- js reader version
- email this article
- view hidden posts
- tags and related articles
Monday, Oct. 17, 2011 at 5:34 AM
October 16, 2011
RIVERSIDE (California) - After an event-filled launch of the occupation of Riverside timed to coincide with Saturday's international day of action, just under 100 people of conscience successfully held the pedestrian walkway of the downtown mall, despite police threats of arrest for those determined to sleep in the public thoroughfare.
100_8740.jpg, image/jpeg, 4000x3000
Preparatory committees began arriving and setting up infrastructure at about 11 Saturday, and crowds began arriving at noon. By 12:PM, approximately 400 occupiers had gathered and began announcing the occupation to passersby with signs and chants. Soon, the inevitable spontaneous marches began, but they had returned in time for a 1:PM orientation. Homeland Security sent two trucks labeled "Federal Preventive Services," whose heavily-equipped members photographed and otherwise attempted to intimidate the nonviolent crowd.
At two, Hannah led a politically-conscious yoga workshop that drew about 15 participants, followed by the legal team's know your rights workshop with Q&A at 2:30. Spontaneous marches continued, and the final teach-in centered around "Economics & Power." Facilitator Kevin emphasized the fundamental economic problem of the appropriation of the surplus value of toilers by their exploiters in the 1%.
At 6:PM the facilitation committee met to finalize the agenda for the general assembly and choose roles for the evening, and at 7, all present convened to make collective decisions as a body. There were between 400-500 present!
During the GA, Food Not Bombs served salad, pasta, rice, yams, beans, potato salad, and other side dishes to grateful participants.
Shortly after the GA, local band Inner Prisms entertained and many political discussions took place.
The tensest moment of the night came at about 11:30, when police came in to "negotiate" with occupiers. They had demanded that nobody set up tents, use sleeping bags, or sleep in the plaza. Nonetheless, defiant revolters had done precisely that, prompting the police incursion. Cops soon realized that creating problem would not behoove them, and retreated for the night.
Sunshine roused us at about 8, and volunteers dropped off coffee and donuts. A schedule for Sunday was posted, listing workshops, committee meetings, outreach opportunities, actions and the general assembly.
The revolution continues.
Report this post as:
Public art project aspires to save California
Songwriter, Author, Philanthropist P F Sloan Died On Nov 16
A Plea For Support From Will B
10 Shocking Realities of the TPP
KPFK needs your VOTE ! or lose it.
CLASS ACTION SUIT CONTINUES: RONALD L. HAVNER JR's PREDATORY BUSINESS, PUBLIC STORAGE
KPFK is losing and reducing it's main programmers, so can Fresh ones emerge there instead?
Fall 2015 National Immigrant Solidarity Network Monthly News Alert!
A master-plan is needed to support renter protections in Northern California, & elsewhere
KPFK Updating: a coup? or failure? or....
Kapparot Chicken Slaughter Causes Outrage: Activists Demand Change
Update on WHAT IS HAPPENING AT KPFK and what can be done & elections
A Letter (sent) to L.A. Slut Walk
Protesters Enact Symbolic "Die In" to Unwelcome Narendra Modi to Silicon Valley
More Local News...
Parangon d'une grande infestation
The Shortwave Report 11/27/15 Listen Globally!
An humble opinion
Activistas de los Derechos Humanos Unen Fuerzas en Honor al Derecho a la Democracia
VIDEO: What "Orwellian" Really Means
US Forces South Africa To Import Sick Birds
Presidential Candidates Criticize Pfizer Merger
Turkey's Downing of a Russian Fighter Jet Moves the Doomsday Clock Very Close to Midnight
NATO is harboring the Islamic State
Paraphysique de l'Etat d'urgence
Casino Capitalism and Profit Maximization
Democracy Now, Military Times, Guardian Articles On Soldiers Refusing To Drop Drones etc
First Amendment Under Covert Attack
Insanity of the police/fbi community
No to Racism and War!
(A-Radio) Northern Europe 1: Musta Pispala festival in Finland
Paranoïa ou la vérité d'une société
Wicked fbi and their mischievous police friends
“None Dare Call It Conspiracy:” How U.S. Elites Made Islamist Militants the New Red Menace
Monsanto Patenting World's Seeds, Controlling World's Food, Causing Cancer, Killing Bees,
Indigenous Hispanic areas also Economic Rights US
Paraphysique de l'hybris pirocratie
The Shortwave Report 11/20/15 Listen Globally!
(A-Radio) Eastern Europe 5: Anarchist Black Cross Warsaw
Paraphysique de lapalissade
Paris Attacks - Bourgeois Terrorism
Declarations of Independence
(A-Radio) La FAGC y la comunidad de La Esperanza - un proyecto de vivienda anarquista
More Breaking News...