LA joins the We are the 99 percent movement


LOS ANGELES - On Oct 1 people in Los Angeles came together from all walks of life to join in solidarity with the Occupy Movement on Wall Street, calling on the banks to pay their fair share.

Chanting "Banks got bailed our, we got sold out" and "We are the 99 percent" referring the fact that 1 percent of the people make up the wealthiest while the 99 percent are losing their jobs and their homes, while students are burdened with crushing debt but have no prospects to finding a job.

Over 2,000 people came out, marching from Pershing Square to City Hall, where 300 plus camped out the first night. People are urged to join the Occupation, when they can, participate in the many committees formed to deal with the varied tasks.

According to participants, the occupation is a people's movement to show that you are sick and tired of this system and it needs changing. Over 100 cities across the country are organizing their own actions.

Occupy Los Angeles has been in the making since Sept. 23, working in solidarity with all the occupation movements around the country. As the case across the country, the majority of Occupy Los Angeles is made up of young people and students.

Andy Diaz, a journalism major at East Los Angeles College said, "We were promised a change in this country and I haven't seen it thus far. If you look at the doctrine of capitalism, it's just 'get wealthy by all means.' I believe we should work collectively, for the wellbeing of humanity in general."

Many local officials and other community members that feel affected by the economic crisis have begun to participate.

Mario Brito, Lincoln Heights Neighborhood Councilmember, said, "You have 99 percent of the nation's wealth in the one percent's hands. You have to deal with the fact that banks were bailed out while people are being evicted. This country, you know, if there ever was ever an American Dream, that American Dream has surely become a nightmare."

Occupy Los Angeles made use of social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Tumblr to mobilize and encourage people to attend the meetings. The Los Angeles group's Facebook has grown on a daily basis.

Protest signs and fliers depict the popular Twitter hashtag: #OccupyLA, #OccupyLosAngeles, #OWSLosAngeles. They are riddled in thousands of tweets, and every occupation effort has a Facebook page, where local members post events or news updates, some doing so by the hour, by the minute and featuring live video streaming. Self-described Internet activist hacking group Anonymous has publically endorsed the occupation movements.

An anonymous video was uploaded on Sept. 26 by YouTube user xouchthathurtzx announcing its support of the occupation movement.

"Already we have made tremendous progress. In just a little over a week occupy initiatives have sprung up in over 30 U.S. cities. This is now bigger than you, or me. It is about us, a collective 99 percent that will no longer stand for the corruption, greed and inequality that is rampant within our governing bodies," Anonymous said in the video.

Nadir Romo, international affairs major at New York's New School of Social Research, has been following Occupy Wall Street and had this to say, "If people think we live in a democracy, then this is an example of how we do not live in a democracy because our resources are being diverted for financial gain against the people. I think that this is a very important event - the occupation is something that, I think, will continue to grow."

Joe Briones, cinema production major and member of the Ralph Bunches Scholar's program at Los Angeles City College, commented on how the Occupy movement affects students directly:

"One of the demands that the Occupy Wall Street group has come up with is that the wars end immediately and that the money be spent on infrastructure and schools. If they ended the wars, you know how much money there'd be for financial aid? Eliminating this whole student loan system. You're thousands of dollars in debt and there's no job to pay off the debt? That's a fucked up situation. If you're unhappy with those things, come to Occupy Los Angeles!"

Photo: Oct. 1 in Los Angeles. Rossana Cambron/PW


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  • We are using the revolutionary Arab Spring tactic to achieve our ends and encourage the use of nonviolence to maximize the safety of all participants.

    Posted by Francesco Harriss, 12/20/2011 5:08am (4 years ago)

  • i support you all in LA. We are going to loose this country in more ways than one.

    Posted by Evelyn Berryman rhb, 10/24/2011 3:48pm (4 years ago)

  • Thank you, we should all post we are the 99% on
    our homes, like the flag, get the message. Most
    Vietnam veterans are slowly dieing, my husband one'o the many. Too many wars, the rest of the world
    hate us, get the message. All the jobs are gone,
    we have lived this and know what they are doing,
    This is NOT democracy. I am going to put a sign
    on my picture window, we are the 99 %.
    Come on, college students, we did
    it, we protested the wars, Protest and get the
    representatives OUT.

    Posted by Deborah , 10/15/2011 8:20am (4 years ago)

  • If you want to make your blood boil, watch Squawkbox on CNBC early morning. They have ridiculed the protest every chance they get.

    Evidently the rich capitalists just don't get it. We would be better off to suffer through a complete collapse of Wall Street, a collapse of the big banks and a collapse of the big corporations. Then pick up the pieces and build a better system.

    The problem is unregulated capitalism. But we are moving toward less regulation.

    There is no solution to the mess until the 99 percent take the power back from the wealthy, and Congress.

    It probably won't do much good, but vote for the opponent of each member of congress. Turn all of them out. The new ones will be rapidly corrupted, but the message will have been sent.

    Posted by Ronald Humphrey, 10/07/2011 9:32am (4 years ago)

  • I'ts about time for a recconing! I'm 66 and retired ... sign me up to help!

    Posted by al reed, 10/07/2011 8:43am (4 years ago)

  • These protesters are great candidates for writers at Peoples World. Always complaining and jealous of anyone who has more.

    Posted by karen, 10/07/2011 2:31am (4 years ago)

  • This is from an article in the San Francisco Chronicle. The first comment is from Mr Cain:

    "They're basically saying that somehow the government is supposed to take from those that have succeeded and give to those who want to protest," the former pizza-company executive said. "That's not the way America was built."

    On Tuesday, CBS reported that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney called the protest "class warfare" at an appearance at a Florida retirement community".

    People like this start shouting "class warfare" when the underdogs start resisting. And it goes to show that despite the debate going on among the Republican presidential aspirants there's no difference at all in their fealty to the very rich and very powerful.

    Posted by Dave Cunningham, 10/06/2011 11:41am (4 years ago)

  • The movement is gaining momentum in its THIRD week now and Occupations are popping up all over the country! Stand up together and use your voice to give to those without through peace and solidarity. Tax the rich and feed the poor- you are the 99%! See my Occupy Wall Street painting and Anonymous homage on my artist’s blog at where you can also see videos of the protests and police brutality as well as get other sources for coverage of the movement.

    Posted by Brandt Hardin, 10/05/2011 3:08pm (4 years ago)

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