Occupy LA One Week Anniversary: Festival Against the Machine
Saturday marked the one week anniversary of Occupy LA, to celebrate festive live music and cake. People made screened tee shirts, painted, talked, danced and wandered about the Occupy LA encampment, dropped off donated goods, shared fruit from their trees. Bands played all day and special guest Tom Morello delivered a spirited set and stayed to chat with Occupiers.
There were over 2,000 people strolling through the park as well as close to 400 campers. The 9-11 Truthers, LaRouchettes, Revolutionary Communist Party, Ron Paul-bots, and End the Feds joined in, passing out their information, while the bacon wrapped hot dogs sizzled on the sidewalks outside the park.
Also present, the Oath Keepers, a group of men and women–retired and current law enforcement, military and other peace officers who feel their duty is to the people and the constitution, and that the rights of the citizens come before orders from their commanding officer. As one told me
If your given the order to crack heads on a peaceful assembly, you don’t. We are sworn to uphold the Constitution, not to blindly follow orders.
Photos 1, 2 and video: Tyler Wysocki