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I asked a few people at tonight's Occupy San Diego meeting at Children's Park why they plan to occupy. Here's what they said.

Others, who preferred to speak anonymously and under pseudonyms, said the following:

Marie, 57. Author. “When I was a little girl, I had this idyllic knowledge that we were in a land of opportunity, and that’s dead in America. It’s all about hoarding now. The right wing has duping the less privileged into voting against their own economic interest. We’ve evolved into an American caste system, and that’s not going to get better until we confront it and stop it. ”

Susan, 63. “I’m a product of the ‘60s. In college, we did our demonstrating, but I was too embarrassed to participate. It’s important that society has a voice, and when we feel like we don’t have a voice, it’s important that we go through these channels. After earning three degrees, I never thought I would be underemployed at best, struggling, and taking money out of savings which should be going towards retirement. That simply isn’t what I should be living on.”

An organizer of Occupy San Diego. Student. “This is important. People are quitting their jobs, moving out of their apartments, and putting their things into storage to take part in this. This isn’t just another march.”

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Note: the following is verbatim from a press release dated yesterday.

SAN DIEGO (Oct. 3, 2011) - 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. This nonviolent occupation is in protest of the global financial corruption currently invading politics, media and corporations, exemplified by the recent financial industry meltdown and following recession.

The occupation will continue indefinitely until a list of demands in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street NYC are met by all levels of government, including the City and County of San Diego, the state of California, the Federal Government, and by private and public banks and corporations.

The long term and overnight occupation will include marches, sit-ins, educational programs, practice of the democratic process, and General Assembly meetings wherein solutions to overlapping issues are identified, to name a few. This diversified group makes decisions via consensus.

Participants are requested to meet at Children's Park (1st Ave. and Island Ave.), by 3:30 p.m. on Friday, October 7. At 4:00 p.m., the group will march to Civic Center Plaza. Children's Park is adjacent to the Convention Center Trolley Station and is two blocks south of Nordstrom Horton Plaza.

"The Occupy Wall Street movement is sweeping across the country. People from all walks of life, political persuasions and occupations are joining together to demand that our economic system become more just," said Ray Lutz of Occupy San Diego. "Join our movement. With you, we can bring about change."

We, the American citizens, must claim our country and put ourselves on the line for peace and justice. It is time for us to discover both who we -- the other 99% -- are and what we believe and want. Now is the time for us to act. Unless we do, we are nothing. When we do, our nation will be restored.

Occupy San Diego is reaching out to existing political groups, active military personnel, veterans, activist groups and labor unions in the San Diego community to participate in the occupation. The United Steelworkers Union (USW, 1.2 million members), the Laborers' International Union of America (LIUNA, 500,000 members), the Transport Workers Union (over 200,000 members), and National Nurses United (NNU, 170,000 members) - have already announced their support for the Occupy Wall Street protests.

The top 1% control nearly a majority of the wealth in this country*. This lopsided distribution of wealth, coupled with outsourcing of jobs, bailouts, secret loans, subsidies, and profiteering in the financial sector have resulted in massive foreclosures, retirement and investment fiduciary failure, job losses, and homelessness.

About Occupy San Diego: We are the 99%, and we will be quiet about this economic inequality no longer. We will take back for the people what already belongs to the people – our country. For more information, visit http://occupysandiego.org and for Occupy Wall Street please visit http://occupywallst.org. Twitter: @OccupySD; Facebook: OccupySanDiego

FOR PARTICIPANTS Bring what you need to LIVE -- or nothing, we will take care of each other! Some suggestions: 1. Pack lightly, keep valuables to a minimum, keep compact backpack/tote with you most of the time. 2. Wear layered clothing, prepare for possible rain or hot sun (hats, sunglasses, etc.) 3. Feel free to bring food, water and supplies to share! 4. Tents, compact bedroll / sleeping bag, pad/air mattress, blankets Participants are advised to check the occupysandiego.org web site for further details, including legal advice and instructions and what to expect and how to behave if arrested.

Transportation: Occupying participants are advised to get rides to the site or use the Coaster or trolley and park in free station parking lots outside the downtown area.

If you are a company or individual who can donate or loan resources such as food, water, porta potties, power supplies, Internet hotspots, media equipment, or almost anything else, please email occupysd@gmail.com

Notes: * The top 1% control over 40% of the wealth in the country, and the top 20% control 93% of the wealth. http://sociology.ucsc.edu/whorulesamerica/power/wealth.html

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dannytri Oct. 25, 2011 @ 4:22 p.m.

Why we all occupy Wall Street Daniel J. Smiechowski

From a social-psychological view the national manifestations on Wall Street are a result of the piano man versus cop syndrome or creativity and obedience. More simply, the protest can be described as inherent to society's pressure valve of conflict and order.

So, what's new? We have been down this road for the past ten thousand plus years. But, here's the twist. As members of the human species, we are genetically programmed to resist. It remains a false notion to feign control since everyone squirms while led to the gallows. Some events of the 1960’s illustrate this point. During this time, America was polarized by conflict and order. Just ask Lt. Calley and Commander Loyld Bucker. As for Mr. Calley, the ringleader of the massacre at Mai Lai in Vietnam, his immoral and illegal actions were in large measure condoned by the law and order folks. This is not control.The same mentality stood silent with respect to our National Guard's slaughter of students at Kent State. This is not control. And why was Commander Bucker vilified by the same illogical notion of law and order in regard to North Koreas' taking of the Navy Vessel Pueblo? This is not control.

The protesters have morally legitimate concerns just as those before them, naming Martin Luther King Jr. Bobby Kennedy and Cesar Chavez. When captains of industry and corporate giants including America's largest banks kick us in the teeth while on our knees there evolves a natural human response. As with the US Automakers, our largest banks were saved by the federal government only to turn immorally on the same folks that saved them. This is not control. When one is powerless and consumed by injustice, we all suffer the trappings of immorality. Only the fools among us believe in order and control. When the tables are turned, we all are in the same boat. May the protesters bring justice to our great nation.

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