Yesterday’s march on Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) by about 100 or so teachers started at Occupy LA.  They were joined there by a few dozen LA Occupiers, and together they marched about a mile up the road to the LAUSD headquarters for a press conference. Teachers then camped out at LAUSD.

At 11 pm last night I got a note from a friend who had heard that the police were

intimidating and harrassing

the occupying teachers.  (those verbs are highly subjective, btw). Today my friend sent me this:

Marcy Winograd, a laid-off teacher who was one of the organizers of the march yesterday, wrote this five hours ago in response to my posting that urgent message on her wall:

“I just spoke with Jose Lara, an organizer of OccupyLAUSD, and he had this to report: At approx. 11 pm LAPD – about a dozen officers – backed down on demands that protesting teachers camping out in front of LAUSD remove their tents. This after 100 OccupyLA protestors responded to the teachers’ call for help and marched over to district offices on Beaudry, about a mile away from LA City Hall, to stand with the teachers. Police and protesting teachers agreed the tents would be moved and confined to the corners surrounding the Beaudry building.”

The Los Angeles Police Department is showing a good deal of understanding and respect for the spirit of law. And Occupy LA is showing solidarity with other groups, and not resorting to disruptive tactics.

Lisa Derrick

Lisa Derrick

Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland's most popular radio broadcasts.

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