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MIC CHECK! -- MIC CHECK!

Occupy Update! -- HIGHLIGHTS

Two relevant ballot proposals were put before the Rules Committee of the San Diego City Council. They listened but did nothing.

Mike Garcia, Tahra Ludwig, Tito, and Chris McKay arrested at the Jerry Sanders Mayoral Address at BalboaTheater.

Death of OSD Food Cte member Jay Polk was based on bad information. Sorry, but we are happy to know that we need not have any memorial.

Email server down yesterday and so the 1/11 email was late (or not delivered). An infiltrator hacked into the server and installed rogue processes. This has been solved if you are reading this via email.

Read more below...

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


NEWS



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OSD Fundraiser coming up on Jan 20, $5 cover

  • Death of OSD Food Cte member Jay Polk was based on incorrect information. We sincerely apologize for this mixup. Please confirm everything we hear!

  • OSD activists Tahra Ludwig, Mike Garcia, Tito and Chris McKay MIC CHECKED Jerry Sanders at his mayoral address. We are all proud of this demonstration of freedom of speech! Thank you!

  • Two items relevant to OSD mission were placed on the agenda of the City of San Diego Rules Committee. This committee is yet another example of a "do-nothing" committee because they hardly even treated the proposals as serious.


UPCOMING 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 osd-feedback@citizensoversight.org. Also Facilitation maintains a website at http://osdfacilitation.wordpress.com/.

  • 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: http://www.facebook.com/events/265918793471457/
      • 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. $5 cover charge. See flier.

  • 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.

  • May 1 -- General Strike. INFO FROM OCCUPY SO CAL. NO APPROVAL OF OSD GA.


NEXT 7 DAYS

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 global.letters@gmail.com or amir.shoja@gmail.com 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

17 Jan 2012 - Tue

  • Million tent protest in Washington D.C. -- OSD to travel to OD.C. to be part of the 1 million tent protest. Group to Greyhound out, have great group discussions, enjoy the fun, bring a tent, a smile and warm stuff. Time to show the Government that we are not the enemy, the N.D.A.A. bill is unconstitutional and the people demand the change we need to improve all of society, not just the top 1%. The 99% are coming to D.C. and you can too. Facebook Event
  • (12:30p) Working Group for a Statement for Political Autonomy meets at FreedomPlaza.
  • (10a) Free Energy Committee can bring five Occupiers to see a new “free energy” device near Chula Vista Inventor Nikola Tesla patented a “free-energy receiver” back in 1901. Contact David Lande for more details.
  • No city council meeting this week.
  • (5-7p) - Radical Feminists present Feminist Fridays, today a teach-in on womens' reproductivde rights. This will be leaidng up to a day of action on the commemroating the 39th anniversary of Reoe v. Wade on the 22nd.
  • (2p) Wellness holds “Tranquil Tuesdays" FB Event at FreedomPlaza.

18 Jan 2012 - Wed

  • (5:30p) - Facilitation training at FreedomPlaza.
  • (5:15P) - OccupYrCorner will be Occupying North Park at the corner of 30th and University. Bring a sign and a smile, and engage the rest of the 99%. See Facebook event page for more.

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TAKE ACTION

Things YOU can do right now to help.


Have comments you want sent out? Send it to osd-feedback@citizensoversight.org.

Josephine speech/email to City Council

I have emailed members of the City Council several times and have never received a reply from any of you or your assistants. I feel this was important enough to speak to you in person.

First, briefly about Occupy San Diego. It has undergone changes at the Civic Center after the first raid when the tents were removed. OSD thereafter complied by not erecting any tents. Then they were told they could sleep along Third Avenue in the grass, which was actually mud.

After being relegated to that area, another raid happened and arrests occurred again. I understand that many people that have been arrested have not had charges filed yet. The DA can take up to a year to file. People are in a state of limbo with regard to their case.

Since the last time I spoke to City Council regarding the violation of First Amendment rights and the potential of the City to be involved with civil litigation, there continues to be numerous arrests at Civic Center.

I'd like the City Council to be aware of some of these arrests because the nature of them troubles me.

Ray Lutz was arrested for setting up a registration table. Over the years, many tables have been set up at the Civic Center to register voters, particularly the recently naturalized citizens. But suddenly, this was not permitted and Ray was in jail for several hours. I discovered yesterday that no charges have been filed yet. Another case that remains in limbo.

Many people were arrested for illegal lodging. As the City Council is aware, homelessness is an issue in San Diego and it is NOT a crime to be homeless. There was case law that required that police offer a bed at an available shelter and that person must decline it before the individual can be arrested. In fact, I think the person must be cited multiple times within so many days before that person is arrested. Judge Mc Curine signed this order. Beds at shelters are very few and limited.

The police have decided to basically be in contempt of court and violate that order. In order to enforce that order, we would need to locate the original plaintiff in that case, is my understanding. Therefore, the police with impunity have completely ignored that order and have been arresting people for illegal lodging.

One evening the police came while some protester were awake, but 2 were laying down, one asleep. The protesters reminded the police of the court's ruling and one man, Chris Mc Kay was videotaping the incident, as he has a right to do. The police grabbed him by the neck in a choke-hold and arrested him and the others.

Now anyone who wishes to remain at Civic Center is subject to sleep deprivation. Meanwhile, in several parts of this City, there continue to be tents and homeless people sleeping and the police do not do anything.

Other incidences which have occurred at Civic Center which I found outrageous was when the police confiscated a United States flag from a Veteran because the pole was a quarter-inch too big. This flag was at Civic Center for 2 months and attended to by various veterans. However, I also saw video footage of some religious people at Third and C, just a block away, with signs on poles that were even larger. Police did not confiscate those poles.

On the day of winter solstice, someone was burning a twig of sage at Civic Center. That person was arrested. I'd like the City Council to know that numerous times while at Ocean Beach and Pacific Beach, I have smelled sage burning and seen it in plain sight. This is very common. Not one time have I seen anyone get a ticket for it, much less get arrested, despite routine police presence.

On Christmas day, someone dropped off a Christmas tree at Civic Center and the police must have felt that was a danger to citizens and applied the Municipal Code 54.0110. The tree was quickly removed.

As to the subject at hand of the Municipal Code 54.0110, the encroachment, this infraction has allowed police to use their discretion when enforcing the law. Rather than merely writing citations for this ordinance, SDPD has choosen to arrest citizens.

One incident was right in the middle of a General Assembly meeting, the police came and intentionally disrupted the meeting by arresting 2 people, one for having a sign and backpack on the railing of the staircase.

Another particular incident comes to mind when Mike Garcia was sitting in a folding chair handing out literature about freedom of speech. Police arrested him and he did not have the funds for bail, so he remained in jail.

The media has mentioned that the City has spent a considerable amount of money on police because of Occupy. However, in reviewing the arrests, I do not place the blame on Occupy. I place the blame on whoever has given the orders to the police.

Occupiers of this movement have many times come to this City Council requesting approval of a resolution. A man even endured a hunger strike and was ignored by City Council, oh, and he was also arrested when he fell asleep at the plaza.

All of these arrests could have been avoided and the City of San Diego could have saved a considerable amount of money, not to mention litigation, if a resolution had been passed.

As a citizen and taxpayer, I am appalled at the amount of money this City has spent on police to basically watch over peaceful protesters.

And quite honestly, at this point I am certain that all these actions have been to harrass and suppress the peaceful protesters who are exercising their right to free speech, directly violating Title 18, U.S.C. Section 241

The police have selectively targeted Occupy in each instance, the tents, the illegal lodging, the burning of sage, the pole size of the U.S. flag, the registration table, the folding chair, etc.

I am certain that these arrests are occurring to stifle free speech. When I attended previous City Council meetings, I understood that the members of this council were respecting free speech rights. I think it was Mr. Young who said the City Council had no intention of violating people's First Amendment Constitutional Rights of free speech and peaceful assembly. In my opinion, the City Council, by not approving a resolution, have acted as silent accomplices to every arrest at Civic Center.

Now I urge the Rules Committee to immediately approve and amend Municipal Code Section 54.0110 to prevent further frivolous arrests.


MEDIA

NEW

2012 Jan 12

Media: Occupy San Diego

  • Mayor To Deliver Final State of The City Speech Sanders -- who will leave office in December following two terms – is also expected to announce new donations that will fund the completion of the new Central Library in the East Village

Media: Occupy National and Global

  • White House protesters call for Guantanamo closure Human rights activists, some dressed in orange prison jumpsuits, protested in front of the White House Monday to demand that the Guantanamo Bay detention facility be closed, 10 years after it opened.


EVENT DETAILS

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


ANNOUNCEMENTS

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 raylutz@citizensoversight.org.
    • 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 haz_el_eyes@yahoo.com -- 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 copswiki.org
    • 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 occupylegalsd@gmail.com
  • 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: http://layon.net/busted.php
  • To check if someone is in jail check this website: http://apps.sdsheriff.net/wij/wij.aspx
    • 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.


Occupy San Diego Links

Links to sites/pages below that are no longer actively updated:

CLOSING NOTES

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NOTICE TO MEDIA / DISCLAIMER
Occupy San Diego is comprised of many people
with diverse opinions. This email does not provide
the official position of Occupy San Diego, but is
compiled for the use of supporters and occupiers
by a number of volunteers.
News Media that may subscribe to this email blast
should confirm all information from other sources.

THANK YOU FOR BEING INVOLVED.

Edited by Email Blast Team:
  • Ray Lutz (Editor)
  • Josephine P. (Media / Facebook)
  • Jason Packman (Education Events)
  • Chris West (Events)
  • Benjamin Cossel (Photographs)


  • Occupy San Diego project page in "Common" web: Occupy San Diego
  • New Occupy Project (new web): Occupy Web -- we will be migrating to this new web.

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