Archive for December, 2011

Demonstrators show support for Bradley Manning

December 18, 2011
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Roughly 100 demonstrators marched through downtown Los Angeles yesterday to show their support for Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, an alleged government whistle-blower now on trial. Manning is accused of turning over hundreds of thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks, ranging from diplomatic cables, military ground reports and the 2007 video of an Apache helicopter...
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Blase Bonpane: Imagining no religion

December 11, 2011
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It may seem surprising for a spiritual man to publish an autobiography titled “Imagine No Religion,” but Blase Bonpane’s convictions are anything but ordinary. On Dec. 11, Bonpane visited The Last Bookstore in downtown Los Angeles to deliver a short speech on themes related to his newly published book. Bonpane, known for his extensive...
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Arrests, evictions leave occupiers undeterred

December 11, 2011
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Reporting from Orange County – In just under three months, Occupy Wall Street has managed to become a full fledged movement in the U.S. and around the world. Time magazine reported that Occupy protesters have succeeded already by “changing the national conversation from a focus on the debt to one of income inequality, opportunity...
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Allegations of police abuse surface after OLA eviction

December 4, 2011
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After the police raid on Occupy LA, there came a steady chorus of praise for the Los Angeles Police Department’s handling of the eviction. Using City Hall as their brick-and-mortar Trojan horse, police poured out of the building, divided the park into sections and isolated protesters. Nearly 300 were arrested, each initially facing a...
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A reflection on Occupy LA’s creative living

December 4, 2011
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A spray-painted whiteboard in front of the library. (Lucy Guanuna / LA Activist)

The Occupy Los Angeles encampment began on October 1st. The encampment, which followed the Occupy Wall Street protests, began as a protest against corporate welfare, and what protesters say is the further marginalization of the poor and middle class. There were more than 500 tents on the lawn surrounding Los Angeles City Hall. It...
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