Locals Organize to Spell Out “IMPEACH” on the Sands of Ocean Beach in San Diego – March 4th

by on February 15, 2017 · 10 comments

in California, Civil Rights, Culture, Election, History, Ocean Beach, Organizing, Politics

In an upfront effort to replicate the effort by folks up in Ocean Beach of San Francisco to spell out the word “RESIST”, locals are now organizing a similar move here in Ocean Beach, San Diego.

In a definite move to up the ante, San Diegans want to spell out the word “IMPEACH” on the beach just north of the OB Pier on Saturday, March 4th.

The plan is to march up the beach from Dog Beach and in a ‘putting your body where your mouth is’ kind of thing, spell out in hundred foot letters the word “Impeach”. Organizers have a facebook and at last count, nearly a hundred people pledged to participant, with another 550 or so saying they’re interested.

I spoke to Mike James, one of the organizers of the event, this morning by phone. The facebook page and idea, he said, “it’s viral, it’s buzzing.”

How did all this come about, I asked Mike, a well-known and well-liked personage of the village, most recently known for being an auctioneer at the annual town council live auction and as one of the main announces at the OB Holiday Parade.

People saw the action at the other Ocean Beach, he replied, and thought it was real cool. Deanna Polk, one of the other organizers and a former Geriatric Club Girl, saw the Resist, called him and said, ‘Let’s do something like this!’

So, Mike decided to post the facebook page – and was amazed at how many people jumped on it.

Where will you spell out the word?  I asked him. “Just north of the OB Pier, just in front where the Christmas Tree usually goes.”

Did you check the tide?  He did check the tide and it’s low for that day – Saturday, March 4th, and that’s why it starts at 10:00 am.

The people up in San Francisco spelled out “Resist”, but you want to do “Impeach”, I said to him. Why so. “Why,” he answered, “because I thought it was time to look at this … the Russian – Trump connection. I thought ‘Impeach’ was more appropriate.”

On March 4th, Mike continued, “we’ll draw it out in the sand, based on a grid put together on paper.”

He then asked if the OB Rag would like to co-sponsor it – and after conferring with editor Patty Jones, we decided to take James up on his offer.

Mike then reminded me that in 2010, he did something very similar, as he was one of the organizers for “Hands Across the Sand”.

The OB Rag reported in June 2010 on the event:

At least 80 people left the OB Street Fair on Saturday, June 26th, to join the “Hands across the sands” movement. They literally crossed the beach and linked hands with each other at the ocean’s edge to form a human wall against any further off-shore oil drilling.  The line stretched from close to the pier all the way past the lifeguard station.

The OB event was one of over 800 such happenings across the country, and it was coordinated by Mike James.


{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

CliffHanger February 15, 2017 at 9:29 pm

I’m in


Frank Gormlie February 16, 2017 at 9:12 pm

Mike James just wrote at the facebook page:
Thank you to everyone who have committed to, those who are interested in and those who shared our event. It has been 48 hours since I posted the event and the response was been great. Keep on sharing.
I am excited to say I just got off the phone with organizer of the San Francisco event, Brad Newsham. He was beyond generous in offering any advise to make our event special.
We are now looking for volunteers to assist in the logistics, send me a message or Deanna if you can help. Thanks to Surf Angel Deanna Polk for being a catalyst and the O.B. Rag for their co-sponsorship.
If any of you witnessed the clown show today at the White House you know how Important it is to keep the pressure on.


Brad Newsham February 17, 2017 at 6:06 am

You folks oh-so-clearly, ROCK! ;-)


Bearded OBcean February 17, 2017 at 8:19 am

While I think the president is a disaster, impeach him for what at this point? For not liking him or his policies?


Jon February 17, 2017 at 11:41 am

I had the same thought Bearded. While I think he’s an unmitigated disaster of a human, would it be more appropriate at this stage to spell out “Investigate!”


rick callejon February 17, 2017 at 12:13 pm

How about “Probe!”


Frank Gormlie February 18, 2017 at 10:24 am

How about “No Fascism”?


Jon February 18, 2017 at 1:22 pm

Frank – if you think the turnout will be huuuge, then why not “Pathalogical Equivocator “


Jon February 17, 2017 at 1:54 pm

I suppose if you have a small turnout, then “Probe” works. Maybe with a large turnout we can spell “Demagoguery!” With a big circle around it and a slash mark…. ;)


Robyn Massey February 19, 2017 at 6:12 pm

I think we have enough evidence to proceed with the investigation/indictment, ergo: “Impeach”


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