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Occupy movement plans Rose Parade protest

November 10, 2011 |  4:03 am

122nd Tournament of Roses Rose Parade

An activist who helped expand the Occupy Wall Street movement to Los Angeles is setting his sights on new territory: Pasadena’s Rose Parade.

“Everything is not coming up roses,” said Peter Thottam, an Occupy L.A. organizer who has launched OccupytheRoseParade.org to call for an economic justice rally at the Jan. 2, 2012, celebration. The Rose Parade is expected to draw nearly a million spectators to Pasadena streets as well as tens of millions of TV viewers around the world.

“The America that’s existed during the bulk of Rose Parades has really been torn apart over the last three years by the unemployment problem, wealth polarization and the middle class shrinking,” Thottam told the Pasadena Sun.

This wouldn’t be Thottam’s first Rose Parade demonstration.

The Venice resident and former Goldman Sachs analyst organized hundreds of demonstrators, including anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan, at the 2008 parade to call for the impeachment of President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.


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--Joe Piasecki, Times Community News

Photo: Rose Parade. Credit: Times Community News