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May Day 2014: Los Angeles Takes the Streets for a Global Spring

by Jessica Lux Sunday, May. 04, 2014 at 9:08 AM

United with the Million Mask Mayday L.A. and Wave of Action Los Angeles, members of Occupy Fights Foreclosures and Occupy Los Angeles marched from Pershing Square to join several #MayDay2014 marches for workers’ rights, immigrants’ rights, and the freedom and sovereignty of the 99% worldwide. Outside Wells Fargo and Bank of America on May 1, 2014, outraged citizens protested bank crimes, fraud-closures, and ongoing corruption of the big banks.

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LOS ANGELES, CA – In solidarity with workers of the world, Los Angelenos took to the streets on Thursday, May 1, 2014, to demand human rights for the global 99%. In addition to permitted marches scheduled by 501(c) charities and labor unions, autonomous grassroots protests sprouted up throughout downtown L.A.

In the morning, supporters of Wave of Action Los Angeles and Occupy Los Angeles joined the Million Mask March in Pershing Square. A project called “Painted Anonymity” offered free all-natural face painting to anyone who wanted to march without a paper, plastic, or cloth mask. The artist explained that the geometric designs protect the anonymity of those who desire to resist facial recognition technology, which “poses a threat to privacy as it is frequently used on people without their knowledge or consent. Painted Anonymity is a peaceful expression of resistance to that invasion of privacy.”

“We also believe the application of face paint prior to a protest rally is ceremonial,” the founder of Painted Anonymity continued, “putting us in touch with the kind of rituals our ancestors engaged in when seeking strength, courage, and protection.”

Dozens of Anonymous masks dotted Pershing Square while Occupy Los Angeles held a “Really Really Free Market” to distribute free clothing and bedding. Police presence outnumbered civilians, with squads of 8-10 police officers on bikes on all the sidewalks surrounding Pershing Square. LAPD officers on foot and private security closely monitored all activity in the square, inquiring about permits for early arrivals who set up lawn chairs and an umbrella for sun protection. All street parking spots were occupied by squad cars or marked off with temporary “no parking” signs.

Shortly after noon, the Million Mask Mayday L.A. marched to Bank of America for #opDAB “Dance Against Banks” at the corporate bank plaza on Hope St.Bank of America declined the invitation to dance with Anonymous and Occupy by fencing off their plaza and stationing security and staff to check the credentials of anyone entering the square.

Dozens of marchers lined the sidewalks with banners reading “Fraud = BoA business model,” and “BoA: Bad for America.” Nowhere Man walked through the crowd twirling his iconic “Imagine Fairness” sign while outraged citizens used megaphones and a public address system to list the corporate crimes of Bank of America. Police on motorcycles, bicycles, and in vehicles patrolled the street.

Boisterously bearing balloons and banners, the assembled crowd next marched to #StopWells Fargo at their Olympic & Figueroa branch. As announced at the call to action by Occupy Fights Foreclosures (OFF) at the Occupy Los Angeles (OLA) General Assembly (GA) on April 23, “If we do not keep taking to the streets, the big banks will be able to convince everybody that things are just fine. It is important to keep the pressure on and let the banksters know we haven’t forgotten their crimes against the people!”

Occupy Fights Foreclosures revealed that in California, people are outraged that a mere $400 million of the nearly $2 billion “Keep Your Home California” federal stimulus funds have been distributed to help homeowners since the program was launched in 2010. Occupy Fights Foreclosures announced, “We must impress upon Wells Fargo that it would be better to work with their customers than hide from them. Let’s tell them we are tired of their shady business practices! Customers are supposed to be served, not strip-mined.”

In national news this week, Wells Fargo held their annual shareholders general meeting under heavy security at a secluded San Antonio resort. Annual meetings have become a game of cat and mouse as the elite try to dodge the scrutiny of the majority. In downtown Los Angeles, the branch was closed off by a wall of LAPD officers in advance of the arrival of the march. Marchers occupied the entire sidewalk at Figueroa and Olympic with a gigantic red banner reading “We’re Felons” in the style of the bank’s logo. An 8-ft. tall papier-mâché banker with million dollar bills in his hands leered gleefully alongside a replica stolen home as traffic passed on Figueroa Blvd.

After a sage ceremony, Danza Azteca kicked off the Wells Fargo round of dancing against banks. Passionate current and former homeowners addressed the crowd about bank and police state overreach. Occupy demands delivered to 20 Wells Fargo locations around the country this week included: stop all foreclosures and evictions, provide reasonable loan modifications that include principal reduction, and stop employing tactics to mislead, harass, and intimidate homeowners.

As the sun peaked in the afternoon, the dancing continued down the block to join the Southern California Immigrants Rights Coalition (SCIC) march at Olympic & Broadway. En route, the human wave of action paused at the Los Angeles office of the Federal Reserve Bank for a stimulating teach-in. Chants of “Stop the deportation NOW!” and “Fund Jobs, Not War!” filled the air as the May First March traveled up Broadway. A large red banner reading “Alta a las Redadas / Stop the Raids!” spanned the street. A bright yellow flag sported the Albert Einstein quote, “The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.”

On Thursday afternoon in MacArthur Park, Revolutionary Autonomous Communities (RAC-LA) held a 7th anniversary picnic to commemorate the founding of the organization in response to the police riot on May Day 2007. Residents of the area reported an alarmingly strong police presence in the morning, and officers mounted on horseback intimidated the picnic attendees.

Another march for labor and immigrant rights was held in the early morning from Chinatown to the Federal Detention Center. Billed as “Mayday 4 All,” the morning march included thousands of supporters from organized labor. Handmade signs at #Mayday4All read “End Wage Slavery” and “We the People Demand Real Democracy.”

Celebrating solidarity between Occupy, Anon, Wave of Action, and the 99% everywhere!
Los Angeles People’s Media, May 2014

Occupy Los Angeles General Assembly (OLA GA)
Wed 7:30 PM
South steps of Los Angeles City Hall

Occupy Venice General Assembly (OV GA)
Monday 8 PM
Beyond Baroque 681 Venice Blvd. Venice 90291

Occupy Fights Foreclosures meets
Tue 7-9 PM (Spanish)
Thu 7-9 PM
Sun 2-4 PM
Denny’s 530 Ramirez St. Los Angeles 90012
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Dozens of supporters gathered to Dance Against Banks on May Day in Los Angeles.

by Jessica Lux Sunday, May. 04, 2014 at 9:08 AM

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Friends from Occupy Los Angeles, Occupy Fights Foreclosures, Occupy Venice, and more gathered to Dance Against Banks outside Bank of America, May 1, 2014. Photo by L.A. People’s Media.
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#PaintedAnonymity in Pershing Square, Los Angeles, May 1, 2014

by Jessica Lux Sunday, May. 04, 2014 at 9:08 AM

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“Painted Anonymity” offered free all-natural face painting to anyone who wanted to march without wearing a paper, plastic, or cloth mask. The geometric designs protect the anonymity of those who desire to resist facial recognition technology, which poses a threat to privacy as it is frequently used on people without their knowledge or consent. Painted Anonymity is a peaceful expression of resistance to that invasion of privacy. Photo for #MayDay2014 by @PMBeers.
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Million Mask Mayday L.A. March on May 1, 2014

by Jessica Lux Sunday, May. 04, 2014 at 9:08 AM

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Million Mask Mayday L.A. marches from Pershing Square to Bank of America in downtown Los Angeles. Photo for #MayDay2014 #OccupyLA #WaveOfAction by M.C.
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Strong Police Presence at Dance Against Banks and Million Mask Mayday L.A.

by Jessica Lux Sunday, May. 04, 2014 at 9:08 AM

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Million Mask Mayday L.A. marched from Pershing Square to Bank of America in downtown Los Angeles to #opDAB Dance Against Banks, only to find that BofA had declined the offer by fencing off their entire corporate plaza. Photo for #MayDay2014 #OccupyLA #WaveOfAction by M.C.
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Nowhere Man at May Day Dance Against Banks, Los Angeles, 2014

by Jessica Lux Sunday, May. 04, 2014 at 9:08 AM

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Bank of America declined the invitation to dance with Anonymous and Occupy by fencing off their plaza and stationing security and staff to check the credentials of anyone entering the square. Nowhere Man walked through the crowd twirling his iconic “Imagine Fairness” sign while outraged citizens used megaphones and a public address system to list the corporate crimes of Bank of America. Photo by D.D. for #MayDay2014
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Occupy Fights Foreclosures #StopWellsFargo #MayDay2014

by Jessica Lux Sunday, May. 04, 2014 at 9:08 AM

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As announced at the Occupy Los Angeles General Assembly on April 23, “If we do not keep taking to the streets, the big banks will be able to convince everybody that things are just fine. We make the banksters uncomfortable when we show up on their doorstep, and it is important to keep the pressure on and let them know we haven’t forgotten their crimes against the people!” Photo on #MayDay2014 by M.C.
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Occupy Fights Foreclosures #StopWellsFargo #MayDay2014

by Jessica Lux Sunday, May. 04, 2014 at 9:08 AM

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Occupy Fights Foreclosures revealed that in California, people are outraged at the mere $400 million of the nearly $2 billion “Keep Your Home California” federal stimulus funds which have been distributed help homeowners since the program was launched in 2010. Occupy Fights Foreclosures announced, “We must impress upon Wells Fargo that it would be better to work with their customers than hide from them. Let’s tell them we are tired of their shady business practices! Customers are supposed to be served, not strip-mined.”
Photo on #MayDay2014 by M.C.
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Occupy Fights Foreclosures marches from #StopWellsFargo to Southern California Immigration

by Jessica Lux Sunday, May. 04, 2014 at 9:08 AM

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After a sage ceremony, Danza Azteca kicked off the Wells Fargo round of dancing against banks. Passionate current and former homeowners addressed the crowd about bank and police state overreach. Occupy demands delivered to 20 Wells Fargo locations around the country this week included: stop all foreclosures and evictions, provide reasonable loan modifications that include principal reduction, and stop employing tactics to mislead, harass, and intimidate homeowners.

As the sun peaked in the afternoon, the dancing continued down the block to join the Southern California Immigrants Rights Coalition (SCIC) march at Olympic & Broadway. En route, the human wave of action paused at the Los Angeles office of the Federal Reserve Bank for a stimulating teach-in.
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MayDay4All March on May 1, 2014

by Jessica Lux Sunday, May. 04, 2014 at 9:08 AM

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Another march for labor and immigrant rights was held in the early morning from Chinatown to the Federal Detention Center. Billed as “Mayday 4 All,” the morning march boasted thousands of supporters from organized labor.
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Defend Immigrants & Workers Rights May Day 2014 Los Angeles

by Jessica Lux Sunday, May. 04, 2014 at 9:08 AM

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Dancing continued down the block to join the Southern California Immigrants Rights Coalition march at Olympic & Broadway. Chants of “Stop the deportation NOW!” and “Fund Jobs, Not War!” filled the air as the May First March traveled down Broadway. One large red banner reading “Alta a las Redadas / Stop the Raids!” spanned the street. Photo for #MayDay2014 by Occupy Venice.
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Southern California Immigrants Rights Coalition march on Broadway in downtown Los Angeles

by Jessica Lux Sunday, May. 04, 2014 at 9:08 AM

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As the afternoon wore on, the dancing continued down the block to join the Southern California Immigrants Rights Coalition march at Olympic & Broadway. Chants of “Stop the deportation NOW!” and “Fund Jobs, Not War!” filled the air as the May First March traveled up Broadway. A large red banner reading “Alta a las Redadas / Stop the Raids!” spanned the street. A bright yellow flag sported the Albert Einstein quote, “The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.”
Photo for #MayDay2014 by Occupy Venice.
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Need to get Beyond Foreclosures

by nobody Wednesday, May. 07, 2014 at 12:21 AM

The foreclosure pipeline is going to run dry.

The new thing is real estate trusts buying up SFRs and apartment buildings. We're seeing consolidation in the rental business. This is going to be tougher on tenants.

Ideology needs to move away from a focus on "homeowners" to people living at home. A right to a home is more important than the right to hold title to a home (with a bank lien on it).

Ownership of anything, especially something natural like land, is subject to a social agreement that allows the land to be owned. If nobody agrees that land can be owned, new agreements must be made to allow people to occupy land, without constantly leading to conflict.

Home ownership is just the system that exists today. What's for the future?
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No Right to a home, moron

by Danny Friday, May. 09, 2014 at 12:05 PM

You don't have a right to a home you stupid son of a bitch. You have a right to pursue happiness along with life and liberty, but no right to school a home or anyother entitlement class shit you can dream up, fool.
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Danny smh

by nobody Monday, May. 12, 2014 at 3:43 AM

There is no right to a home, but there is a right to an education. That is a *right* in this state.

There also was this vague idea of a right to land - back when the country was expanding and stealing it from Indians, and then forcing sales from France and Mexico. That idea went away pretty quick after the natives were nearly genocided out of existence.

Your ignorance is compounded by your hostility. Get your fascist ass over to some impoverished country so you can live in something resembling your idea of what this country is about. What you think is right will turn this country into a third world hellhole of "haves" and "have nots".
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