The first raid

11 Dec

SDPD got away with macing a handful of my close friends who were locking arms around our last tent. We didn’t see the public outcry that was shown for UC Davis protesters, however that day is forever embedded in all of our minds. The standoff was well over four hours and this is what it came to. At the end of the standoff the police maced peaceful protesters, and then retreated. We kept our tent that day.

 

Although we aren’t fighting for tents, they remain a powerful symbol in the Occupy San Diego Movement. This was a poster we put over our tarps on our rainy one month anniversary, after the police had taken all of our tents away.

None of the people who were maced were charged with anything. They were simply maced and left to deal with their burning eyes. Are we owed an apology?

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Day 7

11 Dec

Day 7

Feeling good and feeling successful. This is the longest I have ever went without food.

Patrick’s 4th Arrest

11 Dec

I made the flier below about 2 weeks ago in an attempt to spread the word about police misconduct. Patrick, the man who was arrested tonight, is the same man in the white t-shirt being tossed by the police in the top photo.

Like I said, this Patrick’s 4th arrest in just over two months at Occupy San Diego. After being thrown to the ground by police and detained for no legitimate reason, he was charged with obstructing a peace officer and drunk in public. He was essentially jailed for mouthing off to the police. Keep in mind that the SDPD has maced him, assaulted him, and jailed him on three previous occasions in the past two months. Time will tell if he is ever really charged with anything, or if the DA will decide to not press charges, as was the case yesterday with dozens of Occupier at the San Diego Courthouse.

If you watched the video of Patrick being arrested ( http://www.youtube.com/julieakramer#p/a/u/0/zpP5TJV0TRo ) and were turned off by his attitude to the police officer, consider this:


Patrick being maced in the first raid

Patrick has legitimate reason to dislike the SDPD, because he has been continuously targeted by them. He has been thrown to the ground, pushed around, and maced directly in the face by San Diego police officers. Tonight, he mouthed off because he was angry it was happening again. Wouldn’t you be? Also, consider this:


A week in the life of Patrick at Occupy San Diego 

If they gave Nobel Peace Prizes for “Brazy Resilience”, Patrick would be a slam dunk. Cheers to my crass, fearless, and persistent friend Patrick. If they won’t let us bail you out, I’ll see you in three days. I am going to get that apology for you Patrick. You are definitely owed one.

Just witnessed another arrest.

11 Dec

Around 10:45PM tonight I heard “COPWATCH!!! CAMERAS!!!” being yelled from the 3rd Ave and B St intersection in front of Civic Center, and I ran up to see three of my friends sitting on the curb, surrounded by police. No one knew why they were being detained. The cops didn’t seem to have good answers for that either. My three friends repeatedly asked why they were being detained and were given the runaround. Patrick became angry and demanded answers. Apparently the female police officer had slammed him to the floor before I got there. He asked  why he was being detained. Drunk in public was the only reason we were given why Patrick went to jail tonight. This didn’t explain why he was slammed to the ground. It didn’t explain why his wrists and arms were wrenched while he was being handcuffed. It certainly didn’t explain why he was kicked in the car. But it does explain one thing: Occupy San Diego protesters are blatantly targeted by the police.

This is a statement from Cliff, who was one of the Occupiers detained by the police:

“I got off of the 5th Avenue trolley stop with Patrick and Jack, and was walking towards Occupy when the cops stopped me by the public restrooms. They literally grabbed me, Pat and Jack, and they sat us on the corner. They said there was a claim that bottles and objects were thrown off of a roof. We were being sat down because we were coming from the same direction at “the same time a call was brought in”. They asked me my name, where I’d been tonight, which belongings were mine, and who I was with. I do not think Patrick was arrested lawfully. We were targeted for being occupiers. ” Here is the video:

Oh and it’s been 142 hours since I’ve eaten. Can I have my apology now Chief Landsdowne?

Found this on YouTube today

10 Dec

I had a great conversation with a stranger yesterday who inquired about my sign. Today I found this video of me posted on YouTube:)

Day 5 – Reminders of why I am doing this

10 Dec

(I started writing this late last night, but didn’t finish it, so as I post it, we are acutally at day 6)

I started out my day today by making a sign and going down to the San Diego Courthouse to support my fellow Occupiers who had court today. During the first second raid on October 28th, 51 people were arrested. The cops came around 2AM in full riot gear, and some of who happened that night can be seen here:

As you can clearly see in the video, SDPD sent a ridiculous amount of police, armed with large wooden batons to intimidate and arrest Occupy San Diego demonstrators. The woman walking past the police line holding up peace signs is that same woman you can see the cops snatch up around 1:24 into the video. Her name is Kali Katt and she is one of the main media team members. The cops walked right past the sitting protesters and went straight for her. They targeted her because she is a prominent member of our livestream team. When she was bailed out the next day she told us she was “choked and slammed against the wall while being booked at Las Colinas”. What about this seems right to you?

There are hundreds of stories to tell about this raid, and I will touch on many of them in more detail later.  The bottom line is that today at court, out of the 51 people arrested that night, and the few dozen Occupiers who had court dates today, only 2 or 3 people made it into the court room. Why? Because none of them were arrested on legitimate charges. The city doesn’t want a huge class-action lawsuit on its hand. Are we owed an apology?

 

This is the sign I held outside the courtroom 12/9/2011 in support of my friends.

You know damn well we deserve that apology.

96 hours without food

9 Dec

This photo was taken this morning at the 80 hour mark. After a long day of going to work, then to Civic Center to make occupy posters, and plan occupy events I am honestly feeling great. The support of my friends and Occupy San Diego community is overwhelming, and I was fortunate to have received some great press from Michael Moore (http://michaelmoore.com/) and our friends at The San Diego Reader.

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Due to a rather time-sensitive situation, in lieu of a video tonight I am going to post a short story and a photo.

John Kenney, an active member of the Occupy San Diego community has been on hunger strike for 31 days. He is now sick and in a wheelchair. His goal is to get the attention of the City Council members and begin a dialogue regarding the rights of San Diego occupiers to peacefully assemble at the Civic Center. You can read an article about it here: http://sdoccupypress.org/2011/11/23/john-kenney-continues-hunger-strike-despite-inaction-by-city-council/

Last night I witnessed John give a press conference from his wheelchair, roll over to the front of the San Diego Administration Building, and lay down cloaked by the American flag. Laying down with the intention of sleeping is grounds for immediate arrest at Occupy San Diego. Although homeless people line the streets downtown, in Civic Center Plaza different rules apply. Easily dozens of people have been arrested for illegal lodging who were not even sleeping. So last night, John laid down with his blanket and flag, fully ready to go to jail, where he said he would continue his hunger strike. The police did not arrest him. If John was another occupier, he probably would have went to jail last night. For whatever reason, instead of jailing him the cops let John sleep on the cold stone ground outside of the City Administration Building all night. Many people believe the livestream and cameras recording John kept him from being arrested last night.

The city council is not bothered by John’s hunger strike, despite his determination, and the reasonable nature of his request. All he wants is for Occupy San Diego’s resolution to make the City Council agenda. He has spent weeks gathering hundred of signatures, and yet they still refuse to open dialogue with him or even acknowledge him.

John and I have very different reasons for what we are doing, however the root of our reason in Occupy San Diego. In support of him, I tell his story to you.

This was the last thing I saw when I left Civic Center late last night:

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Please contact any of the following Council Members in support of the movement:

Tony Young (619) 236-6644 anthonyyoung@sandiego.gov
David Alvarez (619) 236-6688 davidalvarez@sandiego.gov
Marti Emerald (619) 236-6677 martiemerald@sandiego.gov
Sherri Lightner (619) 236-6611 sherrilightner@sandiego.gov
Todd Gloria (619) 236-6633 toddgloria@sandiego.gov

 

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