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December 07 2011

23:13

Patrick Meighan: my #OccupyLA arrest

MyOccupyArrest :: My name is Patrick Meighan, and I’m a husband, a father, a writer on the Fox animated sitcom “Family Guy”, and a member of the Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Santa Monica. 

I was arrested at about 1 a.m. Wednesday morning with 291 other people at Occupy LA. I was sitting in City Hall Park with a pillow, a blanket, and a copy of Thich Nhat Hanh’s “Being Peace” when 1,400 heavily-armed LAPD officers in paramilitary SWAT gear streamed in. I was in a group of about 50 peaceful protestors who sat Indian-style, arms interlocked, around a tent. The LAPD officers encircled us, weapons drawn, while we chanted “We Are Peaceful” and “We Are Nonviolent” and “Join Us.”

Continue to read Patrick Meighan, myoccupylaarrest.blogspot.com

December 01 2011

07:24

#OccupyLA Eviction: Is LAPD restricting coverage with last-minute 'pool media'?

Interesting mix of media tools: Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa posted his "Statement on Enforcement of City Hall Park Closure" on Facebook, while media published and distributed information via all traditional and "new" channels (Twitter, etc.)

Los Angeles Weekly :: Awesomely, the "pool" reports turned into a sort of crowd-sourced feed; LA Weekly reporter Gene Maddaus says he received constant email updates throughout the night from news outlets with soldiers in the pool. So it seems the chosen ones didn't adhere to the LAPD's silly, unenforceable idea of how media should work at the eviction. As it should be. However, police did manage to force out all indie reporters/photogs from the City Hall Park with threats of arrest.

The details - continue to read Simone Wilson, blogs.laweekly.com

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