Occupy L.A.: Protesters show support for cause in different ways
Carina Reyes, 19, said she has been stopping by the Occupy L.A. encampment at City Hall for the last three or four weeks to show her support.
Reyes said she works two jobs, but neither provides her with healthcare. The Occupy movement, she said, has the potential to push for positive change.
The movement has to stick with the "people who aren't just here for show, but want to make a change," she said.
Darlene Chavarria, who has been participating in the Occupy demonstrations on weekends, said she was driven in part by her displeasure with government and rampant homelessness.
"It's ... beautiful, man," she said of the movement.
She said she's been taken by the diversity of Occupy participants. "If it's someone from skid row or some from the 1%," she said, "I've seen them both."
She looked over at the police officers across the street. "They think it's us against the others," she said. "There are no ... others."
Meanwhile, Alex Herboche, 24, a student at California Institute of Art, came by early Monday to lend her support to the movement, helping to pick up cans, pizza boxes, wrappers and other trash.
She said she has visited the Occupy encampment a few times since it was first set up seven weeks ago. On occasion, she has brought food.
"I feel like if there's one moment to show solidarity with the movement, it's tonight," said Herboche, who arrived at 1 a.m.
"It's like you want to do more, but life gets in the way," she said. "But tonight, it's like an ultimatum, because it could be the last night."
-- Rick Rojas and Hailey Branson-Potts at City Hall
Photo: In anticipation of a possible midnight raid, Occupy L.A protesters crowd the front of City Hall for an assembly in which speakers urged protesters to "not be intimidated." Credit: Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times