Natasha Vargas-Cooper is not just a successful freelance journalist for outlets like GQ, the Daily Beast, the New York Times and The Atlantic. She is also someone who once worked as a full-time labor organizer.
In an article today for The Awl.com entitled “The Night Occupy Los Angeles Tore Itself In Two,” she writes about disastrous Affinity and General Assembly meetings that took place on Wednesday:
By the time the General Assembly was ready to meet at 7:30 p.m., things were unraveling. A large group, made up almost entirely of men, stood in a circle denouncing the General Assembly and their efforts to “police” the camp, particularly regarding drinking or smoking weed. Anyone who spoke in favor of a code of conduct was aggressively booed.