| San Diego, California|
October 7, 2011
| Economic inequality, corporate influence over government|
Occupy San Diego was one of the many occupation protest movements in the United States. Located in San Diego, California, the protest movement initially began in the city's downtown district at the Civic Center. According to authorities, it had "a growing problem with violence and mounting trash". However this assertion was disputed by protestors and eyewitnesses, since Occupy protestors have been actively cleaning the site since October, 2011. It is based on the Occupy Wall Street movement that began in New York City on September 17 and is one of several "Occupy" protest sites in the Southern California, including Occupy Los Angeles.
As of June 2012, Occupy San Diego had continued to engage in organized meetings, events and actions.
Occupy San Diego Wikipedia
Occupy San Diego started on October 7, when protestors gathered in Children's Park in Downtown San Diego. Plans were made to occupy the Civic Center, but out of respect for the Jewish community's observation of Yon Kippur the occupation was moved to the park for the weekend. Occupy San Diego officially moved to the Civic Center that Sunday evening - October 9. The occupation sustained an encampment in the Plaza for a week, until police issued a warning instructing the protestors to clear out on the evening of Thursday, October 14. In response, OSD issued a call out to all local activists to come down to the Civic Center and help defend the camp. Despite their best efforts and overwhelming support, the police stormed in and retook the Plaza, removing all of the tents, food, supplies, and tables and throwing them in the trash. Only one tent remained that Friday morning, guarded by a ring of protestors linking arms and singing "Solidarity Forever".
On November 30, protestors clashed with police as protestors set up a voter registration table. The day before, San Diego police arrested former democratic congressional candidate Ray Lutz for setting up a similar voting registration table, Lutz cited a California Supreme Court ruling which in part states that people are allowed to register voters, even on private property.
Nine protesters were arrested on Dec. 5, 2011, including one who had to be removed from a tree.
On December 12, Occupy San Diego protestors joined with other occupy movements across the west coast in an attempt to shut down the ports in San Diego. About one-hundred people showed up to the event, and 4 people were arrested.
Three protesters were arrested on December 22 while they were in their sleeping bags, a fourth man was arrested for recording the police activity with a camera. This brought the total number of arrests related to the movement in San Diego to 139.