imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Subscribe Calendar Publish RSS
Features
latest news
best of news
syndication
commentary


KILLRADIO

VozMob

CopWatch LA

ABCF LA

A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List

LAAMN List





IMC Network: 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
printable version - js reader version - email this article - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

Occupy Riverside October 3, 2011

by Rockero Wednesday, Oct. 05, 2011 at 1:03 AM
rockero420@yahoo.com

RIVERSIDE (California) - The revolution, having recently broken out in New York, has now begun to spread to other cities. Inspired by our newly-free sisters and brothers in nearby Los Angeles, who recently liberated areas surrounding corruption-filled City Hall, citizens of Riverside met tonight for a general assembly to plan to emancipate areas of their city through occupation and take further action against the 1% of humanity that perpetrates inequality and disgrace.

Occupy Riverside Oct...
occupy_riverside_ga_3oct2011_007.jpg, image/jpeg, 4000x3000

Just after 7:PM, no fewer than 50 concerned citizens, eager to do their part to oppose tyranny, gathered in the shadow of the statue of Mahatma Gandhi to discuss the terms of their liberation. According to a show of hands, about 5-10 of us had been at the Los Angeles occupation.

After reading the principles of solidarity and composing an agenda, the people reviewed meeting procedures, including the use of the people's mic and hand gestures.

Then suggestions for committees were taken. The people deliberated these suggestions, folding some groups into others and eventually settling on committees for action, logistics, outreach, security, finance, media, legal, arts, education, and facilitation.

We then began introducing proposals for areas to liberate.

One man suggested the steps of the courthouse, where, every friday, banks auction off homes stolen from families to the highest bidder. The significance of the location was acknowledged by the crowd.

By this time, numbers had grown to about 75. A counterproposal took into consideration the potential consequences of occupying space appropriated by the judicial branch of the illegitimate government, and pointed out that the objective of an occupation was to liberate and hold a space, not to simply visit weely. He pointed out the legal advantages of occupying a space that is already recognized as public property, and suggested we occupy the walkway of the mall in which we were currently standing. (talkenbluez's Youtube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NlABdhGidm8)

A friendly amendment was offered: we occupy the plaza not at the Gandhi statue, but a block down, where the presence of a Wells Fargo would serve as the symbol of the economic injustice at the heart of the protest.

A concern was expressed that accusations of identity theft could arise if we were too close to the bank, while another compañera reminded us that all we have to do is point our backs to the bank cameras to let them know that we're not there for that purpose.

It was noted that choosing an encampment site was little more than establishing a base of operations, and did not preclude the possibility of action at the courthouse, or any other future target. The proposal was reformulated to include both the possibility of action at the courthouse as well as a campout on the mall, but nearer to the bank than the symbol of nonviolence.

Prior to making a decision, a questioner asked how many people were actually willing to camp out. Approximately half of the now hundred-or-so raised their hopeful hands. With that encouragement, the crowd continued, ultimately reaching consensus on the proposal.

The meeting continued, but shortly, a woman pointed out that while we had chosen a location, we had not chosen a time to begin the occupation. A discussion ensued as to whether we should refer that decision to committee or decide it together then. The conciliatory proposal, citing the advice of our New York comrades to take our time, was to wait until the logistics committee had met to provide everything necessary for the occupation, and to choose the right time at a subsequent general assembly. The proposal was resoundingly approved.

After some discussion and announcements, including that the Blood Orange Infoshop was also available for the needs of the movement, the meeting adjourned so committees could group up and formulate plans. I was unable to visit all the committees but the ones I did see in action seemed to be doing their best to use a consensus format, even if not all of them had prior experience in doing so.

The Riverside movement has a website, www.occupyriverside.org, a facebook page, a twitter (https://twitter.com/#!/OccupyRiverside), and upcoming meetings. Minutes are up on google docs.

The next general assembly will be held on Thursday (timed to coincide with the artwalk) at 7:PM in the aisle down the middle of the mall in Downtown Riverside, just in front of the outlet of the finance cartel Wells Fargo. Please check the indicated websites for pre-GA committee meetings and other related activities.

Despite some issues with facilitation and accessibility to all communities, setbacks which are to be expected any time a new era dawns, the people were able to discuss and agree collectively during the general assembly, and then, during the committee meetings, find ways to contribute individually.

Like the Los Angeles occupation, the attendees constituted both seasoned activists both young and old, as well as a outburst of individuals heretofore unaffiliated with political action.

The general spirit of the Occupy Wall Street movement, the spirit of love, hope, inspiration, solidarity, patience and redemption, was felt at this gathering, but was not as clearly articulated in words spoken or written as it had been in Los Angeles and seems to have been in New York.

But that, like much else, is changing as we learn, and we have all exhibitied commitment to that learning.
Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


002

by Rockero Wednesday, Oct. 05, 2011 at 1:03 AM
rockero420@yahoo.com

002...
occupy_riverside_ga_3oct2011_005.jpg, image/jpeg, 4000x3000

error
Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


003

by Rockero Wednesday, Oct. 05, 2011 at 1:03 AM
rockero420@yahoo.com

003...
occupy_riverside_ga_3oct2011_006.jpg, image/jpeg, 4000x3000

error
Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


Local News

Violence Against Poor In Venice A29 12:59PM

California Safe Schools Honors 11 Year Old Daniel Randall A25 2:25PM

NPR's Marketplace: The Voice of Loanshark Capitalism A19 4:08PM

Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez, Pandering to the Corporate Whores of the Storage Industry A09 5:03PM

Lartiste Maestro iTunes télécharger de la musique gratuit et Légalement 2016 A08 3:20PM

Spring 2016 National Immigrant Solidarity Network Monthly News Alert! A05 2:14PM

KPFK and Pacifica, more doings, reposted here A04 4:18PM

Liberated Political Prisoner Sekou Odinga Speaks Out M11 9:39AM

Solidarity With Anaheim M08 10:16AM

Tribune Company Stock Bought By LAPD Union To Silence Criticism Of Police M02 8:01AM

KPFK as Pacifica may be in legal jeopardy, again... M01 2:43PM

Anaheim Anti-KKK Fund Drive F29 5:04PM

March For Bernie 2, Pasadena and Los Angeles F28 8:16PM

Innovative Approach To Fighting The Droughts F16 11:56AM

International Day of Solidarity with Leonard Peltier F12 5:51PM

January 2016 Honduras Coup update F12 4:42PM

THE WHITE CITIZEN'S COUNCIL ... AKA KPFK AND FOLKS ON THE WESTSIDE J27 11:16PM

Hundreds March Long Beach to Compton to Protest Los Angeles Sheriff Murder of Noel Aguilar J27 11:14PM

Bernie Sanders at The 2016 Rose Bowl Parade J27 4:25PM

Bernie Sanders at The 2016 Rose Bowl Parade. J27 3:54PM

Vigil for O'Day, Helen, Barry, and Carol-Ann Short, killed by racist terrorists in Fontana J25 8:55PM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

Jesuit Priest And War Resister On Ethical Imperative of Vegetarianism M03 7:05AM

Paraphysique du confusionnisme et de l'amalgamisme M02 10:49PM

Sleep: "Nature's soft nurse" M02 8:23PM

Chernobyl + 30 M02 4:05PM

Donald J. Trump is Pissing on America and About to Flush us into the Toilet! M02 12:06PM

Five myths about tax havens M02 6:16AM

Tectonique d'embrasement neuronal M01 12:53AM

Philippines: Duterte tells CHR, women's groups: Go to hell! A30 8:40PM

Losing the drug war ... idiots A30 1:04PM

Deux mille trente, 2030 A29 6:02AM

A police state USA, unfettered by moral / legal constraints A28 8:26PM

The Shortwave Report 04/29/16 Listen Globally! A28 5:40PM

Iowa Republican Senator Grassley And Methods Of Chicken Murder In the US A28 6:35AM

From the Constitutional State to the Security State A28 4:40AM

La CNT et les anarchistes A27 10:48PM

Examples of fbi/police/DA/AG subversion of laws A27 2:14PM

No To Ohio Senator Portman Who Wants Hunting In National Park A27 10:50AM

A Tribute To The Imprisoned A27 5:00AM

Video: Founding Fathers, Hip Hop, 1 hr 25 min A26 2:33PM

Hillary's Guns, Hillary's Consequences A26 1:34PM

Kuwaiti Business man causht in al qaeda plot A26 12:00PM

Community organizing A26 8:02AM

Clinton Delegate Slates Infiltrate Sanders California Campaign A25 11:41PM

Planned Crises or Alan Greenspan's "Tsunami" A25 4:53AM

fbi DEW ATTACKS, ETC A24 10:34AM

Brutality as a permanent character trait A23 11:53AM

Husam El-Coolaq. : proof not all harvard students are smart A22 10:16AM

Torturers are often all around us A22 7:30AM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2003 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