The founding member of Occupy The Stage was arrested 06/20/2012 while Occupy The Stage was hosting the Occupy Caravan. @ots_nola was house-sitting for a friend in the neighborhood and went a few blocks up the street to feed the cat. He was next seen in the back of an NOPD car as it passed the OTS warehouse. He yelled out the window to us. @small_affair is pretty sure his phone battery had died b/c he'd been livestreaming.
He is currently being held without bond because of a warrant issued by the Louisiana State Police for Disturbing the Peace and Resisting Arrest on March 12. He was not arrested that day and we do not know how they learned his name.
He is facing extridition to East Baton Rouge and has been waiting to appear before the magistrate.
Here is the link to the YouTube video a student uploaded regarding the Louisiana State Capital incident for which the warrant is for. http://youtu.be/vHfYJ9h5Vok
This is New Orleans, where they have OPP, one of the SLOWEST processing systems in the country, not to mention terrible conditions and overpopulated to the point that there is a 'tent-city' of sorts for the prisoners! He may be extridited to Baton Rouge and have to find his own way home.
The Occupy The Stage Working Group borrowed $500.00 for Jail Support to pay the lawyer from the Occupy NOLA Legal Team, but he was still not released. We are expecting bond to be set in BR too.
Update on the Goal that we raised. He is a Master Carpenter who works at least 60 hours a week and will have missed a full week of work if he is taken to BR and released on by sometime Tuesday. The Occupy The Stage Warehouse hosts Occupy NOLA GAs, a community kitchen, and a digital media station. He typically uses his wages to pay the lease on the warehouse, the utilities, to contribute to the community kitchen, to print and circulate materials about the Occupy Movement, and to support other occupations and has at times paid musicians who perform at the FREE shows Occupy The Stage welcomes the community to attend.
He was planning to attend the Occupy National Gathering and had spent most of the money he'd earned prior to arrest preparing for the Occupy Caravan, which stayed at OTS for 2 nights.
We do not know what bond will be if/when it is set in Baton Rouge.
We are unable to speak with him until Monday when hopefully the OTS landline will be able to accept calls from Orleans Parrish Prison.
The Occupy The Stage website has been updated with info about the Baton Rouge warrant, a copy of the speech he was reading, and more videos of March 12. You can also see the photographs section to get a sense of the amount of work that this warehouse has produced - banners, protest signs, tentmonsters, and more.
We are very grateful for your donations and support during this trying time.
With Love and Solidarity,
Occupy The Stage Working Group