|Sent time:||Thursday, November 03, 2011 4:19:37 AM|
|Subject:||Re: [GlobalRevolutionMedia] Re: #Media - Report back from Occupy LA visit|
Thank you for this, Abe!
*She says wrestling down jealously
On Nov 3, 2011, at 2:39 AM, Abraham Heisler <email@example.com> wrote:
> For more on Occupy LA - check out http://occupylosangeles.org/
> On Wed, Nov 2, 2011 at 11:26 PM, Abraham Heisler <firstname.lastname@example.org> 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
>> 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
>> 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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