Nov 29 2011

The Future of the Occupy Movement in Los Angeles and the UCs

It has been more than 24 hours since the deadline for Occupy LA activists to vacate their tent city in front of City Hall. A standoff with LAPD officers early on Monday morning that resulted in the police leaving, energized the movement. Some protesters filed a federal injunction yesterday based on a violation of their civil rights. The injunction names LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, and the city of Los Angeles, and has requested a court order to stop the eviction of the encampment that housed nearly 500 tents at its peak, and is now down to about 300. According to Reuters, last night was more subdued than Sunday night, and “[s]mall clusters of officers stood by casually at various intersections on the fringes of the park, with no imminent sign of large-scale police action.” It is suspected that police action may come after December 1st, when homeless shelters open for the winter and could draw away transient Occupiers from City Hall.

Meanwhile, yesterday was also a day of action across the state of California as students and staff of several UC campuses disrupted the UC Board of Regents meeting. The meeting was held at four UC campuses, UCLA, UC San Francisco, UC Davis and UC Merced, where Regents met via teleconference. However, groups of students on all four campuses protested with chants and forced those meeting to move elsewhere. An extended public comment period provided a forum for students to lodge their complaints about the on-going tuition hikes approved by officials making hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in salaries and allowances, as well as about the recent unprovoked police pepper spraying of peaceful protesters at UC Davis. The group Refund California worked with students on UC campuses to push for education funding through taxing wealthy corporations and banks.

GUESTS: Bree Gonzales, a member of Occupy LA since the first week of the encampment; she was camped out over night on Sunday through the General Assembly yesterday evening; Kyle Arnone, 5th year PhD student at UCLA

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  1. Ettyon 25 Mar 2015 at 4:01 pm

    This is an arictle that makes you think “never thought of that!”

  2. You’ve got it in one. Couldn’t have put it better.