According to my sources, 200 to 300 assorted anti-police radicals, left-wingers and anarchists are expected to assemble in front of Anaheim City Hall on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. to commemorate last year’s riots — or as protest organizers term those nights of lawlessness and property destruction, “historic community mobilizations.”
Protest organizers are working to bus anti-social types from all over California. The website of Occupy Oakland (a truly radical group) has this link to a Wepay.com page for bus tickets to Anaheim; there are three tiers of ticket prices, including “solidarity pricing.”
Protestors are getting excited and sharing their feelings online. Frank Lara, a Party for Socialism and Liberation activist who seems to be putting together the Riot Bus from Oakland, made this Facebook profile picture:
Not very subtle. Then again, communists usually aren’t. In addition to his obviously major time commitment to Party for Socialism and Liberation activities and sticking it to The One Percent, Mr. Lara studied City and Regional Planning at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (according to his Facebook page).
Lara helpfully posted the Oakland Riot Bus itinerary:
Douglas Kaufman from Los Angeles posted this on OCCORD’s Facebook page, inviting them to join this Sunday’s protest:
Mr. Kaufman has a particularly belligerent view of how to interact with law enforcement:
Wow. Kaufman and his fellow radicals had to “bully” the “pigs…out of the way” because “they feared us.” So much for “peaceably assemble.”
Notice the recurring themes that reflect the genuine world-view of the organizers of this protest: the police are a murderous, racist institution organized for the repression and brutalization of minorities. Their statements, epithets and memes are also illustrative of the left-wing bubble world in which these people exist, and a lack of understanding of that Anaheim isn’t Oakland or Berkeley or Los Angeles. These anarch0-leftists circuses may be part of the normal tableau in cities like those, but they are alien to a place like Anaheim.
It’s important to note that two of the lead organizers of this anti-police protest, Donna Acevedo and Genevieve Huizar, are accorded community spokesperson status by local media and some Anaheim leaders.
Anaheim residents who come across this protest aren’t going to say to themselves, “My God, it is imperative that our community engage in a critical self-examination of our repressive civic structures and address the institutional racism and social inequality that benefits the corporate elite to the detriment of the working class!”
They’re going to think, “Who the heck are these weirdos and what are they doing in Anaheim?”
In terms of any political impact this march, let me put it this way: after last year’s riots, no council candidate sent out mailers saying they were going to crack down on the police. All the candidate mailers boasted of how they would crack down on gangs. That’s because Anaheim voters want the city to come down on Anaheim’s gangs, not Anaheim’s police.