Politicians Voice Support for 'Occupy' Protesters

Richard Bloom, Betsy Butler and Torie Osborn voice support for the protesters.

The three major candidates vying for , which includes Santa Monica, are in favor of , Santa Monica Patch exclusively reports.

The grassroots protest is railing against corporate profits, worker layoffs, the existing federal-tax structure and other issues. Occupy Los Angeles, which is happening downtown, was launched roughly two weeks ago in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street in New York, which began about a month ago.

"I support Occupy Los Angeles in their efforts to peacefully demonstrate to express their values and discontent," Assemblywoman , D-Marina del Rey, told Santa Monica Patch.

"The Occupy movement has grown out of a frustration that so many hardworking Americans are not benefiting from the resources enjoyed by Wall Street and the most fortunate amongst us," added Butler, who announced Thursday that she has earned an endorsement from the progressive group The Women’s Political Committee.

"Everyday people rising up to say 'NO MORE' to inequality is an honored American tradition; it can magnetize an unstoppable social movement for real change," told Santa Monica Patch.

"I embrace this outpouring of students and veterans and teachers and so many more fed up with radical inequality and unfair taxation in the richest country in human history," added Osborn, who on Tuesday announced that she has won the support of one of the nation’s top LGBT groups, the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund.

"There's a deep hunger out there for common sense and humanity once again in our public policy and in our political conversation—for the basic dignity of jobs, affordable education, universal health care and, yes, millionaires and billionaires paying their fair share," she continued. "This is what democracy looks like, and I love it."

Santa Monica Mayor told Santa Monica Patch that he "absolutely" supports the "Occupy" movement.

"As a grassroots expression of people's concerns and outrage over what's happening in the country and world, it's pretty remarkable," he said.

Bloom added that, while the Los Angeles City Council recently voted unanimously to formally support Occupy Los Angeles, the doesn't have plans to do the same.

"I don't know that it would have much impact," he said, "and jumping on the bandwagon isn't always the right thing to do. As political leaders, we need to take our cue from what we're hearing in the community and on the street. If the folks on the street think it's valuable and would like us to take it up, we might."

For more on the Occupy Los Angeles protest, check out:

Students, Ex-Mayor Rally Support for Occupy LA

Ex-Mayor to Support Students' Occupy LA Efforts

Viewfinder: Images From Occupy LA

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Kurt Orzeck October 16, 2011 at 01:45 AM
Hi Ted, Many thanks for your comment. While I wasn't previously aware of the YouTube clip you sent, in regards to Santa Monica Patch, our coverage requires a Santa Monica angle. Best, Kurt
Ted J October 16, 2011 at 03:04 AM
Kurt, The angle is that the Santa Monica politicans that support this movement need to see this and other you tube videos that expose the anti-semitic views!
james schumacher October 16, 2011 at 05:39 AM
i've seen the one video out of 100's and why is this anti-semitic. zionist do have a plan and that's to take down american citizens who can't afford health care and food for their families; just like they do in the gaza strip and all the refugee camps (prisons). jewish people in general are some of the most caring and giving people on the planet but when you combine it with zionism than you have hatred, misunderstanding and crimes against humanity. corporate, capitalistic greed comes in all colors. don't single out a 15 second video clip to push the anti-semitic angle.
Ted J October 16, 2011 at 05:47 AM
Fred Alexander October 16, 2011 at 03:19 PM
James - If you believe that crap I have some swap land in Florida I would like to sell you.


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