Shelli DeRobertis 2:14 p.m., May 23
“Standing in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street NYC, hundreds of San Diego citizens will peacefully occupy the Civic Center Plaza in downtown San Diego, adjacent to San Diego City Hall (1200 3rd Ave.), starting on October 7, 2011.”
So begins a press release issued yesterday by Occupy San Diego, one of many offshoot groups that have sprung up recently in response to the Occupy Wall Street campaign. Since September 17, protestors have set up camp in Zuccotti Park, also dubbed Liberty Square, a few blocks from the New York Stock Exchange. Numbers of participants in the protest vary, with a few hundred taking up semi-permanent overnight residency in the plaza and daytime march participants swelling the ranks to as many as 5,000.
The movement is seeking local support – nationally, groups such as National Nurses United, the Transport Workers Union, Laborers’ International Union of America, and United Steelworkers’ Union, totaling nearly 2.1 million members, have officially endorsed the Occupy campaign.
The group refers to itself as “the 99%,” in opposition to “the 1%” that the movement claims is responsible for the erosion of the United States middle class society.
At present the San Diego group is holding daily General Assemblies at 6 p.m. in Children’s Park, Downtown at the corner of First and Island. These meetings serve as planning sessions, and attract up to 100 participants. The group plans to gather at the park on Friday afternoon, at which point they will march to the Civic Center and set up camp.
photo by Steven Greaves