Now today Occupy San Diego is one month old! The first large march and encampment occurred on Friday, October 7th. The very next day, occupiers then moved over to the Civic Center Plaza where they’ve been ever since.
What has OccupySD accomplished in just this one month’s time? Here is our answer for starters:
- For one month now Occupy San Diego has joined the rest of the world in using a tactic begun by Egyptian protesters at the beginning of the “Arab Spring” – occupying public space to draw attention to demands to changes in the social and economic system.
- It has brought a local manifestation of the nation-wide Occupy Wall Street movement to San Diego – brought it here to our little town and created something close-up.
- OSD is where the politicized and energized youth of San Diego found expression and created a political framework of their own.
- It created a new type of political demonstration that defies all previous forms – right at City Hall – right in the face of San Diego’s power elite.
- It has greatly helped to change the local and national dialog on the economy. (When is the last time you heard the word “deficit”?)
- Through its weekly actions OccupySD has placed the focus on the banks as being the central fault or reason for the financial collapse of the country.
- OSD created a space for political imagination and expression against the corporate control of our city / society.
- It created a “small village” at the Plaza for awhile, creating space for the development and exercise of alternative relationships. The “village” had a kitchen and free food line, a medical tent, 2 libraries, a comfort station, a media tent, an arts and crafts station, etc.
- OSD organized some of the largest political rallies and marches in recent San Diego history, particularly the 3000-4000 on October 7th, and the demos on October 15th, and on October 28th
- It has provided space and sites for teach-in’s and educational learning sessions.
- OccupySD fed the homeless in downtown San Diego – a criminal act in the eyes of some – and provided space and safety for many, providing other social services to them.
- Occupy San Diego has confronted the City of San Diego, the Mayor and the police on antiquated and anti-homeless laws used against protesters trying to utilize their rights to free expression and assembly.
- It has definitely changed the local dialog and discussion here in San Diego, giving the local corporate media something to ignore, make fun of and use to help sell papers and gain viewers.
- It has provided daily visible political actions in downtown San Diego.
- OSD has provided a space/ site/ forum and focus for other San Diego progressives, such as the labor council and peace and justice activists about the economy and wars.
- Occupy San Diego has brought together many disparate activists of different causes into one organizational framework.
- And most importantly, Occupy San Diego has survived and is still there!
And all this in just one month.
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