Social justice ralliers to ‘occupy’ San Diego

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A loose-knit protest movement that formed in New York
City several weeks ago to decry the perceived sins of banks, corporations,
political elites and other power brokers will sprout at the opposite end of the
nation Friday, according to organizers.

Members of “Occupy Together,” a social network-driven campaign that
began last month as a rally dubbed “Occupy Wall Street,” plan to bring their
messages of discontent to downtown San Diego this afternoon, organizers
announced.

The grass-roots activists will gather at Children's Park in the Marina
district, then march to Civic Center Plaza at City Hall for a demonstration
“in protest of the global financial corruption currently invading politics,
media and corporations, exemplified by the recent financial-industry meltdown
and subsequent recession,” according to the group's website.

The participants will “peacefully occupy” the public courtyard until
they get desired action from “all levels of government, including the city and
county of San Diego, the state of California, the federal government and …
private and public banks and corporations,” the announcement stated.

Organizers did not immediately detail their self-described “list of
demands.”

The protest will include marches, sit-ins, educational programs,
“practice of the democratic process” and “general assembly meetings wherein
solutions to overlapping issues are identified,” the group's online message
asserted.

Ray Lutz, a spokesman for the local offshoot of the movement, encouraged
San Diegans to take part.

“The Occupy Wall Street movement is sweeping across the country,” he
said. “People from all walks of life, political persuasions and occupations
are joining together to demand that our economic system become more just. Join
our movement. With you, we can bring about change.”

The “occupiers,” many of them young adults, have gathered in recent
weeks in dozens of cities, including Los Angeles. The rallies have been largely
peaceful, though in New York some protesters have gotten into scuffles with
police, and hundreds there have been arrested.

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