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Occupy Los Angeles

At times seen as a relatively uncontentious encampment, having managed to evade negative media, Occupy Los Angeles still experienced traumatic events like being raided, evicted, and arrested in hundreds. Similarly across Occupy communities, people with historically marginalized backgrounds found the need to create their own spaces within the larger group, so the Occupy Los Angeles (OLA) Queer Caucus was formed, more formally known as the LGBTQA2Z Caucus. Thereafter, affinity groups formed around projects in common, as was the case with the OLA Queer Affinity Group, or Los Angeles Queer Resistance Collective, a producer of radical queer propaganda and hub for zine-making skillshares. Before visiting the site of the former encampment, we spent some time talking with John Waiblinger, whom the Los Angeles Queer Resistance Collective had chosen as its delegate for our interview.

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Chalkupy, Occupy NOLA

We arrived in New Orleans just in time to head to a Chalkupy action organized by folks from Occupy the Stage, a subgroup of Occupy NOLA. Obama was visiting New Orleans and was hosting a campaign benefit, with tickets from $250. The name of the benefit? Occupy the Vote. Its main sponsor? Shell Oil. With its abundance of irony, the event seemed to be begging to be disrupted, but since tickets were unaffordable, Occupiers resorted to simply chalkupying at a privately-owned public amphitheatre across the way from the venue.

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