Climate protest in Los Angeles on Saturday

Just days ahead of the United Nations Climate Summit in New York on Tuesday, nonprofit organizations, local grassroots groups and individuals are getting ready for a climate protest in Los Angeles on Saturday afternoon. Titled Building blocks against climate change and initiated by the Converging Storms Action Network, the event aims to put pressure on political leaders to implement policies that will help stop climate change.

The demonstration will take place on the sidewalks of Wilshire Boulevard between Wilton Place and Alvarado Street — though not in the classical format of a protest march. Demonstrators will, instead, gather in groups and form a chain of protests, with the thoroughfare open for traffic and businesses hoping to cater to customers as usual.

Protesters can sign up to meet at gathering spots of their choice via a website, "Pick a corner! Pick a block!" the webpage says, "Bring yourself or your group to the location on Wilshire you choose!"

A map on the website shows that Occupy Democracy-Pasadena will gather on Wilshire Boulevard and Kenmore Avenue. The list of participating groups and individuals — as of the publication of this post 73 had been named — includes the California Nurses Association, the League of Women Voters (Los Angeles Region), Loyola Marymount University and the Transition Towns of Greater Los Angeles. describes the event as "a no-frills, grassroots, decentralized, self-organizing, multi-group, multi-block mobilization." Groups can bring their own banners, slogans and flyers but are asked not to interfere with the normal flow of traffic and to show respect for people passing by, other groups of participants, and property owners in the area.

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What: Southern California Climate Protest
When: Saturday, September 20, 1-5 p.m.
Where: Wilshire Blvd, between Alvarado and Wilton