Assembly Hopeful Among Those Arrested in Downtown LA for Civil Disobedience
By EGP News Report
Nearly two-dozen anti-Wall Street protesters were arrested this morning in Downtown Los Angeles’ financial district, among them was an aspiring California assembly candidate who has already received the endorsement of the incumbent he wants to replace.
The march and protest was organized by Occupy LA, Good Jobs LA, the Service Employees International Union and other groups.
“Wall Street corporations are leaving LA communities and the 99% behind. When Wall Street needed help after their greed and recklessness crashed our economy, Congress rushed to bail them out with billions in taxpayer money – now Wall Street corporations and banks are sitting on $2 trillion in cash but failing to invest in local communities to create good jobs. Congress is making the crisis worse by refusing to tax millionaires and wealthy corporations to fund job creating legislation and prevent devastating budget cuts,” Good Jobs LA stated in a media advisory for the protest.
The march began shortly after 7 a.m. and disrupted morning rush-hour traffic in the downtown’s already congested streets. The California Highway Patrol also closed the westbound Fourth Street off-ramp from the northbound Harbor (110) Freeway.
An “unlawful assembly” was declared at about 9:20 a.m., roughly an hour after the rally permit had expired.
Arturo Chavez, who wore a white t-shirt that read “We are the 99 percent,” smiled as police handcuffed him and took him away at 9:30 a.m.
In October, Chavez was endorsed by termed-out Assemblyman Gil Cedillo (D-45th District) for the newly created 51th Assembly District. Cedillo has announced he is running for Los Angeles City Council District 1.
The reconfigured assembly district includes most of the current 45th districts and the following communities: Angelino Heights, Chinatown, City Terrace, Eagle Rock, Unincorporated East Los Angeles, Echo Park, Elysian Valley, Filipinotown, Glassell Park, Highland Park, El Sereno, Lincoln Heights, Mt. Washington, Montecito Heights, Rampart Village and Silver Lake.
Bail was set at $500 for today’s arrestees, according to Los Angeles Police Department Lt. Andrew Neiman.
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