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14620 Leadwell Street
Van Nuys, CA 91405
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Adam Rice,
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15 October 2012
IF YOU’RE FACING FORECLOSURE, METRO CITATIONS ARE NO JOKE
VAN NUYS, CA, Oct 15 -
In what can only be understood as continued harassment on behalf of banks and retaliation for resistance, LAPD cruisers and a Department of Sanitation truck lined the street outside the Hernandez family’s Van Nuys home this afternoon and declared that furniture and a temporary wooden barricade on the property are violations of city sidewalk ordinance 56.11. The Hernandez family, facing imminent foreclosure, currently have proceedings pending before the court for two earlier 56.11 citations, noting that there are no sidewalks in front of their home and no immediate threat to public health or safety. The Hernandez family has erected the ten-foot barricade in symbolic protest of their impending, fraudulent eviction by Bank of America with the help of neighbors, the Occupy Movement, and other grassroots groups.
On Saturday, five officers from the narcotics division lurked in three unmarked cars outside the Hernandez home waiting for Ulises Hernandez to emerge. Shortly after 5:00 p.m., they seized Mr. Hernandez giving no explanation at the time of arrest. Hernandez is the spokesperson for the ongoing protest at his home, dubbed “Fort Hernandez,” devoted to putting a personal face on the foreclosure crisis.
Hernandez later said that after asking his name, police asked where he was born. When he requested a lawyer, the officers started to place the call but put down the phone, ended their questioning, and put him in a holding cell. He was held there for hours without knowing the charges against him.
In a second interrogation, he was questioned about the Fort Hernandez protest. Only after friends posted the $561 fine did police tell Hernandez that the warrant that brought out a squad of narcotics officers was for the infraction of riding on the bus without paying the $1.50 fare.
A week ago, the Hernandez family went to the LAPD Commissioner’s meeting to file a formal grievance demanding Chief Charlie Beck investigate harassment and attempted intimidation. There, Mr. Hernandez provided evidence of a 15 minute harassing monologue and attempted provocation by an LAPD Sergeant. The complaint was also in response to a pre-dawn visit from 40 LAPD officers, some in riot gear, during which, the officers issued the family a sanitation citation for sofas and armchairs that line the front edge of the property.
After his release from custody on that same day of the arrest, Hernandez summed up his three-hour visit to the Van Nuys jail: “It’s another show of intimidation. They’re trying to make us make a mistake in any way possible.” He returned home at about 9:00 p.m., greeted with cheers, hugs, and balloons from family and community supporters at Fort Hernandez.
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*Spoiler Alert: The themes and even some details of The Dark Knight Rises are discussed in this post. If you absolutely must see this vile piece of counterrevolutionary propaganda, please download it illegally and do so before reading this.
Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises gives us a sheer brute destructive force as its villain. But the film itself is as viciously and sickly devoted to destruction as its villain Bane. Bane, as twisted as he is, could only have killed a few million Gotham citizens. This film uses the extraordinary fanatical popularity of Batman—and this trilogy in particular—to aid and abet imperialist and capitalist class oppression, the prison industrial complex, and the police state. Which is to say, this film perpetuates the brainwashing, killing, imprisonment and exploitation of bilions across the globe.
First of all, news flash for the ‘don’t read too much into it’ crowd: writer Frank Miller has frankly admitted to hating Occupy, warned about Islamicism, urged everyone to join the army, and has a penchant for making his villains Muslims: “[Occupy] is anything but an exercise of our blessed First Amendment. Occupy is nothing but a pack of louts, thieves, and rapists, an unruly mob, fed by Woodstock-era nostalgia and putrid false righteousness. These clowns can do nothing but harm America.” Which is pretty much a good description of the way an uprising of the poor and oppressed is portrayed in the putrid, false righteousness that is The Dark Knight Rises. Let’s start with its fascist notion of class warfare.
The writers give the most inspiring and freedom-loving speech to…a psychotic brute serial killer. Our vicious villain sounds exactly like Occupy when he talks politics and culture, as the people of Gotham are exhorted to take back the city for themselves and end class oppression. The people who storm the stock market and the houses of the rich are portrayed as brute thugs who would abuse anyone to get ahead, and use the court system merely to affirm a foregone undemocratic conclusion. Um, you got it backwards Nolan and Miller: That’s what the oligarchical ruling elite do, not the poor.
Then there’s the speech about the oppressed inside of prison, who are there (and this is in the script) because of the manipulative lying of cops and politicians, in their clean-the-streets-at-all-costs crusade. This is of course a villain’s speech, and when the inmates break out they’re of course bent on nihilistic destruction, not building a self-sustaining community based on mutual aid, community services, and non-hiearchical community organization, which is what the Panthers in prison were ‘plotting’.
Sometimes the screenwriters’ idiotic notion of who runs the world and who starts revolutions is not so much infuriating as plain laughable, like when they make the revolutionaries’ backed by greedy corporate types. Sure, that’s who greedy corporate types back in America. Cheap attempt to appeal to confused audiences post 2008 anti-banker sentiments. Then there’s Catwoman, who starts out a revolutionary wanting to see wealth redistribution, but then conveniently turns to a ‘clean slate’, presumably as a good hard-working little capitalist. The film isn’t even original or clever in its fascist propaganda. Once the revolution happens there of course food lines, in a cheap red-baitng reference to the Soviet Union. The pigs (I’m sorry, cops) are of course the heroes, and not one of them joins the revolutionaries. The villains are portrayed as corrupted and not really believing in the people power they espouse, hence Bane doesn’t really give the power to blow up the city to an ordinary citizen, because of course all revolutions are headed by cruel tyrants who only want to enslave everyone for power.
I won’t say this film is all bad. It’s well-crafted cinematically, and is a fascinating character study of Bruce Wayne. If only Wayne wasn’t such a dupe of people-hating police-state loving screenwriters, he could serve as a real hero, with his profound climb out of the well of his own self-protective toughness and forgetting, and his willingness to date criminals. The one real spot of redemption was Alfred saying “Maybe it’s time we stop trying to outsmart the truth. Maybe we should give the truth its day”, which makes up for the hideous ending of the “Dark Knight”, where lies are preached as good for the people and good for your loved ones. Then again, the person who reveals the truth about Harvey Dent in this film is once again the insane psychopath. It almost makes me miss “The Dark Knight”, where the fascism really only played out in its refusal to tie criminality to social relations (Why is the joker like that? Who cares, is Nolan’s answer. He just is).
On a less political note, do we really need to see this kind of back-breaking, brutal, unartful violence in a superhero film? Go watch that violence in a constructive way and see Schindler’s List or The Battle of Algiers, and keep the superhero violence on an Avengers level (a film so far superior to this one it’s like comparing Fellini to Michael Bay). I find the whole farce of ‘realism’ in preposterous superhero and action thriller films to be astoundingly idiotic. Are you kidding? You don’t get enough of life’s brutal violence and terror from real life, so you need to put it in a film about a man dressed up like a bat with high-tech vehicles that sell a lot of toys? Or is it that you don’t actually read enough or see enough (hint hint: go to an occupy action. Try chalking a sidewalk…) everyday violence in your sheltered suburban home and you want it packaged in an escapist format, so that it goes down smooth but still gives you some realism credentials?
In sum, the film is a lot like most people I know—good at psychology; bad at philosophy (esp. political philosophy). But psychology without political understanding serves only one ideological agenda—neoliberalism. That’s what they’ve always wanted for us. To rack our brains trying to figure out what motivates and drives our heroes and villains, as long as the explanation stays purely in the realm of the psychological. Political explanations are dangerous to Power.
What’s the real origin story of Batman, for example? Economic inequality. That’s what leads to street robbery, and that’s what killed Bruce Wayne’s parents. How could Bruce really save the world? Joining a revolutionary movement against class and capitalist wealth accumulation, not fighting one. Or, he could use his money and power to fund such movements, or at least fund some anti-culture industry art and action. But what a boring film that would be, huh? No batsuit.
So the true ‘master’ behind this film that so many think was made by a ‘master’ filmmaker is neoliberal ideology. You’re being sold your own oppression, people. And the seller’s names are Nolan, Nolan, and Miller. But of course if you’re rich, you should like this film. It’s made to serve you. To those who predictably want to interject that this is just ‘art’ or ‘entertainment’ and you shouldn’t read into it that much, I respond: if it’s just entertainment why does it take itself so seriously? And believe me, its political agenda is working on people. That’s how the culture industry works. Nothing is harmless. Nothing. Nolan even tried to defend his film against these kind of criticisms, which are coming in strong from the left, by claiming his film isn’t ‘political’. Again, only one type of political agenda claims anything isn’t political. It’s of course the one in power, which has carefully positioned its ideology as reality or human nature, a line most buy because it’s all they’ve ever known, and even their scientists and psychologist, and yes, ‘master’ filmmakers perpetuate it.
Your film is quite political, Nolan. Long live the 1% for which Batman fights. Give away some more money to charity, Bruce Wayne, to ease your conscience while you ‘clean up our streets’ along with the police state. And give me back Tim Burton’s Batman Returns, where the traditional Batman villains are portrayed as products of a sick misogynist classist system (Catwoman) that rejects all otherness (Penguin), and the real villain is, of course, a CEO.
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IF I HAD MY WAY. YOU WOULD ALL BE LOADED IN AIRCRAFT AND KICKED OUT IN TERRORIST CONTROLLED AREAS OF THE WORLD
YOU ARE A BUNCH OF IGNORANT LOW LIFE, SCUM SUCKING, PUSS EATING, TOTALLY
RETARDED CHILDISH PUNK ASSHOLES!
NEIL C. REINHARDT
A 77 year old Pro Iraq War Agnostic Atheist Activist and 101st Airborne
Former member of management in some of Top American 500 corporations/
Also ‘formally’ a Fire Walking, Deep Sea -Scuba Diving, Paratrooping, Bungee Jumping, Spelunking, 1 & 3 Meter Spring Board Diving, Partying & Dancing, Rock Climbing, River Rapid Running, Expert Shooting, Life Saving, Body Surfing and Beach VolleyBall Playing Son of a Beach.
Still a very Truth Telling, No BS, Women Chasing (92 times Catching) Iconoclastic, Philosophizing, Crime Stopping, and a “Barking” Grumpy Old
“Son Of A Beach.”
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On April 27th, 2012, CNN published a misleading, inaccurate and damaging article entitled ‘LA May day observances split immigration’. While the various immigration groups who have traditionally marched on May Day have naturally been in various stages of ideological and sometimes political conflict, Occupy LA has never been part of these internal differences, and stands firmly in support of im/migrant rights. The General Strike Preparation Committee, as part of its planning for May Day 2012, actively put out the call for various immigration groups and organizations to join Occupy in building a coalition to participate in a May 1st General Strike. Despite numerous calls, these groups were not interested in participating in a coordinated effort on May Day, and preferred to stick to holding their own separate marches, rallies and events on the day. Occupy LA supports this decision, and as a mark of their respect for these groups’ work and the meaning of May Day in Los Angeles, the General Strike Preparation Committee made sure that they prioritized Im/migrant rights on their list of demands for the General Strike.
On 4pm May 1st, 2012, Occupy LA has committed to marching with the Southern Californian Immigration Coalition with their full support. The SCIC is a group which, back in October, voted NOT to participate or organize within Occupy. Occupy LA has urged all participants on their Four Winds Caravan to join this march, with SCIC’s cooperation. Occupy LA respects all groups working and organizing in Los Angeles, and recognizes and appreciates their autonomy and right not to participate in Occupy LA actions, without any ill-will or disrespect. Viva La Revolución! All Power to All People!
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It has come to our attention that Sam Resnik, a sexual predator that assaulted one of our sisters is planning on attending G.A Friday (April 27th).
Below is the email that the Radical Womyn’s Circle sent him.
It has come to our attention that you will be attempting to attend G.A (Friday April 27th) to issue an “apology” and to be perfectly blunt, this is unacceptable. This is completely disrespectful to —-anonymous—- and the Radical Womyn’s Circle. Especially since you did not show up to a set meeting to begin attempts at a reconcilation process. You have failed to comply with the simpliest of demands from the person you victimized and this attempted action does nothing more than prove your complete and utter failure to accept any form of accountablity. This is clearly a sneaky and under-handed attempt to divide our community which you have already made unsafe. You did not sexually assault the G.A.
You sexually assaulted —anonymous—.
If for some reason you forgot the demands that were originally listed they are below:
1. Your agreement to come to a meeting with a group of women speaking about the experiences they have had with sexual assault to give you the opportunity to understand the damage that these type of experiences cause to us.
2. For one month you agree not to attend any actions or events (G.A’s included) that —anonymous— will be attending with the understanding that you are giving her time to heal and feel comfortable within our community.
3. Within this time you take space you need to reflect on the situation and give —anonymous—- an apology that is genuine and is given with the understanding that you have hurt her and she deserves honest closure.
There is already a large organized group of people that are willing to call you out and let everyone know in detail the reason why we do not want you there. We have been in contact with the wimmin from PCC as well and have become well informed of what transpired there. Next time you try to think of a way to fix things- you should strongly consider the fact that regardless of what you think this IS NOT YOUR “OWN PERSONAL ISSUE.” This is not going to go away easily and we refuse to stay silent as you violate more of our sisters and make a mockery of our community by thinking we are so ignorant that an incident of this magnitude could be swept aside with an empty apology.
We are organized.
We are unafraid.
and we will not stop.
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Power To The People! Revolutionary Greetings!
The Black Riders considers itself to be the new generation Black Panther Party for Self-Defense. We are a Black Revolutionary organization based in South LA that stands against terrorism, racism, capitalism, and imperialism. Our organization was created in 1996. We started off by organizing numerous Bloods and Crips to stop gangbanging and committing Black on Black violence. We helped to transform the criminal gangsta mentality into a positive Revolutionary mentality. We also created a ‘watch a pig’ program to patrol our community and police the police. Since then our organization has been subjected to military style raids, harassment, and arrests of numerous members on trumped up charges. Our leader, General T.A.C.O has received the brunt of the repression. He has been set up and politically imprisoned many times in the past. The state has strapped a G.P.S. tracking device on his leg and has banned him from political activity and association. We will continue to fight back and exercise our 2nd amendment Constitutional right to bear arms and defend ourselves against any and all attacks. May day represents a day of resistance to capitalism, racism, and Imperialism across the planet. As we work together in solidarity with Occupy L.A and others, it will raise awareness amongst poor oppressed people that our fight against oppression should be based on a race and class struggle!
Power To The People!!!
Power To The People!!!
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