Occupy SD, Local Groups Gather for Humanitarian Event

Speech by congresswoman and a march are scheduled for Saturday

By Joseph M.D. Young
|  Saturday, Dec 10, 2011  |  Updated 12:50 PM PDT
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Occupy SD Occupies Black Friday

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Occupy SD protesters rally around the final tent left on the Civic Center plaza.

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A week after its court ruling over a restraining order against San Diego police was denied, Occupy San Diego has planned a gathering along with various local groups calling for human rights on Saturday.

"National Day of Action on Human Rights" was created in solidarity with a larger, international movement seeking global change, said event organizer Davina Lynch. The event was set to be held at the Civic Center at 4 p.m.

“This is way to mobilize no matter what our passion or our causes are,” said Lynch.

Several local groups were scheduled for the event, including Veterans for Peace, local unions and Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, according to a media release.

Congresswoman Susan Davis was one of the speakers and a march was planned through the streets of downtown after the initial gathering. 

Though the day's undertone aims toward the movement's positive aspects, Occupy SD recently suffered a set-back in court.

Earlier, protesters requested a restraining order against SDPD claiming that the municipal code police used to evict them from their campsite on Oct. 14 was too vague.

A judge later ruled against them, stating that the order wasn't needed because police were not causing protesters “irreparable harm.”

However, even with the ruling, according to Lynch, the Occupy SD hasn't slowed.

"This is the movement and whether it makes sense to people or not its got their attention," said Lynch. "People are waking up."

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