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May Day in LA!

For May 1st, 2012 Occupy Los Angeles is organizing around a “4 Winds” People’s Power Car and Bike Caravan through the urban sprawl of Los Angeles that will culminate in Direct Action in and around the Financial District of downtown LA. People from all sectors of the city will have a chance to plug in to the routes from any corner of the city, helping to shut down the flow of capital while addressing the 99%’s major grievances.

These 4 caravans, beginning in the late morning, coming from the North, South, East & West, will be an amalgam of cars and bikes, occupiers and unions, community organizations and organic communities — taking over our streets on routes designed to bring to light to societies ills, past and present, and engaging with residents and workers as we connect the disparate voices, races, classes and nationalities that make up Los Angeles. The caravans will stop at flashpoints along the way. Flash occupations, food giveaways, and other direct actions targeting the foreclosure crisis and police brutality will be undertaken at these flashpoints on our slow, city-paralyzing, carnival-esque descent into the center of the city.

The convergence point at 6th & Main streets, at 2:30 PM, will have the People’s Print Lab, the Welcome Tent, the Wellness Tent and will be focused on shining light on LA’s homeless issues, feeding the people of Skid Row and raising awareness of social and economic inequality, including the brutally ineffective Safer Cities Initiative that criminalizes the homeless population while doing absolutely nothing to change the systemic problems that make LA the homeless capital of the country. At 3 PM, we will mobilize direct actions in the financial district of downtown LA.

The West Wind: Rally:

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10 AM — Wilshire & Ocean

Caravan begins: 10:30 AM

1st Flashpoint: 11:30 AM — Wilshire and Federal (Veterans Affairs, Federal Building, UCLA)

2nd Flashpoint: 12 PM — Rodeo Dr & Santa Monica Bl.(Beverly Hills)

3rd Flashpoint: 12:30 PM — Wilshire & Labrea (Bank of America)

4th Flashpoint: 1:30 PM — 6th St & Alvarado (MacArthur Park)

March to Convergence: 2 – 2:30 PM 6th St & Main St (border of Skid Row)

The East Wind:

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10:00am: Gather at Chavez/Atlantic, Hold speak out and discussion on Police brutality in the community.  10:50–Walking Procession Past ELAC to Belvedere Park where we Mount Vehicles

11:30am: Depart from Belvedere Park in Cars/Bikes/Trucks and proceed along Chavez to Obregon Park (Making a loop past Esteban Torres High School)

12:00 – 12:30pm: Education Speak-Out/Discussion at Obregon Park

12:30pm: Depart along 1st street to the West heading to Mariachi Plaza

1pm – 1:30pm: Mariachi Plaza–Drop off People, parks cars on street–Rally/discussion on Healthcare–

1:30pm: Load onto Metro (Bikers probably will head via streets) to Union Station

1:50: Gather at Park across from Union Station/Placita Olvera, Marcha to 6th and Main Convergence point by 2:30pm

The South Wind Rally:

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10 AM — CSU Dominguez Hills

Caravan begins: 10:30 AM

1st Flashpoint: 11:15 AM — 112th & Central (near Maxine Waters Employment Prep Center)

2nd Flashpoint: 11:45 AM — 103rd & Central (Ted Watkins Park)

3rd Flashpoint: 12:30 PM — 41st & Central (historic BPP shootout w/ LAPD)

4th Flashpoint: 1:30 PM — Figueroa & Washington Bl (LA Trade Tech)

Park & March to Convergence: 1:45-2:30 PM 6th St & Main St (border of Skid Row)

North Wind Rally:

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7AM – Panorama High School

8AM-9AM – Hermandad Mexicana (7915 Van Nuys Blvd.)

11AM – Van Nuys Civic Center

12:30PM – Orange Line (Van Nuys & Oxnard)

1:45PM – Placita Olvera

2:30PM – 6th & Main

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