Huff-Po No: #FortHernandez (VIDEO)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 19, 2012 by Sam Slovick

<em>#FortHernandez has been all over the news the past few weeks. It’s the cover story for the next LA Weekly and was on the front page of LA Opinion.  It’s the story of a family standing up to the Bank of America. This week  LAPD and DCFS arrived at the Hernandez home at midnight under false claims of no running water or electricity. The family posted a a <a href=”http://youtu.be/Oogs0GISjpE”>video</a&gt; to dispute the claims. They also posted another <a href=”http://youtu.be/qt0oSjhYlVo”>video</a&gt; of their happy family. </em>

<em>The Huffington Post chose not to publish this blog submission (below)</em>

SAN FERNANDO HOME DEFENSE

The San Fernando Valley summer heat is already threatening at 6 a.m. as the first in an endless parade of LAPD helicopters flies low enough to stir the bees. The hot front creeping in from the Mojave warns a high of 101 degrees.

<center><img src=”http://images.huffingtonpost.com/2012-09-15-ForthHernandezFamily.jpg&#8221; alt=”2012-09-15-ForthHernandezFamily.jpg” width=”600″ height=”360″ /></center>&nbsp;

<center><em>Photo by Sam Slovick</em></center><a href=”https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003958481674&#8243; target=”_hplink”>Javier Hernandez</a> has been up for half an hour on Friday morning doing chores. His three-bedroom American dream home on a quiet street in Van Nuys, Calif., has recently been dubbed “<a href=”https://www.facebook.com/OccupyFortHernandez&#8221; target=”_hplink”>Fort Hernandez</a>”.

The<a href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temporary_Autonomous_Zone&#8221; target=”_hplink”> temporary autonomous zone</a> behind a 10-foot curbside barricade rendered in a collage of signs and banners makes a radical statement. Christmas lights on the roof spell out “Evict Banks.”

The house on Leadwell Street is home to Javier, his mother, two sisters, two brothers and four small children. It is also the answer to the pressing question of the future of <a href=”http://occupylosangeles.org&#8221; target=”_hplink”>Occupy LA</a>.

<a href=”http://vimeo.com/49206691″>BofA Call with timecode 9 10</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/user13435889″>#forthernandez</a&gt; on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.

Fort Hernandez is a “fort-closure”; a home defense action against Bank of America initiated by <a href=”http://occupysanfernandovalley.webs.com/&#8221; target=”_hplink”>OSFV</a> (Occupy San Fernando Valley) 22 days ago. The struggle to save their home has become a <a href=”http://forthernandez.tumblr.com/post/31608201596/forthernandez-social-media-links&#8221; target=”_hplink”>local media event</a>.

Just behind the barricade in the front yard wall-to-wall tents with “arrestable” people occupy the space till sheriffs arrive to evict them.

The foreclosure resistance action in Van Nuys is an actively emerging archetype. There are <a href=”http://www.foreclosureradar.com/california-foreclosures&#8221; target=”_hplink”>174 other homes facing foreclosure in this small 91405 </a>ZIP code.

Groups like <a href=”https://www.facebook.com/groups/OccupyTheHoodLosAngeles/&#8221; target=”_hplink”>Occupy The Hood</a>, <a href=”http://www.occupyfightsforeclosures.org/&#8221; target=”_hplink”>Occupy Fights Foreclosure</a> and small collectives like <a href=”http://occupyla.tumblr.com/post/30135216190&#8243; target=”_hplink”>MFP</a> are involved in the action at Fort Hernandez. Visitors and supporters include the Brown Berets, Black Riders, R.A.C. (Revolutionary Autonomous Communities,), Hermandad Mexicana and the ISO (International Socialist Origination).

Inside, kitchen committee preps breakfast, lunch and dinner for anywhere from 40 to 100 people. <a href=”http://www.foodnotbombs.net/&#8221; target=”_hplink”>Food not Bombs</a> and OSVF’s Feed The People serve food just outside Fort Hernandez every Friday and Monday at 6 p.m.

Last week the family posted a <a href=”https://vimeo.com/49206691&#8243; target=”_hplink”>video</a> of a tapped phone conversation with Debi Haber from the President and CEO’s office from Bank of America. In the call Javier’s younger brother <a href=”https://www.facebook.com/ulises.o.hernandez&#8221; target=”_hplink”>Ulises </a>confronts a decidedly disingenuous Debi demanding that she produce the note to the home loan. The conversation plays like a scene from a <a href=”http://michaelmoore.com/books-films/capitalism-love-story&#8221; target=”_hplink”>Michael Moore documentary</a> as Occupy Wall Street in Los Angeles leans into its second year. The new front of the American class war is playing out at Fort Hernandez.

The constant threat of the L A County Sherriff’s department weighs heavily, but ultimately serves to strengthen the families’ resolve. They’ve focused on building community. Daily outreach to the adjacent neighborhoods and accessing social media networks. Fort Hernandez is promoting a foreclosure free zone in Van Nuys.

On September 19th, Fort Hernandez is hosting a foreclosure fair called <a href=”https://www.facebook.com/events/206456112819289/&#8221; target=”_hplink”>BofA-DOA</a>. The date coincides with the final deadline to submit paperwork to qualify for a loan modification.

Weather the family sleeps in their home or County Jail tonight is indeterminate.

Fort Hernandez has tapped in to the vast viral network that was created in the Occupy camp on the south lawn at City Hall almost a year ago.

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Huff-Po No: #FortHernandez (VIDEO)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 19, 2012 by Sam Slovick

#FortHernandez has been all over the news the past few weeks. It’s the cover story for the next LA Weekly and was on the front page of LA Opinion.  It’s the story of a family standing up to the Bank of America. This week  LAPD and DCFS arrived at the Hernandez home last night at midnight under false claims of no running water, electricity. This is what a police state protecting and serving corperate  intereasts looks like. 

The Huffington Post chose not to publish this blog submission (below)

 

The San Fernando Valley summer heat is already threatening at 6 a.m. as the first in an endless parade of LAPD helicopters flies low enough to stir the bees. The hot front creeping in from the Mojave warns a high of 101 degrees.

2012-09-15-ForthHernandezFamily.jpg 

Photo by Sam SlovickJavier Hernandez has been up for half an hour on Friday morning doing chores. His three-bedroom American dream home on a quiet street in Van Nuys, Calif., has recently been dubbed “Fort Hernandez“.

The temporary autonomous zone behind a 10-foot curbside barricade rendered in a collage of signs and banners makes a radical statement. Christmas lights on the roof spell out “Evict Banks.”

The house on Leadwell Street is home to Javier, his mother, two sisters, two brothers and four small children. It is also the answer to the pressing question of the future of Occupy LA.

 

BofA Call with timecode 9 10 from #forthernandez on Vimeo.Fort Hernandez is a “fort-closure”; a home defense action against Bank of America initiated by OSFV (Occupy San Fernando Valley) 22 days ago. The struggle to save their home has become a local media event.

Just behind the barricade in the front yard wall-to-wall tents with “arrestable” people occupy the space till sheriffs arrive to evict them.

The foreclosure resistance action in Van Nuys is an actively emerging archetype. There are 174 other homes facing foreclosure in this small 91405 ZIP code.

Groups like Occupy The HoodOccupy Fights Foreclosure and small collectives like MFP are involved in the action at Fort Hernandez. Visitors and supporters include the Brown Berets, Black Riders, R.A.C. (Revolutionary Autonomous Communities,), Hermandad Mexicana and the ISO (International Socialist Origination).

Inside, kitchen committee preps breakfast, lunch and dinner for anywhere from 40 to 100 people. Food not Bombs and OSVF’s Feed The People serve food just outside Fort Hernandez every Friday and Monday at 6 p.m.

Last week the family posted a video of a tapped phone conversation with Debi Haber from the President and CEO’s office from Bank of America. In the call Javier’s younger brother Ulises confronts a decidedly disingenuous Debi demanding that she produce the note to the home loan. The conversation plays like a scene from a Michael Moore documentary as Occupy Wall Street in Los Angeles leans into its second year. The new front of the American class war is playing out at Fort Hernandez.

The constant threat of the L A County Sherriff’s department weighs heavily, but ultimately serves to strengthen the families’ resolve. They’ve focused on building community. Daily outreach to the adjacent neighborhoods and accessing social media networks. Fort Hernandez is promoting a foreclosure free zone in Van Nuys.

On September 19th, Fort Hernandez is hosting a foreclosure fair called BofA-DOA. The date coincides with the final deadline to submit paperwork to qualify for a loan modification.

Weather the family sleeps in their home or County Jail tonight is indeterminate.

Fort Hernandez has tapped in to the vast viral network that was created in the Occupy camp on the south lawn at City Hall almost a year ago.

LA ArtWalk Riot 2012

Posted in Occupy LA with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 15, 2012 by Sam Slovick

Here’s two videos that I shot last week in LA; Charlie and Adrian talk about getting shot by the cops and show their wounds.

LAPD arrest of Occupy LAchalkers” is part ongoing suppression campaign that has been escalating since the onset of the 6 week old, nightly CCA protest in downtown Los Angeles.

Police arrested Occupiers at downtown LA Thursday, August 9. The crowd on the street for ArtWalk reacted, threw bottles and called out the cops. The reacted and brought out the shotguns.

Photo
https://www.facebook.com/events/130685843738126/
https://www.facebook.com/CentralCityAssociation
https://www.facebook.com/occupy

FREE ANTHONY!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on July 3, 2012 by Sam Slovick

Anthony’s incarceration is part of a larger pattern of suppression by the LAPD. 11 people from Occupy LA have been arrested recently for chalking; writing on walls and sidewalks with chalk. They’re handcuffed and arrested. One arrestee was a 70 year old Korean man. Another was a 20-something woman who chalked “really really free food lol” with an arrow pointing to a small food table. Do we really have space in LA  jails and courts for this kind of costly suppression? You can contribute to Anthony’s bail fund here:

DONATE https://www.wepay.com/donations/free-anthony

Free Anthony

Posted in Occupy LA with tags , , , , , on July 3, 2012 by Sam Slovick

Anthony’s incarceration is part of a larger pattern of suppression by the LAPD. 11 people from Occupy LA have been arrested recently for chalking; writing on walls and sidewalks with chalk. They’re handcuffed and arrested. One arrestee was a 70 year old Korean man. Another was a 20-something woman who chalked “really really free food lol” with an arrow pointing to a small food table. Do we really have space in LA  jails and courts for this kind of costly suppression? You can contribute to Anthony’s bail fund here:

DONATE https://www.wepay.com/donations/free-anthony

Chi-Town Beat Down

Posted in Uncategorized on May 24, 2012 by Sam Slovick
CHI-TOWN BEAT DOWN

Here’s me in USA Today (photo). This is how it started… a cop tried to snatch my camera. It was a prelude too much more aggressive suppression. I got hit with a bike in the shoulder and arm; I was clubbed in the throat, ribs and back with a baton. I was shooting video.

I’m not sure what fantasy narrative was perpetrated by the media.

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(Video of the brutality. I’m on the right middle side of the screen holding my camera up. The footage tells a very different story than the  network’s deluded narrative… which is a fantasy)
On Sunday, just after a ceremony where Veterans gave back their metals, the CPD cut loose and beat protesters with clubs. They split skulls of young men and women lying on the ground after a stand off at a street corner. They POLICE WERE NOT REACTING TO VIOLENCE FROM MARCHERS. I was right in the front of the march. It was a toe-to-toe with marcher who wanted to cross the intersection that was blocked off. They cops snapped. Some of them were smiling, apparently enjoying themselves and they laid into tender flesh with long wooden batons.

It was a bloody mess. I was terrified. Oddly, I was even more scared on the walk home when I separated from the march. Cops in vans and busses loomed everywhere, smiling and waving forebodingly. One actually yelled, “We’re waiting,” brandishing a baton and a sardonic smile.

Rahm Emanuel’s goon squad (along with other Federal, State and some law enforcement entities I couldn’t even identify) showed their hand: violence and brutality on citizens expressing their First Amendment rights in public space. Law enforcement’s exclusive agenda is to serve and protect the interest of a cooperate-owned government and they don’t mind breaking bones to do it.

Ultimately, the CHI-TOWN BEAT DOWN has educated and empowered anyone who’s paying attention, reminding us of what we already know; we live in a fascist police state.

UNCONFIRMED: It was announced after the NATO protests that the CPD is having their benefits cut.

Big Tent Theory / SLAKE

Posted in slake with tags , , , , , , , , on April 11, 2012 by Sam Slovick

Big Tent Theory is my deep journalism piece on Occupy LA in the new SLAKE; issue # 4, DIRT