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Chalking & the Disruption of Business as Usual in DTLA:

Chalking & the Disruption of Business as Usual in DTLA: It has never been about the sidewalk chalk on the sidewalks, that’s a simplified interpretation of a more sinister picture.

It has never been about the sidewalk chalk on the sidewalks. That’s a simplified interpretation of a more sinister picture, a dumbing-down of a tug-of-war between the State and dissent. 

Last October, OccupyLA camped with City Council approval, and a council member said the protesters “could stay as long as they liked”. Chalk was everywhere then. It was “allowed” at City Hall last Fall because the messaging was contained around a dead fixture of “democracy”, where anyone present was already interested in an alternative. In a sense, it was a “Free Speech Zone”. 

And we know what a “Free Speech Zone” really is: containment of dissent. Putting contrarians in a sometimes literal box, far from the action. Ironically, City Hall was as far from the action in Los Angeles politics and life as you could get. 

When occupiers began laying siege to the Central City Association, that’s when suddenly chalk was worth riot cops, hysteria, Mayoral quotes, and Chief of Police statements. Over chalk? NOPE. The Central City Association is a microcosm of the 1% and Wall Street, the bridge between money and politics here in our town. So, suddenly the chalking mattered. It mattered not because of the heinous graffiti that washed away in mere seconds, but because our target mattered. 

When analyzing this marriage with corporation and government, the violence of the state is usually a good indicator of dissent’s efficacy. What did we see when we followed the money that is donated to every single council member in City Hall? Suddenly we saw police directly following the orders of those men in suits, those men really running the show. We saw arrests and trumped up charges and brutalization for a child’s plaything. 

But it wasn’t about chalk. It was over stifling what the people were WRITING on the public sidewalk. It was over content. Content like the names of all the Black Panthers murdered by the LAPD: ARRESTED! Or writing out directions and meeting times to the general assembly meeting at Pershing Square: ARRESTED! Or daring to write about the banks’ crimes (ARRESTED!) the politicians’ criminal participation (ARRESTED!), or even “Happy Birthday” messages to comrades… building solidarity? Arrested! 

This is because the CCA has a plan to further criminalize, “Intelligence-based graffiti” and they purchase whoever holds the Mayor’s office, City Council, and LAPD. To expose the ever-present fascism all around town is far more dangerous than scrawling, “Peace, Love, and Evolution!” around City Hall. That was not threatening to those in power… but chalking truth to the masses, damning capitalism in pastels all over the city - that poses a real threat. 

So we have chalk solidarity around this nation-state and around the world. We have LAPD firing “less-lethal” projectiles into crowds, we have police around Amerika brutalizing and arresting people because this IS NOT ABOUT CHALK. 

This is about disrupting the status quo. This is about the oligarchs in this City so TERRIFIED of the people rising up that they apply the ‘broken windows’ theory to the First Amendment. For chalk is a bolder reclamation of space than holding a sign. It is an indicator of defiance and of claiming of haggard black asphalt. 

This is a battle of classes, manifested within a quick-dissolve artist’s canvas. It not about chalk - it’s about who controls the streets: the Authorities or the People. It’s about who gets to display their ideas in public: those that PAY MONEY or the People.

Fort Hernandez- the people will not be evicted

After 4 years of battling the banks, our comrade Ulises Hernandez and his family have been served a five day notice to vacate their home. The notice was received on Tuesday, August 21st and the final eviction date was Sunday, August 26th.

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The Hernandez house has served as a home to not only the 9 people living there (4 small children included), but also as a home to Occupy San Fernando Valley. It is where our garden was born, art has been made and where we have grown to love each other like family.

Banks scammed millions of Americans into subprime mortgages while betting to profit on their foreclosures. In 2008 the banks got bailed out and we’re still getting sold out! There is no relief for struggling homeowners- meanwhile bank CEOs become even more wealthy and more powerful.

The Hernandez family has taken a stand, barricaded #FortHernandez and are being supported by a radical coalition of familia, occupiers, activists and community members. We intend to peacefully resist until Bank of Ameica negotiates in good faith, or the Sheriffs come. 

We can’t turn to the elected officials, to the courts, or to the police for justice; we turn to the PEOPLE instead. Your support is the only reason the Hernandez family remains safe and housed. Please support us!

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The action taking place at the Hernandez family home is in response to the failure of official institutions and power holders to uphold public trust and values. The Hernandez family and their supporters are wiling to risk arrest and defend their human right to housing to fight the key weapons of the status quo which continually seek to make its opponents feel powerless. 

This defense of the Hernandez home, by barricading the home against the intrusion of officials, is a clear expression of the power of the people whose role is to establish a counter-force against power holders and organize with those who are losing their own homes through deceitful and predatory business practices by the banks and mortgage institutions.

The OSFV action is designed to not only defend the Hernandez home but, to build opposition to the fraudulent taking/stealing of people’s homes by Bank Of America and other banking and mortgage institutions. It also has as its goal to build community opposition and organization that will possess the requisite capacity to wage real struggle that will defeat similar attempts to deprive others of their homes by the banks.

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AS OUR SUPPORT GROWS, SO DOES THE BARRICADE!
EVICTION BBQ / Going Away BBQ with Occupiers

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After 4 years of battling the banks, our comrade Ulises Hernandez and his family have been served a five day notice to vacate their home. The notice was received on Tuesday, August 21st and the final eviction date is Sunday, August 26th.

The Hernandez house has served as a home to not only the 9 people living there (4 small children included), but also as a home to Occupy San Fernando Valley. It is where our garden was born, art has been made and where we have grown to love each other like family. We can’

t possibly vacate the home without having a going away party.

BRING YOUR OWN TENT AND A PLATE OF FOOD. This is a BBQ Potluck. All are invited. The more the merrier. After all, it is an Occuparty! 

THERE WILL ALSO BE OPPORTUNITIES FOR HOME DEFENSE. PLEASE SUPPORT THE GROWING RESISTANCE. AN INJURY TO ONE OF US IS AN INJURY TO ALL OF US.

http://www.facebook.com/events/237188586403425/