Sunday, October 1, 2017

[SDCPJ] This Friday -- 6th Ann'y of Occupy San Diego/ Déjà Vu for Unsheltered San Diegans Now


From: Martha Sullivan <marthasullivan@mac.com>
Date: October 1, 2017 at 8:47:52 PM 
Subject: [WOSD-Discussion] This Friday -- 6th Ann'y of Occupy San Diego/ Déjà Vu for Unsheltered San Diegans Now
Reply-To: marthasullivan@mac.com

6th Anny - Occupy San Diego: Ideas Suppress Corruption

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    Since March of 2016, the City of San Diego has followed a pattern of ticketing, arrest, and stay-away orders for "Encroachment" Against Unsheltered San Diegans left nowhere else to live but City Streets, refining the model developed against 24/7 Occupiers in the San Diego Civic Concourse from Fall 2011 through Spring 2012. And as SDPD tried to do to Occupy San Diego, the City seems to be trying to move Unsheltered people to Balboa Park -- making 14 restrooms there 24/7 before launching the very aggressive sweeps in the past 2 weeks.
We return to Freedom Plaza on this day and at this time, to demonstrate that "Ideas Surpass Corruption": 

"This movement is about ideas, and ideas open and liberate, they evolve. When ideas don't work, you throw them away and try new ones. No one's the worse for it, or the better for it, and no one's attached to it, because it's about process. It's about making things work, as opposed to holding on to something as a belief.

"The intention of this movement is to disperse the pathological concentrations of power. That doesn't mean that it wants to take power for itself, and so it's seen as powerless. It's not powerless at all: It takes a great amount of courage and fierceness and dedication. To me this is the most powerful movement in the world -- not in terms of gunships and fighters and helicopters, but in the sense of people's hearts and their stamina and endurance." 
- Paul Hawken 

https://www.alternet.org/story/54920/paul_hawken%3A_how_to_stop_our_political_and_economic_systems_from_stealing_our_future/

If you would like to replace property needed for survival by Unsheltered San Diegans that has been unjustly confiscated by the City, and often destroyed: We invite you to bring compact tents, sleeping bags, backpacks, toiletry kits, meal kits (portable eating utensils) and hygiene kits to share with them. 

In respect for the deadly Hepatitis A epidemic resulting from the City's neglect and persecution of its Unsheltered Residents, we plan to serve food with natural wrappers: oranges and bananas, and individually wrapped healthy food; and healthy individual beverages such as juice boxes. You are welcome to bring these items to Share, as well. 

Thank You! 

For more Info, Contact Martha Sullivan at Info@GrassrootsOasis.com

BACKGROUND
Occupy San Diego was one of the many Occupy Wall Street protest movements in the United States in 2011-2012. Located in San Diego, California, the protest movement initially began in the city's downtown district at the Civic Center. Occupy San Diego officially launched on Friday, October 7, when protestors gathered in Children's Park in Downtown San Diego. Plans were made to occupy the Civic Center, but out of respect for the Jewish community's observation of Yom Kippur, the occupation was moved to Children's Park for the weekend. Occupy San Diego officially moved to the Civic Center, renamed Freedom Plaza, that Sunday evening - October 9. The occupation sustained an encampment in the Plaza for a week, until the SDPD issued a warning instructing the protestors to clear out on the evening of Thursday, October 14. In response, OSD issued a call out to all local activists to come down to Freedom Plaza and help defend the camp. Despite their best efforts and overwhelming support, the police stormed in and retook the Plaza, removing all of the tents, food, supplies, and tables and throwing them in the trash. Only one tent remained that Friday morning, guarded by a ring of protestors linking arms and singing "Solidarity Forever".

Occupy San Diego persisted at Freedom Plaza through Spring 2012, sans tents but with 24/7 Occupiers in sleeping bags and camp chairs, joined by regular General Assembies, Committees and other events. The SDPD maintained a 24/7 presence, and continued to ticket and arrest protestors resulting in "Stay Away Orders". Most of these charges were for "Encroachment", a Section in the SD Municipal Code originally intended to prevent trash dumpsters from being left on city sidewalks and streets. 

Women Occupy San Diego was born in November 2011 to support the occupation, witnessing the police harassment, unwarranted ticketing and arrests, and excessive force, all to suppress Freedom of Speech and Assembly, and our right to seek Redress of our Grievances. 

We continue to support poor people, advocating for independent civilian oversight of the SDPD and investigation of police misconduct and deaths in police custody. 

We also continue to advocate for Unsheltered San Diegans. 


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