In spite of predictions of rain, Angelenos were greeted Saturday morning with a deep-blue sky and puffy clouds piled high toward the east. My husband and I were the first to show up at the Bank of America at 888 W. 7th Street in downtown Los Angeles, a few minutes before 9 a.m.. Within several minutes a few more protesters arrived. There was some confusion about the location of the event, since the Facebook pages were not clear. One said that the site was to be determined, while another had you click through on the Events button to get the proper information. No matter. By 10 a.m. we had about 20 people, and by 11 a.m., there were about 50, including a group on the corner diagonal to where we were.
The premade signs available on the Internet proved helpful to some, while others made some creative and artistic signs of their own.
As for a police presence, about a half-hour into the event, an LAPD officer approached me. We chatted briefly, and I made it clear that we were there to support the police officers, firefighters, teachers, librarians, and others whose jobs were at risk of being cut.
I think many of the protesters enjoyed talking to passersby about the purpose of the protest, and one little girl among us led us in some rousing chants. She was quite energetic and spunky. One chant was in a call-and-response format. Call: "B of A!" Response: "Has to pay!"
Some pedestrians seemed truly interested, and surprised, in learning that Bank of America and other corporations do not pay taxes. We had a lot of friendly drivers honking in support as they passed by, too.
Also among our group was a documentary filmmaking team shooting footage. He interviewed several of us.
A group of dedicated and engaged people from the Echo Park Coffee Party also attended.
I hope that our politicians will get the message that Americans are fed up with the growing inequalities and injustices in this country. The status quo of kowtowing to corporations must end. We the people must rise up. Change will only happen from the grass roots up. I think we know that now. Right?