Anti-Corporation Protesters Head West To ‘Occupy Venice’

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Another Southland neighborhood can now be considered “occupied” territory.

KNX 1070’s Ed Mertz reports four weeks after demonstrators began to camp out on Wall Street in New York City, a local group has now decided to Occupy Venice.

“I don’t think we’re late at all, I think we’re right on time,” said one protester. “We’ve been getting ready for this for a long time.”

There may be sunshine and palm trees, but the members of Occupy Venice are doing anything but relaxing in the latest protest in a movement that has taken hold in hundreds of U.S. cities.

The protest laid claim to the Windward Circle in Venice on Sunday even as police officers patrolled the area both on bikes and in vehicles on the surrounding streets.

“We’re planning our future together without relying on people outside our community,” one man said.

“No matter how much we petition our government, they ignore us because they are bought and paid for by the financial interests,” said another protester.

One of the aims of the effort is aimed at getting lawmakers to “rewrite the laws that give corporations the same rights as people,” according to the official Occupy Venice website.

“We come to you at a time when corporations, which place profit over people, self-interest over justice, and oppression over equality, run our governments,” the group’s mission statement reads.

As for the ever-shifting locations and faces of the Occupy movement, Code Pink co-founder Jodie Evans said the protesters must use the movement’s loose-knit style to their advantage.

“You know, power gets to be really amorphous and say you can’t find me and hold me down,” she said. “Let’s become the amorphous, let’s become all of the demands.”

  • rjsmitty

    Have them pick up trash off the beach instead of being trash on the beach.


      go lay down on the beach and they will pick you – up!!!! LOL

    • uhoh


  • Doug

    They are simply protesting corporate greed that is ruining the country.

    • Mehilangelino

      What really is ruining this country? Step outside… look around and if its not the center of L.A…. take a drive, park you car, and walk around and look around.

      Greed isn’t just a virtue of corporations. Corporations provide you with everything you need, from the toilet paper you used this morning to the coffee you will drink this afternoon. There is a demand for something, they provide it. Customers or a market is greedy for something, a new gadget, a new car, a new improved fabric softener, they provide it.

      Greed is found in the poor, the 99%, greed is not just found in the rich.

      Dont twist things around for your own benefit, thats just… greedy.

      • NWO unfolding

        They should really be protesting to End The Federal Reserve. They’re the culprits behind all the bubbles, they feed it and feed it and when they want to, they burst it then everyone loses there homes and there jobs.

        End the Fed!

  • John Henkels IV

    We walked by the protest late Sunday afternoon. It was not far from Pershing Square. Then we went to Phillippe’s. The line in Phillippe’s was bigger than the protest.

  • rjsmitty

    I tryed to talk to a couple of these guys , but you cant fix stupid.

    • Duh!

      Yes, there is a reason they are not employable.
      It’s no surprise that when the layoffs hit, they were the first to go.

  • AG

    “Anti-Corporation Protesters” ??? Wow, what a biased and inaccurate headline! The Occupy movement is NOT “Anti-Corporations;” we’re anti special benefits for corporations AT THE EXPENSE of the rest of the country, and we’re anti corporations getting involved in our government. This movement is about taking back the government into the hands of the people; not the hands of corporations and special interests ($$$).

    • Mehilangelino

      Uh, no don’t front, don’t twist it around. These Occupy ____ protests were STARTED by ADBUSTERS.

      And you know it.

      For those who do NOT know what the magazine Adbusters is, start researching. I was an avid reader in my more naive days in the 90’s, its a complete and utter ANTI-CAPITALIST magazine that hypocritically gets sold or was sold, is sold at corporate bookstores like Barnes and the now dead corporate book giant Borders.

      Maybe they succeeded in destroying the hand that fead them with Borders. I’m sure ADBUSTERS gleefully danced on that grave.

      This so called Occupy “MOVEMENT”, I dont know who its a movement if they CAMP out in corporate made TENTS, Coleman’s and Lands Ends are raking in the corporate profits… is making wearing a suit, going out dressed like that evil.

      They’re walking a dangerous line here and irks me to no end when irresponsibly they do protests with no real focus. Its like everyone protests. Everywhere a protest. Instead of taking that energy and making industry, a business, etc. etc. OH but you don’t like the corporate world… okay so you won’t work and rather camp out.


    • rjsmitty

      Join the Tea Party then.

  • 99.5%

    They are 99% of this country, like it or not, and this is a democracy, so you better watch what you say about them. i bet they will all go out and vote in 2012. And I’ll bet you they won’t be voting for the Tea Party.

    • rjsmitty

      LOL , so they will vote for obama ? HaHaHaHaHa we’ve see what he has done and this country is figured out he was all hype !

    • AG

      Got that right! We will demand that our elected officials start passing legislation that supports the PEOPLE, and not the special interests that supported their election campaigns. If the current elected officials refuse to pass the legislation we want, then we WILL vote them out and vote one of us in. It’s as simple as that. Elected officials need to start answering to the people – the people now have all the free tools and resources we need to organize (the internet and social media), so now the time has come. There are so many unemployed and frustrated people that thousands of people actually have the time to camp out in LA and NY for WEEKS. It’s Wall Street’s own fault that we’re protesting; they got too greedy and let unemployment get too high. If we were all employed, we wouldn’t have time to do protest. But now is the time: we must stand together at 99% of American and demand change. Our country’s future literally depends on it.

      • Mehilangelino

        So once “THE PEOPLE” get support, that spreads wealth around, kind of like how Obama wants to do right?

        You have tools, but instead of actually using them to create jobs, you’re using them to camp out and “protest”.

        Protesting, and taking over or occupying has become like a world wide phenomena. Everyone protests. All around the world, a revolution! Then after you revolutionize… then what? Jumping with rifles on top of an old Toyota truck celebrating victory? What have you got to replace what you want to topple?

        What percentage is it that isn’t the one percent and isnt on your side?

  • Gabriel

    The “One Percent” are not all wrong, they are 99% wrong…!!!!

    • AG

      LOL! Right!!! In all seriousness though, nobody is complaining that the 1% are wealthy and successful – people ought to be able to be as wealthy as they can. The protest isn’t about the 1% being rich; it’s about the 1% getting special benefits from the government AT THE EXPENSE of the 99%. If you want to get rich, fine, but do it without special benefits that hurt the rest of the country. That’s the key, and that’s what needs to end by demanding accountability from government officials. Interaction with elected officials and holding elected officials accountable needs to become a normal part of life for EVERY SINGLE American. We can no longer be indifferent to our government, because that leaves it open to be controlled by special interests instead of the people.

      • Mehilangelino

        But don’t you also have special interests?

  • Wake

    Yahoo is making it harder for the 99% to write comments on its site. I know you are act that you are one of 1% but your employees belong to 99%!

  • Voice of Reason

    Occupy Venice? These transients, I mean people are already there! I bet you can’t tell the difference from before “occupying” Venice and after. These people only want one thing, to destroy capitalism while pushing a communist agenda. Amazing how far we have fallen as a country! I only hope it isn’t too late.

    • AG

      That statement has no basis in fact. The Occupy movement is about making elected officials answer to the PEOPLE; not to special interests who donate large sums to their campaigns. It has nothing to do with changing the government from capitalism to socialism; that is a completely false statement.

      • rjsmitty

        You speak for the 2% of the nation but you the 2% should be heard .. You can now go home …


        @ AG your right !!!!! but none of these people on the oppisite side of ” the Occupy movement ” will agree with us. until their feet are inundated with the bloody GREED!!! then it will be tooooooo LATE !!!!!!!

      • Duh!

        So what you are saying (AG) is that the people need to start donating large sums of money to the campaigns of the elected officials in order to sway their vote on laws.

  • Mehilangelino

    Occupy Venice?!?! Oh yeah, that will teach those demon-corporate suit and tie devils a lesson!

    ADBUSTERS is behind this, fueled by the Arab Spring they took advantage of that trend in protesting to push forward an OLD agenda.

    If you look at old issues of that anti-capitalist magazine… yes thats what it is, and its sold in major capitalist books stores like Barnes & Noble, etc. etc… they’ve had issues on the corporations having the same rights as a human being. In other words corporations can protect themselves or get entitlements and have rights as if ONE human being.

    So they blame that as evident from what they are saying: “rewrite the laws that give corporations the same rights as people,”.

    But is that all they want? Looks to me like they want more. Like to breakdown corporations, they are really anti-capitalists and I see a lot of naive other people joining them with their more less-dangerous agenda’s which is really foolish.

    Most of them are weed head wanna-be anarchist internet wacko’s just as extreme as Tea Party activists. Their the other side.

    Anyway, I’m about to ramble, but I don’t think sending out a message that anyone dressed well in a suit and tie or a business attire clad lady is a threat to society or evil incarnate. Not should it be spat upon.

    These protesters are sending dangerous messages to younger kids, people who will think that corporations and corporate attire is an evil. Its not, we live in a fully corporate world. Look at the ads here…

    From the toilet paper you use to the computers you use to type in your stuff, to the cars.. corporate made. To the pencils used at school to the paper they write on, to the eraser boards to the clothes your kids wear – corporate.


    This movement has been hijacked, they may as well hit the reset button.


    This movement has been hijacked by a bunch of clown shoes.

  • NWO unfolding

    This movement has been infiltrated by the Demo/Liberal establishment. OWS and all the gullible Occupy movements will or have been hijacked. The current administration wants to set the stage for Violence in America.

    I preached it here last week, pay attention to the news, the Obama administration will infiltrate this movement, use it to push their agenda.

    OWS, you have been co-opted, you have Epic Failed.

    Nuff said!

    • uhoh


  • Doug

    There is a big difference between corporate and corporate greed my friend.

  • Corp vs America

    B of A won’t take cash deposits at thieir ATMs, cash that the bank gave me Friday, branches not open today, so they get to charge overdraft fees. Time warner cable says I’m in a contract so I can’t downgrade my service , only upgrade. These are unfair business practices. better to be in the streets than………..

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