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Occupy San Diego: A Year Later

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Martin reminded the crowd, that the suicide rates among returning veterans is very high. This year alone one hundred thousand vets have committed suicide. He added, that we "have a million homeless veterans." The VA tries but they don't have the resources.

He closed, with "El pueblo vive, la lucha sigue." (The people live, the struggle continues."

Dave Conway came to the stage to remind the crowd about Bradley Manning. He told the crowd that the system "had deployed a devastating weapon of mass distraction." That be the elections and the debates.

It was a way to try to keep people believing that they still lived in democracy. This is an illusion.

What Manning did, according to Conway, was tell the people what the government was doing in their name. For that he has been subjugated to cruel and inhumane treatment, that even the UN calls torture. It is the equivalent of the Pentagon Papers, and Daniel Ellsberg.

The truth is that "a free society needs information to make decisions." And for releasing this needed information Manning faces life in prison. He added that this President has waged a war on whistle blowers.

The last official speaker before the open mike was Melissa Berens. She is the grand daughter of a Marine, one of the Marines at the Chosin Reservoir during the Korean war. She has never personally gone to war. But she has lived around people who have.

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Her grandfather instilled in her values that if need be you die for. Among them were honor, integrity and truth. She also knew that she would have to fight someday. "This is why I occupy."

Barrens said "powers have risen that have taken our liberty away." We have allowed this to happen, but now we are starting to fight back.

She also used to believe that Freedom of Assembly was a right, but after last year, she has learned she was wrong. We know have the duty to "balance all." We have a duty to recover our rights, and to keep the back of those we send to war. We need to make sure that we do that from now on.

"The disease in this country is apathy." But we are finally going back to doing our duty, and "we need to resist oppression."

Barrens ended by reminding the audience "America is becoming a more corporate controlled fascist state before our very eyes."  

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Oh my way out I met a veteran of the first forgotten war. We started to talk on how this war, like his war, that is Korea, has already been forgotten. The sad difference is that at least Korea was forgotten after the shooting stopped. This one, we still have troops in the field, but the war is a distant memory to most Americans.

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Writer, blogger, journalist, based in San Diego. Started doing this with Occupy and has grown from there. As a trained historian I was struck by Occupy, which will be considered an important moment in US History, at leaset in my opinion.

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