On Oct. 7, 2011 – a long 5 years ago – the Occupy Wallstreet movement burst upon the San Diego scene.
Upwards of 4,000 demonstrators marched through downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp District, rallied at Civic Center Plaza at City Hall – renamed “Freedom Square” for awhile -, and then returned to Children’s Park – all the while protesting the inequalities of the American economy. A tent encampment was set up – which moved the very next day to the plaza at City Hall.
It was on that October 7 that San Diego had very visibly and demonstrably joined the nation-wide movement – then a world-wide movement – against the disparities of the financial system. Local activists had been meeting for a couple of weeks and had planned the large protest.
The numbers of San Diegans who turned out was stunning – and gratifying for those of us who worked on the event. And of course, the Occupy San Diego movement raged in downtown for the next several months, with large police raids, many arrests (few charged) and more huge rallies with union members, bicyclists …
But on Oct. 7, 2011, I was there, see my full account here. Following are a few highlights. [Read more…]