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SEIU joins Occupy LA in downtown march

October 19, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
The Occupy LA movement grew by the thousands Wednesday as unionized workers, caregivers and their patients joined the call for an end to corporate greed and Congress to put Americans back to work.

The demonstrators held large signs, chanted loudly and blew whistles as they marched through the streets of downtown Los Angeles to the steps of City Hall.

Organized by the Service Employees International Union, the demonstration was in support of President Barack Obama's American Jobs Act.

The plan was proposed by the president last month, but all Senate Republicans and Some Democrats rejected it when it came up for a vote.

President Obama has since broken up the plan into smaller pieces, hoping to get at least some portions of it passed.

His first proposal includes aid for states to help teachers, firefighters and police officers keep their jobs.

"There is something there for everyone and the bottom line is that doing nothing gets us nowhere," said SEIU member Wyatt Closs.

Once they arrived at City Hall, SEIU members held a candlelight vigil and about 50 of them planned to camp out overnight with the Occupy LA protesters.

On Tuesday, hundreds of Occupy LA protesters headed to the Los Angeles Unified School District headquarters to protest budget cuts

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