Occupy LA Movement Grows Stronger, Louder

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The Occupy Wall Street movement is global with protests taking place coast-to-coast.

On Saturday, ten-to-fifteen thousand marchers moved from Pershing Square to City Hall in downtown Los Angeles to peacefully demand jobs and urge Wall Street to pay their fair share.

“I and many other people are fed up with being fed up,” Peter Thottam of Venice told CBS2’s Rachel Kim.

Thottam, who went to Yale for undergrad and Berkeley for law school, has been unemployed since February 2008.

He – like so many others — has found a purpose in front of City Hall by participating in Occupy LA movements.

“I wanted to be a part of a counterforce to that enormous power that the financial lobbyists on Wall Street and the banking community have,” Thottam added.

“Just seeing this huge swell of people, this sea of people who are there in unity and in solidarity, chanting and marching with their signs, was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen,” Elise Whitaker said.

Whitaker, who participated in the march, is helping organize events for the present and future.

“This is the world that I’m going to be raising my children in. We set up a system that just pushes everybody further in debt,” she added.

The LAPD said no disturbances or arrests have been made during this two-week long occupation in front of City Hall.

Last week, the LA City Council voted to support the Occupy LA movement.

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  1. Christina39 says:

    Thank you to the protesters. I don’t live in California or New York, but every day at work, people in Las Vegas, hardest hit by unemployment, are expressing their gratitude that you are doing something about this problem. Some of us are too old to join you, but know we support you. Many of us where I work have lost their pensions, most from CA, due to corporate takeovers, etc and we all knew we will work until we drop. This greed has to be stopped. People in their late 70s are doing a hard days work to survive and literally walking out of work on canes to go home, having lost their pension(s) and trying to live on Social Security alone with rising prices doesn’t cut it. Many of these people are college graduates, had homes, but lost everything to corporate greed.

    1. pmoore50 says:

      So wonderful are your comments. I agree with you. These people who are protesting are true patriots. American patriots are so tired of the rich getting richer. Agree also with the comment below. Micheal Jordan makes $178,000 a day, Manny Pacquiao $138,000 a day, Kobe Bryant makes $137,000 a day and Oprah Winfrey makes $700,000 a day. People make way too much money and for what? So we can see $10 million dollar weddings. This is so stupid…

    2. Stryker 21 says:

      Your a dork. We need to call in the Army and Mrines and mow down the worthless people and bury them in a mass grave.

  2. Mark Saul says:

    Baby boomers gave till they dropped. They lost 401 Ks, homes, savings! The rich are out of control in this country and please include all your big Hollywood stars, sport players (tiger woods and all of them) and fire chiefs, police chiefs , etc. who have salaries and pensions beyond your wildest dreams!

  3. keith says:

    I HAVE A 25 YEAR MORTGAGE LOCKED IN AND STILL GOT FORECLOSED ON..NOW ALL MY CREDIT AND EQUITY IS FROZEN BECAUSE OF THIS ILLEGAL ACTIVITY..I FAXED,MY DOCS TOTHE WHITE HOUSE,LOCAL SENATOR AND THE GOVERNOR,I ALSO ENLISTED A LAWYER[EXPENSIVE] AND A BRANCH MANAGER OF THE BANK.WELLS FARGO ARE CALLING MY CASE ‘A GLITCH IN THE SYSTEM’.THEY ARE STILL TRYING TO FORECLOSE ON ME.WITHOUT MY TENACITY I WOULD BE HOMELESS….THANK’S WELLS FARGO FOR TRYING TO RIP THE HEART FROM MY AMERICAN DREAM..I AM A SELF MADE MAN.

    1. Alan says:

      I’m glad capitalists aren’t running it!

  4. Doug says:

    You hit the nail on the head Mark Saul. You can include radio and tv personalities also.

  5. Tabetha Carter says:

    communism( often initial capital letter ) a system of social organization in which all economic and social activity is controlled by a totalitarian state dominated by a single and self-perpetuating political party
    Communist-( initial capital letter ) a member of the Communist party or movement.
    So basically what you are saying ,Ari David, is that because people are tired of being pushed around by big wig society, tired of being homeless, tired of being jobless, tired of being hungry, and tired of watching our so called goverment make decisions that do nothing to save us and everything to sink us, because people are tired of that they are communist? Boy do you have your wires crossed.

  6. Sean O says:

    Dear Occupy Where ever, go away, go home. Most people don’t care about you bottom feeding, blood sucking people. Hate to tell you this, but it is the corporations/businesses that you are protesting against that create jobs! Not the bed wetting, pinko liberal democrats and not the government. Go get jobs. There are jobs out there, just because you won’t start at a million dollars a year that’s not my problem. Get over it. And any organization that opens their arms to a known terrorist, like Tarek Mehanna, you don’t deserve any rights. SO GO AWAY!

    1. WoodyW says:

      All the occupiers I talked to have jobs already. Many are late 20s and 30s. They also have families to take care of. Why don’t you speak to some of them instead of just assuming?

  7. mattzweck says:

    these occupying wall street protesters. need to go try to find some jobs. most of the protesters are college or university students anyways or people who got laid off.from there jobs. and there using social media sites like Facebook& twitter. to start these protest. i think their just a bunch of idiots.

  8. Doug says:

    Remember when Walt Disney made Disneyland the happiest place on earth for families ? Now it is the happiest place on earth for the c.e.o’s that have raped it.This is just one example why people are marching. There are many more just like it.

  9. WoodyW says:

    Would politicians please enforce the merger and acquisition portion of the Clayton Antitrust Act? Companies that are “too big to fail” should be broken up like any other monopoly that holds our economy hostage. A free market can not coexist with unregulated monopolies.

  10. Ron says:

    Those of you that ARE UNEMPLOYED would greatly benefit from adding to your list of protested targets, JERRY BROWN, the DEMOCRATS, especially here in California and the UNIONS, that JERRY BROWN has setup to CONTROL all things in CALIFORNIA. He just signed legislation that will prevent the people from breaking the STRANGLEHOLD that the UNIONS have on our TAXPAYER’S necks !!!

    If you want to do something that will HELP you and matter to most Californians, then start a petition to RECALL JERRY BROWN. There will be NO JOB CREATION. Nothing will improve as long as he is in office, unless you are really just UNION members.

  11. WoodyW says:

    Social Media is trying to do what the Justice Department should have done a long time ago: take the “too big to fail” companies down to size.

  12. Pete Thottam says:

    Dem politicians = Brought and paid for. Objective Reality: Democrats are controlled by the Banks too. E.g., NAFTA (Goldman Sachs’ Robert Rubin, Secretary of the Treasury concurrent w/ the Clintons’ fundamentally pro-Wall Street administrations (1992-2000) and the outsourcing/transfer of over 21 manufacturing millions jobs to China/East Asia and Latin America. Ditto w/ Barack Obama (Barack biggest non educational institution donors in 2008 — by a wide margin — : GOLDMAN SACHS, CITIGROUP (CITIBANK) AND JP MORGAN CHASE.

    LINK: http://www.opensecrets.org/pres08/contrib.php?cid=N00009638

    Obama won’t touch the banks. His election was a class engineered response by NY money center banks and the likes of Rockefeller/Pritzer, etc. He is — fundamentally — about maintaining the structural integrity/credibility of a collapsed system. Faux lip service at best for the interests of a disappearing middle class.

    1. DaD says:

      No doubt. They are as tied into Wall Street and the Bankers and the Lobbyists as any of the Republicans. Only a handful of politicians are worthwhile–the rest are bought by the highest bidder. And almost all senators, if not all, are millionaires. They don’t WANT to hear the pain of the 85%, let alone the 99%.

  13. J HEAR says:

    In May 2011, this anti-homeless law 647(E) was made even worse with the State Legislature making a second violation punishable of up to a year in jail and $2,000 fine. So now homelessness in the state of California is punishable by up to a year in jail if one is caught doing it twice. HOMELESS GO TO JAIL BUT THESE IE PROTESTERS ARE ALOWED TO ,,,,

  14. antimsmnews says:

    The occupy protester have collected over $400,000 in donations so far.

    Yet the homeless are shunned from eating there.

    How about Occupy a Soup Kitchen?
    You can get more stats on the protest at my website:
    http://www.antimsmnews.blogspot.com

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