Protesters Plan to “Occupy” Rose Bowl Parade: “I Think I’d Be Careful About Messing With People’s Traditions”

Posted by on Nov 10, 2011 at 9:05 am

Why would these morons be concerned with a little tradition that people care for? It’s all about them and their never-ending desire for attention.

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

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.

Yet so far Thottam is receiving a tepid response from Occupy-type groups in Pasadena.

Occupy Pasadena member Esteban Gil, 23, who emphasized that all decisions by the leaderless movements are made during participant meetings, said, ”It’s a good idea if it’s well-organized and has a well-crafted message, but I think I’d be careful about messing with people’s traditions.”

Pasadena residents Maddie Gavel-Briggs and Patrick Briggs, who recently organized anti-bank rallies in Pasadena, aren’t sold on the idea either.

They sure do know who their useful idiots are.

We seek to use Mainstream Media at the Rose Parade as a vehicle for expressing the concerns, frustrations and real anger felt by Americans everywhere — to show that “Everything is Not Coming Up Roses” and thatsomething is desperately wrong with the United States.

And sure the media will dutifully comply. Besides, with such a reasonable list of demands, who wouldn’t take them seriously? Speaking of moronic media, MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan must be so proud to see himself plastered all over their website.

OCCUPY’s FOUR PRIMARY DEMANDS: (1) Reinstitution of the 1930s “Glass Steagal” wall that separated investment and commercial banking functions (no universal banks); and
(2) Reversal of Chief Justice Roberts & Supreme Court “Citizens United” ruling as well as immediate congressional action to ban Corporate Money from U.S. federal & state office elections; and
(3) Profit disgorgement & punitive actions (PRISON) for the CEOs & banks that benefited from the dot-coma & real estate ponzi schemes of 1998-2008; and
(4) Immediately restore the Capital Gains’ post 9/11’s 15% tax level back to the pre-G.W. Bush era (i.e. 30%; fyi, Capital Gains Tax rate was 49% in the 1960s).

 

2 Responses to “Protesters Plan to “Occupy” Rose Bowl Parade: “I Think I’d Be Careful About Messing With People’s Traditions””

  1. Lisa on 10/10/11 at 6:31 pm

    I actually think Ratigan’s grear. Anyway, finally, something to spice up the parade and to get some serous media attention on the real problems facing everybody. Sick of this over militarized extravaganza. It gets more and more corporate every year with more and more banks. Nice collection of videos on the website. I just saw the film that all these occupiers keep touting. It rings so true. I hope they can get people from across the country to join.

  2. Lisa on 10/10/11 at 6:31 pm

    I actually think Ratigan’s great. Finally, something to spice up the parade and to get some serous media attention on the real problems facing everybody. Sick of this over militarized extravaganza. It gets more and more corporate every year with mroe and more banks. Nice collection of videos on the website. I just saw the film that all these occupiers keep touting. It rings so true. I hope they can get people from across the country to join.