01 Nov '11, 1pm

24 hours at Occupy LA convinced one fence-sitter that this movement could be a force for real change. #OWS

24 hours at Occupy LA convinced one fence-sitter that this movement could be a force for real change. #OWS

Occupy L.A. Photo: Patrick Gookin People have a lot of misconceptions about the Occupy Wall Street movement. Some may think it's populated by arrogant 20-somethings looking for attention and a party atmosphere with leftovers from Burning Man and Coachella. Some may think it's a few leftist apologists and homeless people intermingling uncomfortably. Some may think it's a breeding ground for anti-American anarchists and communists plotting the takedown of our infrastructure. Others think it's just a passing fad like pointy shoes and Bedazzler jackets. I had some of these misconceptions myself. But after visiting Occupy L.A. a few times, I decided to go for broke and join the occupation to see it all firsthand. I didn't know what to expect, but I had to reject these doubts before I could really see what was taking place. I visited during a Demands Committee meeting and the Ge...

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