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Steve Lopez: Is Occupy Los Angeles making a difference?

October 11, 2011 |  9:33 am

Signs at the Occupy Los Angeles encampment

If Monday night was any indication, it’s hard to get much sleep at the Occupy Los Angeles encampment outside City Hall.

Well past midnight, 100 or more campers were still holding a spirited conversation about a skirmish in Boston, where dozens of their compatriots were arrested late Monday night by police in riot gear.

Steve Lopez Talk Back Various speakers expressed concern for their own safety and pleaded for local demonstrators to remain nonviolent.

As I dozed off in my tent, pitched under L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s office, I heard a drumbeat echo off downtown buildings as occupiers circled the block chanting “Solidarity with Boston, End Police Brutality.”

Ten days into the local demonstration, its leaders admit they’re still trying to harness all the angst, disillusionment and anger they feel and turn it into a lasting movement that changes the culture and the economic and political processes.

Photos: 'Occupy' protests

It’s a tall order, for sure. But I got the very clear impression from organizers of Occupy Los Angeles that the rebellion has only just begun. I’ll have lots more in my column on Wednesday.

In the meantime, feel free to weigh in here on corporate wealth, widening economic disparity, political paralysis, etc., all of which are talked about constantly -- and even through the night -– at Occupy Los Angeles.


Full coverage: 'Occupy' protests

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-- Steve Lopez at City Hall

Photo: Signs at the Occupy Los Angeles encampment. Credit: Steve Lopez / Los Angeles Times.