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Protest in Century City Expected to Shut Down Streets, Lead to Arrests

A previous Janitors for Justice protest | Photo via SEIU Local 1877
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The group Janitors for Justice are planning a large protest for this afternoon in the middle of Century City. Avenue of the Stars, and likely other surrounding streets, is expected to be shut down around 1 p.m., lasting through around 3 p.m. (However, the LAPD is prepared for a noon to 6 p.m. shut down if needed).At issue for the SEIU Local 1877-run group is that 16 janitors were laid off in two Century City buildings owned by JP Morgan and they believe that there was no need for the building contractor to get rid of the employees, considering JP is one of the biggest banks in the country.

A group of six janitors have been fasting and camping in Century City since Tuesday. Today's protest could end up with some civil disobedience, leading to arrests for blocking traffic. The LAPD is aware of the protest and plans to be there.