After Occupy L.A. protesters were kicked off of the City Hall lawn where they set up camp for the last few months, they have hit the road and are taking their demonstration elsewhere; from foreclosed homes, to Southern California ports and even the Rose Parade.
On Monday Dec. 12, protesters are planning "A Day Without Goldman Sachs," when they will demonstrate at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles as part of a mass "Occupy the Ports." Groups in Portland, Oakland, San Diego and even Anchorage are staging their own protests on the same day.
According to the Occupy L.A. website, Goldman Sachs owns a shipper in the port and the company "symbolizes the ruin that corporate greed has brought into our lives."
A post on the Occupy website says: "The 1 percent are depriving port truck drivers and other workers of decent pay, working conditions and the right to organize, even while the port of LA/LB is the largest in the US and a huge engine of profits for the 1 percent."
The Port of Los Angeles, also known as "America's Port," adjoins the Port of Long Beach and is the busiest container port in the nation, the LAist reports.
As you welcome in the 2012 new year, the marching bands, nutcrackers and animal floats of the Rose Parade may be joined by a mass of Occupy protesters. According to the Los Angeles Times,authorities are increasing security at the parade in anticipation of a planned Occupy protest.
However, the parade protest is not listed on the official Occupy Los Angeles website or the Occupy Pasadena website.
The Rose Parade is expected to draw 800,000 people to the Pasadena streets and tens of thousands to the Rose Bowl for the football game between the University of Oregon and the University of Wisconsin, according to the L.A. Times reports.
Earlier this week, demonstrators accompanied two families to their foreclosed L.A. homes in an attempt to reclaim them from the government. As part of a nationwide "Occupy Our Homes" day to protest the climbing foreclosure rates.
Protesters planned around-the-clock supervision of these two houses, working in shifts and using volunteers to hold their spots at the homes. About 100 protesters, with affiliations ranging from GoodJobsLA to Service Employees International Union, participated in the event.