Sunday, December 30, 2012

It's Not All Roses For The Banksters' Victims

2013: Occupy our homes
it’s not all roses for the banksters' VICTIMS
Shepard Fairey @ObeyGiant sends #LemonInstagrams2Congress 
WHO: Occupy Fights Foreclosures Activists, Southern California Homeowners
WHEN: Tuesday, January 1st, 2013
WHERE: 2013 Rose Parade, Pasadena, CA., Occupiers and Participants will be meeting at Singer Park 250 West California Blvd. Pasadena, CA. starting at 6am
WHY: To shed light on the continuing abuses by major banks who fraudulently foreclose on  thousands of homes, breaking up families  and destroying the economy.
WHAT: Occupy Fights Foreclosures will be presenting an unofficial float: “Occupy Our Homes, It’s Not All Roses For the Banksters Victims.” Homeowners will march the parade route with large banners, umbrellas, Fraudclosure Wagon (float) and 10' Monopoli Banker
Contact: Carlos Marroquin (323) 592-4663
 “Occupy FIGHTS FORECLOSURES” marches in the 2013 rose parade to send a loud message to the big banks who bankroll this parade
 LOS ANGELES –December 31, 2012 -- Wells Fargo and many other big banks sponsoring the Rose Parade are guilty of grossly inflating the value of homes, originating fraudulent loans, illegally foreclosing on homes, and falsifying IRS tax forms. Bank of America and Wells Fargo are among the largest Mortgage Lenders in the country and thousands, if not tens of thousands, have fallen victim to its mortgage practices and those of other banks who, in sponsoring this parade, hope to come out “smelling like a rose.”
"We at Occupy Fights Foreclosures have chosen to take a stand against the illegal practices of these lenders -- instead we stand with homeowners fighting to keep their homes. It has been estimated that approximately 4 million foreclosures are slated for 2013.
As we step into a new year, we also welcome the new Homeowner’s Bill of Rights-a new tool in helping homeowners fight back against the fraud.  Occupy Fights Foreclosures was on hand to help in getting that bill to pass, and we will be on hand to help with the implementation to help the thousands of families who have been left alone without representation in this foreclosure fiasco.
“Occupy Fights Foreclosures” will be there among all the floats sponsored by the Banking Communities outlining themselves as an indispensible part of the community. Their unofficial float in the Rose Parade will serve as a reminder to the thousands of homeowners who are holding on to their homes that they are not alone, and it will serve as a reminder to the banks of the thousands of homeless families that they have removed from their homes leaving them displaced. They’re fed up with these banks stealing the American Dream.
Occupy Fights Foreclosures, is dedicated to end the bank abuse against homeowners, the families, and the communities in which they live. "I have worked closely with dozens of home owners. I have seen widespread abuse by financial institutions that continue their financial terrorism against working families," says Carlos Marroquin, "Unless we resist, abuses will continue."
You can Join & Share the Facebook event page here:
Contact: Carlos Marroquin (323) 592-4663

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Melissa Balin petitions Supreme Court of California for Immediate Relief

Melissa Balin petitions Supreme Court of California for Immediate Relief
November 26, 2012, after two weeks without the court appointing new counsel after removing Balin's private bar-paneled attorney, also appointed by the court due to court declared conflicts; and courtesy of the BudaLaw WritFactory FreeWorkshop sponsored by Women Seeking Justice, Melissa Balin went to San Francisco and filed her own petition for a Writ of Prohibition against all lower courts, with the Supreme Court of California.
You can read the petition here:
We wish we could finally report an end to this continued waste of limited state taxpayer resources, but in a retaliatory move, "coincidentally" less than two weeks after filing but ONE YEAR into pre-trial, the lower courts have now halted all proceedings in order to determine Balin's competency to stand trial. Sign and share this Change.Org petition to show our #Solidarity to the Supreme Court to #ExonerateMelissaBalin

Monday, October 22, 2012

Save The Unborn Children Of Lynwood!

We who support this petition find it unacceptable that unborn children are being subjected to cruel and unusual punishment at the Lynwood Century Regional Detention Facility. The unconstitutional treatment of pregnant women incarcerated in Los Angeles County has resulted in an untold number of deaths and unlawful termination of pregnancies directly and indirectly caused by Sheriff misconduct. Many of these cases of excessive force, even those severe enough to end in a trip to the hospital, as in the case of filmmaker Melissa Balin, continue to remain uninvestigated.

While there is no remedy for the unborn fetus of Melissa Balin, We call upon the highest courts to hear Writs of Habeas Corpus for the immediate release of any and all pregnant women currently incarcerated. In any future arrests of pregnant woman and those awaiting trial, especially in the cases of non-violent offenses, we ask the courts to issue commuted sentences, to ensure a safe and loving gestation period for the innocent unborn child. Such an environment is clearly not possible in the correctional system that the ACLU recently described in a report, as being run by a "savage gang of deputies".  
You can sign the online petition HERE:

If you, or someone you know, has a loved one currently serving time at the Lynwood Correctional Facility, please Join and Share this Facebook Group to share ideas and progress:

and Here is the FanPage to LIKE on Facebook for updates: 

On behalf of all the Unborn Children whose voices may never be heard, please RT:

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Happy Birthday Occupy LA & Definite Detention

published via: filmmaker Melissa Balin

consider this a blog entry AND a deposition.  A dessert topping AND a floor wax, if you will...  An anecdote torn from the pages of A Day In The Life of a CopWatch journal... or simply the truest recollection of the events I, Melissa Balin, witnessed in the 24 hour period surrounding the Occupy LA One Year Anniversary October 1, 2012 in and around the approximate one block radius of City Hall.

It was a grand reunion of sorts in Pershing Square, bittersweet in that many of us had not seen each other for many moons and yet our souls had never left City Hall In Solidarity with the thousands of years of fighting oppression worldwide.  After the General Assembly in Pershing Square, several of us marched over to Solidarity Park to pay homage to the birth of Occupy LA and the strange circumstances that brought 100% of us all together one year ago.  I was given the opportunity to share the poem I wasn't able to perform at the Speak-Out in light of my inexplicably strange detention the evening previous (September 30) for suspicion of a lewd act (I couldn't make this shit up) by North Hollywood PD.
Contest Entry for Chalk The Police 10.2.2012
It has come to my attention through an article in the LA Times by Andrew Blankstein dated October 2, 10:45am (, that the "spontaneous expressive event" ( that ensued on the evening of October 1st and 2nd to "Chalk the Police" In Solidarity with the 2nd Annual CopBlock Chalk The Police contest, the One Year Anniversary of Occupy LA, and the 2-year Anniversary of the "Sleep In The Streets In Solidarity With the Homeless", is currently under a criminal investigation for alleged "permanent vandalism". 

Here is a link to video of my spoken word performance that allegedly incited a "chalk riot":

While it is unfortunate that a NON-permanent marker was used by an unidentified individual who chooses to remain Anonymous and whose identity, if known, would be protected by freedom of the press to protect their sources, it is clear by the photographic evidence of the immediate removal of the alleged "grafitti" (also considered to be "peaceful protest art" by many), by cleaning solution alone by an unusually handsome city worker, by 9:47 am (incidentally in full public view across from the lobby of the LA Times over an HOUR BEFORE the article was incorrectly published by the LA Times), that this was not an act of "permanent vandalism", nor was it intended to be, but was instead, a clear act of art and freedom of expression as protected by the First Amendment.
unusually handsome city worker cleans spontaneous expressive act
As is well known by OathKeepers around the world, and further confirmed by Federal and State Supreme Court rulings, the excercising of a Constitutional Right cannot be converted into a crime, therefore, it is clear that a criminal investigation of this spontaneous expressive act protected by the First Amendment of the Constitution for the United States of America, is both unnecessary and of a material waste to taxpayer dollars.  In addition to these truths we hold to be self-evident, there is accompanying video evidence showing at least five law enforcement officers from various agencies of Los Angeles, including LAPD and the Los Angeles Office of Public Safety, ignoring the pleas for help by victims of a knifing in the same block, in order to pursue the ridiculous said chalk "investigation" by detaining a filmmaker and member of the media, FOUR SEPARATE OCCASIONS by multiple law enforcement agencies in the same 50 yard radius in less than a four hour period from 5am until 9am on Tuesday, October 2nd.

By the way, can anyone tell me how many times one can be detained for the same investigation in the same location for the same alleged crime?  After all, they cannot give more than one parking ticket for the same offense in the same location... surely this could be considered an excessive abuse of the NDAA and the shocking repeated detention of a member of the media for none other than politically motivated purposes.

This shows a flagrant misappropriation of already limited city resources, and a disturbing and unconscionable prioritization of selective enforcement of politically motivated falsified charges under color of law instead of violent crimes and the genuine safety of the citizens of Los Angeles.  This is not only unbecoming and unacceptable human relations to represent one of the greatest tourist visitor centers in the world, but it is a salacious violation of human rights in violation of the 3rd and 4th Geneva Conventions, worthy of investigation into what would be internationally regarded as a "grave breach".

We The People of the State of California, demand an immediate Federal Investigation into the widely accepted practices of fear, intimidation and false arrests of its citizens by various Los Angeles law enforcement agencies under the color of law in a thinly veiled attempt to boast of lowered crime rates which are actually falsified reports through widespread collusion and a "blue wall of silence" with regards to exculpatory evidence including but not limited to that, which is material to defendants. 

On the morning of October 3rd, 2012, I, Melissa Balin, an internationally identified member of the media and ironically, a former Producer of Police Officer of the Year Award Show for Court TV, was on my way to give a speech on public comment to the Countywide Criminal Justice Coordination Committee asking for the immediate release of any pregnant inmates and/or mothers of children under the ages of 5 years old, in the interest of Justice and in light of the recent shocking evidence (including and not limited to my own personal case and miscarriage from police and sheriff brutality while in custody from November 14 through December 15, 2011) of unlawful terminations of pregnancy and cruel and unusual punishment of both the incarcerated mother and the innocent child who is being deprived of maternal contact material to their early development, which has been shown to be upheld through coordinated unconstitutional practices from plea bargaining all the way through to the probation system, with no other apparent purpose or design than to breed a generation of citizens further inclined to get caught up in a life in the California correctional system.

When it was brought to my attention that the spontaneous expressive event with artwork including slogans such as "#ExonerateMelissaBalin", and chalked body outlines with slogans written inside them such as "RIP Manual Diaz", "RIP Kelly Thomas", and "RIP Oscar Grant" was under criminal investigation, I, Melissa Balin, a lifetime member of the media, who has been working directly with Press Information Officer, and Commander of the Media Relations and Community Affairs Group, Andrew Smith, for over a year now to confirm true and correct quotes and responses on behalf of the Los Angeles Police Department Public Information Office, immediately called Smith, and offered to turn myself in for questioning and in full compliance of a criminal investigation, as both a potential witness, and potential suspect.  Commander Smith indicated that the investigation was only for the alleged permanent marker and alleged defecation, which would need to be determined by lab and video evidence whether or not the defecation (on a different street nowhere near view of our spontaneous expressive event anyways) was human or animal... I let Commander Smith know, that I did not have knowledge of WHO wrote "Be Ego Tripping" in marker next to the words "Los Angeles Police Department" sign, but I did know and have physical photographic evidence that the marker was NOT permanent as contrary to his misinformation, I had witnessed a handsome city worker remove the alleged grafitti with some combination of water and cleaning solution (as seen above), PRIOR to the article and quote from Commander Smith. 

Commander Smith thanked me for my cooperation, and let me know that I did not need to "turn myself in" to give witness testimony, only if I was a potential suspect in the alleged crime, so I confirmed with him that they were indeed NOT investigating chalk as vandalism, although the LA Times article, erroneously stated, "According to police, the vandalism included chalking sidewalks around police headquarters with slogans like "Protect and serve the 1%" and "Pigs."  But the vandalism included slogans that were scrawled in permanent ink on one of the marble walls on the side of the Ronald Deaton Auditorium and one of the statues on the west side of the building. In addition, someone defecated next to the statue."

When I asked him to please call the author of the LA Times article, Andrew Blankstein, Commander Smith recanted his comments, and said he would allow the statement to stand, in spite of the full knowledge that the erroneous reporting was inciting fear of the constitutionally protected and inherently American use of chalk, amongst children and citizens of Los Angeles County and consequently other cities across the nation that look up to Los Angeles as an exemplary model for a just and fair municipality (LOL).  I explained to him that I must voluntarily turn myself in as a potential suspect then, because I did indeed write the words "If You Violate, We Will Litigate" in chalk on the sidewalk in front of the LAPD headquarters sign as a cathartic way to turn my pain into art through freedom of expression for my unlawful termination of pregnancy.

Since I have been unconstitutionally detained without any evidence of a crime for FIVE times in a 24-hour period on October 2, 2012, and have shown myself to be more than compliant with NO flight risk whatsoever, I will not answer any questions without an attorney present and will also be filing formal citizen complaints for misconduct, false allegations, and abuse of authority under color of law, against Sergeant A. Walker (#26777) of Central Area, Officer Morris (#10544), Sergeant Guillen (General Services Office of Public Safety), Sergeant Martinez (#1049), and Lieutenant Robert Payan (also General Services Office of Public Safety), who stated that he "will continue to arrest people for my interpretation of the law until a court tells me not to" and Commander Andrew Smith, if he should continue to refuse to correct the incorrect reporting of the LA Times, resulting in a continued and unsettled panic amongst the good, non-voting, but future, constituents of Los Angeles County, our children and their mothers- who are now afraid of chalk for no good reason other than an apparent police state that is unseemly for the largest media capitol of the world.

I have left many messages for the editorial offices of the Los Angeles Times regarding their unfortunate error in journalistic reporting, but have received no response at this reporting, other than that "it's not my department, and everyone except for Breaking News, leaves for the day at 5pm".

While I am a known associate of Occupy; Occupy LA has a group consensus policy NOT to cooperate or talk to cops and my actions should be considered autonomous as both a victim of police brutality and a member of the media.  My court appointed public defender on my currently open Case #1CA16847-02 ( has advised me that I should reserve my right to remain silent and not incriminate myself in any way.  He feels that it is "crazy" of me to turn myself in for questioning on a matter that is falsely being investigated as a crime, but it is evident to me, that I am being continually harassed by law enforcement officials, and that my co-director Shepard Fairey was penalized in his recent unconstitutional conviction achieved by a plea bargain obtained through forced coercion, for how long he had waited to "turn himself in" (in direct contradiction with the Fifth Amendment).  Since I am so "upstanding" and have nothing to hide, I can see no other remedy for this continued harrassment and am in the process of coordinating the "turning myself in" to the Central Division, for a formal criminal investigation of my admitted chalk art (as protected under the First Amendment), under the supervision of a California barred attorney and in a filmed deposition with Internal Affairs.

Wish me luck and know that I have NO intention whatsoever to incriminate ANYONE BESIDES MYSELF in this criminal investigation.  In fact, I was on the ground with my eyes closed most of the time as unidentified anonymous strangers chalked outlines around my body in solidarity with those victims who have lost their lives to police brutality, so I have absolutely NO recollection of any other chalking or how it may or may not gotten there prior to or after my admitted chalking of "If You Violate We Will Litigate", "RIP Manual Diaz", "RIP Kelly Thomas", and "RIP Oscar Grant".
alleged "permanent vandalism"
As ridiculous as this all sounds, and although I am trying to be a good sport about the whole thing, I am NOT kidding and take this all very seriously.  For the record, and contrary to popular belief, I am NOT interested in being some sort of "test case", and am not doing this because I am "crazy" or "want to be arrested" by any means.  My public defender, being of Asian American descent, made the unfortunate comparison to what if law enforcement started asking everyone who is Jewish to come in and report themselves and would I do that even though I didn't have to?  I reminded him that those involved in the embarrassing blight on our own beloved American history now known as the "Japanese internment", did not have the same luxury of those "kettled" for being Jewish or gay during the Holocaust in Europe, to claim otherwise; and in honor of those killed by racially motivated selective enforcement throughout history, In Solidarity with the Lakota fight for recognition of their Sovereign Rights, in Solidarity with the Pussy Riot Appeal currently being heard in Russia, and in refusal of consent to an apparent police state here in the United States of America, I will be turning myself in for the following alleged crimes either currently viewed as criminal by modern society or historically speaking:

Under duress, and in the hopes of complete exoneration, after almost a year of being definitely detained indefinitely,I admit alleged "guilt" of the following:

     1) chalking on a public sidewalk
     2) being Jewish
     3) not being a virgin
and lastly,
     4) that "I think I'm turning Japanese".

Power to the Peaceful.  God Bless Us Every One.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

#A29 National Lemon Juice Day

August 29th was National Lemon Juice Day and 8 year old Lacianne Carriere wowed the Los Angeles City Council speaking before them for the very first time, offering them Free Fresh Lemonade for Justice and  The little girl is no stranger to applause, as the younger sister of actor RJ Mitte (star of the hit show Breaking Bad), she made her own first appearance on camera at the age of 1 1/2, but this was her first visit to City Hall since she sang a Peace song at the Occupy LA encampment before the November 30th raid, and her very first time speaking to ANY City Council, let alone one of the Nation's most watched City meetings.  She brought smiles to everyone's faces, when she burst into song, with "When Life Gives You Lemons... You Gotta Make Some Fresh Juice!"

Here is vid of City Council Member Paul Koretz juggling Lemons for Justice with RJ MItte while Lacianne sings:
and Chief Beck wishing everyone a Happy National Lemon Juice Day while Lacianne sings:

Co-Creator of the "When Life Gives You Lemons Make Fresh Juice" civic engagement campaign, Melissa Balin, explains the innocent publicity stunt, "at a time when American farmers need our support, where appropriate labeling of genetically modified produce is a genuine issue, and organic farm-to-table practices should be encouraged, Lacianne Carriere and her mom and I agreed that having Lacianne wish City Council a Happy National Lemon Juice Day would be a fun lighthearted way to raise awareness to these constituent concerns with a smile and a reminder that we must prioritize a sustainable future for the youth throughout our governmental process."

"WhenLifeGivesYouLemons...Make Fresh Juice" is a social action campaign to remind people of ways to turn pain into art and find creative non-violent ways to express themselves and their grievances as protected by Free Speech.  Lacianne joined other celebrity activists including her brother RJ Mitte, artist Shepard Fairey, and actress Q'orianka Kilcher (, in selecting their own "LEMON" to send #LemonInstagrams2Congress as a fun way to encourage civic engagement and transparent participatory Democracy

Lacianne chose #Justice4TaraCalico ((, a social justice campaign that has been seeking the Truth in the New Mexico disappearance of Tara Calico ( for over twenty years, under the attention of Oprah Winfrey, and countless National media outlets and currently the subject of a new documentary being Executive Produced by Lacianne's brother, RJ Mitte.  New science is available to solve the case and celebrities and activists are demanding Justice for the small town that could be Anywhere USA.

Lacianne's photo will travel in an exhibit to Washington DC to be shown to members of Congress for National Fresh Juice Week in January 2013, but the effect of engaging in a healthy positive experience with municipal government at a young age without the threat of rubber bullets or tear gas canisters, or even more terrifyingly real gunfire, as at Congresswoman Gabrielle Gifford's attack, all tensions that the whole Nation is still recovering from, is a priceless gift that will have impact over many people's lifetimes.

Thank you for your time and consideration of this matter of metaphorical importance to us all- at a time when legislation regarding GMO labeling should be on everyone's minds, how come NOBODY covered NATIONAL LEMON JUICE DAY?  What's it take to make "National" "News" these days lol?

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Celebrate #NationalLemonJuiceDay #A29

Wednesday, August 29th is National Lemon Juice Day!


Breaking Bad star, RJ Mitte & his kid sister, Lacianne Carriere, make Lemon Juice 4 Justice!

WHO: Celebrity activists of all ages join forces to celebrate National Lemon Juice Day on August 29, 2012!  Celebrities and activists already participating in the campaign include world renowned artist, Shepard Fairey, actor RJ Mitte, filmmakers Melinda Esquibel and Melissa Balin, musicians Fresh Juice Party, and celebrity activist Q’orianka Kilcher.

WHAT: 8 year old Lacianne Carriaere hosts a Lemon-Aid Stand with her celebrity brother, RJ Mitte (star of hit show Breaking Bad and Executive Producer of the documentary, VANISHED: The Tara Calico Story) and celebrity friends;  to benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand and raise awareness for the #Justice4TaraCalico social media campaign.  People from all around the world will be able to participate in this global Call To Action for Social Justice, by visiting the virtual lemon-aid stand through or or AlexsLemonade.Org to make a donation in the name of #Justice4TaraCalico.

WHEN:  Wednesday, August 29, 2012 (#A29) is National Lemon Juice Day.  Celebrate from wherever you are by visiting and making a donation.  If you are in or around the Los Angeles area, you can visit the Justice4Tara Lemon-Aid Stand outside of the historic Los Angeles City Hall building in the park known as Solidarity Park, from Noon until 2:00 pm Pacific Standard Time or follow along via Live Stream at where every donation will be given a social media “Shout-Out” to be shared by the internet community across all available social media platforms.

WHERE:  Los Angeles Solidarity Park Outside the historic LA City Hall and virtually at and

WHY:  For every ten dollar donation, RJ Mitte and celebrity friends will tweet and share a “shout-out” via various social media platforms, associating supporters and/or their brand with the righteous quest for Social Justice and Truth.  Generations young and old will have an opportunity to express themselves, freely air their grievances for a good cause, and help to raise a global awareness to the constant pursuit of Justice For All.

Friday, August 24, 2012

How To Send #LemonInstagrams2Congress

CelebrityActivist Q'orianka Kilcher wants you to Tweet Congress with a #LemonInstagram2Congress for #Energy
 Here's How Easy It is to Participate:

1) Here is our album on Pinterest so you can download your favorite grievance pics:
1a)  You can also download the LemonInstagram pics from our Facebook Album HERE:

2) Find your Congressional Representatives through


& The Facebook Event Page so you can participate from wherever you are:

Of course, some of you, are brimming with unprecedented creativity, in which case, we look forward to seeing the amazing ORIGINAL LemonInstagrams, video responses, tweets, pins, and tumbles from our favorite celebrity activist friends, all in the name of exercising our Constitutional right to air our grievances, in good, clean, Fun!  

Your Mission, Should You Choose To Accept It: Get Creative With Lemons...

The theme: #WhenLifeGivesYouLemons... #MakeFreshJuice
#A29 #NationalLemonJuiceDay
Send #LemonInstagrams2Congress on what YOU think is a LEMON requiring effective CHANGE.
Stay Occupied By Any Creative, Non-Violent Means Necessary

Oh, and here's the previous blog that Explains:
Just What IS a #LemonInstagram2Congress?!

Friday, August 17, 2012

#WhenLifeGivesYouLemons... Send Them To Congress!

Activist groups Stay Occupied and The Fresh Juice Party have teamed up to create a safe way for the American People to air their grievances without getting arrested, or sprayed with rubber bullets!  From August 20th, National Lemonade Day, until August 29th, National Lemon Juice Day, Americans are encouraged to use various social media platforms to Tweet #LemonInstagrams2Congress

Lemon laws are American state laws that provide a remedy for purchasers of cars in order to compensate for cars that repeatedly fail to meet standards of quality and performance. These vehicles are called lemons. The federal lemon law (the Magnuson–Moss Warranty Act) protects citizens of all states.  There is currently no such thing for governmental bodies and programs that fail to meet standards of quality and performance... hmmm...

The community social media art project #LemonInstagrams2Congress first launched In Solidarity with the Occupy May 1st General Strike (#M1GS), as a creative non-violent means of enabling the American People to air their grievances, as protected by The First Amendment of the Constitution.  Generations young and old are using social media applications such as Instagram and Pinterest to upload pictures of lemons inscribed with grievances; and sharing platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and TweetCongress.Org, to send the images to members of Congress and share globally in order to engage in meaningful dialogue designed to create effective change.  Celebrities and activists already involved in this project dedicated to making civic engagement fun and accessible, include: Activist Band, The Fresh Juice Party, Actress Q'orianka Kilcher, Musician PonyBoy of Los Marijuanos, Internet Radio Personality Steve Gelder, Filmmaker Melissa Balin, members of Los Angeles Community Action Network and members of Occupy LA.

Between August 20th (#A20) and August 29th (#A29) people can participate by uploading their pics or e-mailing them directly to

"Participation Sans Intimidation." Filmmaker, Melissa Balin, explains, "The current political climate has instilled fear in the People to express themselves out in the streets.  We hope that this will be a fun, safe way for the next generation to learn about the concept of transparent participatory democracy, which is one of the Principles of Solidarity of the Occupy Wall Street Movement.  We have chosen #A20 - #A29 in celebration of California's effective lemon law and in the hopes of raising further awareness to other important issues like organic farm-to-table practices, encouraging small business entrepreneurship, and protection against politically motivated selective enforcement, such as protecting small children from receiving fines or citations for their neighborhood lemonade stands- in a creative and non-threatening way to those city officials whom we have seen exhibit a propensity to handcuff in other public forums."

The project will become a traveling exhibit planned to arrive in Washington D.C. in time to help Congress celebrate National Fresh Squeezed Juice Week January 17-23, 2013.  

To find out more about The #LemonInstagrams2Congress Project, please visit

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

August 15 is National Lemon Meringue Pie Day. Really!

Did you know that August 15th is National Lemon Meringue Pie Day?  Spread the word! 

RT: #WhenLifeGivesYouLemons... #CelebrateAllThingsLemonMeringue on #A15!

This is a fun and delicious way to raise awareness to important issues like Organic Practices from Farm-To-Table, small business entrepreneurship, job creation, and of course, our right to air our grievances.  Share your fun & interesting ways to #Share #NationalLemonMeringuePieDay on our
Stay Occupied Pinterest Board for #A15:

Stay Occupied Pinterest Board for National Lemon Meringue Pie Day
Power To The Peaceful!  Remember, The Medium IS The Message.  So, Stay Occupied by any creative, non-violent, means necessary!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Last night I dreamt a dingo ate the police officer who killed my baby

Chalk = Free Speech.
It's a recurring dream... one where the only Justice available to the victims of police brutality is a random act of violence committed by nature... 

PTSD from Police Brutality and its collateral damage is a drag... 
but turning your Pain into Art- that is transformative and righteous.

Chalk Is Art.  
Chalk = Free Speech.
Free Speech Is Not A Crime... but the LAPD thinks it is an arrestable offense.  City Attorneys around the country know that Chalk on public property it is not a prosecutable offense.
Someone should remind the LAPD that the exercising of a constitutional right cannot be converted into a crime and of the ACLU civil suit recently filed against the NYPD for unlawful arrests... 

Expect Us To Express Us.

RT: #OccupyChalkupyEverywhere #A9 #InSolidarity #OLA292 #ChalkWalk #OWS #GlobalChalk #WeArePeaceful

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

#Miscarriage Of Justice

Balin still peaceful after 3 unconstitutional arrests.
     Melissa Balin is a filmmaker and activism media producer.  Former producer for Police Officer of the Year Award Show for Court TV, and board member of the Angela Shelton Foundation to empower the survivors of sexual abuse, as well as the Foundation for Orphaned, Abandoned, Disabled, African Children; Balin had never been arrested prior to her known association with the Occupy LA movement and has since been unconstitutionally arrested three times over a thirty day period during the 2011 holiday season.  Balin was taken into the emergency room for treatment of the use of force by sheriffs and/or police while in custody for two of the three arrests, resulting in a miscarriage.  While the City has yet to even begin an investigation into the allegations of police misconduct almost six months ago being the cause of death to the unborn fetus; the City Attorney's office is zealously prosecuting Balin for Misdemeanor charges of Contempt of Court during her first arrest on November 14, 2011, where she was unconstitutionally held in LA County Jail without cause and without even a phone call to notify family or legal counsel for more than 53 hours.
     According to Masinter 355 So.2d 1288, the power to jail for contempt is given "on the assumption that it will be judiciously and sparingly employed".      
     Professionals in the mental health field believe that Balin's healing from the trauma of her miscarriage will continue to be inhibited by the stress and emotional duress of the trial and could cause Balin worsened Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other long-term debilitating mental illness.  May 29th will mark the SIXTH month where the prosecution refuses to bring in the video evidence held by the LA Sheriff’s Department and subpoenaed by the defense in discovery.
     Whether it is your taxpayer dollars being wasted or not, if you are a voting constituent, or prefer to remain Anonymous; please sign this online petition: and call, fax, tweet, and/or write, to elected City Attorney, Carmen Trutanich's office, asking him not to pursue this "Miscarriage of Justice" any further.  While Balin's conduct in the courtroom as an identified member of the media may have been improper or unwise, it was not contemptuous or criminal, and the record does not support a finding that she intended to obstruct the proceedings.  Based on lack of sufficient evidence, and in the interest of Justice, ask the City Attorney to please drop all charges against filmmaker Melissa Balin in Case #1CA16847-02.

MAIL:                                        The Office of the City Attorney
 800 City Hall East
 200 N. Main Street
 Los Angeles, CA 90012
TELEPHONE:  213.978.8100       FAX:  213.978.8312
TWITTER:  @TRU09                     e-mail:
We Thank You for your time and attention to this matter of great importance to Justice For All.

ANONYMOUS In Solidarity.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Monday, April 30, 2012

When Life Gives You Lemons... #LetThemEatCake!

When Life gives you a preponderance of lemons, try to find creative non-violent ways to make a Universal Lesson out of that lemon, and then eat it.  That’s right- when Life gives you lemons- #LetThemEatCake- Lemon cake!  For example in protest against corporate greed and to Put People Before Profits, I’m baking lemon cupcakes in solidarity with the May 1st General Strike and as just one of the many tantalizing perks in our Indie Gogo Stay Occupied fundraising campaign. 

You know, in my home state of California, we have one of the best lemon laws in the nation to protect consumers- if your car is at the dealer for more than three times for the same repair issue they MUST take action.  Too bad we can’t file a lemon law complaint against Congress, huh?

The closest thing we’ve got is the Right to air our grievances and we’d better use it before we lose it!  So Please Register to Vote and demand effective action for a change- in some States like Maine you can register all the way up to the election polls, and in others you must be registerd up to 30 days in advance, so be sure to check your States’ registration deadlines.

Whether you choose to identify yourself or be Anonymous, We Expect YOU to Join Us.  Let your voice be heard.  Air your grievances, and unlike Congress, help us look for meaningful solutions for a sustainable future.  Whether you place your message on a white flag, a tweet or even a #LemonInstagram2Congress, Please remember that the Medium IS the Message and continue to find & SHARE ways to @StayOccupied by any creative non-violent means necessary. 

Power To The Peaceful!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Jack Herer Wants YOU to #Occupy420!

Jack Herer (June 18, 1939-April 15, 2010) was a great civil rights activist who dedicated his life to the ReLegalization of Cannabis Hemp and the Freedom of All Pot Prisoners. He will be forever remembered for his tireless crusade to spread the Truth about the many uses of Hemp and the conspiracy behind its Prohibition, as well as the book he authored on the topic: The Emperor Wears No Clothes

4/20 was named Jack Herer Day last year by High Times Magazine! This year, ANONYMOUS, launched #OpCannabis to #OCCUPY420. In solidarity with #OWS, our commitment to Open Source Media, and in honor of Jack Herer's legacy, we are releasing the short documentary Jack Herer's Emperor Wears No Clothes, co-directed by Jack Herer & Melissa Balin, FREE to the People, via YouTube on 4/20/2012!


Prohibition was based on a series of lies that we have since uncovered, thereby rendering it invalid. We must Rize Up and reverse our false imprisonments. Please spend 4 minutes and 20 seconds to SHARE this 25 minute documentary about the many uses of Hemp and the conspiracy behind its Prohibition, with your social networks around the globe. Let it be known that Hemp Can Save The Planet! Prohibition Is SO Over. Please LIKE, Tweet & Repeat!

To find out what else we can do to DeSchedule Cannabis Today, please visit