Occupy San Diego

EAST COUNTY RESIDENTS JOIN PRO-PROP 37 RALLY TO REQUIRE LABELING OF GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOODS

By Nadin Abbott

September 24, 2012 (San Diego)—La Mesa resident Norrie Robbins,  PhD helped organize a San Diego rally yesterday in support of Proposition 37, a ballot measure that if passed will require labeling of genetically modified foods.

LUTZ FILES SUIT FOR FALSE ARREST WHILE REGISTERING VOTERS



Case tests "Pruneyard" Supreme Court Decision when applied to public areas

September 14, 2012 (San Diego) – El Cajon activist Ray Lutz, founder of the watchdog Citizens Oversight organization, filed suit on Sept. 13, 2012, alleging a false arrest on November 29, 2011, while he was registering voters in San Diego's Civic Center Plaza, effectively the town square of San Diego.

OCCUPY PROTESTS AT CALIFORNIA DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION

By Nadin Abbott

February 13, 2012 (San Diego)--Several Occupy groups came together to protest outside the San Diego Convention Center at the California Democratic Convention on Saturday.

Around 100 people, including 40 local protesters and 60 from other areas including Los Angeles and Riverside, sought to draw attention of Democratic leaders and delegates. Issues included corporate power, civil liberties, homelessness and foreclosures. 

LA MESA MAN AT CENTER OF FIRST AMENDMENT FIRESTORM

 

D.A. declines to prosecute felony conspiracy charge for protest at Mayor’s speech, following public pressure

By Miriam Raftery

January 29, 2012 (La Mesa) – First Amendment advocates expressed shock when San Diego Police arrested La Mesa resident Mike Garcia and three others on felony conspiracy charges--a tactic customarily reserved for grave offenses such as organized crime activities and drug trafficking.

Their purported crime? Interrupting Mayor Sanders’ state of the city speech with a brief “Mic-Check” protest over a free speech issue. 

MEMORIAL CEREMONY HONORS FALLEN SOLDIER, FORMER CHEF AT OCCUPY SAN DIEGO

 Update February 3, 2012:  Sgt. Polk's death has still not been reported by the Dept. of Defense, nor has any notice of his death appeared in his family's hometown newspaper. A source has further informed ECM that his name has not been provided for addition to a memorial that honors fallen special services soldiers. Thus at this point, it appears likely that Polk did not die in service overseas. Perhaps he faked his death, or possibly someone else posted misleading information on his Facebook account.

EAST COUNTY RESIDENTS AMONG 100 PROTESTERS AT “WEST COAST PORT SHUT DOWN”

By Nadin Abbott

December 12, 2011(San Diego) – Around 100 Occupy San Diego protesters took part locally today in a multi-state effort to shut down West Coast ports.  The protesters succeeded in preventing some trucks from off-loading cargo from ships docked at the port.

LUTZ FILES CIVIL RIGHTS SUIT AGAINST BUILDING MANAGER OVER ARREST WHILE REGISTERING VOTERS AT CIVIC CENTER PLAZA

 

Goldman Sachs is majority owner of property management firm headed by Senator Feinstein’s husband

Story by Miriam Raftery, photos by Ron Logan

November 30, 2011 (San Diego) –Startling ironies came to light today in the case of Ray Lutz, an East County political activist and former Democratic Congressional candidate arrested yesterday for refusing to move a voter registration table out of the Civic Center Plaza.

LEGAL EXPERTS BLAST SAN DIEGO FOR ARREST OF RAY LUTZ, FORMER CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE, OVER VOTER REGISTRATIONS AT CIVIC CENTER PLAZA


“This is what they do in banana republics and undemocratic societies.”—former San Diego City Attorney Mike Aguirre, calling arrest a violation of the Civil Rights Act and the First Amendment


By Miriam Raftery and Ron Logan

OCCUPYING WALMART: BLACK FRIDAY SHOPPERS GREETED BY FLASH MOBS IN SAN DIEGO

November 26, 2011 (San Diego) – Startled shoppers in two San Diego Walmart stores received a message delivered by 75 Occupy San Diego protesters forming a human microphone. The protesters urged Walmart shoppers to support locally-owned small businesses instead of corporate-owned mass merchandizers.

View a video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgafr1uO_EY&feature=share

CLERGY SHARE “OCCU-PIES”


November 23, 2011 (San Diego) -- On the Monday before Thanksgiving, multi-faith leaders from San Diego County held a short service to promote peace and gratitude in support of Occupy San Diego.

Clergy members brought pies to protesters at the Civic Center “to give thanks for all those lifting up the issues of fairness, compassion and equality being shared by this movement,” Rev. David Miller observed.

OCCUPY GROWS IN SAN DIEGO: RALLY FOR INFRASTRUCTURE JOBS PLANNED WEDNESDAY

By Nadin Abbott
Miriam Raftery also contributed to this report

November 16, 2011 (San Diego) --Last night, Occupy San Diego called for an emergency march in support of Occupy Wall Street in New York, after police evicted the  protesters overnight. Today’s San Diego march was attended by two hundred people, who walked down Broadway to Police headquarters on 14th Street, then into the Gaslamp Quarter.

Tomorrow, occupy groups across America are joining together in a National day of Action. Locally,“Occupy the Clairmont Bridge,” is planned at 4 p.m. According to the group’s Facebook page,Wednesday’s rally will draw attention to a need for infrastructure jobs to put people back to work. Barry Willis, a core organizer and Media Committee spokesman at Occupy San Diego, said the new location will make the movement more accessible to East County communities.

MIDDLE CLASS WOMEN JOIN OCCUPY SAN DIEGO

Story by Nadin Abbott

Photos by Nadin Abbott and Jennifer Douglas

November 12, 2011 (San Diego)—Over a hundred women walked from the other side of Third Avenue downtown, pushing wheelbarrow and carrying trash bags filled with supplies such as dry socks. The rain came down hard, soaking them. Many East County women were among the crowd, including a Jamul mother and her son.

They chanted “We are the ninety-nine percent,” and “Banks got bailed out, we got sold out.” The occupiers peeked out from under plastic tarps, or came out from whatever cover they were allowed by San Diego Police, and cheered. To them, it was a surprise. A few faces, filled with emotion, had tears. View a video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcsc5PXsJts

OCCUPY SAN DIEGO PROTESTERS PLAN TO FILE LAWSUIT AGAINST CITY

Story and photos by Ron Logan

November 9, 2011 (San Diego) – Free-speech attorney Bryan Pease said yesterday at a press conference at the Civic Center Plaza that he plans to file a restraining order against the City of San Diego for unfairly violating the occupation's right to free speech.

OCCUPY SAN DIEGO LEADS LOCAL EFFORTS TO WITHDRAW MONEY FROM BIG BANKS

 Local Occupy members to meet with banking industry representatives as widespread account closures get bankers' attention


November 2, 2011 (San Diego) – The Occupy movement is now making its impact felt directly on big banks blamed for the financial meltdown.

 

OCCUPY SAN DIEGO PLANS MARCH TO SAN DIEGO CITY COUNCIL TUESDAY; L.A. PROTESTERS TO JOIN EFFORT

October 24, 2011 (San Diego) – Several East County participants have informed ECM that Occupy San Diego supporters will march to San Diego City Council’s meeting tomorrow morning, Tuesday October 25, to present a resolution supporting the protests. Afterwards, a protest at a Federal Reserve banker’s roundtable meeting in San Diego is planned.

 

FINANCIAL PROTESTS GO GLOBAL: MILLIONS MARCH IN 950 CITIES AROUND THE WORLD

Half a million in Madrid sing Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" as peaceful protest

 

“Move Your Money” campaign urges transfer of money from big banks to local financial institutions by Nov. 5; “Solidarity” leader Lech Walesa joins forces with Occupy Wall Street

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

October 17, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement and similar demonstrations against financial institutions and corporate power in Spain and Germany, a “Global Day of Protest” on Saturday, October 15 brought millions of people into the streets in protests held in 950 cities worldwide.  The  largest occurred in Madrid, where an estimated half million Spaniards joined together to sing Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” and raise hands to show that theirs was a peaceful protest. (Click video to view).

 

The movement is attracting some strange bedfellows—drawing support this week from labor leaders, Solidarity's Lech Walesa, and even a co-founder of the conservative Tea Party movement. 

MAN PLUMMETS TO DEATH AT OCCUPY SAN DIEGO RALLY; TRAGEDY RAISES QUESTIONS

Update October 23:  ECM News partner 10 News reports that the victim was Kyle Wyborn Pearson, 42, according to a spokesman with the Imperial County District Attorney's Office. Pearson had missed a pretrial hearing on charges that he killed a Caltrans employee in a hit-and-run car accident. 

   

Jim Pearson told ECM that his brother was "a great man." Kyle Pearson "served our nation in the Navy and was kind in all things," he added.  The victim was "very bright" and was also a musician who loved living in San Diego, according to his brother. "He is now gone, and we miss him greatly." 

LOCAL SMART METER OPPONENT STAGES PROTEST AT CIVIC CENTER DURING OCCUPY SAN DIEGO

 

October 9, 2011 (La Mesa) – La Mesa resident Susan Brinchman, director and founder of the Center for Electrosmog Prevention, has announced that she will join the Occupy San Diego effort downtown with rallies to draw attention to health issues involving smart meters.

 

“Smart meters are an excessive form of corporate abuse of our bodies and our rights,” Brinchman wrote in an email to supporters and media. “Let us join our anti-smart meter efforts to the Wall Street protests in our local cities and towns.”

WALL STREET PROTESTS SPREAD ACROSS NATION: “OCCUPY SAN DIEGO” PROTEST STARTS FRIDAY OCT. 7

 East County residents join protest movement

 

By Miriam Raftery
 

October 3, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Inspired by protests organized through social networking sites that led to toppling of Egypt’s government, thousands of protesters have been staging an occupation in New York City since September 17. They seek an end to Wall Street “greed and corruption” according to Www.OccupyWallStreet.org.

 

Their message has struck a chord with people across the nation who have lost jobs or homes, students, seniors and others who believe their troubles are not been addressed. Posts have spread over Twitter and Facebook, giving rise to occupations in Washington D.C., Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, and Denver. Labor unions including United Steelworkers have joined the cause. Now, a group called Occupy San Diego has announced it will peacefully occupy Civic Center Plaza in downtown San Diego starting Friday, October 7.