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One Year Later: Occupy L.A. Shows No Signs of Backing Down

Occupy L.A. celebrates it's one year anniversary. 

Photo Courtesy of ATVN.
Photo Courtesy of ATVN.
On October 1, 2011, hundreds of protestors began camping at City Hall Park, forming the Occupy L.A movement.

One year later, Occupy L.A. is still going strong, with anniversary celebrations happening since last Friday.

Events aimed at education and awareness took place all weekend. A rally and protest were scheduled for Monday at Pershing Square, located at the intersection of 6th and Olive Street, beginning at 12 p.m.

“We march to build the community to show solidarity with all struggles against the corporate control of the planet and the social, economic, and political injustices that continue to affect people’s daily lives,” the official Occupy L.A. website said.

Occupy L.A. is one of many occupy movements currently taking place around the country, stemming from the original Occupy Wall Street demonstration that began in September 2011. 

According to the Occupy L.A. declaration, “We come to you at a time when corporations, which place profit over people, self-interest over justice, and oppression over equality run our governments. We have peaceable assembled here, as is our right, to let these facts be known.”

Last year occupy protestors marched from Pershing Square to City Hall, setting up camp at City Hall.

The goal? To give a voice to the “99 percent” who feel wronged by the government and corporate forces. And since last October, the movement has sought to stipulate change and correct injustice that protestors feel many Americans face today.

The Los Angeles General Assembly meets every Wednesday for discussion and to plan events. They took to their official Twitter page to announce Monday’s protest.

“Today is our One Year Anniversary – JOIIN US! Rally @ 12 Noon – MARCH @ 2:15 – PERSHING SQUARE,” the tweet said. 

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