From:   Abraham Heisler <>
Sent time:   Thursday, November 03, 2011 12:39:14 AM
Subject:   [GlobalRevolutionMedia] Re: #Media - Report back from Occupy LA visit

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On Wed, Nov 2, 2011 at 11:26 PM, Abraham Heisler <> wrote:

> What's up, yall?


> I just visited Occupy LA and would love to report back to you guys.


> FIrst of all, in LA they have camped out around 3 sides of city hall.

> The area of the occupation is roughly five times the size of Zuccotti

> Park. There are around 500 people there occupying. It seems, about

> half are there for the cause and the other half are homeless people

> and/or junkies (the occupation is only a few blocks from Skid Row).

> They have a large, well organized space, with lots of tents and

> supplies, but lack organization on a structural level. The GA was very

> poorly attended with only 50+ people showing up. There are working

> groups, but lack communication between the working groups. Still, the

> dedicated people there are going strong.


> I stopped the media tent. They have a palace in comparison to the

> media pit (now bunker) we work out of in Liberty Plaza. They have 3-4

> large army style working tents lined with computers, speakers, radios,

> and other equipment. I almost melted when I saw the media space they

> have to work in. The problem is, they haven't been putting out too

> much content. Understaffed.


> When I mentioned I was from #OWS, they greeted me with huge smiles and

> sat me down to explain everything I know about the NYC occupation. For

> an hour they poked and prodded until they were well versed in #OWS

> media history. Then it was my turn to learn a great deal from them.


> They have all their media - livestream, production, photo, radio,

> internet, social media, PR, etc. wrapped into one group. So, when they

> asked me who ran our facebook page - I was embarrassed to say, I

> didn't know. Who does run our facebook page and what is it??? Anyone

> know?


> I wrote down the contacts of Occupy LA meda and will be coordinating

> with them as well as putting them in touch with some of you. Tomorrow,

> I will go back to attend their working group meeting and learn more

> about what their strengths and needs are.


> I really see the need to organize a national correspondence between

> the media WGs of all occupations. This could be in the form of a

> conference call or google group or both. I know there is already a

> national call which has happened once or twice for reps of the

> different occupations, but I think we need to get a call going just

> for media groups. Since it takes so much to set up and coordinate

> media, I'd like to see our communication going on a grander scale.

> Let's workshop what systems for output work and what does not. Would

> be great to have a media outlet that aggregates livestreams and edited

> content from all the different occupations. If anyone is interested to

> help me work on this or knows of similar such work already occurring,

> please let me know.


> Global Rev Media - Vlad, Nikky, Josh, etc - isn't this what you guys

> have been working on? Let's combine efforts.


> On Friday I go up the coast to the Bay Area to network with San Fran

> and Oakland.


> If anyone has any questions or comments for LA Media or Occupy LA in

> general, please let me know and I communicate with the proper people

> tomorrow.


> Attached are two photos from the Occupy LA media tent. One from

> outside, the other from inside. The tent goes back beyond the black

> curtain to another room with computers.


> In solidarity,

> -Abe H.



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