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The inaugural gathering of Occupy San Diego has been an unpredictable but pronounced pastiche of locals decrying everything from corporate personhood to immigrant rights abuses. A mass of at least one thousand marched through the Gaslamp this afternoon shouting slogans against what many see as a defective democratic process that no longer reflects the will of the American people.

Oft denounced for their lack of focus, here are a few voices expressing their views of the catch-all 99% movement.

I poked into Downtown Johnny Brown's off the Civic Center plaza for libation ("Restroom for paying customers only") as the mass of demonstrators convened with hundreds of other like-mindeds in-wait and I met up with a good friend, Haylie, who was in the company of a woman who was experiencing her inaugural day of homelessness.

Mary, without health insurance or any family to support her, has a neurological disorder which has driven her broke. Her backpack had burst open as Haylie passed, and, in an act of compulsive humanity, Haylie helped her gather her belongings.

Lacking even a blanket and mortified by the prospects of sleeping alone on the streets, Mary was thrilled to hear that hundreds would be sleeping in Children's Park tonight.

"I had a temper tantrum at God," Mary told us, shyly declining to share our pint of beer. "I told myself, if one more thing happens, I'll lose hope."

With tears in her eyes, Mary rejoiced at the serendipity of our meeting, saying, "so I'm not alone? You guys will be here all week?"

Indeed.

Occupy San Diego intends to remain at the Civic Center (the group moved to Children’s Park tonight to respect the annual Yom Kippur gathering at the Civic Center, but will return to the Civic Center at 4 p.m. on Saturday) indefinitely in a demonstration of solidarity with the demonstrators on Wall Street, who number in the thousands and have been met with 1000+ arrests, excessive police force and pepper-sprayings (among them, a blind woman), and general disregard from mainstream media.

The movement has garnered the support of nearly 1000 cities worldwide as of this writing.

As always, there are myriad facets to this movement. See previous posts for more.

Why Occupy San Diego?

What is Occupy San Diego and Why Does it Matter?

One of the most cohesive expressions of why this worldwide movement is happening came from Rick Halsey, the director of a conservationist non-profit who was among the 700+ arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge recently.

Now, I'm grabbing my sleeping roll, a few bits of food, and some water, and I'm bicycling back to Children's Park to observe and participate in this movement which is unarguably the largest motion I've seen in my 26 years on this good Earth.

Check in, I'll be on the ground for most of this week, trying to make sense of this leaderless, non-partisan, and decidedly democratic movement known as "We are the 99%."

What is democracy?

Your turn. Discuss.

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Carson7 Oct. 8, 2011 @ 4:05 p.m.

The root reason for the, “Occupy er’s” and the “99% er’s”. Gaze upon it if you dare. Maybe this will help make the danger of fiat money clear. Imagine you and me are setting across from each other. We create enough money to represent all of the world's wealth. Each one of us has one SUPER Dollar in front of him. You own half of everything and so do I. I'm the government though. I get bribed into creating a Central Bank. You're not doing what I want you to be doing so I print up myself eight more SUPER Dollars to manipulate you with. All of a sudden your SUPER Dollar only represents one tenth of the wealth of the world! That isn't the only thing though. You need to get busy and get to work because YOU'VE BEEN STIFFED with the bill for the money I PRINTED UP to get YOU TO DO what I WANTED.

That to me represents what has been happening to the economy, and us, and why so many of our occupations just can't keep up with the fake money presses.

P.S.No matter how much real money people can put together to build their countries the way they want, there are those that can print up what ever it takes to dictate their way.

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kgkgkate Oct. 9, 2011 @ 10:19 p.m.

Money is at the root of all ills for the citizens, MC-ers, aka Middle Classers out of options after being set up with easy credit, lots of cools 'stuff'; new cars, mortgages they really can't afford after their college education career was moved over seas.

This is supposed to be the land of the free, home of the brave...this has become the land of the wandering tax payers demanding too little too late with tools that don't make a darn bit of difference. What we do have is a voice for accountability to the FED Government to STOP the corrupt and fraudulent bailouts as well as recklessness spending of monies we don't have and can't get.

We are an indentured nation of wannabes. For a brief period of 20 years we MC'ers were living large and the good life.... We bought the dream that we'd all own a house, have a retirement nest egg and great healthcare coverage to live out our days... Then there was the Clinton Admin allowing banks to generate loans....And Bush starting wars.....And Corporate American leaving us behind for greater profits....And Obama hiring the old team members of Clinton and Bush to 'stay the course'. The Fiscal Policy makers couldn't care less about the surfs! When Paulson presented a 3 page demand for a bank bailout red flags should have been waving across this nation that we'd already been sold out! He knew no one would stop him and could take whatever he sold us! ...The 'standard' business practices of the financial shell game become clear for what it was/is. We aren't supposed to know that the FCC, SEC, and HUD chairmen(s) are all entwined with the congressional committees and don't govern on our behalf. There is no way to stop this runaway train of corruption, fraud and lies.

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