Occupy Wall Street movement spreads to downtown SD on Friday

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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. --Read More--

Update 10/04: Occupy San Diego plans to occupy the San Diego Civic Center Plaza this Friday, October 7, meeting at Childrens Park/1st and Harbor at 3:30pm.

Update 10/06: Occupy San Diego will march to the Civic Center Plaza from Children's Park starting at 4pm, return to Children's Park to camp on Friday, and then move to the Civic Center Plaza on Saturday.

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.democracynow.org/2011/9/19/occupy_wall_street_thousands_march_in

Occupy Wall Street rediscovers the radical imagination
http://anarchistnews.org/?q=node/15420

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

A Challenge to Quakers over Occupying San Diego
http://sandiego.indymedia.org/node/785

Full Occupy SD Press Release
Occupy Wall Street Spreads to San Diego October 7
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.

In preparation, General Assembly planning meetings are being held every day from 6-9 p.m. at 1st Avenue and Harbor Drive.

Statement: To the 99%: We are many, and they are few. Why should we have to work, and suffer, and be poisoned with inadequate water, food, and air, while the ruling elite party it up on our dime?
It is time to put aside our differences, including the progressive issues we are working on, and join forces. Together we will force change.

100 core activists showed up to our first planning meeting. We continue to meet daily, and have hundreds of supporters already. We need your help. Join the occupation today! Bring your issues on the 7th.

For More Information go to: http://www.occupysd.org