The Occupy L.A. camp at City Hall in Los Angeles is in its 30th consecutive peaceful day. I moved my tent to City Hall where I'll be blogging, uploading images and video on Pavementseries.com and other sites daily.
The Occupation is a 24-hour movement. Nights are long and loud, a decidedly tribal soundscape where drumming, singing, enthusiastic conversation competes and simultaneous sounds of solidarity and heckling from passing cars. Mornings come early with a bullhorn invitation to rally the cause.
There are no mirrors at Occupy L.A. The city has provided no showers or bathrooms facilities beyond a small cluster of filthy port-a-potties. There are no certified medical facilities. Beyond a calculated, subtle police presence the only trace of LA City is a large white building. Anonymous donors provide all food, water, media tent and sound system.
Today poet/actor/activist, Michael O'Keefe and wife Emily Donohoe came by my tent. A fixture at Occupy Wall Street, O'Keefe is decidedly articulate on the movement, specifically the cohesion of message, and the potential for the future and the intention behind the mischaracterization of the protesters by the media. O'Keefe was one of the few identifiable faces in the crowd, begging the question, when will Hollywood Occupy LA?
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