Friday, November 25, 2011

[SDCPJ] Fw: [OccupySD] Occupy Update 11/25


-----Forwarded Message-----
From: Raymond Lutz
Sent: Nov 25, 2011 3:18 AM
To: occupysd@citizensoversight.org
Subject: [OccupySD] Occupy Update 11/25

[We will try something new in this blast, a short form report here, and much more at the link provided.
Read this directly for top headlines, click the link for better viewing (pictures, etc.) or to get the whole report.
Thank you for the emails of thanks... sorry we can't always say thank you back, but we do appreciate your support!]

MIC CHECK! -- MIC CHECK!

Occupy Update!

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NEWS

ALERT ALERT ALERT ALERT
THANKSGIVING not too happy thanks to early morning raid by SDPD, arresting three individuals.
Early this morning, Thanksgiving Day, the San Diego Police arrested three individuals around 2 AM. The first, a disabled man who uses a wheelchair, was arrested for "indecent exposure" after urinating in a bottle. The second two for sleeping in public. Essentially, all three were arrested for the crime of being poor and homeless. But as has become clear, this is selective enforcement. Throughout the city of San Diego, these "crimes" are committed. However, they are only enforced in the Civic Center Plaza. They are only enforced where the homeless have become politically active, as part of the nationwide Occupy Wall Street movement. This has become abundantly clear to me as I have regularly spent time at the Civic Center Plaza since the original Occupation on October 8th. It is truly shameful that Mayor Jerry Sanders is directing this, that Police Chief Lansdowne allows his police force to be misused for political repression, and our City Council stands by passively and allows it to continue.
  • This was a heartless and despicable act by the SDPD on Thanksgiving morning. I believe they use these arbitrary arrests in a little game the police are trying to play called, "you do what we want, and we won't engage in arbitrary arrests." Frankly, the concept that the police can just arbitrarily arrest someone for the "crime" of sleeping, must be stopped. Sleeping is not a crime.

  • Lori Saldana, former state Assembly member (and candidate for Congress) has announced that she will work with us to get an investigation and hearing by state officials (hopefully) here in San Diego regarding the rampant abuse and infringement of our constitutional rights, as described above. Intense scrutiny has been given to actions at UC Davis, but the despicable actions of the SDPD far exceed anything done there, but so far has been given the blind eye by officials.
    • Ray Lutz will be setting up a new petition to gather signatures in support of the hearings.
    • Suggest that a press release calling for the investigation and hearing, linking to the petition and detailing many of the abuses, should go out on Monday.

Despite what you might hear on the corporate-owned news:

  • The occupation continues, around the clock.
  • PLEASE COME DOWN when you can and help with numbers. This is your true vote. Stay at home = vote against 99%.
  • Tents and almost everything is now being restricted by the police.
  • Food is needed -- we no longer have a food table, so you'll have to play it by ear.
  • We will not be denied our constitutional right to assemble and speak!
  • Many Teach-ins on Sunday!

http://www.copswiki.org/Common/OccupySanDiegoEmailBlast2011Nov25 <== click here to see the rest of the report.

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