die-in1Social service workers and interns from Little Tokyo Service Center took part in a “die-in” in front of the Los Angeles Federal Building on Oct. 16 to protest the government shutdown that had extended beyond two weeks.

The demonstration was conducted in conjunction with California Alliance for Retired Americans to dramatize the fact that government shutdown had life-and-death consequences for ordinary people who rely on government assistance and for the furloughed federal workers.

Later that evening, the House Republicans caved in and passed the Senate version of the continuing resolution to end the government shutdown and to raise the debt ceiling until January and February.

LTSC Senior Case Manager Jun Hori said, “We’re happy for the country and for people in our community to see financial disaster averted, but we must still continue to be vigilant and monitor the situation because Congress only kicked the can down the road for a few months. We might have to ‘die-in’ again soon.”

Photos by Mike Murase


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