Thursday, October 14, 2010

Will Los Angeles get its own version of Jon Stewart's rally? (SEE THIS INSPIRING POST!)

From L.A. Times:

For Amy Lee and her friend Ashley Wright, the decision to organize the Los Angeles-based Rally to Restore Sanity was an easy one. All it took was the urging of Jon Stewart … and tight finances.

“We were having dinner together a few weeks ago, and we were talking about how we really wanted to go to the D.C. rally,” said Lee, 38, who works in production and H.R. “But that’s quite a trip. We couldn’t afford to travel all that way.”

Two weeks and a Facebook page later (with 3,100 followers to-date), they are well on their way to organizing a satellite rally.  

“What I thought would be a small get-together with some of my friends has morphed into this big thing,” Lee said. “It’s pretty amazing.”

But before sanity can be reached, there’s been a little madness for the L.A. organizers. A permit for Pershing Square, the venue they had hoped to be the location of their organized chaos, was denied by the city earlier this week.  It conflicted with preparations for the location's winter festivities, according to a Parks and Recreation spokesperson. (Oh, I'm just SURE it ABSOLUTELY, all of the sudden, did indeed conflict with event! ;-)
“When we originally met with folks at Pershing Square a couple of weeks ago, they didn’t think there would be a problem getting a permit,” Lee said. “They actually issued us a permit number and an invoice. But when I went to pay the deposit, things changed. They’re gearing up for the holiday season.  (And you wouldn't want to invite thousands of people to the area to spend at local shops. Keep business and tourism AWAY from the city! After all, these aren't shady multi-millionaires giving you bribes & illegal campaign contributions.)

“The biggest challenge has been finding a place where we can all gather,” she added.
“We are looking at every possible venue in town,” said Wright, a 32-year-old postdoctoral biology scholar at Caltech, in an e-mail.  They said they might go back to their original plan and hold the gathering at the Federal Building on Wilshire Boulevard.  “But we just don’t know yet,” Lee added.

While committed to supporting the D.C. rally’s message, the L.A. organizers say the shadow gathering will have its own Angeleno flare, with appearances by local comedians and speakers, though a lineup hasn’t been announced yet. 

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