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A crowd that police estimated at in excess of 1400 gathered downtown yesterday afternoon, October 7, to march from Children's Park to the Civic Center and back again, with hundreds remaining through the first night of Occupy San Diego. While the movement collectively focuses on corporate practices that damage "the 99%" of Americans, including the heavy presence of business funding of political campaigns, the people drawn to it have a diverse range of takes on the situation and a variety of other complaints with their government that they're using Occupy to air. Following are some of those messages occupiers have chosen to share through their picket signs.

The Reader's Chad Deal is on site at Occupy and providing ongoing and more in-depth coverage, with updates as news happens. Today the group again marches on the Civic Center, with the intention to begin a long-term occupation of the plaza.

Messages from the occupiers:

"The ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do."

"99% fed up because the 1% F up."


"Successful businessman and employer seeks same opportunity for next generation."

"I don't need sex, the government f***s me enough!"


"Blessed are the young, for they will inherit the national debt."

"Corporations are afraid because they know we are not."


"Profits = Wall Street heroin"

"If only the war on poverty was a real war...then we'd actually be putting money into it!"


"Rob a bank, go to jail. Bank robs you, they get a bailout."

"Capitalism is an organized crime."

"Bombing for peace is like f***ing for virginity."


"My 87-year-old mother and her 4 housemates forced from their board & care home by foreclosure. Four caregivers lost their jobs."

Coincidentally, there were several posters stapled to trees in the park advertising an upcoming foreclosure auction, an irony noted by many in attendance.


"The economic crisis was an inside job."

"I'm here because you're not."

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Carson7 Oct. 8, 2011 @ 4:02 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.



Visduh Oct. 8, 2011 @ 7:54 p.m.

These occupiers will likely last until the first cold night. Then they will be gone for good. This protest needs focus on things that might actually happen. And that's what I don't see.


BlueSouthPark Oct. 10, 2011 @ 3:08 p.m.

Great photos. Could Reader set up an OccupySD "neighborhood" so that we could submit our photos of the signage? That would be really neat. I've got some good photos of Day 1.


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