As business-attired employees left their offices at the end of the workday Wednesday, about 250 activists from Occupy L.A., immigrant rights groups, Good Jobs L.A. and SEIU-United Long Term Care Workers gathered outside California Plaza in downtown Los Angeles.
The protesters, including some children, chanted and carried signs in multiple languages.
“The purpose of this rally is to hold corporations responsible and put jobs back into the community. It’s different people all asking for the same thing,” said Ashley Nickerson, 25. “We support each other. Job creativity is the main thing for all of us.”
Angel Valencia, 22, stood with Nickerson, holding Good Jobs L.A. signs and talking to passersby.
“We bailed these banks out a couple years ago, and it’s a shame that they’re not helping us back,” Valencia said. “I’m currently employed, but everyone in my family is struggling at $8 an hour.”
Valencia joined the march around the financial district, heading toward the Occupy L.A. site outside City Hall.
“We issued a statement in support of Occupy L.A. about a week ago,” said Wyatt Closs, public affairs director of SEIU-ULTCW. “But today is the first organized push” from the organization.
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