Exactly a year ago today, a secretive joint operation between @LAPDHQ and @LASDHQ took place at 3 AM.

It was the raid of the Black Unity 24/7 autonomous protest camp in Grand park— one of the longest lasting autonomous protest zones in the nation. No media was allowed on scene.
Residents were only given a few minutes to gather everything they owned before the destruction began. Residents who were absent lost everything— even a passport was destroyed.

Here’s some background context on this Black Lives Matter protest camp: latimes.com/california/sto…
The @BlackUnityLA autonomous protest damp was right across the street from city hall. It made for a central hub for activists to organize, exchange ideas, grow, and heal.

Also, most folks never knew this… but the camp barricades were built in the shape of a heart. 💚
Rather than dwell on the violent & traumatic raid— I want to talk about the good times at Black Unity; what the camp meant to folks. After the first massive wave of #BlackLivesMatter protests began to decrease in numbers, the camp became a home for protesters that refused quit.
The camp had a creative and resilient spirit that was committed to protesting for Black Lives. There was a mantra of the 24 hour protest. People felt the need to protest even when the numbers were few. It was not uncommon to even see 1-2 person protests.
I don’t have anything deeply insightful to say— honestly: I just miss the place. So here are some photos as memories. These are from my first days visiting Black Unity. A community garden was starting, art projects were constant, people had a place to HEAL from protest trauma.
There was a memorial for #GarrettFoster, a BLM protester in Austin who was murdered by a far right extremist in the early days of the George Floyd uprising.
I heard some gonzos taught a seminar there on how to film the police… or something… 👀
The camp slowly grew in size and scope and came into its own as a civil rights protest hub in Los Angeles.
Movie night!
The upgraded community garden was so beautiful.
In my opinion, the crowning jewel was THE COMMUNITY LIBRARY!! A great place to escape the heat, charge your phone, and read some revolutionary literature.
Seriously. This library was amazing. I’m still so angry LAPD and LASD destroyed all of this.
My final memory was an indigenous prayer dance celebrating the space.

I can’t believe it’s been a year since I’ve set foot in this place. I still miss it.

That’s all for this little retrospective, folks.

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