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“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

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Joaquin_de_la_Mesa Oct. 4, 2011 @ 11:05 a.m.

This movement seems to have an identity crisis.

Wall Street represents the private sector financial world. Civic Center Plaza represents the public sector.

What's it going to be folks? Are you protesting government or are you protesting the private sector?

By the way, 1% of the people rules things in places like Cuba and China and Vietnam. Except in those places, there REALLY is no middle class. And they shoot protestors like you.

Be careful what you wish for.

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GabrielHillel Oct. 4, 2011 @ 11:18 a.m.

Second Wave of Protests Unleashed: Targets the Federal Reserve Posted on October 4, 2011 by WashingtonsBlog From gabrielhillel@gmail.com Wall Street Protesters Target the Federal Reserve

The “Occupy Wall Street” protesters have targeted the Federal Reserve as one of their central platforms.

The “Occupy San Francisco” branch of the protests is taking place – not in the Financial District, where the big banks are located – but in front of the San Francisco Federal Reserve bank.

High-Level Economists, Congressmen and Many Americans Want to End the Fed

This is not as radical and controversial as it might appear at first blush.

High-level economists support the Occupy Wall Street protests. And some very well-known economists also support ending the Fed.

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Facebook Oct. 4, 2011 @ 11:19 a.m.

Ed N.: Hmmmm. Perhaps if these people concentrated on getting jobs and CONTRIBUTING to the community instead of wasting time and city resources on this monkey-see-monkey-do nonsense, they might actually get somewhere!

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SurfPuppy619 Oct. 4, 2011 @ 11:26 a.m.

By the way, 1% of the people rules things in places like Cuba and China and Vietnam. Except in those places, there REALLY is no middle class. And they shoot protestors like you.

== We are NO different than the places you named, we have become a banana republic.

This was a good interview I saw recently;

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Facebook Oct. 4, 2011 @ 12:29 p.m.

James R.: Try looking at the bigger picture Ed and think about what "these people" are protesting against before you dismiss it...and don't assume everyone there is a jobless, non contributing burden on the community as you put it.

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Facebook Oct. 4, 2011 @ 12:30 p.m.

Diana G.: OOOOO are we to be shamed for finally becoming engaged in the fate of our country? Are we to be shamed for standing up for our value as human beings? UR shaming us for coming together and saying "I have a right to choose how I am used and who uses me?

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Facebook Oct. 4, 2011 @ 1:23 p.m.

David O.: Considering it was largely bank and mortgage fraud that got us to the current levels of unemployment, I would say protesters are doing a service to the future generation's stability in the workforce by advocating regulation and accountability.

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junipergardens Oct. 4, 2011 @ 5:48 p.m.

Joaquin- huh? China and Vietnam do have a middle class and they are growing rapidly while ours is shrinking.

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mridolf Oct. 5, 2011 @ 4:40 a.m.

Most people would like to classify the 'middle class' by their wages, or wealth, or whatever. But another viewpoint might be the group of satisfied citizens in any particular country. That is, the class of citizens happy with what they have in relation to others in their own country. And by that measure, our middle class is definitely shrinking, for good reason. I may be making a good wage (I am), but I am definitely not happy with the increasing disparity between the 'haves', and the real opportunities available to the 'have nots'. And even though I make more than either of my parents did, I am much less financially secure about it. So I encouraged my 20 year old daughter when she said she was joining this demonstration. Power to the people, for whatever it's worth. And, by the way, she does work; just not given enough hours to be self sustaining.

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Facebook Oct. 5, 2011 @ 9:53 a.m.

Angela D.: Peaceful protest is the way to go, large numbers of people can't be ignored - it worked for Gandi, Good Luck to you all!

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jobiwan Oct. 5, 2011 @ 11:48 a.m.

Someone said "identity crisis" because it's a civic building. That's the whole point - the government and the bankers/investors are one and the same. That's what the protest is about. Corporate takeover of our government and news media propaganda and misinformation.

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