L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa and LAPD Chief Beck announced on Friday that Occupy Los Angeles will be dismantled, and gave a deadline of 12:01 AM Monday morning, November 28th, for occupiers to leave.
Occupy LA (OLA) has posted this response on their website [occupylosangeles.org], which is a re-post of their October 26th, 2011 statement: "As for a time stamp on our departure, there is none; we are resolved to continue our peaceful occupation..Occupiers across America are bravely and against great odds and obstacles exercising the right to have their voices heard in a public forum; we stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters around this nation and around the globe."
4th and Figueroa, November 17th, OLA
Earlier, on Wed., Nov. 23th, the OLA General Assembly (GA) passed with full consensus the following in part: "As a collective, Occupy Los Angeles would like to express their rejection of the City of Los Angeles' alleged proposal that we leave City Hall by November 28th, 2011, in exchange for an apparently now rescinded offer of a 10,000 square foot building, farmland and 100 SRO beds for the homeless." At that GA they also renamed City Hall Park, SOLIDARITY PARK.
A call has gone out on Occupy LA's Facebook for an"Eviction Block Party" from 11:30 pm on Sunday, Nov. 27thto 5:00 am Monday morning. They recommend coming down early, as the LAPD is reportedly planning to shut down the streets surrounding City Hall. A protest is also called for 11:00 pm Sunday evening.
We recommend: Received in an email from Michael Slate:
Sun., Nov. 27th, 2 pm - Michael Slate at Occupy LA, west steps of City Hall, Spring St. side:
The Occupy movement has been a fresh wind of resistance sweeping across the US: something very important in society, that has accomplished many things, including beginning to puncture the myth that this intolerable world is all that's possible.
Join us for a presentation and discussion with Michael Slate
Michael Slate is a revolutionary communist, writer forRevolution, and radio host on KPFK 90.7 FM. He'll be talking about the important questions posed at this most critical juncture, including what the Occupy movement has accomplished so far, and what it's going to take to get to the world we need.
The national Occupy movement is at a crossroads that will require determination and creative strategies to build on and broaden, while deepening the movement's stand against the whole way that capitalism is destroying people and the planet.If there were ever a time to dig intothese questions, it's now.
Occupy Wall Street, NYC
Listen to Michael Slate's recent KPFK interview on with Andy Zee, writer for Revolution newspaper and spokesperson for Revolution Books NYC, on the Occupy Everywhere movement, and the big questions that are up in the wake of nationwide attacks on the movement [here]. See Andy's latest article atrevcom.us[here]. And read A Reflection on the Occupy Movement: An Inspiring Beginning...and the Need to Go Further, by Bob Avakian [here].
First of a Two-Part Discussion at Revolution Books
Sunday, Nov. 27th, 3 PM
Re-envisioning Revolution and Communism:
WhatIsBob Avakian's New Synthesis?
(Text of a speech given in various cities in Spring, 2008)
ON A PLANET WHERE OVER A BILLION PEOPLE LIVE ON LESS THAN $2 A DAY, FACING THE PROSPECT OF STARVATION... where the lives of millions of children are cut short by curable diseases... where brutal wars grind on in Iraq and Afghanistan and hellholes like Guantánamo stay "open for business"...where nooses spring up like weeds, immigrants are hunted and the availability of abortion is rapidly disappearing...where youth are treated as either criminals or commodities...and where all this is totally UNNECESSARY - the world badly needs revolution.
Revolutionary state power will set about ending these horrors and meeting the pressing needs of the people. But a truly emancipatory socialism must do more than that. It must lay the basis, and take concrete steps, toward a society where people consciously change the world and themselves, in a society of freely associating human beings and where the need for any kind of state has been surpassed.
In that light, Bob Avakian has done path-breaking work to go beyond even the best of the previous socialist societies and re-envisioned a socialism that is both visionary and viable. His "new synthesis" has tackled a whole realm of questions...[read on]
Read the speech[here]or listen to the CD (available at the bookstore), and bring your questions and thoughts. We'll focus on first 2 parts in this discussion. For a shorter, concentrated presentation of the new synthesis read part 4, "The New Challenges,
The New Synthesis" in Communism: The Beginning of a New Stage[here].