Video: Has the Occupy Movement Found a Leader in Cornel West?


Is Dr. Cornel West the leader the Occupy Wall Street Movement has been looking for? After Dr. West’s arrest on Sunday in front of the Supreme Court building in Washington D.C., it’s becoming apparent that the distinguished professor might have the passion, dedication and grit required to lead a successful civil rights movement. And, it’s about time a prominent public figure showed some backbone.

The arrest occurred during Sunday’s dedication of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial. Dr. West joined an estimated 250 Occupy D.C. ( protesters in a march on the Supreme Court building. The demonstrators denounced the court decisions that have resulted in unchecked corporate influence over government.

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What the Occupy Movement Needs to Succeed

Photo via OccupyLA on Flikr

Valley Girl and I spent some time at Occupy LA’s tent city in front of City Hall over the weekend. I’m not going to lie to you. I have serious doubts about whether or not this movement will ever effect any sort of meaningful political or, more importantly, economic change without making some serious changes.

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Certifiably Surreal Events 9/29 – 10/6


There is always something profoundly weird and entertaining to do in HelLA, but only on can you find events that get our surreal seal of approval:

  • Ooh La L.A. Festival French Kisses the El Rey, Sloppy
  • Occupy Wall Street Brings the Revolution to L.A.
  • Angelinos Decompress from Burning Man
  • The Brewery Gives Good ArtWalk

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Occupy Wall Street Protests Spread to Los Angeles this Weekend


The wildfire of (peaceful) civil unrest fueled by the increasing wealth disparity in the U.S.  has spread across the nation, all the way to the West Coast. You could say that we didn’t start the fire, but for the millions of Americans who have fallen into poverty over the last three years — it’s been burning too hot for too long.

Occupy LA, in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street, will be occupying downtown Los Angeles starting this Saturday, October 1st, to protest the financial institutions responsible for the current Great Recession. And it’s about time.

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