San Pedro has it's own little piece of the Occupy movement,  the group Occupy San Pedro.  They have already held three demonstrations at local banks.  First, Wells Fargo, followed by Bank of America on Pacific Ave. and finally, Chase.  There's no doubt that San Pedro residents are being hit hard by the financial crisis.  The number of foreclosures is a clear indication of that.  Since it is a San Pedro group, made up of locals, there is an interest in helping those who are struggling in our community.  Foreclosures are one of the focal points.  

Anyone who is struggling with foreclosure or who has gone through it already and want to get involved is urged to contact the group.  A community potluck dinner and fundraiser is scheduled for this Saturday, December 10 at the Bartlett Center from 5-8 pm.  If you are curious or want to meet people this is a good opportunity.  The dinner is open to the community. Live entertainment is planned.  The Bartlett Center is on 11th and Beacon Streets in San Pedro.  For info call 310-831-2397.  The group's email is ocuppysanpedro@gmail.com

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Comment by Johnny O'Kane on December 21, 2011 at 1:07pm

"Dear Ms Arian have you seen his facebook page"....pathetic....

Comment by Lee Dworshak on December 21, 2011 at 12:39pm

Dear Ms Arian:

Johnny O'Kane is a good reason to distance ones self from your "movement." Have you seen his Facebook page? 

Comment by Johnny O'Kane on December 20, 2011 at 9:29pm

Agree to disagree...bullshit, this guy is just antagonistic for the sake of reading his own verbal assault...  "Ok, thanks.  I get all that"~~right, sure you do..  "Do you really think the poor manager and the tellers working there have any control over BofA's bank policies?"~~ idiotic statement to say the least..chances are the manager an tellers didn't even know we were there, the signs were pointed at the public to raise awareness and start conversations about issues not in the face of the workers in the bank... "Forget the stupid protesting."~~wasn't this great country of ours started behind a PROTEST.....? Roxanne thanks so much for making a statement and voicing your opinion on what is going on around us. The lee dworshaks of our town like the finger waving get a job motorists on Western should be treated like spam an junk mail...deleted an ignored as we carry on with life and how and what we can do to change it. Minds are occupied and conversations are occupied, the beginning is near....once again, thanks Roxanne... 

Comment by Roxanne Arian on December 19, 2011 at 3:22pm

I agree with that!

Comment by Lee Dworshak on December 19, 2011 at 2:54pm

How about we agree to disagree?

Comment by Roxanne Arian on December 19, 2011 at 1:42pm

I think the individuals involved do plenty of POSITIVE activities like you are suggesting.  In fact, I think you will find that many are leaders in the community in providing the sort of positive community input you are suggesting.  There is definitely a need for that.  Were you at the Toberman Christmas party and toy drive this week?  Members of our group were.  On the other hand, those actions do nothing to prevent or protest the situations that facilitated the increased need for food banks, housing, and children's services.  These protests are necessary to stand up and say "NO"!  It's not right what is being done to our community.  

Comment by Lee Dworshak on December 19, 2011 at 1:22pm

BofA on Western Ave is a bank branch.  Do you really think the poor manager and the tellers working there have any control over BofA's bank policies?  If you want to do something about our economic problems why not do something positive. Hold job fairs or food drives for the needy, etc. There are thousands of POSITIVE activities to involve yourself in. Forget the stupid protesting.

Comment by Roxanne Arian on December 19, 2011 at 1:12pm

Well, one "big business" is Bank of America and I could name several others.  It's about not letting these guys off the hook by meekly standing by while they do their dirty deeds.  It's about a visible resistance to the wrongs that are being committed.  Also, there are support actions we can take for individuals depending on their situation.  We can put people in touch with resources or just moral support if they need it.  There are things we can do in our own communities like supporting the small businesses and community based banks that are struggling.  I don't think there is a "right way" to support your community, your friends, your neighbors.  Many of us are doing it in our own ways here in San Pedro.

Comment by Lee Dworshak on December 19, 2011 at 12:52pm

Ok, thanks.  I get all that and I know you're concerned, but what specifically are you trying to accomplish and how do you think sitting in front of a bank is going to do anything to alleviate the alleged "economic injustice" you seek to end?

Also, I'm curious about the "big business greed" that you say is impacting San Pedro. What big businesses in San Pedro are you referring to?

Comment by Roxanne Arian on December 19, 2011 at 12:25pm

Thank you for asking that question.  I can’t speak for the group, but I can sum up some clear themes that I see in two words, “economic justice”.  The Occupy San Pedro group has mostly concentrated on holding demonstrations in front of banks and on talking to local residents whose homes or businesses are threatened by foreclosure.  We are concerned with the growing disenfranchisement of people in our communities whose homes and livelihoods are threatened by big business greed.  We’ve seen an upswing of activity which has resulted in opposing unionized jobs, closing small community based businesses and foreclosures putting families out on the streets.  In other words, San Pedro’s version of the American Dream is being threatened.  Read my next blog for more thoughts on this. 

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