Local Residents Can Join Occupy Wall Street Protests on Oct. 7 in San Diego

The occupation will continue indefinitely until a list of demands in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street NYC are met by all levels of government.

Standing in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street NYC, hundreds of San Diego citizens will peacefully occupy the Civic Center Plaza in downtown San Diego, adjacent to San Diego City Hall (1200 3rd Ave.), starting on October 7, 2011. This nonviolent occupation is in protest of the global financial corruption currently invading politics, media and corporations, exemplified by the recent financial industry meltdown and following recession.

The occupation will continue indefinitely until a list of demands in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street NYC are met by all levels of government, including the City and County of San Diego, the state of California, the Federal Government, and by private and public banks and corporations.

The long term and overnight occupation will include marches, sit-ins, educational programs, practice of the democratic process, and General Assembly meetings wherein solutions to overlapping issues are identified, to name a few. This diversified group makes decisions via consensus.

Participants are requested to meet at Children's Park (1st Ave. and Island Ave.), by 3:30 p.m. on Friday, October 7. At 4:00 p.m., the group will march to Civic Center Plaza. Children's Park is adjacent to the Convention Center Trolley Station and is two blocks south of Nordstrom Horton Plaza.

"The Occupy Wall Street movement is sweeping across the country. People from all walks of life, political persuasions and occupations are joining together to demand that our economic system become more just," said Ray Lutz of Occupy San Diego. "Join our movement. With you, we can bring about change."

We, the American citizens, must claim our country and put ourselves on the line for peace and justice. It is time for us to discover both who we -- the other 99% -- are and what we believe and want. Now is the time for us to act. Unless we do, we are nothing. When we do, our nation will be restored.

Occupy San Diego is reaching out to existing political groups, active military personnel, veterans, activist groups and labor unions in the San Diego community to participate in the occupation. The United Steelworkers Union (USW, 1.2 million members), the Laborers' International Union of America (LIUNA, 500,000 members), the Transport Workers Union (over 200,000 members), and National Nurses United (NNU, 170,000 members) - have already announced their support for the Occupy Wall Street protests.

The top 1% control nearly a majority of the wealth in this country*. This lopsided distribution of wealth, coupled with outsourcing of jobs, bailouts, secret loans, subsidies, and profiteering in the financial sector have resulted in massive foreclosures, retirement and investment fiduciary failure, job losses, and homelessness.

About Occupy San Diego:
We are the 99%, and we will be quiet about this economic inequality no longer. We will take back for the people what already belongs to the people – our country. For more information, visit http://occupysandiego.org and for Occupy Wall Street please visit http://occupywallst.org. Twitter: @OccupySD; Facebook: OccupySanDiego

Bring what you need to LIVE -- or nothing, we will take care of each other! Some suggestions:
1. Pack lightly, keep valuables to a minimum, keep compact backpack/tote with you most of the time.
2. Wear layered clothing, prepare for possible rain or hot sun (hats, sunglasses, etc.)
3. Feel free to bring food, water and supplies to share!
4. Tents, compact bedroll / sleeping bag, pad/air mattress, blankets

Participants are advised to check the occupysandiego.org web site for further details, including legal advice and instructions and what to expect and how to behave if arrested.

Occupying participants are advised to get rides to the site or use the Coaster or trolley and park in free station parking lots outside the downtown area.

If you are a company or individual who can donate or loan resources such as food, water, porta potties, power supplies, Internet hotspots, media equipment, or almost anything else, please email occupysd@gmail.com

* The top 1% control over 40% of the wealth in the country, and the top 20% control 93% of the wealth.

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Kevin George October 21, 2011 at 10:46 PM
The only place I hear about the Koch brothers is on MSNBC, usually portrayed as public enemy #1.
Doug Curlee October 21, 2011 at 10:46 PM
batman.. why are you bashing the IRS?..they're nothing more than the collection agency for the congress of the united states..who sets the amount you have to pay in taxes.. if you want to bitch about someone, bitch about them..the irs are just worker bees here.. doug
Things I Learned October 21, 2011 at 11:01 PM
People cannot entertain two thoughts at the same time. Extreme conservatives should not focus on OWS. (SF 11:50am on Wednesday, October 5, 2011: "If you really want to know why this movement has captured the imagination of people all over the country, then you should visit this website: http://wearethe99percent.tumblr.com These are real people - with real stories - that just want a fair shot of getting their piece of the American Dream.") The billionaire Koch brothers, whose Dutch immigrant grandfather was a printer's apprentice, are hardly representative of the American Dream. Let's talk about how a foreign subsidiary sold oil equipment to Iran in compliance with US law. The Kochs did not later ban all affiliates from dealing with Iran. They also did not discover the bribery on their own and fire the guilty employees, paying severance under European law. The Kochs haven't won over 400 environmental awards since Barack Obama took office. Their 2005 purchase of Georgia-Pacific (which is not the world's largest recycler of wastepaper) makes them responsible for claims that were waived in 1997, others that were dismissed from court in 2011, and yet more that the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality found to be completely without merit. We should not call people who want to take rich people's money "socialists." When the Khmer run out of one-percenters, other people also have money.
Things I Learned October 21, 2011 at 11:41 PM
Do not use metonymy.
Tonto October 22, 2011 at 05:58 PM
donate - www.buildtheborderfence.com


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