MEDIA ROOTS- Margot Paez is an independent journalist based in LA and the host of Insight Out News. She has been covering Occupy Los Angeles since October 1st, and has been compiling daily footage from the local protest on her blog. Her best video footage includes exclusive interviews from Tom Morello, Dan Choi Day and on the spot interviews with the protestors.
Day 8: Tom Morello
The first big day of action marked the second week of Occupy Los Angeles where actor Danny Glover, and musician Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine came out to speak to the thousand member crowd. Tom Morello performed four of his songs at the rally, including ‘World Wide Rebel Song’, which became notorious during the Wisconsin protests. Day eight’s coverage includes on the spot interviews with LA protesters and an exclusive interview with Tom Morello.
Day 12: Dan Choi Day
The heart of the second week of Occupy Los Angeles took place at City Hall in downtown LA. Dan Choi, one of the leading activists for the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, made a surprise visit to the occupation. Choi toured the encampment, informally spoke with the occupiers and then addressed the General Assembly in the evening. This report highlights the day’s events, contains man on the street interviews with protesters and features an exclusive interview with Dan Choi.
Day 15: International Day of Action
The first day of Occupy LA’s third week coincided with the International Day of Action. Over 10,000 protesters marched from Pershing Square to the financial district where they stopped to protest at various corporate offices of banks like Citigroup and Bank of America. Occupy Los Angeles led the march, but there was a diverse represenation of LA citizens participating including senior citizens, union members, and families. Peter Joseph, creator of the Zeitgeist film series, gave the keynote speech at the rally.