Occupy San Diego Matters

by on November 11, 2011 · 7 comments

in Civil Rights, Economy, Organizing, San Diego

Here are matters that concern our very own version of Occupy Wall Street : Occupy San Diego – going since October 7, 2011.

  • 90% of Calls and emails to Mayor Sanders Support OccupySD

At the City Beat, Dave Maass reports:

Of the 877 emails and phone calls regarding Occupy received by the Mayor’s office, 90 percent have supported the movement.

This is great – as the OB Rag and others solicited support for the occupiers with a call for people to telephone or email the Mayor’s office.  Maass doesn’t say over what period of time these emails and calls came in, but we’re smiling like a Cheshire cat.  Sanders should start chanting “You are the 90 per cent!”

  • Local College Campuses Hold Occupy Rallies

Several campuses of local colleges held support rallies for Occupy San Diego and faculty pay issues recently, on Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 8th and 9th.  On the 8th, over one hundred students and faculty rallied at UCSD.  The California Faculty Association organized marches at San Diego State University and California State University San Marcos.  At SDSU and the CSU campuses Wednesday, the faculty union was joined by members of ReFund California Coalition, an outgrowth of the Occupy movement.

  •  Occupy San Diego makes the cover of The Nation magazine

With the cover title screaming in huge, bold letters, “Wall Street Invented Class Warfare” , the Nation magazine – the country’s oldest progressive mag – listed 20 or so “occupy” cities, including “Occupy San Diego”.  Whoo-hoo!

  •  Injunction Against City and Police to Be Filed on Monday, Nov. 13th Friday, Nov. 11th

According to earlier reports, Occupy San Diego lawyers will be filing their application for a Temporary Restraining Order against the City of San Diego and the Police Department, in an effort to have a court inhibit the confiscation of property and arrests of demonstrators at the Civic Center Plaza.  The City / Police appear to be both arbitrarily and unconstitutionally enforcing municipal statutes in attempts to discourage our local occupy movement.  Attorney Bryan Pease held a press conference earlier this week and pledged to file the papers on Monday Friday.

Unconfirmed Report that “Anonymous” Took Over Occupy SD’s Facebook Page

On Tuesday, Nov. 8th, local Fox News Channel 5 reported:

SAN DIEGO – The international hacking group “Anonymous” apparently took over the Occupy San Diego Facebook page Tuesday bringing attention to the group’s weakness – infighting.

 “We are Anonymous. We find censorship almost as disgusting as inaction. You are guilty of both. Thanks for playing,” the message said on the Occupy San Diego page.

 Responses varied among the people who ‘liked’ the social media community page.

 “I am an occupy supporter, but affiliation with Anonymous does not bolster my confidence. That is all,” Matthew Isom posted.

 Some messages were favorable for the attention Anonymous was giving to their group. According to some Facebook fans, the person(s) who administered the Occupy San Diego page had been censoring messages and videos postings. The fans said the censorship was exactly opposite of what their movement was all about.

 “This really gets at what my problems with OSD and all Occupy movements are. Thanks to whoever posted this status, we need to call out mistakes in movements that claim to represent all of us,” Cinthya Martinez Perez posted.

 “I could be wrong as I’m not a member of Anonymous, but anonymous isn’t against the movement (or any of the other occupies). This is not against the members of Occupy San Diego. This is against the self-appointed organizers and moderators,” Mat Walker posted.

 Jennie M [also made a comment] ….

 “Hey anon, we don’t accept people telling others to burn down the Civic Center. We are peaceful and refuse to let other citizens believe that VIOLENCE is involved in our tactics.”

  • Carl DeMaio Called Out by San Diego Occupier On His 2010 Call for Homeless to Take Over Civic Center Plaza

OccupySD activist Martha Sullivan, in a guest piece at San Diego Politico, called out Councilman Carl DeMaio for his hypocrisy towards the homeless and Occupy San Diego. Here is her post:

If SD City Councilmember Carl DeMaio is so worried about homeless people disrupting business for the Coffee Cart & Hot Dog stands at the City Concourse, then why did he put out this release last year stating that a temporary homeless shelter should be set up AT the Civic Center (!!!) so that City Leaders “would not forget” that we need to do something to provide a solution for the homeless in San Diego. (I think we would AGREE with DeMaio about the urgency of providing a solution for homelessness, but why the sudden change of heart now that some homeless people are occupying the City Concource for POLITICAL reasons?)

The news release in question (and in the link above) is entitled: “DeMaio Compromise Proposal to Locate Temporary Homeless Shelter in City Concourse Approved”.

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avatar jennie November 12, 2011 at 12:12 am

Hi, Jennie M here. I personally spoke to Bob Ponting from our local fox 5 syndication about being misrepresented as supporting censorship — clearly, from the post, all I was saying is that we don’t advocate violence. At the time, I had been unaware of a larger censorship issue happening with the page. I do NOT support censorship of opinion or fact, but direct threats of violence and incitement of violence is against facebook terms of service already and is not tolerated by any of us. Someone had incited that people should take the American flag, set it on fire, and go burn the civic center down with it. If preventing someone from yelling fire in a crowded theater, essentially, counts as “censorship,” then fine, I suppose this qualifies.

It’s garbage.

Bob Ponting REMOVED the article from the website, which he called “incomprehensible” and “incoherent” and “sloppy” and that he understood I was being misrepresented. I would like to formally request that any mention of me supporting censorship is removed from this article, if at all possible. Not only is it incorrect, I feel it is slanderous to my character.



avatar jennie November 12, 2011 at 12:15 am

I also see that this was taken from the Fox mobile site, which I contacted Bob about AGAIN over. He said it would be taken care of and taken down, because the main article was removed from the non-mobile version of the website, and was worried that their mobile stuff might be having a larger issue, which is “scary” to him, because anything pulled off the main site is also supposed to come down from mobile.

Please remove this mention of me. Since the article appears to still be up, people can go and click on that to their heart’s content, but I will not continue to be slandered.


avatar editordude November 12, 2011 at 10:56 am

jennie, we removed the reference to “censorship” with your name. Your comment is still valid, we believe.


avatar jennie July 13, 2012 at 8:55 am

Hey editordude – I am currently looking for work after having been laid off months ago and one of the top result searches on my name is this article. I’d really appreciate it if you could refer to me as “Jennie M” instead of my complete name, or please take my full name out entirely. While I am proud to be an activist, I’d much rather discuss it in person with my interviewers than them finding articles on “infighting” with my name connected to it. Please.


avatar editordude July 13, 2012 at 9:03 am

jennie – took out your full name. In the future, if you’d like to contact us, simply write obragblog@gmail.com


avatar John Leone November 12, 2011 at 11:21 am

Violence comes in many forms and scales: poverty is a form of violence. Interference with basic civil rights, including speech, assembly, and petition is violence. Discrimination against the old, the poor, recent immigrants, or other disadvantaged persons is violence. Finally, legal theft of peoples’ homes and belongings for the profit of others is violence. It shouldn’t be surprising that those with nothing to lose might express themselves in violent self-defense. One may argue that is counter-productive, but in fact American history shows the opposite: that only when the established order is threatened with widespread social violence, as in the Revolution, the Abolition, Women’s Voting Rights, and Labor Movements, that incremental advances are made.


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