Occupy Hollywood! Stars Turn Out For Van Jones Occupy
Saturday, Occupiers held a rally for "artists, musicians, writers and
activists" midway between downtown LA and Beverly Hills. The website announcing the event promised a
keynote speech by Van Jones and hinted at appearances by Hollywood
celebrities. Yesterday, Variety reported that Hollywood did turn out:
Edward Norton, Elijah Wood, Marisa Tomei and Jason Alexander
turned out for "All in for the 99%," an effort to engage artists and actors
in promoting the "99% Spring," a plan to train 100,000 volunteers in
nonviolent action, including protests at corporate shareholder meetings. Van
Jones, founder of Rebuild the Dream, has been promoting the plans, and
addressed the group.
The event was sponsored by Van Jones' Rebuild the Dream, MoveOn.org, and
SEIU among others. MoveOn produced a video showing the celebrities who were
on hand including Jack Black (as part of Tenacious D) and Moby.
LA Weekly has a few additional photos including Jason Alexander shaking hands with
Congresswoman Maxine Waters. There's also a shot of performance artists
acting like corpses wrapped in American flags. LA Weekly notes that the
event raised money for Van Jones' Rebuild the Dream group.