IO NEWS: Today is april 1st, and we’re here at Pershing square in downtown Los Angeles. You’re watching InsightOut news.
(thriller song plays)
IO NEWS: Protesters marched from Figaro and 8th over to Pershing Square this afternoon to call attention to single payer legislation here in southern California. The legislation is SB 810. It comes at a time when the Supreme Court is currently hearing arguments on both sides as to whether or not the legislation that was passed under President Obama is a constitutionally valid mandate which requires American citizens to have health insurance.
IO News: Why does single payer matter to the public?
DESA(single payer supporter): Because it’s the only affordable and practical and proven way to have a fair health care system. It’s practiced all over the world and it’s demonized here for no good reason, and we can’t let people lie about it.
NATE (single payer supporter): ‘Cause golly. What’s going on with this community? Things will keep going down and I’m talking about the American community, ok. It’s keep going down, and down and down and keep going up and up and up on the other side. I don’t understand it myself.
IO NEWS: Protesters were dressed as either zombies or patients. As they marched through the streets of downtown LA the zombies attacked the patients, this was supposed to be symbolic of the current situation here in the United States, where the protesters say that corporate greed is taking away money from patients unfairly.
JOSEPH (student nurse, zombie protester): The horrors that the corporate health care system reap on individual patients in our society, every day people go bankrupt, people lose their homes, people lose their retirement, savings, because they get sick. And this doesn’t happen in any other country. This happens in America because we have a health care system fueled by corporate greed, wallstreet profits are behind all of this. I came out here to shed some light on this and work towards a better system.
NANCY (physician, single payer supporter): There’s more and more insurance companies taking a bigger cut, doctors are being paid less, and i feel terrible when i have to drop patients and can’t afford to take care of everyone who needs it. It’s devastating families, they can’t get what they need, and we need to put the finger on exactly who’s causing this crisis; i’m really excited about this movement because it is going to be the answer, it is the answer for every other developing country, and they have better care than we do and that truth needs to get out.
IO NEWS: And who is responsible? You said you need to put the finger on who is responsible?
NANCY: Insurance companies, the middle people.
IO NEWS: Protesters held a small rally here at Pershing Square after the march where the zombies went through a tent and were cured of their desire to take money from patients. In the state of California alone there are 6.9M uninsured, and 62% of all bankruptcies in the United States are the result of high health care costs. This is Margot Paez reporting for InsightOut News. Good-bye.
LOS ANGELES,CA – Earlier this week Occupy foreclosure advocates, family members, and local community, gathered at the home of Blanca Cardenas to protest her recent eviction and deportation. Police responded in riot gear but no arrests were made.
IO News: “We’re at Placita Olvera. Today is March eleventh, and you’re watching Insightout News. Earlier today protesters gathered here at the Placita Olvera in support of recently deported Blanca Cardenas.
Protester: “We know what this is about. This is about Blanca, this is about a broken system with the banks, and the housing crisis, it has to stop. What the banks are doing to the families, it has to come to an end. Too many families are being destroyed, too many children are going homeless over the profits the banks are making.”
IO News: “Blanca’s home was recently foreclosed upon by Bank of America. Her and her husband Gerardo had recently filed for bankruptcy in order to put a hold on any potential sales of the home. Despite the litigation that is still going on for the bankruptcy paperwork, the bank sold the home to an investor. Three weeks ago the investor came to the home with police demanding that she and her family leave the home. Blanca refused and was taken into custody by the LAPD. While in custody, it was discovered that Blanca does not have proper immigration paperwork, and she was turned over to the immigration and customs enforcement agenc,y who quickly deported her back to Mexico. Blanca leaves a seventeen month old child and a fourteen year old child, both American citizens, her husband is also an american citizen.”
IO News: “How come Blanca never sorted out her immigration paperwork?”
Gerardo Quinones: “Ok. What happened is that since she was, about two year ago she was arrested and she was went straight across we went to somebody, and they told us we would have to wait ten years before we could do anything so we were waiting for that time to come to happen”
IO News: “And how much longer did you need to wait before she could do anything?”
Gerardo Quinones: “Well, now it’s even worse…now they say that it is twenty years because we were fighting it , so we’re going to try to see what will happen and we’re hoping everything comes out right.”
IO News: “And are you still filing for bankruptcy on the home, are you still fighting for the home?”
Gerardo Quinones: “We’re fighting for the home, we’re…the bankruptcy is already filed , so we’re, we’re still protected. We should be home right now”
IO News: “The protest rallied here at Olvera Street, they held a musical performance and speeches before they passed city hall and over to the Federal Detention Building. We spoke to some of the protesters today to find out why exactly they came out in support of Blanca.”
Ricardo Yanez, Protester: “I’m here to support Blanca, all my family, my kids, and myself, because we want to support no more injustices because we also have houses. I have children and a family, and I don’t want them separated from me like they separated the family from Blanca.”
Nora, Protester “Well, she never came here with any intention to do harm to anybody, she’s a hard-working parent who had her house, had her family, been here, she was no harm to anybody. I believe people who are here in the United States to better improve the United States, become better, or make the United States better should have a right to be here”
IO News: “Blanca’s family has stated that they will continue to fight to bring her back to the United States. Immigration officials have stated that this is not the first time that Blanca has been deported to Mexico, she was deported over ten years ago, though she came back to the country. This is Margot Paez signing off for Insightout News.
CORRECTION: A judge had not handed ownership of the home to the Cardenas, instead they had filed for bankruptcy, which legally prevents any sale of the home until the bankruptcy proceedings are over. Earlier this week Occupy foreclosure advocates, family members, and local community, gathered at the home of Blanca Cardenas to protest her recent…
Members of Occupy LA’s foreclosure team met with several top executives from Wells Fargo to discuss the current foreclosure crisis, a meeting coinciding with the Attorneys General settlement announcement.
On Sunday, protesters hoping to address the Saturday night mass arrests in Oakland, CA, marched to the Rampart Police Station from MacArthur Park in Los Angeles. Anywhere from 300-400 Occupy Oakland protesters were arrested following an attempt by members to turn an abandoned building into a community center.
A 63-year-old chaplain of Southern California was forcibly evicted from her home on Thursday morning when the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s forced her door open and removed all inside, including a dozen or so occupiers who had spent the night inside, defending the home.
Close to 5 thousand protesters from across California showed up to the Rose Parade to march in the occupier’s People Parade. The protesters were mostly greeted by spectators with a few disapproving of their presence in the parade. Cindy Sheehan headlined the protest as the People’s Grand Marshall. No one was arrested.
Members of Occupy LA prepared Sunday for Monday morning’s Tournament of Roses, where they intend to join the procession at the end of the parade marching from the Norton Simon Museum to Pasadena City Hall.
The House Judiciary Committee will continue mark-up of the Stop Online Piracy Act legislation on Wednesday December 21, 2011 after serious public pressure halted last week’s markup session. We interview Julian Sanchez of the Cato Institute on the legislation.
On Monday morning, around 500 protesters gathered in the early morning at the Port of Long Beach to block traffic in and out of SSA Marine, a shipping company partly owned by Wall Street investment firm, Goldman Sachs, joining in solidarity with protesters up and down the West Coast.