After two weeks at the Civic Center, Occupy San Diego is expanding to Children’s Park on First and Island. A group of about twenty has begun to put up infrastructure in the park with the permission of the mayor, says organizer Jordan Hammond. However, Hammond believes the police intend to shut down the camp and requests that more occupiers join at the Children’s Park camp.
“We remain very strong with over 10,000 people standing in solidarity with us on our Facebook page and over 250,000 people in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street,” writes Hammond in an email. “These include teachers, city workers, military, elderly, students, religious leaders, tea party folks, artists, activists, and many others too numerous to name.
“Taking down our infrastructure was a key tactical move to end our indefinite occupation. Hoping to dwindle our numbers to only those that can occupy 24-7. We have maintained for the last week, providing education, outreach and teach-ins. But this is too important for our full agenda to be silenced, we fight for you. We transcend partisan divides. We want to create a safe space where true political discussion can occur and we can affect change for the good of the many struggling in our city and our country. The movement has already started to shine truth on the facts as to why our democracy has stalled to a point of almost complete uselessness. It is with the most patriotic intentions that we will be setting up our new camp at the Children's Park on First and Island in the downtown area today at 1:30. We are expecting possible resistance from the police even though we have been in contact with the mayor’s office and were told that this is ‘the best place’ for us to setup.”