Occupy the 405.



 

The protesters who call themselves Occupy Wall Street are a disparate and varied group of progressives or leftists or anti-status quo men and women who are tired of our 30-year-old program to promote the interests of the very wealthiest and neglect the needs of the very poorest.

 

No nation stands still and watches its very core, the middle-class, sink into poverty, unemployment, joblessness, illness and idleness. Eventually, a nascent and small group of angry people takes action and sits down somewhere where they will be noticed. Now they are sitting down and speaking up right in the middle of the most powerful financial district in the world.

 

It’s long overdue, this growing anger at the legislative corruption of a Congress which prints money only to have it spent overseas on wars; a Congress that spends lavishly on tax breaks for companies who hire workers in foreign lands, while cutting health insurance and jobs at home.

 

America, we are told, cannot afford affordable education, health care, housing, public transportation, police protection and environmental preservation. But we somehow can spend trillions on sending private companies overseas to weaponize, fight, advise and spend American tax dollars in Africa, Asia, South America and Europe.

 

The Republican mantra says the government must not interfere at home. But overseas we can invade and rule. In fact, we must.

 

Very few of us fight and die in war these days. So the coffins which come back are not seen nor do many mourn the dead.  We live in a time that values convenience over justice.

 

And inconveniencing the wealthy and the privileged is the point.

 

Occupy the 405.

 

Protests need to move to the wealthy section of Los Angeles so that Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Westwood and Santa Monica also feel the pain. If protesters stopped traffic and brought cars to a halt, the news media would have a field day. Anderson Cooper would set up his rig right on Sepulveda and Wilshire and helicopters would swarm overhead as tens of thousands gathered to demand what all Americans need.

 

Stand on the Freeway.

 

SOTF.

 

 

 

 

5 thoughts on “Occupy the 405.

  1. Retarded idea. The majority of people that work in the Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Westwood and Santa Monica areas are paralegals, admin assistants, nurses, receptionists, landscapers ect… just trying to go to work and get home to their families. Most of these people commute into West LA from less affluent areas using THE 405. More than just the “well heeled” drive on the 405 in the West LA area. You would be crippling the livelyhoods of the very people you claim to be protesting for. Come up with a better plan tards. I’m not a viiolent person but after working 10 hours and sitting in traffic on the 405 only to have to sit in more traffic on the 405 because of a misguided protest in the wrong place will tempt me to run someone over to get home so I can be with my family.

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    1. I’m not sure that inconveniencing people by blocking traffic and making a statement for political change will necessarily harm the working people and others who use the 405.

      Last year’s “Carmaggedon” demonstrated that the closing down, for even one day, of the 405 was something deemed important to Los Angeles.

      1/2 of the people in Los Angeles lack health insurance; there is massive income disparity between the gated people of Bel Air and the rest of the city.

      Even a temporary stopping of traffic for a few hours, with a march for single payer healthcare might just be worth the inconvenience if it saves lives in the future.

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  2. I hope you all get your asses run over. If you are in my way, I’m hitting the gas you fucking morons. Go protest DC, they are the ones regulating the banks dick heads.

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  3. “…Protests need to move to the wealthy section of Los Angeles so that Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Westwood and Santa Monica also feel the pain”

    You’re damm right, Andrew. Not to mention the news coverage that would result from the inevitable violent police response for having the temerity to have inconvenienced the well-heeled denizens of West Los Angeles even for a nano-second.

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