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|By: bluewombat Saturday December 24, 2011 11:03 pm|
I don’t know how he got himself into this bind, but Rocky Anderson needs 103,000 Californians to register for the Justice Party by January 2 in order to appear on the 2012 Presidential ballot. For those serious about voting for a progressive alternative to Obama, Rocky is the man! More information here:
Home page for Anderson’s Justice Party here:
Theme song from Sylvester Stallone movie “Rocky” here:
Onward and upward (I hope)!
|By: bluewombat Tuesday October 25, 2011 3:25 am|
Since the beginning of Occupy Los Angeles, bluewombat has been engaging in drive-bys, not in the “Boyz ‘n’ the Hood” sense of the term, but in the more humanitarian sense of dropping off pizzas, toothbrushes, water bottles and rain ponchos in support and solidarity. At the adult school in downtown Los Angeles where he teaches English as a Second Language, bluewombat is also the informally designated go-to guy for Occupy Los Angeles: his colleagues know that if they want clothing, toiletries or other useful stuff dropped off at Occupy Los Angeles, then Bluewombat Express is the shipper of choice.
Until today, however, bluewombat had not been on the ground at Occupy Los Angeles. Feeling that it was time for that to change, he took an hour before going into work, from about 1 to 2 p.m., to walk around OLA and do a little color commentary for his fellow Firepups.
BW started on the north lawn of City Hall, which, as media-savvy people know, was the Daily Planet building in the Superman TV series of the 1950’s. He first came to the First Aid tent, where he lucked out by running into Jonathan (who has the same first name as bluewombat!). Twenty-one, good-natured and low-keyed, in a knit cap with a few small designs painted on his face and a red cross taped onto his shirt, he offered to serve as bluewombat’s guide to OLA.
Bluewombat approached Jonathan because he was wondering if, with the incredible density of tents, there were any health problems at OLA. BW asked this gingerly, because he didn’t want to sound as if he was repeating right-wing talking points, but nonetheless felt it was a reasonable question. Jonathan said that some people had gotten colds (of course, this is not a phenomenon unique to Occupy Los Angeles), but that on the whole, there hadn’t been a lot of problems. He then spontaneously offered to show bluewombat around.
|By: bluewombat Friday October 7, 2011 10:15 pm|
Interfaith Communities United for Justice & Peace organized a march and rally at the Federal Building in downtown Los Angeles today. The event’s culmination was civil disobedience, in which 14 people would refuse to leave the street in front of the Federal Bulding after the rally and, in all probability, get arrested. I was one of the 14.
This was my first civil disobedience, and I’m embarrassed to admit I was so nervous about it that two days ago, my back muscles in the middle of the left side started to spasm and I had to get an emergency massage the day before the rally.
We met at La Placita Church at Olvera Street at 8 a.m. Group members, who had met once before, talked about who they were and why they were doing it. There was an ecumenical service at the church, and then we marched.
We went north on Main Street, passing the “Occupy Los Angeles” encampment at City Hall. We turned west around City Hall on First Street, north on Spring Street, then east on Temple (completing the circle around City Hall), passing the full length of Occupy Los Angeles. It’s very densely studded with tents, and as much as I admire the spark and zeal of the OLA people, it’s been almost 40 years since I slept on the ground on college hiking club trips. And man, those tents were packed close together. I hope everyone is getting along.
We wound up in front of the Federal Building on Los Angeles Street. The rally featured a rainbow panoply of clergymen and women (notably George Regas of All Saints Church in Pasadena, pictured at the event here), a few folk musicians, a variety of movement people and activists and a few actor/activists (Mike Farrell, Mimi Kennedy). The surprise guest speaker was Cornell West. He hadn’t been expected, but was in town along with Tavis Smiley to speak to Occupy Los Angeles, and he made some brief remarks in his typically galvanizing manner.
|By: bluewombat Monday December 13, 2010 11:10 pm|
In solidarity with the protest of Chris Hedges, Daniel Ellsberg, and military veterans at the White House on Thursday, I’m going to stand in front of the Federal Building at 300 N. Los Angeles Street in downtown Los Angeles from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. this Thursday with my “What Noble Cause?” sign. Anyone from FDL who would like to join me is welcome to do so.
There’s parking in an underground structure across Los Angeles Street from the Federal Building. It’s a little pricey — I don’t remember exactly how much it is for an hour, but be sure to have a 20 on you.
Here’s a map showing the location of the Federal Building:
Hope to see you there.