Occupy Los Angeles

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Occupy Los Angeles
Part of the Occupy movement
Protest at Los Angeles City Hall (6248466227).jpg
Date October 1, 2011 – August 25, 2014
(2 years, 10 months, 3 weeks and 3 days)
Location Los Angeles, California, United States
Caused by Economic inequality, corporate influence over government, etc.
Methods Demonstration, occupation, protest, street protesters
Resulted in Eviction by LAPD
Arrests and injuries
Injuries unknown
Arrested 373

Occupy Los Angeles (also referred to as Occupy L.A.) is one of the many occupy movements in the United States, following the original Occupy Wall Street (OWS) protest. Participants of Occupy L.A. first met at Pershing Square on September 23, 2011.[1] Activists came to consensus to occupy public space in solidarity with the growing movement. Occupiers first marched in Los Angeles on September 24, 2011.[2] They next protested a fundraiser being held in Hollywood at the House of Blues for President Obama.[3] Participants met at Pershing Square every subsequent night to plan out the logistics of an occupation set to begin on October 1, 2011.[4] After debating potential locations[5] around Los Angeles, people decided on the lawns around City Hall.[6] Tents first manifested on October 1, 2011 on the grounds of Los Angeles City Hall.

The camp experienced a relatively uncontentious relationship with the city through its duration.[7]

On November 17, Occupy Los Angeles joined with a permitted organized labor march through downtown Los Angeles. The parade was generally orderly, though a circle of about twenty protesters surrounded three tents in the middle of a street in deliberate disobedient behavior and were arrested. Later in the day, an unpermitted march went to a plaza at the base of the Bank of America tower, when police brought the march to a halt. More protesters were arrested for trespassing, 73 total for the day.[8][9]

On August 25, 2014, the Occupy Los Angeles official Facebook page announced that the Occupy LA organization had ceased to exist anymore.



The movement had several celebrity appearances including NOFX, Amanda Palmer, Jesse Jackson,[10] Bill Maher,[11] Shepard Fairey,[12] Tom Morello (from Rage Against the Machine)[13] Jeff Ross.[14] and Danny Glover [15]

Some of these visitors were interviewed by InsightOut News, a grassroots journalism website that emerged from Occupy LA. These interviews were sometimes critical, raising the issue of whether wealthy celebrities could really be aligned with the working class.[16][17][18]

City Hall eviction[edit]

Antonio Villaraigosa, mayor of Los Angeles, announced an eviction order deadline of Monday morning, November 28, at 12:01 a.m., giving the reason that "It is time to close the park and repair the grounds so that we can restore public access to the park."[19][20][21][22]

Early Monday morning protesters and the encampment remained after the city ordered an end their protest. Four people were arrested for unlawful assembly.[23]

On Tuesday, November 29, 1,350 police raided Occupy Los Angeles. Five hundred police officers quickly entered the park out of City Hall doors. At 12:30 a.m. LAPD declared the Occupy L.A. site an unlawful assembly, and told demonstrators they had 10 minutes to clear the area or be arrested. A total of 292 people were arrested.[24][25]

Report of Patrick Meighan[edit]

Patrick Meighan, writer for the Fox animated sitcom Family Guy, was one of the 292 arrests made on November 29. He posted an account[26] of his arrest. He also participated in an eight-part YouTube interview chronicling, in more detail, his experience the night of the raid.[27]

Patrick Meighan's account alleges police destruction of personal property, use of excessive force, and use of force to produce reactions that then were cited as resistance for justification of further use of force. Police destroyed tents providing shelter or medical service, which news outlets reported as garbage left behind by protesters. The officer who arrested Meighan had forced him into a painful wrist lock; when Meighan recoiled, he was thrown to the ground on his face, and then had his face ground into the pavement until he bled. In Meighan's report, he also alleges that police set high bail and then refused to accept payment of the bail or allow access to legal counsel. In his interview, he mentions a unique Los Angeles law that allegedly allows jailers to refuse bail, or refuse to process bail, at their own discretion.

May Day[edit]

On May 1, 2012, Occupy Los Angeles resurfaced publicly joining general May Day protests all around Los Angeles. The Occupy supporters organized as "four winds" coming in to downtown Los Angeles from the four directions, starting in Van Nuys in the north, Santa Monica in the west, Cal State Dominguez Hills in the south and East Los Angeles College in the east.[28] A General Assembly was conducted in Pershing Square. Occupy San Fernando Valley, Occupy Rose Parade and Occupy the Hood were all represented.[29] Numerous other protesting groups joined.[30]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "YouTube". Retrieved 5 July 2016. 
  2. ^ Booj WaZEE (25 September 2011). "OCCLA.mov". Retrieved 5 July 2016 – via YouTube. 
  3. ^ Booj WaZEE (27 September 2011). "OCCUPY LOS ANGELES .mov". Retrieved 5 July 2016 – via YouTube. 
  4. ^ "General Assembly". Retrieved 5 July 2016. 
  5. ^ "occupyyourmind.org". Retrieved 5 July 2016. 
  6. ^ "occupyyourmind.org". Retrieved 5 July 2016. 
  7. ^ "Los Angeles to evict Occupy camp on Monday". Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on November 27, 2011. 
  8. ^ Westfeldt, Amy; Long, Colleen (November 20, 2011). "Police clashes mar Occupy Wall Street protests". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. 
  9. ^ "Anti-Wall Street protesters arrested at L.A. bank". Reuters. November 18, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Jesse Jackson Interview". OccupyLA.org. November 12, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Bill Maher Interview". OccupyLA.org. November 10, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Shepard Fairey Interview". OccupyLA.org. November 4, 2011. 
  13. ^ "OccupyLA Day 8 Wrap Up". OccupyLA.org. October 11, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Comedian Jeff Ross Visits Occupy Los Angeles". OccupyLosAngeles.org. October 19, 2011. 
  15. ^ Post, Huffington. huffingtonpost.com. Huffington Post https://web.archive.org/web/20160304091426/http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/danny-glover-occupy-la/. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  16. ^ Firecloud, Johnny (18 October 2011). "Insight Out News Covers Occupy LA". Media Roots. Retrieved 27 March 2012. 
  17. ^ Paez, Margot (12 October 2011). "Tom Morello Interview". InsightOut News. Retrieved 29 March 2012. 
  18. ^ Paez, Margot (7 November 2011). "Day 37: Bill Maher Interview". InsightOut News. Retrieved 29 March 2012. 
  19. ^ "Occupy Los Angeles faces Monday eviction deadline". The Guardian. London. November 26, 2011. 
  20. ^ "Occupy L.A. speaks -- and says protesters aren't leaving". Los Angeles Times. November 25, 2011. 
  21. ^ "L.A. mayor says Occupy camp must leave City Hall by Monday". USA Today. November 25, 2011. 
  22. ^ Linthicum, Kate (November 26, 2011). "Villaraigosa announces impending shutdown of Occupy L.A. camp". Los Angeles Times. 
  23. ^ Gabbatt, Adam (November 28, 2011). "Occupy LA - Monday 28 November as it happened". The Guardian. Los Angeles. 
  24. ^ "200 arrested as cops raid Occupy LA camp". CBS News. US. November 30, 2011. 
  25. ^ "Few Protesters Remain After Police Make Over 200 Arrests at 'Occupy L.A.'". Fox News. US. November 30, 2011. 
  26. ^ "My Occupy LA Arrest", Patrick Meighan, Los Angeles 
  27. ^ "Patrick Meighan Occupy LA Raid Interview", Patrick Meighan, Los Angeles 
  28. ^ Lauren Foliart (May 1, 2012). "Occupy L.A. Resurfaces For May Day". Neon Tommy. 
  29. ^ "May Day protests: Hundreds gather at Pershing Square as night falls". LA Times. May 1, 2012. 
  30. ^ Tanya Ramirez (May 1, 2012). "Occupy returns to May Day". Daily Sundial. 

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