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Occupy Wall Street Comes To San Diego

Above: Occupy Wall Street protestors and union members stage a protest near Wall Street in New York, October 5, 2011. The demonstrators are protesting bank bailouts, foreclosures and high unemployment from their encampment in the financial district of New York City.

Aired 10/6/11 on KPBS Midday Edition.


Toby Benjamin, Web Developer and Community Organizer for Occupy San Diego

Erik Bruvald of the Institute for Policy Research at National University

Murtaza Baxamusa, Middle-class Taxpayers Association of San Diego


KPBS Reporter Erik Anderson will cover the Occupy San Diego protest in downtown on Friday's show.

Evening Edition airs weekdays at 5 PM and 6:30 PM on KPBS TV.

A loose-knit protest movement that formed in New York City several weeks ago to decry the perceived sins of banks, corporations, political elites and other power brokers will sprout at the opposite end of the nation today, according to organizers.

Members of "Occupy Together,'' a social network-driven campaign that began last month as a rally dubbed "Occupy Wall Street,'' plan to bring their messages of discontent to downtown San Diego this afternoon, organizers announced.

The grass-roots activists will gather at Children's Park in the Marina district, then march to Civic Center Plaza at City Hall for a demonstration "in protest of the global financial corruption currently invading politics, media and corporations, exemplified by the recent financial-industry meltdown and subsequent recession,'' according to the group's website.

The participants will "peacefully occupy'' the public courtyard until they get desired action from "all levels of government, including the city and county of San Diego, the state of California, the federal government and ... private and public banks and corporations,'' the announcement stated.

Organizers did not immediately detail their self-described "list of demands.''

The protest will include marches, sit-ins, educational programs, "practice of the democratic process'' and "general assembly meetings wherein solutions to overlapping issues are identified,'' the group's online message asserted.

Ray Lutz, a spokesman for the local offshoot of the movement, encouraged San Diegans to take part.

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

The "occupiers,'' many of them young adults, have gathered in recent weeks in dozens of cities, including Los Angeles. The rallies have been largely peaceful, though in New York some protesters have gotten into scuffles with police, and hundreds there have been arrested.

What People Are Saying About Occupy San Diego

Stories and comments from around San Diego on the 'Occupy Wall Street' movement coming to downtown.

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ematus | October 6, 2011 at 12:30 p.m. ― 5 years, 5 months ago

The cause of the economic collapse is two fold:
1. The dismantling of the protections applied after the Depression
2. The success of Reaganomics and the failure of "The Trickle Down Economy"
This led to both the housing bubble and allowing Corporations and the Wealthy to take control of the nation's wealth.

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brendan | October 6, 2011 at 12:37 p.m. ― 5 years, 5 months ago

i wonder..will the news media be as harsh in their treatment of this movement as they are of the 'tea party'? will 'occupy wallstreet' be blamed for violent rhetorric or actions(whether or not it is even remotely connected with the group or its actions)? will the occasional 'hot head' or harsh outburst(like say, 'behead the rich") be used to define the whole movement,as with the 'tea party?will 'occupy wallstreet' be accused of being a tool of socio/political power brokers,as was the 'tea party'? will they refuse money and assistance from these same power brokers( political action commitees/unions/political parties)? will the media label them 'racists' due to their mostly white members? will 'occupy wallstreet' actually offer any solutions or create any jobs? well? will they?

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dialyn | October 7, 2011 at 8:25 a.m. ― 5 years, 5 months ago

What has always annoyed me about the Tea Party is their egotism in pretending they speak for all of us, that somehow you can't be a U.S. citizen and despise some of their more bigoted stances. Maybe the 99% isn't as organized at this point (they are still and new group) and maybe they don't benefit from big bucks from Rupert Murdock (Mr. Ethics) the Cohn Brothers (self-appointed morality police chiefs) but they do harken back to a time when everyone, and not just a elite few, could speak up and not be bullied into silence. I say, good for them. I don't know if they will last or not...but, good for them, for breaking through the media adoration of the Tea Party (thanks to Murdock owned conservative news stations) and speaking up. Yeah, they are still finding their way, but I admire the fact they are willing to try instead of sitting in silence and suffering. Good for them.

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jmckane | October 7, 2011 at 11:14 a.m. ― 5 years, 5 months ago

I'll be there. Enough is enough. The US needs to re-access it's values. If there is no more middle class there will be no way to ever recover this economy. We will become a 3rd world country. End the off shore tax havens, corporations are NOT people. Get big money out of elections. See you there.

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TheCoopScoop | October 7, 2011 at 3:47 p.m. ― 5 years, 5 months ago

This movement lost it's appeal as soon as the socialist unions infiltrated them. They are like any cult - get the disenfranchised to join them so they can take their money and give it to the same Democrats who have been in control of the government since 2006...about the time everything went down the tubes. They should be marching on "K" Street in DC where all the lobbyists who actually control the corporate political puppets. One final thing...if the government took all the money from the corporations and gave it to the have-nots...the outcome would be the same in most cases of the knuckleheads who win the lottery and piss away their money and are once again left with nothing. They don't have money because the universe gives it to those who can deal with it, are ready for it and earned or deserved it. Taking away from people who earned it and giving it to people who didn't is communism at its height in Eastern Europe...the poor loved the communists because the stole everything for the aristocrats and gave "some" of it to them. That didn't work out too well and now they are getting the stolen loot back. We need change - but not by socialists of the Unions and from the European infiltrators (the Greece and London professional radicals who are here now) and are partly responsible for this occupation.

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whyfret | October 7, 2011 at 4:35 p.m. ― 5 years, 5 months ago

In the past it was required to get a protest permit from the San Diego Vice Squad... and protesting was only allowed in fenced in areas... The City Council had agreed to this.... is this still true today?

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whyfret | October 7, 2011 at 4:42 p.m. ― 5 years, 5 months ago

If this "occupation" can be participated-in anonymously, I would like to invite all people with a fully functional humane conscience to assemble there and ask that all unconscionable people please stay home..

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iamhe | October 7, 2011 at 8:57 p.m. ― 5 years, 5 months ago

world wide there are many victims to American Style Capitalism which is based on greed is good, and more greed is better.... this is unconscionable capitalism.

Unconscionable capitalism has hijacked the US Government.

we no longer live in a Constitutional Federated Democratic Republic circumscribed by a bill of inalienable rights...

We now live in a Corpocracy that parades around all patriotic like in democracy's clothes serving the false god Dollah The Almighty and it's obscene profits.

US Style Capitalism, it's economy, and government is unconscionable,

change is needed....

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Missionaccomplished | October 8, 2011 at 2:36 p.m. ― 5 years, 5 months ago

A bunch of post-New Left, post-Seattle, anarcho-confused who have never read a word of Marx or Engels and have done little more than blog and fornicate since 2001.

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