We had a server outage, and we're rebuilding the site. Some of the site features won't work. Thank you for your patience.
imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Calendar Publish RSS
latest news
best of news




A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List


IMC Network:

Original Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech

Surviving Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: canada: quebec east asia: japan europe: athens barcelona belgium bristol brussels cyprus germany grenoble ireland istanbul lille linksunten nantes netherlands norway portugal united kingdom latin america: argentina cmi brasil rosario oceania: aotearoa united states: austin big muddy binghamton boston chicago columbus la michigan nyc portland rochester saint louis san diego san francisco bay area santa cruz, ca tennessee urbana-champaign worcester west asia: palestine process: fbi/legal updates process & imc docs projects: radio satellite tv
printable version - js reader version - view hidden posts - tags and related articles


by IMC Sunday, Aug. 13, 2000 at 10:17 PM

At approximately 9:30 AM today, Global Exchange(An anti-globalization/social justice activist group organizing during the week of the DNC) was intimidated by an overwhelming number of police that descended on a handful of activists setting up an art installation.

At approximately 9:30 AM today,a handful of activists in association with Global Exchange (An anti-globalization/social justice activist group organizing during the week of the DNC) were harrassed by an overwhelming number of police while setting up an art installation in downtown Los Angeles.

The raid occurred at the First United Methodist Church at 1010 South Flower, a church that had given permission for the art installation to be unloaded in the parking lot. The installation consisted of painted white wood crosses symbolizing the graves of victims of the US Border Patrol/Project Gatekeeper and those who have died trying to cross the US/Mexican border.

The police swarmed the 4-6 team members in 30-50 police cars packed with officers. Witnesses reported seeing over 100 police surround the artists and their crosses. The LAPD initially threatened to enter the church and confiscate the crosses without a search warrant. One of the organizers of the art installation, Ali Starr, was not sure why they were raiding the art project.

The police began to search through the truck holding some of the crosses and also searched the cab of the vehicle. The art group then made a call to a lawyer's collective, the Midnight Special Legal Team. According to sources, the police reported that the artists were in volilation of a city ordinance regarding size and thickness of wood poles for protest signs, in spite of the fact that the crosses were symbolic art pieces being used for an installation, not a protest.

Police eventually left the scene unable to confiscate art or shut down the installation. They did, however, leave a warning that they would remain in the church parking lot as part of the excessive police presence in downtown.

Report this post as:

© 2000-2018 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy