Occupy Los Angeles is a throwback with a contemporary message
Musicians play at the Occupy Los Angeles camp outside City Hall on Friday.
October 21st, 2011
09:27 PM ET

Occupy Los Angeles is a throwback with a contemporary message

The Occupy Wall Street movement that has spread across the globe has many personalities. In Los Angeles, it has the feel and sights of the 1960s.

Hundreds of tightly packed tents are on all sides of City Hall. Young people have feathers and flowers in their hair.

But this Internet-generation protest has a contemporary message, as articulated by protester Billy Singhas.

“Sovereignty,” Singhas said of what protesters are demanding. "We as Americans have gathered here to petition our government, and we would like to see an immediate return to the United States Constitution."

“We are trying to get at least 34 governors to call for a constitutional convention to put the power back in the hands of the 99%,” he said, referring to the assertion of Occupy protesters that the nation's wealthiest 1% holds inordinate sway over the remaining 99% of the population.

There are other causes being championed at the Occupy Los Angeles camp.

“Free the weeds!” shouted 22-year-old film student and musician Jason Zimmermann. “I’m here to support the legalization of marijuana."

Zimmermann also supports the Occupy movement, but he and some like-minded marijuana supporters play music and try to gather more support for their cause while smoking marijuana. Zimmermann said that no one hassles him.

“Yeah, it’s a wonderful thing. My bong is just sitting there,” he said.

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  1. Willie Bryant PFC (ret)

    If our stories were reported on TV, many of you "news bloggers" would throw eggs at the screen and then change the channel while wiping it off. Very telling. You don't like hearing about yourselves, you like hearing about the bad Chinese,etc.

    October 22, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. the Prophet

    Lets test your intellect....how would the left take down America?

    October 22, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    hmmm never killed a baby....mmmm wanta be my baby? lmao

    October 22, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      okay....imma very colicky child...gotta sing me a lullaby containing the words "wanna be my baby"

      October 22, 2011 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. the Prophet

    this blog is a gathering of intellectuals not perverts

    October 22, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Magenta

    When you start posting stories that are true, we might take notice. vivid imagination much? Lmao! I can make up sh!t and call it news too. Yo, write a book, kay?

    October 22, 2011 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Iam Daniel Shays

    DONT OCCUPY WALLSTREET; OCCUPY THE CAPITAL INSTEAD.

    GO WHILE THEY ARE IN SESSION. SIT IN THE LOBBY. BE THE LARGEST LOBBYING BODY IN OUR NATIONS HISTORY.

    SIT INS ON COMMERCE ARE A MISTAKE. IT WHIPS GRUNTS, AND TORTURES THE INNOCENT!

    WE ARE NOT THE 99%! WE ARE THE BLOOD WHICH WATERS THE TREE OF LIBERTY!

    October 22, 2011 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Occupy Hollywood Blvd

    The protest needs to move a few blocks to Hollywood Blvd. Seriously- why are they picking only on the banking segment of the 1%? Alec Baldwin (who is in New York protesting) makes more for three episodes of "30 Rock" than most of those guys make in a year!

    October 23, 2011 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Portland Tony

      That's the market place at work....buyers and sellers. Many performers do not get what Alec Baldwin is paid. I think the occupy wall street is about the biased distribution of wealth between the haves and have nots. Its as if CEO's pretend that they don't need workers because they themselves are the reason for a company's profitability. Whereas _the worker bee says anyone can lead a good workforce that has a good product. We are talking about the tremendous mismatch of wages between the top and the bottom earners in society. Baldwin is not a CEO...but an entertainer. His earnings correspond to how many people he Entertains (TV ratings).

      October 23, 2011 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    i know how to sing lullabyes mmmm but wouldnt want u to get the wrong impression lmao

    October 23, 2011 at 12:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Oh well, I'm gonna have find somebody else to make my 3-drops-wrist-warm milk bottle, to sleep deprive between the wee hours of 1am-530am, tah get this shake down be quiet throwup off my shirt, handle mah diaper suprises that tend to go up my back and get in my hair, and give me those lavender baths spiked with prayer wishes that i dont sleep deprive 'em again tonight....

      October 23, 2011 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
  9. Protest this for once.

    80% of our nations defense budget goes to cover military entytlement programs, leaving the Pentagon little choice but to "borrow" from our social security treasure in order to wage wars and maintain the occupations of some 130 foreign nations, incl. Iraq and Afghanistan. Protest 'Military entytlement Fraud'...then 'Social Security Disability Fraud'. (or behave like a child and call me names)

    October 23, 2011 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
  10. Protest disability fraud just one time.

    Oops. Wrong chatroom. Beg pardon.

    October 23, 2011 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
  11. Jeeeeeez!

    Why are u such a douch?

    October 23, 2011 at 1:48 am | Report abuse |
  12. jUDY

    Today I am 72 yrs old but, I remember the 1960's when we stood against family,chruch and country to demostrate for Civil and Equal rights (mostly college age ). Things did not get all better but, they got a little better.
    I support the occupy movments. I support the people that give up confort of home and warmth of beds to demostrate in the Ocucpy movments (mostly college age ). Things will not get all better but, they will get a little better.
    In a recent speech President Obama said " The american people have a great power ". That is wrong.
    THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IS THE POWER'
    WE WILL ASSEMBLE, WE WILL DEMOSTRATE, WE WILL PROTEST, WE WILL BE HEARD, WE WILL OVERCOME
    GOD BLESS AMERICA AND HER PEOPLE
    PROUD TO BE AMERICAN
    ONE OF THE 99%

    November 18, 2011 at 6:35 am | Report abuse |
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