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Occupy San Diego movement planning major action for downtown on Friday
by sdindymedia
Sunday Oct 2nd, 2011 2:58 PM
From Occupy San Diego press release:
“Occupy San Diego is standing in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street in NYC, and will begin a peaceful civil disobedience protest of the global financial corruption currently invading politics, media and corporations, by occupying an open space in the Gaslamp District indefinitely starting on October 7, 2011 at 4:30 pm.”

General assembly meetings to plan the occupation are held every evening at 6 pm at 1st Avenue and Harbor Drive in Children's Park in downtown San Diego.
From Occupy San Diego press release:
"Occupy San Diego is standing in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street in NYC, and will begin a peaceful civil disobedience protest of the global financial corruption currently invading politics, media and corporations, by occupying an open space in the Gaslamp District indefinitely starting on October 7, 2011 at 4:30 pm."

General assembly meetings to plan the occupation are held every evening at 6 pm at 1st Avenue and Harbor Drive in Children's Park in downtown San Diego.

On Saturday, October 1, over 700 demonstrators from the Occupy Wall Street protests in New York were arrested as they tried to cross the Brooklyn Bridge. Protesters said that they were escorted onto the bridge by the NYPD only to be trapped in orange netting after hundreds had entered. The march sprung from the occupation of Liberty Plaza near Wall Street in Manhattan that has been going on since September 17 and has inspired similar occupations in other cities around the US and the rest of the world.

From the Occupy Wall Street website:
"Occupy Wall Street is leaderless resistance movement with people of many colors, genders and political persuasions. The one thing we all have in common is that We Are The 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%. We are using the revolutionary Arab Spring tactic to achieve our ends and encourage the use of nonviolence to maximize the safety of all participants."

Unions are also starting to get behind the movement and are planning solidarity actions.

Links

Occupy San Diego
http://www.occupysd.org

Occupy Together
http://www.occupytogether.org

Occupy Wall Street
http://www.occupywallst.org

David Graeber on Occupy Wall Street (Democracy Now! video)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPeaFKvszKI

Occupy Wall Street rediscovers the radical imagination
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2011/sep/25/occupy-wall-street-protest

Five Things That #OccupyWallStreet Has Done Right
http://www.dissentmagazine.org/atw.php?id=563

Full Occupy SD Press Release
SAN DIEGO - Occupy San Diego is standing in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street in NYC, and will begin a peaceful civil disobedience protest of the global financial corruption currently invading politics, media and corporations, by occupying an open space in the Gaslamp District indefinitely starting on October 7, 2011 at 4:30 pm.

We will peacefully and permanently occupy a space until a list of our demands, that will be in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street in NYC, are met by the City and County of San Diego, and by the Federal Government.

The long term and overnight occupation will include marching, teach-ins, sit-ins, break out groups and vigils for Troy Davis, a young, black man on death row, recently put to death by the state of Georgia.

We will also be reaching out to existing political activist groups and labor unions in the San Diego community to stand in solidarity with us.

Since San Diego is one of many hubs of military activity in our country, we will stand in solidarity with the American troops, who are pawns of the system, and a part of the 99% of the American people, manipulated by Wall Street and the 1%. A very large number of veterans in San Diego, and around the country, remain unemployed after returning from service in current wars, and they are encouraged to join our occupation demonstration.

Occupy San Diego will begin holding General Assembly meetings in preparation for this demonstration beginning September 27 at 6pm at the Martin Luther King Promenade Park across from the Convention Center Trolley Station, located at 5th Ave. at N Harbor Drive in downtown San Diego. Meetings will commence here daily until the permanent occupation on October 7.

About Occupy San Diego
Only 1% of people in this country own and control a majority of the wealth, and this power has invaded into all aspects of our life – politics, media and corporations. We are the 99% and we will be quiet about this inequality no longer. We will take back for the people, what already belongs to the people – our country.
by Taylor
( taylorkincaid93 [at] yahoo.com ) Monday Oct 3rd, 2011 9:08 PM
I was sadly disappointed following the meeting concerning occupy wall street san diego. I came to the meeting with a open mind excited to see the passion that these protestors had, and to find the sole reason why the people came toegether for this cause. But might I remind you, I was sadly disappointed. The only useful piece of information I left with was the sole purpose we were there to achieve social and economic justice and I didn’t hear anything useful following that. The whole meeting was oriented by who was in control of what, and a review of hand signals. I saw no organization whatsoever and know one taking the leadership role. It seemed to me that the meeting seemed more like a heated debate where people shared opinions not on the subject itself but of meaningless conversation. I only heard the conflict being addressed but not once here an underlying way or plan of action to solve the conflict. I heard someone say that they had been called “aimless hippies” while I disagree with that title, I do agree with the idea of being aimeless. The problem was addressed that wall street control a majority of the wealth, and this power has invaded into all aspects of our life – politics, media and corporations. Although I completely agree with this injustice all im hearing is it being addressed? but please can someone explain to me how we plan to solve this? Or let alone let officials no EXACTLY what we want.?
by Bob Garon
Tuesday Oct 4th, 2011 7:19 AM
The progress in Occupy San Diego is going slow. It is happening because a few people, filled with the sense of power are forgetting why we have gathered together. We are looking for change and to bring about peace and justice. It can only happen when each of us learns to listen to the other. In publicity already there are a few who want to control what we say and what issues we cover. We are not the publicists if we do not listen to the people there to find our story. Logistics and needs are not the issue of this Occupy San Diego. It is the people's needs. Already we are becoming like the people we are complaining against in our efforts to occupy. My name is Bob Garon. I am the husband of Mary Rose Garon. We have seven grown children. We are all Americans. We all live in California. We are Roman Catholics. We believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God. We have ten grandchildren who are still in grammar and high school. We lost our part in expressing ourselves in government because we got too busy surviving and not focusing on what was really important. Our family is together in what we believe. We don't agree on everything but we talk and work it out each day. We experience peace and justice in our home.

We do not see it in our society. Not everyone is able to have a place to live. There are too many who are poor. There are too many without jobs. Few are able to choose the kind of work that they are able to do. They take the jobs and the salaries they are given because the system exploits them. It is time to change that.

We want to help our neighbors and our friends. We want to change things for the better but we, like you, are just creatures. We depend upon God to help and guide us. We do that through prayer. That is we talk to God and listen to God to learn what to do. I am blessed to be an American. I am happy that I can sit here and write this down. But I realize I have to change. I do that by thinking about what I am going to do and say to others. That begins with how I treat my family. I am blessed with our children and especially with my wife, who has been putting up with me for 54 years. It is amazing what love can do.

There are things that need to be done now and we can each help one another. It begins with learning to listen to one another and to learn how to tell your story to all who will listen. My work is publicity. I am retired now so doing it is because this is what I can do. I believe that when people hear your story and when it becomes our story, things will change.

If you believe I am right, contact me and tell me how you think we can achieve peace and justice together.

Peace and All Good