We don’t hear a whole lot about #OccupyLA because the City Council has been so cool about it. But now, after nearly two months of the City Hall lawn being used as a campground, the city leaders would like to politely move the protest off the grounds while also supporting its continued work.
The solution, which has yet to be accepted but which we think is genius for all involved, is to “rent” some downtown office space the city has (10,000 square feet) to #OccupyLA for a ceremonial $1 per year. (The huge commercial space is in something called the “Los Angeles Mall” literally next door to City Hall.) And all the homeless who have come to the camp recently? They will be provided with housing. Oh yeah, and farmland will be provided to the group, so that it can be self-sufficient as far as growing food.
With an office space connected to public transit and near to City Hall, the protest movement can become a full-time revolutionary council. It can advocate for the homeless, for the people facing eviction, for those being pushed out by property speculators, for the unemployed and underemployed, for the whole 99%. Actions can be arranged against the corporations, against the military, against all the evildoers. (It is probably implied that the protesters will not aggressively target City Hall, which is maybe a bit of a sellout, but even revolutions make decisions about strategy that could be attacked as compromise. Besides, if one part of the #OccupyLA movement accepts the deal, it doesn’t mean other non-aligned protesters have to follow those rules.)
With farmland, people can start looking at this not as a temporary protest, but as a way to get their lives back. And with housing provided for the homeless attracted to the Tent City, we show all of America that it is completely within the abilities of the local governments to house those on the streets. THE WHOLE COUNTRY IS FULL OF VACANT HOUSES, FOR GOD’S SAKE.