LA Times-What Legacy Was Left From Occupy LA?
Long time lizards will remember Occupy as a topic around here and a few of us tried to document those days as best we could. Lawhawk had some great posts as did others. When Occupy LA started in my own back yard I grabbed my camera gear, Dragon_Lady and sometimes Leftwingconspirator. One result can be found here.
We also did this Page (one of several)
Sadly Occupy LA did end with the proverbial whimper, despite high hopes. In the last days it had lost what shreds of focus it had ever possessed and become a victim of it’s own kindness by way of attempting to help the homeless on site. We had documented that as well, that footage is saved for a full documentary I hope to do one day.
The article points out that the legacy goes beyond the shortcomings and lack of a lasting presence. Occupy left us with a stronger cause for social justice, a superior understanding of economic inequality as it happened to us. It did change LA politics. It (in part) taught LAPD significant restraint, and enforced 1st Amendment protections, and that’s big. Just ask the people of Ferguson.
Remember this moment? Eric Garcetti (when he was L.A. City Council president) walked out to the lawn in front of City Hall and proclaimed to a sea of tent dwellers: “Stay as long as you need, we’re here to support you.”
It was three years ago last Saturday that Garcetti uttered those words to the denizens of Occupy LA. In the weeks after that, Antonio Villaraigosa, then the mayor, passed out 100 ponchos to rain-soaked occupiers. The City Council considered canceling the city’s business agreements with socially suspect banks, resurrecting then-Councilman Richard Alarcon’s responsible banking proposal. When the city administrative officer, Miguel Santana, told the council that such a move could cost the city millions of dollars in fees, Alarcon scoffed that he was “out of sync with the social dynamic.”