Sunday, October 9, 2011

Tom Morello performs at Occupy LA

Tom Morello performed at the Occupy LA rally yesterday, we learn from Raw Story. Occupy LA protesters have camped out in front of City Hall for more than a week.

Eric Dolan reports:
The politically-conscience guitarist has previously performed acoustic songs and gave speeches at pro-union demonstrations in Madison.
Los Angeles city officials have shown support for the demonstration. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa visited the protest to distributed 100 rain ponchos, and seven of the 15 councilmembers have voted to support “peaceful and vibrant exercise in First Amendment Rights carried out by ‘Occupy Los Angeles.’”
The “occupation” began on October 1, when more than 750 people marched from Pershing Square to City Hall, chanting slogans such as, “Hey hey, ho ho! Wall Street greed has got to go” and “The people united will never be defeated.”
And thanks to InsightOutNews for the video.

Earlier this week, 11 people were arrested at a Bank of America branch in LA, according to NBC News:
Eleven protesters armed with a giant check for $673 billion were arrested Thursday at a Bank of America location downtown, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
Five women and six men were arrested on suspicion of trespassing, said LAPD Officer Richard French. Bail was set at $5,000 a person, according to the LAPD.
For great stories about Occupy LA, go to firedoglake. Here's one:
Every night at 10pm the camp moves all tents onto the sidewalk to comply with local laws. Earlier this week around move time, a guy and his girlfriend showed up and asked what they could do to help.
What are you good at?
asked Media Lisa (who volunteers her webcasting, media and producing skills and has been involved in planning and coordination since September 24). The guy responded
Do you need trash hauled? I could do that!
Media Lisa pressed further:
Yes, but what would you like to do? What can you do?
The guy replied:
I’m an actor.
He then helped lug tents, signs and equipment from the lawn to sidewalk. As the couple were leaving, they stopped by the finance department’s table where he wrote a check for $5,000. Until then, no one knew the helpful guy was Lucas Neff from the Emmy-nominated series Raising Hope.