World watches Occupy LA ‘Eviction Block Party’
At 9:36 p.m. PST Sunday evening, Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa released a final statement on the eviction of Occupy LA by closing City Hall Park after which he Tweeted he had done so, but hundreds of human rights defenders intend to defy his orders and arranged to throw an Eviction Block Party, complete with Hollywood and high profile Angelinos.
On Sunday evening at 9:36 p.m. PST, Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa released a written statement confirming plans to close the City Hall Park encampment of Occupy Los Angeles.
The rights defenders occupying LA at City Hall have agreed to resist and remain peacefully.
(See: Photos, Occupy L.A. <http://framework.latimes.com/2011/11/27/occupy-los-angeles/#/0>)
Throughout Sunday, a widespread grassroots PR campaign was conducted. In mass emailings and Tweets, 1000s of recruits were urged to join the Occupy rights protesters at the encampment that still had almost 500 tents all day.
ANSWER Coalition spearheaded much of the call for peacefull resistance to the eviction.
The event morphed into what was called an “Eviction Block Party.”
“The best way to keep a nonviolent movement nonviolent is to throw a party, and keep it festive and atmospheric,” said Brian Masterson, helping a friend break down her tent according to the Statesman late Sunday.
“And I’m going to be doing as much as I can to stop violence.”
High-profile Angelinos such as Rev. Michael Beckwith accepted the invitation to stand with the Americans exercising their right to assemble.
(Watch Rev Michael Beckwith interview Sunday night at the Occupy LA Eviction Block Party on the embedded video on this page)
Michael Moore (@MMFlint) Tweeted the same message that has been sent countless times over the past 24 hours, “OccupyLA needs all good people to be down at City Hall TONIGHT! If thousands show up, the police will not be able to act. #ows”
Another common Tweet, as OWS, OccupyWallStNYC #OCCUPYWALLSTREET, Tweeted late Sunday evening, “Tonight, all eyes are on @OccupyLA. Are u watching? #thewholeworldiswatching #ows.”
The Mayor Villaraigosa’s statement is in full below.
“As I stated this past Friday, it is time for Occupy LA to move from focusing their efforts to hold a particular patch of parkland to spreading the message of economic justice and a restoration of balance to American society.
That is why tonight, City Hall Park, where protesters and others have camped for nearly 60 days, will officially close.
While Occupy LA has brought needed attention to the economic disparities in our country, an encampment on City Hall grounds is simply not sustainable indefinitely. We will close and rebuild the park so that any individual will have the opportunity to use this free speech zone to exercise their first amendment rights at City Hall.
During the park rehabilitation, the Spring Street steps of City Hall will remain open during park hours for the Occupy LA movement and other organizations that wish to exercise their freedom of speech.
As Chief Beck has made clear, though the park will officially close tonight at 12:01 a.m., the department will allow campers ample time to remove their belongings peacefully and without disruption.
I am proud of the fact that this has been a peaceful, non-violent protest. It has been peaceful because we have done things differently in Los Angeles.
I trust that we can manage the closure of City Hall Park in the same spirit of cooperation. To facilitate a peaceful and orderly departure from the park, we will take the following steps tomorrow:
1. Officers with General Services police will walk through the encampment handing out bilingual flyers with information about the park closure.
2. Workers from the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority will also walk through the encampment to inform people about social and public health services that are available.
3. Starting Monday, we will make 50 shelter beds available for those individuals from the encampment who are homeless and will need an alternate place to spend the night. Winter shelters will open Thursday, December 1, increasing the number of beds available.
4. We will make nearby parking available to make it easier for people to move their belongings and personal property. We have and will continue to work hard to ensure that the park closure will be peaceful and non-violent.
The movement has played an important role in focusing the national conversation on economic equality. I encourage them to expand their efforts far beyond the confines of the City Hall Park in the coming months.”
Daniel Espana commented on the mayor’s website under his statement, “Copy and save this article/letter with the comments of others as it may be erased like last friday’s comments! O:”
Meanwhile, according to Michael Moore and other Twitters, “The crowd continues 2 grow in LA!”
Moore adds, “Will the mayor/police back down or side w/ the banksters? Watch OccupyLA Livestream: http://j.mp/vfaqmT.”
It does appear as though the world is watching according to well-wishing Tweets posted from around the world.
AdrianSarabiaR (Adrian Sarabia) Tweeted about Moore’s Occupy LA support, “@@MMFlint Occupy the World Mr Moore!!!!!! good 4 you. greetings from Chiapas,,, we are rebels too!!!”
YiAOrg YIA from Direct Action in India Tweeted, “Wishing all at @OccupyLA a safe night. Thanks for your courage n determination. We from India stand in support of your efforts.”