LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Workers walked off their jobs Monday in a nationwide strike for Black lives.

A child holds up a sign reading, “Strike For Black Lives,” during one of many caravans held Monday in support of workers. (Credit: CBSLA)

“It’s a new movement and a new wave that’s happening right now, and I think it’s really important to keep the conversation going,” Sierra Herrera, a demonstrator, said.

The 25-year-old joined her grandfather at a gathering outside of a McDonald’s in the Crenshaw District to push for higher wages for fast food workers and to continue the momentum of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Several groups and workers unions – including the Service Employees International Union, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, American Federation of Teachers, United Farm Workers, the Fight for $15, and the Movement for Black Lives – are part of the nationwide strike.

With most of the protesters in cars — in an effort to adhere to public health guidelines —  Los Angeles police were on hand to direct traffic.

Newlyweds Sierra and Jordan Shimomura found themselves in the middle of the caravan during their visit to Hollywood from Washington state.

“We’ve never been a part of anything like this, but we’re here for the movement,” Jordan said. “We love it.”

The caravan also made its way to a skilled nursing facility, where demonstrators called for more personal protective equipment for workers, and to the gate of the University of Southern California, where groups called for the school to abolish its campus police.

In total, more than 25 demonstrations took part across the country Monday with organizers seeking to highlight the ways in which the pandemic has worsened economic inequality and the dangers essential workers are subjected to.

Comments (5)
  1. robyn sehy says:

    It is essential to keep workers who provide goods and services that we need healthy. Anytime I get a delivery,the delivery person is wearing a mask and leaves the delivery near my front door for their protection and mine. The pandemic has made life really hard for all of us but claiming that it has worsened economic inequality and racism is a bit much. The pandemic does not care who you are or where you are from or the color of your skin – as if you recall, Tom Hanks and his wife were made ill with the Covid. I am in the group of people at highest risk to catch it but seriously doubt that more protests and likely more destruction of others property will resolve this situation. All any of us can do is wear masks outside our homes and wash our hands and practice the social distancing. It is a pain and it is hard to breathe through the masks but it is necessary to hopefully avoid becoming ill with this horrible disease!! Any of the countries that have successfully resolved COVID have followed those steps and we need to stop pretending we are immune from taking those precautions because ignoring those steps has resulted in the number of covid cases continuing to increase in California and other states as well!!

  2. Chuckiechan says:

    Let them put the final nail in Californias coffin. I’ll bet if you did a survey, most people who lose their businesses leave the state rather than start over. People that permanently lose their jobs due to the waves of bankruptcy leave the state. Retirees leave the state. Go ahead and protect your workers by killing their jobs.

  3. Susan Long says:

    As far as I am concerned, CBS, being a mainscream media outlet can just close itself down.

  4. toughterry says:

    Systemic stupidity, is more like it.

  5. Phil Garner says:

    I guess the lives of those affected by those workers don’t matter.

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