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Fusion Center National Day of Action Norwalk, CA

lapd-spyingToday over a hundred activists, many youth, gathered outside the Los Angeles Fusion Center to protest, as a day of national action against spying done on the people by the police. This is not just an “activist problem”. Students, artists, tourists, and every day people are having “Suspicious Activities Reports (SARs) filed against them for taking pictures, drawing local landmarks, taking videos, walking, doing pretty much anything, or acting in any way an officer may “using his or her judgement” deem “Suspicious”. An alarming number of these SARs are being filed against people of color, specifically targeting the black community.

The follow is video I shot today, from the protest, including speakers and skits. Please share these videos, inform yourself, and every one you come into contact with, about how your rights are violated by those whose jobs are supposedly “To Serve and Protect”. We all know that means capitalism, not the people.

Hours after this protest I learned LASD shot an innocent unarmed man who was trying to help a wounded neighbor out,  and wonder to myself how much more has to happen before more wake up to what the real dangers in the street are. THE POLICE!

To learn more, and to find out how you can get involved go to www.stopLAPDspying.org

And visit them on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/stoplapdspying


Chinatown Wal-Mart Strike and Civil Disobedience

Today I attended the Chinatown Wal-Mart strike here in Los Angeles. This was far from the first civil disobedience I have filmed or witnessed in person, but today’s “show” was by far the most memorable. The reasons are not those which you may assume.

Todays civil disobedience involved not only striking Wal-Mart employees but union members from the local teamsters union, the clean car wash campaign, and others.

This was the largest civil disobedience in Wal-Marts 51 year history. It was also by far the greatest “show of force” at a planned CD, by LAPD.

54 people getting arrested, we expect 2 cops for each person, as that is how LAPD tends to roll, no one expected the 200+ officers that showed up in tactical gear, with extra long batons, tear gas, and “less lethal rounds”.

Before the police moved in to make their arrests, two lines, of about 20 officers each came and lined both sides of the street, guns ready. I wondered to myself if the police forgot they were working with the union, and this was a peaceful CD, with no locks or devices.

What the hell made them show this kind of force?

I was unable to stream. When I arrived there, I spent 15 minutes trying to log onto ustream. It kept telling me it couldnt make a connection, so I filmed with my cell, and took photos instead. When the police truck left, ustream suddenly worked again.  This is far from the first time this has happened at a place where I know I have reception, and should have no issue streaming.

You can tell me all you want the LAPD can’t block data and I will tell you, you are completely wrong. The LAPD uses a device called the “STINGRAY” which effectively disturbs transmissions by intercepting them. So if you used your cell at the protest today, LAPD knows who you called, and how long you spoke, and could have listened in, or even read your text messages.
While I filmed, I uploaded to Youtube as I clipped it, which for the size of the clips, should have taken moments, but took much much longer. This is another sign they are messing with data networks, which is ILLEGAL. Wiretapping laws, and FCC rules are supposed to protect us from this.

So what was this show of force by LAPD supposed to do? Intimidate people on behalf of Wal-Mart? Because that is certainly what it felt like.

So here are my videos and photos from the protest! Enjoy!

Power of the people:

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“Activist” Threatens Me With The Police

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So how exactly am I supposed to deal with this?
Not sure what to say… so here are my feelings in memes.

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Violent arrests, less lethal rounds, and teargas, in response to sidewalk chalk!

 

 

Words can’t even explain what down town Los Angeles was subjected to last night. It all started with some sidewalk chalk.

Prior to artwalk we had has 11 arrests in two weeks for chalking, and near 20 in the past month. Last night there were 11 arrests for chalking. The only person arrested from occupy was the first person who was arrested for chalking.

LAPD responded to the chalk with 60+ officers. Some people who were arrested for chalking last night did it in spite of watching others get grabbed around them. They were not occupiers, but they could see the tyranny and were not going to stand for it.

As the arrests grew, so did the police presence. As the police presence grew so did the crowd around them of angry bystanders who had seen people being arrested for chalking on the sidewalk, or who had themselves been shoved by the very aggressive police.

The main stream media is blaming occupy, saying LAPD was standing off with occupiers. That is false. In fact, many occupiers left after the first arrest, and headed to a fund raiser we were holding nearby. The people who were attacked by LAPD at artwalk were just the residents and visitors of Los Angeles.

Around 9:40 PM LAPD mobilized around 150 officers at 5th and Spring Streets. By then there were only a few occupiers, mostly media such as myself, and hundreds of angry LA residents. When the police mobilized so did the people, and they took the street. My estimate is the crowd was about 1200-1500 people. The police then violently arrested a small woman who dared to chalk a stick figure on the sidewalk. When the crowd saw this, they reacted.

Shots were fired, 40mm foam grenades, pepperspray rounds, and teargas, as they split the crowd in 3 to drive us away. Most of the people dispersed. Quite a few were injured by batons, and less lethal rounds. When I left there were maybe 20 people standing off with police, and about 100-200 in the bars, or watching from windows and balconies.

The entire scene was surreal. And it all started over washable sidewalk chalk. The most ironic part is there was light rain, and the chalk was washing away before the arrestees were even booked.

To watch what happened visit my ustream: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/savagetruth it is in parts, as the police seemed to be using signal jamming technology as well.

Don’t believe or spread the lies main stream media are telling. Let the truth be known, that we live in a fascist police state, and we need to stand up for our rights before we have none at all.


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