On Saturday, December 27th, members of the Socialist Party Los Angeles and Ventura Locals participated in the Los Angeles Millions March which convened at Pan Pacific Park in Los Angeles.
Hamid and Esteban from the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition met with the L.A. Local to discuss the work the Coalition has been doing, along with insight into LAPD's current surveillance tactics, from their history to their implementation. Information was given to explain how L.A. Local members can get more involved with the work of the Coalition.
Members of the New York state chapter of the Socialist Party participated in the protests against the NYPD in response to the lack of indictment of the police officer who killed Eric Garner with an illegal chokehold. The protests came from different corners of New York City to converge together in Times Square.
The protests were, as far as Joseph Phillips observed, peaceful and done with well-channeled anger. Tactics used in the protest included the established chants of the anti-police brutality protests of the last few months and blocking off traffic in roads, tunnels, and bridges.
The NYPD was more aggressive in these protests than last week’s Ferguson solidarity protests. Multiple attempts were made by the police to cage the protesters into a small confined area to stop their movement, but the protesters were able to make their way out of the confinements. In addition, dozens of arrests were made.
Protests are set to continue for the foreseeable future.