'Occupy LA' sets up camp outside City Hall

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Callie Little (seated left) and Steven Laux sit at the protesters' welcome and donation center at the foot of City Hall.

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Tents were set up on the lawns in front of L.A.'s City Hall on Sunday, October 2, 2011. Protesters said they intend to camp out indefinitely.

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Michael Ulrich, a teacher based in L.A., sat by the steps of City Hall with a sign that he says took him a couple hours to create.

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File photo: A group of protesters settle into discussion at the base of L.A.'s City Hall.

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A protester sits before a tent on the south lawn at L.A.'s City Hall on Sunday, October 2, 2011

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Signs cover the western lawn of L.A.'s City Hall

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Protesters learn the basics of CPR at the Occupy L.A. event on Sunday, October 2, 2011

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A protester learns CPR at the Occupy L.A. event on the lawn of L.A.'s City Hall on Sunday, October 2, 2011

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Demonstrators set up a generator-run media tent at the Occupy L.A. event on Sunday, October 2, 2011


A couple hundred demonstrators remained in downtown L.A. Sunday as the ongoing protest dubbed "Occupy Los Angeles" began to settle in outside City Hall.

Protesters set up about 30 tents along with a makeshift library, first aid tent, food tent, and generator-powered media tent that hosts a number of computer stations.

The event began Saturday morning as a crowd of nearly 1,000 marched down Broadway to City Hall, chanting "We are the 99 percent," and holding signs that called for everything from class war to global peace.

As the night progressed, protesters were asked to leave City Hall's lawn, but remained in front of the building.

"Unfortunately city parks close at 10:30 p.m.," said Callie Little, one of those who stayed overnight. "So we moved the entire operation to the sidewalks."

Demonstrators and their tents were allowed back on the lawn at 5:00 a.m. Sunday morning.

Organizers of this weekend's protests say they've set up a whole series of teams– including a security, sanitation, general assembly, facilitation, and a crafts team to create banners and schedule music and events.

Little is on the finance team. On Sunday, she sat behind a plastic table welcoming new initiates into the camp.

"We're sort of the hybrid welcome center and donation center," she said. "When people come who are new, that are off the street, they'll kind of come here and be like, 'Well, what do I do?"

It's Little's job to find them a place to go and to take donations of food, medical supplies and cash.

By Sunday afternoon, demonstrators had formed clusters across the City Hall lawn, some discussing politics, others holding CPR and other classes, many just taking in the sun.

Michael Ulrich, an educator who spent Sunday in front of City Hall next to a handmade sign reading "Teachers are pissed," said he decided to come out and join the demonstration after seeing the protests on New York's Wall Street.

"Over the past few years I've been feeling more and more abused, I guess," he said. "It's just really exciting to see people fed up to the point they've had enough. They don't care anymore. They're willing to go to jail. That's a powerful thing."

Steven Laux, one of those who patrolled the ground on Saturday night as part of the security team, said his team is working with police to make sure their protest remains peaceful.

"I think things went as well or better than any one could have hoped for. It was very quiet," he said of Saturday night's events. "There's been a little tension around the grass – where we can sleep exactly, but after a day it's been fine. We'll see how things go tonight."

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