suggested Lopez. “And sit-ins on the front lawns of every CEO who got a fat bonus while laying off employees.”

I’d actually like to “piggyback” on Lopez’s idea and take it a step further, and try to earn a profit and commercialize this momentum that was created by the Occupy movement.

If you have a cause that you need lobbying for, who’re you going to call? PRO-TESTERS!!!

That’s right. Planned demonstrations, coordinated and executed by the Occupy Group ™, on behalf of paying organizations.

Want to ban high fructose corn syrup? Who’re you going to call? PRO-TESTERS!!!

Gas prices too high, and want sustainable sources of energy? Who’re you going to call? PRO-TESTERS!!!

And if the NBA hadn’t recently come to an agreement, guess who’s going to “occupy” the Staples Center?                PRO-TESTERS!!!

— Ronsolo

Charles Dharapak/AP

President Barack Obama was campaigning in New Hampshire today, where advocates on behalf of the Occupy Wall Street movement briefly interrupted his jobs speech at a Manchester High School.

Just minutes into delivering his message, Obama was shouted down by protesters attempting to draw attention to the arrest of peaceful protesters at Occupy demonstrations around the country.

The pleas of the protesters, using the so-called “human microphone” method, was quickly drowned out by students who began chanting, “Obama! Obama!”

After the speech, as the president was shaking hands with members of the audience, a representative from the Occupy movement got close enough to  pass him a note.

The Associated Press’ Charles Dharapak was able to photograph the note which said:

“Mr. President: Over 4000 peaceful protesters have been arrested. While bankers continue to destroy the American economy. You must stop the assault on our 1st amendment rights.  Your silence sends a message that police brutality is acceptable. Banks got bailed out. We got sold out.”

source – Yahoo! News