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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Can the Coffee Party Create Civil Dialog

I have a question: Is C-SPAN, Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network a privately owned for profit corporation, or does it provide us with good independent journalism? "And yet, we gave this guest 43 minutes!" - C-Span Host in response.

We need to confront those in Washington D.C as Americans, not as Left or Right, but as Americans, and ask them why they are so untrustworthy. We have no confidence. We have a TRUST-Deficit. Watch this 43 minute Interview with Anabel Park of the Coffee Party and see what a real patriot looks like.
We must respect the politics of those who disagree with us.


http://www.citizensintervention.com

Citizens United vs. Federal Elections Commission

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Now you can join Occupy San Diego

MIC CHECK! -- MIC CHECK!

We are setting up a single master announce list for Occupy San Diego. This is the first email from this list.
The intention is to sent out about one email per day to give you the latest news and announcements we know about.
I think you'll agree we need to improve our communication. Your job is to check your email so you are informed.

So far, we have about 800+ subscribers.
To subscribe or unsubscribe go here: http://lists.citizensoversight.org/mailman/listinfo/occupysd
If you are not sure (i.e. if you get from a different list) please resubscribe (it can't hurt!)

If you have:
    > lists of emails that should be subscribed
    > events or notices that should be included
    > needs or wants to request from our supporters
    > specific requests for volunteers
SEND TO: raylutz@citizensoversight.org (Media Committee Member)
   and we'll work to get that information included in this daily update.

DISCLAIMER! Although we will do our best to make sure this list of events is accurate, changes may
occur frequently! Please check your email daily to make sure and also the various web sites.
(Listed at the bottom of this email).

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NEWS

51 Protesters arrested last night, supplies confiscated.
Police cleared both Civic Center Plaza and Children's Park toting billy clubs and riot gear.
Occupy San Diego is EXTREMELY disappointed at the illegal violation or our first amendment rights!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8514Fd21eQ -- POLICE ADVANCE
    http://obrag.org/?p=48043
    http://www.sdcitybeat.com/sandiego/blog-565-51-arrested-at-occupy-san-diego.html
Video of actions by Occupy San Diego this morning:
    http://youtu.be/USoiNA7YpP0

We will be working to get these protesters released and our gear returned.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

FRIDAY, 2011-10-28
Meet at 6 p.m. at Children's Park (Harbor Drive between First and Front Streets) and march by 7 p.m.  to the Civic Center.
The all night vigil will begin at 8 p.m. See below:

From Jerry N. Tomaszewicz, Jr., Executive Assistant to Secretary-Treasurer & CEO Lorena Gonzalez / Field Organizer
San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council, AFL-CIO

"As you may have heard, San Diego's Police Chief decided to crack down on Occupy San Diego Protesters last night - and raided the Civic Center Plaza. The San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council will continue with our plans to bring attention to the economic crisis a majority of Americans are facing, by assembling at the Civic Center tonight!"

ALL NIGHT VIGIL
Occupy San Diego
San Diego Civic Center
1200 B Street (Intersection of 3rd and B Streets)
TONIGHT - BEGINNING AT 8 PM

Stay as long as you can, but please be there at 8 p.m. Bring warm clothes, we will bring pizza and water.

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MONDAY, 2011-10-31
Occupy San Diego Monster March
March from Balboa Park to the Gaslamp to highlight frightening facts about corruption in America’s financial and political systems

Occupy San Diego will lead a Halloween march through downtown San Diego to promote social justice, honesty, and generosity.
With costumes, street theatre, and candy, Occupy San Diego will rally at 5:00pm at the Haunted Trail Entrance in Balboa Park (6th & Juniper, just south of the Laurel Street Bridge).

March starts at 5:30pm from the Haunted Trail Entrance and will walk to the Civic Center, to Children’s Park, the Haunted Hotel, and ending in the Gaslamp Quarter.
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TUESDAY, 2011-11-01
San Diego City Council Meeting
10 AM -- We must continue to demand that the city of San Diego endorse the OCCUPY SAN DIEGO protest the same why the cities of Los Angeles, Orange, San Francisco, and Irvine have done.  PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY TO GET A SEAT. We have asked them to place this on the agenda, and they have not.
We were given ONE three minute time period to talk about OCCUPY SD during public comment. In Irvine, they allowed 72 speakers and 5.5 hours to hear the concerns of the pubic, and they finally agreed to formally endorse the protest actions. SAN DIEGO MUST DO THE SAME!
SIGN PETITION TO CITY COUNCIL HERE: http://www.copswiki.org/Common/OccupySanDiego

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LINKS AND REFERENCES
Facebook Community Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Occupy-San-Diego/198003106936678
Facebook group page: http://www.facebook.com/groups/164668860284106/
http://occupysandiego.org/ -- (OB Rag site.)
http://occupysandiegoca.wordpress.com/ -- News
http://occupysd.weebly.com/ -- Backup website
http://www.facebook.com/groups/occupymiramesa/
SEND THIS LINK AND TELL OTHERS TO SUBSCRIBE: http://lists.citizensoversight.org/mailman/listinfo/occupysd

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THANK YOU FOR BEING INVOLVED.
--Ray Lutz

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Occupy San Diego stands up to defend the First Amendment


We have been occupying the Civic Center for 19 days.  Today we attended the San Diego City Council meeting for the second time in two weeks, again asking the City Council to pass a resolution supporting our occupation, as the City of LA did for Occupy Los Angeles. Last week we asked the Council to put Occupy San Diego on the agenda. They did not. So we were again limited to the public discussion portion of the meeting, which only gives 3 minutes to any individual topic.  Individuals from our occupation signed up to discuss various topics related to Occupy San Diego, such as the people’s library, sanitation and health, the evolution of Democracy, free speech and the first amendment. One of our occupiers Jersey, got up to speak on the topic of Occupy San Diego in general.  She called a mic check and about 50 of us delivered the message through a people’s mic.  This is what we said:
I am Michelle Doich, I usually go by 'Jersey'. I am a concerned citizen, a college graduate, a tax-payer, and a full time employee of the City of San Diego, an activist, part of the working-class, part of the 99%, and an Occupier of San Diego. Last week I was maced and brutalized by the San Diego Police Department, at the Civic Center, while peacefully protesting for our right to Free Speech and our right to Assemble, and Petition the Government for Redress of Grievances. Our right to Protest has been destroyed by the City.  SDPD have taken our tents, medical equipment, books, food, sanitation resources and property, sleeping bags and physically brutalized and arrested protesters. You have the power to protect community members and our right to protest. Protect us from violence and aggression.  (she then turned to the crowd an used the Human Microphone) Mic check.  We represent the Occupy San Diego protest. Our protest is protected by our constitutional rights.  You took an oath to uphold our constitution.  Therefore we request that you respect and uphold our right under the 1st Ammendment of our Constitution.  Please endorse our peaceful protest action against undue corporate or monetary influence on our government.  The Los Angeles City Council adopted a resolution supporting the Occupy Los Angeles protest.  We want the same respect here and from you.  Similar to LA our protest will have tents, canopies, power ad portable restrooms.  We will continue to have a medical tent, food, educational materials and media support.  We will continue to Occupy Civic Center plaza and expansion park areas.  We asked you to place this item on the agenda at the last meeting.  You did not, so we ask you again.  Here is a copy of the proposed resolution.  Please call a special meeting to propose this agenda item immediately.  Under the Brown Act you can discuss this and place it on the agenda now.  If you do not place it on your agenda we will accept this as consent to our protest, and plan for our constitutional rights.  Again if you do not place this on the future agenda at this time we will accept your passive consent to reoccupy the Civic Center Plaza and Children’s Park and your action will be evidence of your support of our constitutional rights.
Before she finished her speech she was interrupted by council member Tony Young that her time was up.  Jersey finished anyhow.  After she was done speaking the crowd started chanting “we are the 99%” and “support us now.”  In response the council exited the room and ended the council meeting, even though we had 45 minutes of open public time left.  Council member Marti Emerald stayed and seemed to be encouraging her colleagues to stay. We thank her that out. Occupy San Diego will continue attempting to get our proposal on the docket for the City Council meeting.