Andrew Hamlin 9 a.m., April 25
Little interest in Occupy's second anniversary
A sparse crowd of about two dozen gathered at San Diego Civic Center downtown yesterday evening (September 17) to celebrate the second anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement, paling in comparison to the thousand or more who once stormed the area dubbed “Freedom Plaza” and the hundreds who took up temporary residence in the concourse despite frequent clashes with police.
Attendees last night mostly included activists who have remained involved in various issues since the Occupy camps were forcibly extinguished, including the Women Occupy San Diego Occupella Chorus, which re-writes classic tunes with politically-driven populist lyrics, and Ray Lutz, arrested during Occupy over a dispute regarding a voter registration table (Lutz said the case is still tied up in the courts), leading rallies against the eventually-shuttered San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, and recently picketing in protest of proposed military action in Syria.
Although those addressing the bevy of media spoke variously about pro-unionism and the plight of convicted Army leaker Bradley/Chelsea Manning among other causes, the ostensible purpose of the gathering was a scheduled 8 p.m. march to a freeway overpass in protest of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement which, according to a release from Occupy:
. . . is being negotiated secretly by some 600 corporate insiders, to elevate themselves to sovereign nation status, with the ability for private tribunals to sue governments of signatory nations for "loss of future profits" for not rolling back their environmental and human rights laws to comply with the terms of the agreement.