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Occupy Update! -- HIGHLIGHTS

OSD Food Cte member MSGT Jay Polk lost his life while in the active, selfless military service overseas. He leaves a family, his wife Julie and 4 children, 2 of them newborn. Memorial Thursday.

Police violence against women press conference conducted with Stephanie Jennings, Occupella singers and a comment by Mike Garcia.

BUSY WEEK: Tues 1/10: Lutz arraignment rally 9am at courthouse, City Council Meeting 10am; Wed: 7:30a: Police feedback meeting; 9a: OSD Ballot proposal at Rules Cte; 6p Mayor State of the City address, MORE!

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This report is BEST if you read the web version on your browser, esp. if the formatting is bad.


Occupier Jay Polk lost his life in military service overseas

Out of control cop who caught on video pulling women to the ground.

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  • OSD Food Cte member MSGT Jay Polk lost his life while in the active, selfless military service overseas. He leaves a family, his wife Julie and 4 children, 2 of them newborn.
    • Read comments captured from Facebook below
    • See and comment on his Facebook page
    • Memorial Thursday 2012-01-12, 5pm to 9pm at FreedomPlaza Facebook Event
    • There will be a Pot luck, please bring a dish/drink/paper plates
    • Candle light vigil: 6:30 PM
    • Money for Jay's family account to be set up soon by Chris Mckay.

  • Pastor Ron Dismuke seen in the plaza, said he received dozens of get well cards. I hope you have a chance to give him a hug.
    • See video of the provocateur as he is pulled out of the march by Occupy marchers.
    • We must be ready in the future for such events.


Unless noted, all events are at FreedomPlaza (AKA CivicCenterPlaza, 1200 3rd Ave. San Diego, Intersection of 3rd Ave. and B St.)
Unless otherwise noted, we meet daily as follows:
  • 4 pm -- Finance Committee Meeting, Downtown Johnny Brown's, Mon. thru Friday
    • Each committee should send a representative to this meeting! Budget is currently being defined.
  • 5:30 pm -- Committee meetings -- Each will schedule the days of their meetings.
  • 7pm -- General Assembly (Civic Center Plaza)
    • NEW Saturday GA will be at 2pm.
    • GAs require 20 participants for a quorum.

Committee/Working-Group members: Please update any changes or additions as desired to Also Facilitation maintains a website at

  • This coming Tuesday is the first City Council meeting of the year. Public comment is held after 10am and usually completed before noon.

  • Arraignment of RayLutz is scheduled for 8am, Jan 10 (Tuesday). I understand that actually means 10am. This high-profile arrest is one we should have maximal involvement of OSD because the media will likely continue to follow it. Everyone is welcome to attend if you can! Usually Dept. 3 (just to the right of the entrance) at the County Courthouse, 202 W. Broadway. As usual with all court appearances, best attire is recommended.
    • Rally is scheduled outside the courthouse for 9am in support of our right to use FreedomPlaza for peaceful political activities, including voter registration.
    • We expect that they will not file charges because there is an explicit exemption in the trespassing law for "peaceful political activities."
    • The civil case against the operators of the Civic Center Plaza office building, CBRE, Inc. and others is separate from this criminal case. Status is it has been filed but defendants have not yet been served.

  • NEW Police Community Feedback meeting at 7:30am on Wednesday.

  • Very Important -- The ballot proposition to revise the encroachment law (SDMC 54.0110) will be on the agenda on Wednesday, Jan 11 (9a) at the City Council Conference room (Floor 12) of City Hall. Since it will be ON THE AGENDA, that means everyone who was arrested, cited or detained for "Encroachment" under SDMC 54.0110 should come to this meeting and SPEAK.

  • Mayoral "State of the City" address Wednesday (Jan 11) at BalboaTheater, reception following at U.S. Grant Hotel. This information needs to be confirmed, with more details to follow if any actions are approved by OSD at our GA.

  • Occupy Walk will be having it’s first planning and discussion meeting this Wednesday at 7:00pm. We will be meeting at the hART Lounge located at 734 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101. Parking is available at the Granada Wig Store parking lot at the corner of Park Blvd & F Street, ½ block from the hART Lounge. Park in the RESERVED spaces only. They belong to the Wig Store and are available during closed hours.

  • Thursday - 5p to 9p -- Memorial for Jay Polk at FreedomPlaza.

  • Jan 14 - Occupy So Cal Meetup in Long Beach at their MLK parade. -- this event is being held by Occupy Long Beach and discussed in a recent conference call to coordinate Socal Occupies. To folks in the greater LA area, "Socal" usually does not include San Diego. Not approved for formal participation by OSD by our GA but included here for information only.

  • OSD Contingent in D.C. on Jan 17. (Bus leaves Jan 13 and returns Jan 25.)
    • Updates to Road2Congress:
      • Occupy Phoenix is showing us support at the greyhound station:
      • Three people from Occupy Phoenix are going to join the bus with us.
      • Occupy DC is having an Occuparty after #J17 events at Mcpherson Park.
      • Round trip plane ticket is approx. $280.

  • Concert fundraiser at World Beat Center featuring Liquid Blue on Jan 20. You know how great the last fundraiser concert was... this will be even better.

  • Feb 4 -- NEW Occupy San Diego County Strategy Meeting -- details TBD, OSD GA approved on 2012-01-07.
  • Feb 10,11,12 -- "Occupy" the Democratic State Convention in San Diego -- NO ACTION HAS BEEN APPROVED BY THE OSD GA YET.



10 Jan 2012 - Tue

  • (10a) San Diego City Council Meeting (includes Public Comment) at 202 "C" St (12th floor), San Diego, CA 92101
  • (10a) San Diego City Council Meeting (includes Public Comment) at 202 "C" St (12th floor), San Diego, CA 92101
  • (8a) - Arraignment of RayLutz for setting up a voter registration table in FreedomPlaza, at San Diego County Courthouse, probably in Dept. 3 (just to the right of the entrance doors). I understand the actual time is 10am for these hearings. Since this is a high-profile case in the media, it will be nice to have OSD support at the arraignment. (Thank you again for all your support, OSD is the best.)
  • (10a) - City Council Meeting -- First meeting with public comment available this year!

11 Jan 2012 - Wed

  • (7:30a) SDPD Central Division SDPD community (citizens/Occupiers) feedback meeting (place TBD).
  • (9a) VERY IMPORTANT: San Diego City Council Rules Committee meeting to consider ballot proposal submitted by Occupy San Diego (thank you Martha Sullivan) to amend SDMC 54.0110 to include an explicit exemption for free speech rights. Please note: This is ON THE AGENDA, and therefore, we can have speakers on the topic. CALLING ALL PEOPLE hit by 54.0110 with inappropriate arrests, citations, or detentions, to come to this meeting and let our voices be heard!
  • (6p) Mayor Jerry Sanders presents the State of the City address at BalboaTheater with reception following at U.S. Grant Hotel. Any coordinated OSD action must be approved by the OSD GA.
  • (7p) Occupy Walk planning meeting at hART Lounge, 734 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101. Okay to park in reserved spots at the Granada Wig Store on Park & F.

12 Jan 2012 - Thu

  • Memorial Service for occupier Jay Polk CANCELED

13 Jan 2012 - Fri

  • (9am) - Greyhound trip to Washington D.C. to be part of the million tent protest on Jan 17th. $252 round trip fare. Returns on Jan 20 at 9am. Greyhound station: 1313 National Ave., San Diego, CA 92101 Facebook Event -- Follow the trip here: #OSD | Road 2 Congress team. Follow us for latest on-the-road updates as we travel through the US to #OccupyCongress protests on #JAN17.
  • (5p) Feminist Friday teach-in at Freedom Plaza.

14 Jan 2012 - Sat

  • (3:00p-4:00p) - *Teach-In at Freedom Square:"Paradise Plundered: Fiscal Crisis and Governance Failures in San Diego"*, Steve Erie, Professor of Political Science at UC San Diego and Vlad Kogan, PhD Candidate, Department of Political Science, UC San Diego Cancelled, but we will attempt to reschedule
  • Occupy So Cal meetup at Long Beach MLK park.
  • (5:30p) Events Committee meets at FreedomPlaza for planning for the MLK parade on the 15th.
  • (12p-2p) OccupYRCorner in Clairemont - Stand w/Signs and handout info at Balboa & Genessee FB Event
  • (2p) GA Meeting at Freedom Plaza.
  • (1p-4p) Occupy Encinitas - 1 PM rally at the corner of Encinitas Blvd. and Coast Highway 101 followed by general assembly at 2:30 PM at Cottonwood Creek Park, corner of Encinitas Blvd. and Vulcan Ave. (GA meets at Leucadia Pizzeria if raining) More info: Facebook or Website

15 Jan 2012 - Sun

  • (2p, meet at 12:30p) Occupy the Martin Luther King Parade! The marshalling area will be north of the CountyAdministrationCenter on Harbor Drive. The parade will proceed south on Harbor Drive and will end near Seaport Village. Occupy San Diego will march in solidarity with all groups supporting social justice (consensed by GA Jan 14th). The logistics of marching with Ocupemos El Barrio and/or Veterans for Peace will be made by consensus starting at 12:30 PM at the County Ad. Ctr. A number of options may be considered.
  • (4p) Ecology, Resources and Sustainability Teach-In at FreedomPlaza.
  • (7p) Worldwide Candlelight Vigil to Unite Movements for a Better World at 7 PM in each time zone.
  • (5p) Third World Solidarity group will meet at FreedomPlaza to discuss the UN Convention of Economic and Cultural Rights. See or contact Amir at or for details.

16 Jan 2012 - Mon

  • (10a-1p) - Occupy the Dream - in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. the Federal Reserve Banks of 13 cities, including San Francisco and Washington, D.C., wiill be occupied by members of the African-American faith community and their supporters.
  • (12p-3p) - Occupy Chula Vista will Occupy Third Ave and Palomar. FB Event
  • (6p) - Working Group for a Statement for Political Autonomy meets at FreedomPlaza.
  • (7p) Activist San Diego meets at the JoyceBeersCenter in Hillcrest <== click here to see the rest of the report.

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Martha Sullivan
I'm having a very hard time digesting the news that my fellow Occupier SDer and friend, Jay Polk, has lost his life in military service in the Middle East. I keep hoping we will hear that it is not so. The first stage of grief. I will always remember his smile and dedication to keeping Occupiers safe and well. And the big hug he gave me the last time he was in Freedom Plaza Civic Center before he left to do his duty, AGAIN. Rest in Peace, dearest Jay.

William Gagan
A fellow revolutionary, activist, visionary, occupier, and friend was killed in the line of duty overseas in Syria after leaving Occupy San Diego a short while ago to go serve a country he loves, but a government he hates. Jay Polk, rest in peace. We love you and will honor your memory. Reason #99 why I occupy.. I do it for people who have come before, and who still will in the future. If we don't stand up for what's right now, we are dooming the future of our children, nieces & nephews, and grandchildren.

Kayla Occupysandiego Anna Ward
Jay, you are a brother of mine from another family. I weep and I can never forget you, your service and your shining smiling face. I will do all I can to make sure that Julie and children are helped and that your memory never fades. Here is too you a fellow soldier and someone special. Airborne All the WAY Hooooo AAAH!

Saharai Baby Lungs Salazar
You truly were an incredible human being who embodied the spirit of selfless love and giving. Your spirit will live on forever through your actions and your words. Your Occupy Family loves and misses you. Until we meet again my friend.

Irene Flynn
Thank you, Jay, for the greatest sacrifice of all.

Hollyhawk Cambia
Rest in Peace, chef Jay Polk, who died this morning a week after deployment with the U.S. Army. You were an amazing spirit and a wonderful addition to my family, someone who truly honored and served the spirit of freedom and equality. I will never forget your humor, your generosity or your food... all my love and from everyone at Occupy San Diego, thank you. May your energy flow with the eternal universe.

Janessa Jones
I love you Jay. You are the most genuine honest, loyal, giving person I've known. You don't deserve for your time to be cut short. You are in my heart, & will forever be in my mind. Sending love & healing lihgt to your family.

I love you Freind.

Sarah Saez
R.I.P. Jay Polk, our resident Occupy chef and American Hero lost his life in service to his country overseas in the U.S. Army Special Operations Command this morning. My heart goes out to his family and kids and everyone that was touched by his amazing service to his community.

Mitchell Sterling
I have learned very sad news today. A friend of mine, and all here at Occupy San Diego, has lost his life while serving his country in the U.S. Army Special Operations Command. Most of us knew Jay as "chef" of the Occupy San Diego kitchen and food operation. We just recently sent our good wishes and goodbyes as he prepared to ship out. Only last month a lovely surprise baby shower was held at Occupy San Diego, on the Plaza, for Julie. My heart goes out to Julie, and all their family. This news is so very sad and devastating to all who knew Jay. My thoughts and prayers are with Julie and all Jay's family! R.I.P Jay Polk.

Ray Lutz
I had several conversations with Jay, esp. just before the first raid when the food area was still in full swing. He was fearless, understood the cause, and worked his butt off. He was ready to get arrested. Hearing that he has given his life for our country only increases my resolve to see this through. I hope it does the same to you. Jay, I was happy to have had the opportunity to meet you, and felt your life force in your strong handshake. Tears are clouding my vision.

Hilary Lankford
This is utterly shocking... What a tragedy. One of THE nicest nicest comrades at Occupy. What a loss to the movement. This is what US imperialism driven by capitalism fueled by hate and division does to REAL people. When I think about the Middle East it seems so far away, almost abstract at times. It's tragic events like this that bring reality into focus. I just saw Jay at the Egypt Solidarity Rally a week and half ago. I hadn't seen him in a while and he said, "Hey, my little artist, I thought I would never see you again."... and that was the last time I ever saw him.

Cecile Veillard
i don't remember meeting Jay when he was working in the kitchen, but i think i DO remember seeing him at GA's. what i will say is that, strange as it is, i'm glad i got to hear the news (over the phone today) directly from someone who knew and cared about Jay personally (Hollyhawk). this is the insanity of capitalism: someone who had discovered that the REAL war was at home has died fighting a war abroad that he had lost any belief in. so, so sad.

Nan Di Giovanni
Fly, fly little wing
Fly beyond imagining
The softest cloud, the whitest dove
Upon the wind of heaven's love
Past the planets and the stars
Leave this lonely world of ours
Escape the sorrow and the pain
And fly again

Julie Kramer
Let's plan on meeting up after the memorial and brainstorming ways we can come together at a community to help his family. I think my contact at 4th & B can help us put together a benefit concert. I'm going to contact him tomorrow.



2012 Jan 10

Media: Occupy San Diego

  • IN SEARCH OF A MIRACLE A La Mesa woman seeks an angel investor to buy her home—saving her disabled mother and a recently homeless friend from being thrown out in the streets..

  • Occupy Walk meeting Occupy Walk will be having it’s first planning and discussion meeting this Wednesday at 7:00pm. We will be meeting at the hART Lounge located at 734 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101. Parking is available at the Granada Wig Store parking lot at the corner of Park Blvd & F Street, which is ½ a block away from the hART Lounge. Park in the RESERVED spaces only. They belong to the Wig Store and are available during closed hours. See you all there!

Media: Occupy National and Global

  • Oh, the Irony! Bank of America Plaza in Atlanta Faces Foreclosure Atlanta’s Bank of America Plaza is one of the 10 tallest structures in the U.S. And thanks to troubles at its namesake Bank of America Corp. (BAC) and other one-time tenants, the skyscraper could be one of the tallest foreclosure tales of the financial crisis as it struggles to meet its debt service and offices remain empty.

  • Investigate Wall Street Bank Fraud The greed and fraud of Wall Street banks caused the loss of millions of homes and billions of dollars in the housing crash. Now we need President Obama to take a strong stance for homeowners, and for accountability, by opening a federal investigation into big bank fraud.


This section is being deprecated. See Occupy San Diego Events for full details.


Road Trip for Occupy D.C. on Jan 17:
  • This is our social media outlets for now. We will also be adding a livestream link too.
  • "Occupy San Diego is planning to take the Greyhound to Occupy Congress in solidarity with the movement on Jan 17.
  • During our road trip, we want to connect with America on our way to DC wherever we stop or whoever is on the bus.
  • Follow us as we plan for this adventure, when we're on the bus, and when we are actually in DC!
  • We will plan events and meetups with other occupations and will be tweeting, blogging, and livestreaming it all. Like this page, follow the twitter or visit the website for updates!"
  • Links: Greyhound Itinerary -- Facebook Road2Congress -- Website -- Twitter

See All Occupy San Diego Announcements to read all previous announcements about
  • Where we meet, how to recover confiscated property from the San Diego Police Department, information for people were arrested, etc.

  • Anyone with information about arrests... Please, we need to continue to compile a complete list.
    • IF YOU HAVE BEEN ARRESTED, DETAINED, OR CITED... Please complete the form here: Occupy Legal Info Request and email to
    • If you can help compile the database from incoming emails, please let me know. It just takes a person who can carefully enter the data in to a web-based form.

  • NEW TELL POLICE HOW THEY ARE DOING: Police host monthly meetings in the community to get feedback from community members.

  • Legal is asking: If you were at the South gate on the day of The Port Shut Down 12/12 and witnessed any of the arrests and are willing to testify...please contact HiAndrea on FB or -- Tammy.

Lutz suing Civic Center Plaza building owners and operators Project Details
  • More on this project... Including collected media, documents, photos, videos, etc.
  • This is a VERY IMPORTANT project because we will directly engage wall street firms who own and operate the Civic Center Plaza office building.

  • New Legal Web being designed on
    • New web (area of the site) will allow us to catalog all arrests, detentions, court actions, police ids, complaints, etc.
    • Once this is set up, will need the best lists we have and people who can help enter data.
    • It isn't much yet, but here it is: Legal Web

Legal Resources
  • The National Lawyers Guild resources to protesters who have been arrested NEW 619-500-4486
  • 1st Circuit Rules Public Has Right to Videotape Police
  • What to say to cops if you're busted. *What you say and do can hurt you in court This is what I advise my clients to say when confronted by a law enforcement officer:
"Officer, please understand I refuse to talk with you until I consult with my attorney. I also refuse to consent to any search of these premises or any other premises under my control, or in which I have a possessory, proprietary, or privacy interest, including my car, my body, or effects. I hereby demand to immediately be allowed the reasonable opportunity to obtain the advice of my attorney by telephone. from:
  • To check if someone is in jail check this website:
    • It usually takes about 6 hours for someone who has been arrested to pop up here. This site will tell you their charges, bail, etc. Jail's number is (619) 615-2700. The jail won't tell you much if anything that is not on the website. Please check this website before saying someone is in or out of jail to avoid confusion.

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