OCCUPY LA STILL STANDS

The deadline for the departure of OCCUPY LA from City Hall was 12:01 a.m. this morning. LAPD officers in full battle gear were at the ready, but they didn’t move. An official said later that they would move when they were “ready.”

Last night, a group of veterans from all branches of the military descended on Occupy LA to protect civilians, preserve their rights and prevent police brutality. A spokesperson for the veterans said, “We will also make sure police return home safe to their loved ones. If you are a veteran, join us as we nonviolently protect our fellow man! The eviction will start at midnight.”

According to an article in the Sunday Washington Post (Nov. 27) that quotes Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, Executive Director of the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund, the Occupy movement has been the subject of what appears to be a coordinated campaign designed to evict Occupy encampments throughout the country.

The Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF) and the National Lawyers Guild Mass Defense Committee filed Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests on November 16 with the Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and the National Park Service (NPS) requesting that the agencies release information that they possess related to the involvement of the federal government in the planning of a coordinated law enforcement crackdown that has taken place in multiple cities against the Occupy Movement in recent days and weeks.

Freedom of Information Act requests have been filed with multiple federal law enforcement agencies seeking information about the coordinated police crackdown. PCJF lawyers were present at Occupy LA last night.

LA City Councilman Bill Rosendahl addressed OLA yesterday and promised that he would chair a commission to address their concerns on all levels — local, state and federal. The crowd was friendly, though it has not generally welcomed “politicians.”

The mayor had said the continuing presence of Occupy LA at LA City Hall could not be “sustained,” but did not explain what he meant by “sustained.” The Bill of Rights’ first amendment guarantees, among other things “the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” As one woman, who was there with her two daughters, said, “They can have their lawn back when I get my country back.”

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