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Occupy San Diego: A Year Later

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Locally Occupy has adopted the Madrid Model, which means they have spread into the neighborhoods and have joined the work of many local community activists. Therefore, OSD and ancillary groups, such as Women Occupy and Occupy the Hood, have become deeply involved in projects such as the San Onofre Nuclear plant, raising awareness of it's problems.

 

The General Assembly reached consensus on the involvement of OSD in the "Yes on 37" campaign, and they have been very active on it. This also leads to work on food justice issues. As Sterling put it, "phase two is in the neighborhoods."

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Therefore we have seen the rise of Occupy Ocean Beach, Occupy City Heights, and other issues such as the student debt crisis. Occupy activists have helped to energize a lot of other community groups, including Canvas for a Cause.

 

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OSD was also very active during the Transpacific Trade Negations, not just protesting it, but holding a parallel conference explaining the effects of the TPP on Americans. After all, "the TTP is under the radar. It will offshore jobs. It is NAFTA on steroids."

 

Raising awareness is one of the strengths of OSD. But chiefly, what OSD achieved was to "change the dialogue locally with the politicians, the media and the public."

 

He finished, "we are standing with the homeless, against foreclosures, and the concept of the 99%. The people now understand the 1% and the commodities market."

 

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As people came they got ready for the march. There were about fifty marchers, were getting ready with banners held high. As the march started another twenty-five OSD members, with two puppets, joined them. The first introduced at the Yes on 37 march, the second symbolizing the peaceful protestor, who wore a shirt that looked bloody. James explained later that this was in support of the Canadian students who won their battle against their government. Absent, or I did not see it, was any sign of solidarity with the "Yo Soy 132" movement in Mexico.

 

Going down Broadway, some familiar chants were heard, "who's streets, our streets," Others involved the Muslim community, who would be accepted by the marchers, no questions asked. Yet another was "we do not want your war."

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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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