LONG BEACH, Nov. 8th// The peaceful volunteers at Occupy Long Beach are asking for community support. With violent police interactions happening across the country, including cities such as Oakland and San Diego, the local movement is looking toward other models.
Occupy Orange County has been able to gain unanimous support from the city council in Irvine, CA. After spending 11 nights marching continuously between 10pm-6am, the occupiers at Irvine's City Hall are going to be able to set up camp. Their tents have been established as an expression of speech, and are protected under the First Amendment. In solidarity with the national movement, Occupy Orange County will be allowed to create public spaces that encourage political conversations 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Referring to the police interactions with non-violent volunteers, Irvine Councilman Larry Argran said “They don't always get it 100 percent right. And we don't always get it 100 percent right. This is a new kind of demonstration.”
Today, Occupy Long Beach is asking the City Council to allow permanent overnight use of Lincoln Park and to allow the use of tents and temporary structures within the park. The group is asking everyone to attend the City Council meeting on Tuesday, November 8th at 4:30pm. Anyone interested is invited to assemble before the meeting on the lawn of Lincoln park, which is located at City Hall, on Pacific Ave. between 1st and Broadway.
Find Occupy Long Beach at: occupylongbeach.webs.com