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Hundreds of Occupy San Diego demonstrators moved from Children’s Park to the Civic Center at 4 p.m. yesterday, where tents popped up across the marble concourse to the soundtrack of a Jewish rock band who joined the indefinite occupation after attending Yom Kippur services at the Civic Theater.

Though numbering much less than the roughly 1500 who attended Friday’s initial rally, at least a hundred demonstrators spent the night at the Civic Center, forming impromptu circles and ardently discussing their visions of a better America between a couple of late night marches on the Gaslamp to invite the Saturday night club crowd to join in the discourse.

The mood was festive, somewhere between a street fair and a university plaza. Musicians crooned from stairways and people breezed between conversation circles, eagerly listening and sharing information - the kind of casual yet engaged gathering that should already be taking place every weekend in the heart of any city.

I heard the spirit of the event best described by a man who said, "This isn't a revolution, it's a revelation."

Lacking explicit goals or demands, the “We are the 99%” movement is an all-inclusive, non-partisan expression of the collective hopes and discontents of the American people with prominent themes including corporate personhood and influence on politics, taxpayer-funded bank bailouts, education, unemployment, the Federal Reserve, and a general will to return America to its Constitutional foundations.

“The one thing we all have in common is that we are the 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%,” says OccupyTogether.org, which as of today lists 1,120 cities worldwide in support of the Wall Street occupation and the 99% movement.

Mike, a local school teacher, argued that, while the group's lack of focus has been viewed by mainstream media and detractors as a primary weakness, it is actually one of its greatest virtues.

"Politicians and the corporations are going to try to grab this thing, but it's like grabbing fog. Everyone knows that the fog is there, everyone knows that Occupy is everywhere in America, but you can't grab us, polarize us, politicize us. It's a constant presence. That's where I'd like to see this continue to go."

A traveler named Ashley brewed tea to bring people together and facilitate discussion.

Many wandered in over the course of the past two days, on the fence about joining the occupation but interested in understanding it nonetheless.

Among them was Bob, a former Navy serviceman for 35 years, who lamented his dwindling savings which were intended to help his grandchildren.

“When I was young, we were told not to count on Social Security because we would never get it,” Bob said, “So I saved my whole life and now that’s all being stolen.”

Right now, the group is marching down 4th and right on Market to demonstrate at the Wells Fargo building (610 1st Ave) before they return to the Civic Center concourse via Union to rally at 5 p.m. with music, meditation flash mobs, and, as always, determined, convivial conversation.

Watch live on Occupy San Diego’s Livestream and check out the official blog for updates.

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Photo: Julio M. Romero

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Carson7 Oct. 9, 2011 @ 5:42 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.

http://photos.imageevent.com/stokeybob/followthemoney/Supersingle640x537.jpg

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Founder Oct. 9, 2011 @ 8:27 p.m.

Welcome to the new reality, which I refer to as the Mexicanation* of the US.

Up to now San Diego has been financially insulated from the worst of the "downsizing" of the middle middle class because of the military spending and all the ultra wealthy folks that live in the area but not any more. For those with money everything has never been cheaper but for everyone without a job and or good credit San Diego will cease to be a "fun" place to live. San Diego will become like Hawaii, a great place to visit and party if you have lots of money but if not, then there is no future for you or your family here, as meaningful jobs become a thing of the past...

Unless many more Americans start carrying signs and getting MSM access, they are doomed to whatever scraps the Ultra wealthy decide to throw their way...

  • http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Mexicanation snip
    The "Mexicanat­ion" is the shifting of Wealth of a Country like America, from BOTH the Middle Class and the once almost Rich to just the Ultra Wealthy; who will then control every facet of America's Government thanks to the SCOTUS's decision that makes it OK for them to donate to political campaigns!
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Founder Oct. 10, 2011 @ 7:42 a.m.

Checking back today for comments, makes me realize that NOT many are blogging about this issue and that perhaps they are using another social medium instead, if you know anymore about it how about a reply?

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BlueSouthPark Oct. 10, 2011 @ 9:17 a.m.

OBRag has fair coverage; some CityBeat peeps are with the occupiers and tweeting. Amazingly, local news has done a fair amount of live coverage and news reports, all of it pretty positive.... Well, except for KUSI. First thing today I saw their reporter live in the Civic Center, stating that the occupiers prefer socialism over capitalism, and that burdensome, restrictive government regulations on big business have "forced" big business to ship jobs out of the USA.

Over the weekend I heard something on TV, some group organizing a consumer action campaign to "buy American-made products." What we really need is a consumer campaign to demand that manufacturers, corporations, and stores produce and sell products made in the USA. It's almost impossible to find "Made in the USA" on anything. So labor costs are higher, you bet. But more workers means more people to buy more products. Henry Ford's goal was to pay his workers enough so that they could afford to buy his cars. That worked out pretty well, eh?

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scheffxp Oct. 10, 2011 @ 12:15 p.m.

would you consider adding this video to your blog? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YfkYdp... kevinmartinmusic.com

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WT_Effman Oct. 10, 2011 @ 3:51 p.m.

We may be witnessing something similar to the French Revolution happening in our times.

This is truly an awakening of the formerly stupefied and commodified masses. The Tea Party is a symptom of the general population feeling that they are being used by powerful others. Unfortunately, they failed to recognize the true enemy. The Occupiers have succeeded at identifying the root cause of the problem: America's worst enemy is its own docility to the one percent that would own all of it and enslave the other ninety-nine.

I for one am very glad to see the docility fading. It had to take an extreme situation such as the most outrageous transfer of public wealth to private hands to jolt our people into sanity again. Once those vapor homes and cars were taken away by those that led us to believe we owned them, we realized what a complete mockery of a travesty of a sham it's been all along. Once the campaign finance floodgates were opened by a reckless gang of robed ideological cultists, we realized that we were voting just to keep appearances.

The people are not even asking for that much. A little help with the taxes. Stop lying to us about our health and wars. Stop taking a massive dump on the environment's punch bowl. Please be good corporate citizens. But no. We're going to have to do this the hard way.

Stupid plutocrats will be really sorry they didn't pony up a couple more bucks to keep up their charade. Now it's too late to put the ointment back in the tube.

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nan shartel Oct. 10, 2011 @ 4:49 p.m.

ditto WT_Effman ...and Chad i referenced ur blog in a blog of mine


good discussion here...keep it up!!

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Sportsbook Oct. 10, 2011 @ 5:46 p.m.

Obviously no one here makes over 100k a year.

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nan shartel Oct. 10, 2011 @ 5:52 p.m.

ur assumption may be incorrect Sportsbook...some here may just b supportive of fair ethical behavior on the parts of those who claim to b leaders in Government and Industry

ur remark sounds like class war bigotry

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WT_Effman Oct. 11, 2011 @ 6:02 a.m.

People who make under a 100k a year are the solid core foundation of America's capitalist engine. These are the people who do almost all of the actual productive work. Without Americans who make less than 100k a year, the rest wouldn't exist.

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Chad Deal Oct. 11, 2011 @ 6:06 a.m.

Thanks, nan. :)

Founder, I'll be at the Civic Center all week so feel free to follow updates on my twitter at http://twitter.com/#!/chaddeal

Occupy San Diego's media team also broadcasts live until 4 a.m. daily at http://www.livestream.com/occupysd

Keep checking in for more blogs. There are many facets to this protest and I plan to fill you in on most of them.

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InOmbra Oct. 11, 2011 @ 9:50 a.m.

Chad, your twitter link doesn't work because it has extra characters: </p

To follow Chad, lop the characters off to get http://twitter.com/#!/chaddeal

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