My first Occupy Protest

I had just gotten out of a civic youth LA meeting  when i noticed a bunch of tents camped right across the street from where i was which was city hall, my friend and i decided to go check it out first, there were a bunch of people sitting in a circle listening  to each other talk about why they are here and peacefully protesting their rights they were very welcoming inviting us to join, so we did.

We learned that one of the reason these protesters are here is to get the Police Chief of LA Charlie Beck fired because of the fact that another innocent black person was killed by the police and the officer(s) who committed the crime got away with it, they are gonna stay camped out in front of the Kenneth Hahn building of administration, it is public property so people can stay there as long as they have a sign of any sort placed  on there tent.  I decided to spend the rest of my day at the protest finding out that it was a Black Lives Matter LA protest i helped out as much as i could. Relocating beverages and organizing all the food and snacks that supporters and volunteers had brought to help out with.IMG_8303 There was also a ton of essential needs such as first aid, toothbrushes, health care items, craft supplies etc. It was a lot of work but worth it seeing how worn out the activists that have been demonstrating there rights there for days- non stop thus meaning not being at home not being able to take showers, not go to work and more yet they were still strong as ever.IMG_8284 I met some very old activists 2 of them being in there 90s and doing whatever they can to help so me being the youngest teenager there did whatever i can to help them too and whoever else just needed some time to sit and rest. IMG_8277  The BLM occupy city hall protest is still going on today and strong, it was an amazing experience that i will probably come back to later this week and go help out again. I met hardcore activists that devote there life to the well being of others which was inspiring and makes me want to do the same. IMG_8282

 

 

 

 

I recommend anyone who wants to help out with the occupy city hall protest to go help out bring food, blankets, whatever they need that will help them on this journey and hopefully justice will be served so these awesome activists can finally get a break.

Heres an article about the protest

To find out more about BLACK LIVES MATTER LA click here 

#occupylacityhall

#firechiefbeck

#nojusticenopeace

#blacklivesmatter @blacklivesmatterla

 

Posted by Lily Larsen

I am a 17-year-old​ activist/arts advocate and have been participating in marches, protests and petitions since I was 5 years old. I serve on Mayor Garcetti's Youth Council for South LA. And have generated a petition to ban factory farming in California with over 55,000 signatures. I organize community events and get teens like me connected with social justice issues and activism all over LA.

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