A lot is going on with Occupy San Diego.
Occupiers Plans To “Re-Occupy” Freedom Plaza Starting Saturday December 17th
First, a group of the occupiers are planning to re-occupy “Freedom Plaza” – the name given to the Civic Center Plaza by demonstrators – on Saturday, December 17th. They believe they have a right to sleep in public space, and declare:
“Therefore we’re lawfully re-occupying Freedom Plaza.”
A Press Conference has been called for December 17th at 11 am at the Plaza in downtown San Diego. They have made this statement in support of their position:
We believe under the Illegal Lodging, 647(e) agreement filed 2/8/2011, 04 CV -2314 BEN, Exhibit “A” as well as “Training Bulletin SDPD, page 5 section II; 1., in conjunction with the federal court order giving persons the right to sleep in public space when no shelter beds are available (and it is rare to find such beds available), we have legal standing for our protest to remain in the plaza 24 hours a day and 7 days per week. Therefore we’re lawfully re-occupying Freedom Plaza.
And second, Occupy San Diego was involved in this:
By Mirna Alfonso / Murrieta Patch / Dec. 15, 2011
A disabled and bedridden schoolteacher Lesliane Bouchard, is in danger of being evicted. She vowed not to leave her home at 40734 Mountain Pride Drive in Murrieta.
Bouchard has enlisted the support of her synagogue, her neighbors, Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, change.org, OccupySanDiego, OccupyTemecula, OccupyOceanside and many others.
About 50 supporters gathered at the home for an overnight campout, for which six tents were set up on the home’s front lawn. In light of the demonstration, Murrieta police were on hand.
Here is the text of Bouchards’ online petition, created by her daughter, Kristiane Chappell. It can be found here.
“My mom Lesliane Bouchard, a disabled teacher in California, may lose her home because her mortgage company, First Mortgage Corporation, refuses to participate in some of the federal programs that could keep her in it,” Chappell said in a news release.
“She has been approved for the federal government’s Hardest Hit State Fund, which would pay down enough of her principal balance enough to keep her in her home. But First Mortgage Corporation refuses to participate in the program, which is only optional for lenders.
“Mom is completely bedridden due to a spinal injury that left her in constant excruciating pain. She had to stop teaching last year as a result, and her income dropped by 40 percent. Programs like the Hardest Hit States Fund exist to help people just like her, but they won’t work if lenders won’t participate in them.”
Liam Chappell, who is Bouchard’s 14-year-old grandson, has lived in the home for four years. The Murrieta Mesa High School student told Patch he was not kept apprised of the dire situation in which his grandmother found herself … that is, until his mother, Kristiane Chappell, started the movement to save her mom’s house.
“It’s our house, we should be able to keep it,” Liam told Patch, as he stood in the rain Thursday, surrounded by his grandmother’s supporters.
One of those supporters is Lynn Leseth, who intended to spend the night on the Bouchard property, where tents were pitched and hot coffee and cookies were laid out. “This is what the occupation movement is all about,” Leseth told Patch. She said she understands Bouchard’s plight all too well. “I’m living in Freedom Plaza (Civic Center) in San Diego, she said.
Several people standing under the home’s eaves tried to stay sheltered by the rain but they could not escape the cold. A man who identified himself only as R.T. said he is a disabled veteran and homeless. R.T. said there are many people who are finding themselves in circumstances that seem unbelievable. “Its bizarre,” said R.T. “I never thought that anything like this would happen.
Most interviewed railed against the banks, calling them too eager to snap up properties and re-mortgage them. “I hate selling foreclosures,” said realtor Christie Paris, who came out in support. Three of her investment properties were lost to foreclosures, she said. “Banks don’t have to disclose anything that is wrong with the property.”
Leseth vehemently agreed with Paris. “Banks got bailed out, we got sold out.”