skip to main content

Listen

Read

Watch

Schedules

Programs

Events

Give

Account

Donation Heart Ribbon

Occupy San Diego Marks Six Month Anniversary

Above: Protesters march to Civic Plaza during Occupy San Diego on Friday, October 7, 2011.

Aired 4/5/12 on KPBS Midday Edition.

Guests

David Abramson, a member of Occupy San Diego.

Jonathan Graubart is director of the International Security and Conflict Resolution Program and an associate professor of political science at San Diego State University

Transcript

KPBS Evening Edition

Occupy San Diego, 6 Months Later

Above: David Abramson, a member of Occupy San Diego, and Jonathan Graubart, associate professor of political science at San Diego State University, talk to KPBS about the Occupy movement.

Six months after the Occupy San Diego movement started, there are no longer protestors occupying San Diego's Civic Center.

But Jonathan Graubart, an associate professor of political science at San Diego State University, said that doesn't mean the movement has lost steam.

"I think what’s most impressive is they now have an infrastructure, both in San Diego and across the country, so now it has changed the discourse," he told KPBS. "But now it’s one frame of reference for organizing protests and organizing a strategy that’s an alternative to electoral politics in San Diego and across the country."

Graubart said the movement has infiltrated the political sphere "in a shallow manner." He said Democrats are trying to co-op some parts of the movement, while Republicans are trying to insult it.

David Abramson has been a member of Occupy San Diego for six months, but said he only spent a few nights sleeping in the Civic Center because he has a full-time job. He said he was skeptical of the movement's lack of leadership at first.

"But what the six months at Occupy San Diego has taught me is that through consensus and through working together where everyone has a voice, we come up with better decisions than if we had a leader telling us this is what we should do," he said.

He added that it's not that the movement doesn’t have leaders, but that different people are leaders at different times.

Abramson said over the past six months, Occupy has had several achievements: National Bank Transfer Day, working with unions in an effort to shut down the port and contributing to efforts to stop the SOPA and PIPA bills.

He added Occupy has "changed the collective consciousness of people, really occupied the hearts and minds of people, to injustices that are happening right now and the possibility that there is an alternative."

Comments

Avatar for user 'danielx2'

danielx2 | April 5, 2012 at 12:51 p.m. ― 2 years, 8 months ago

Although it seems no fault of the interviewer, this was the worst interview I've heard on KPBS. The professor seemed only interested in lecturing about anarchy, rather than answering the host's questions.

( | suggest removal )

Avatar for user 'Freedom32'

Freedom32 | April 5, 2012 at 2:07 p.m. ― 2 years, 8 months ago

The Occupy person uses a pseudonym online, in violation of Facebook Terms of Service. The Occupy movement in San Diego has been full of violence and
people who are opportunists who are looking to cash in on this movement and what had been good will. It was great to bring these issues to the forefront but those who are still hanging on in San Diego are using this movement as a way to advance their own careers.

( | suggest removal )

Avatar for user 'amir'

amir | April 5, 2012 at 5:58 p.m. ― 2 years, 8 months ago

The occupy movement is open to all, the opportunists can and do come in but that is hardly a negative aspect of occupy, but a negative of the space they move in from, the established political system.
As for using "a pseudonym online" Freedom32 (!) he is not doing it here, and giving his take on his occupy experience here which do correspond to the real events OSD took part in. If you have any argument on why "violence" (sources, please) should overshadow those events please do bring it up.

( | suggest removal )

Avatar for user 'Freedom32'

Freedom32 | April 6, 2012 at 8:23 a.m. ― 2 years, 8 months ago

f

( | suggest removal )

Avatar for user 'Freedom32'

Freedom32 | April 6, 2012 at 8:23 a.m. ― 2 years, 8 months ago

Would be happy to bring it up Amir. You and your comrades have contributed to the climate in the United States that led to the passage of laws that are intended to protect Congress and others because of the violence you showed in San Diego and in other cities. You are to blame for NDAA and other laws. All of the things Abramson touts as things that were done by "Occupy" were actually done by others. National Bank Transfer Day existed before Occupy. The Port Action in San Diego did NOTHING tangible except disrupt the work day of workers. SOPA bill was killed by internet user and companies, not Occupy.

( | suggest removal )

Avatar for user 'JeanMarc'

JeanMarc | April 6, 2012 at 9:54 a.m. ― 2 years, 8 months ago

LOL these losers are still around?

( | suggest removal )

Avatar for user 'astrofan'

astrofan | April 6, 2012 at 12:02 p.m. ― 2 years, 8 months ago

Who?

( | suggest removal )

Avatar for user 'JohnL'

JohnL | April 6, 2012 at 12:59 p.m. ― 2 years, 8 months ago

Anybody truly interested in this and cutting through the proffesional insulters and low-info fauxbot horsepucky can check http://occupysandiego.org/
and http://occupywallst.org/

( | suggest removal )

Avatar for user 'Missionaccomplished'

Missionaccomplished | April 9, 2012 at 8:06 a.m. ― 2 years, 8 months ago

Hey Graubart, how about starting an "Occupy Hirshmann" for his outlandish $325,000, or will you remain yet another left academic hypocrite?

( | suggest removal )

Avatar for user 'Missionaccomplished'

Missionaccomplished | April 9, 2012 at 8:29 a.m. ― 2 years, 8 months ago

@Freedom 32, flagged you for the disguised "f" bomb. Kinda hard for you folks to keep it civil. "NO hate on the Right." -- Sean Inanity

( | suggest removal )