Occupy Wall Street Protests Spread To San Diego
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Aired 10/4/11 on KPBS News.
"Occupy San Diego" plans to take over the Civic Center Plaza in downtown San Diego this Friday.
The Occupy Wall Street protests are in their third week and they're spreading from New York to cities across the country, including San Diego.
A group called "Occupy San Diego" plans to take over the Civic Center Plaza in downtown Friday and march in solidarity with those in New York. It also plans to stage a 24/7 sit in.
The nationwide protests are over what demonstrators see as corporate greed and the growing income gap.
Aired 10/4/11 on KPBS Midday Edition.
Dan Seiver, Finance Professor, San Diego State University
Kali Katt, spokesperson, Occupy San Diego
Protestor Kali Katt of Pacific Beach said a list of demands to San Diego leaders is not on paper yet, but the goal is clear.
"We are here to achieve social and economic justice. This is a very simple idea for people to come and participate in the democratic process again," Katt said.
But San Diego State University Professor of Finance Dan Seiver says it helps to protest something that is more tangible.
"I don't think these protests will change anything," Seiver said.
Seiver said, he's not convinced that the protests will do much to change the nation's economic policies.
Occupy San Diego is reaching out to community organizations, labor unions and activists. They're getting the word out by handing out flyers and hosting a series of meetings.
Protestors across the country have been organizing an increasing number of demonstrations after police arrested 700 people in New York over the weekend.