Occupy San José
|Occupy San José|
|Part of the "Occupy" protests|
|Date||2 October 2011 – October 2012|
|Location||San Jose, California, United States|
|Causes||Economic inequality, corporate influence over government, inter alia.|
|Methods||Demonstration, occupation, protest, street protesters|
|Arrests and injuries|
Occupy San José was a peaceful protest and demonstration in City Hall Plaza in San José, CA. The demonstration was inspired by Occupy Wall Street and is part of the larger "Occupy" protest movement. The aim of the demonstration was to begin a sustained occupation in downtown San José, the 10th largest city in the United States, to protest perceived corporate greed and social inequality, including opposing corporate influence in U.S. politics, the influence of money and corporations on democracy and a lack of legal and political repercussions for the global financial crisis.
As of June 2012, Occupy San José had continued to engage in organized meetings and actions.
After a year of actions and twice-weekly assemblies, Occupy San José celebrated their anniversary October 6, 2012.
Chronology of events
The following is a timeline of Occupy San José events and activity.
- On September 17, 2011 Occupy Wall Street protests began in New York.
- On October 6, 2011, after four nights of occupying San José City Hall, City Attorney Rick Doyle announced plans to ask the San Jose Police Department to order protestors to leave on Friday.
- Around 12:30 AM on October 10, 2011, one protester was cited by police when he refused to vacate the Occupy San José site. All other protestors and their belongings were moved off-site by police, though by early morning some protestors had returned.
- On October 21, 2011 at around 3:00 AM eight protestors were arrested and one cited by San José city police. City ordinances prohibit overnight camping on public property. Police stated that vandalism and sanitation issues also were a factor.
San José city ordinance on camping in city hall plaza
Section 13.23.300.H of the San José Municipal Code of Ordinances states:
"No person shall camp on the city hall plaza. No person shall enter or remain on the plaza (except the sidewalks) after closing time, as established by the regulations, unless authorized to do so by the director."
Other Bay Area "Occupy" protest articles
Other 2011 protests
- "Occupy Wall Street protests gain momentum in Bay Area". San Jose Mercury News. 11 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2011.
Since Oct. 2, a few dozen Occupy San Jose protesters have been camping out in the City Hall Plaza, a violation of the city's municipal code. By Tuesday morning, five members of the group had been issued citations for trespassing or camping on city property.
- "Protesters camping out at San Jose City Hall may face arrest Friday [LATEST UPDATES]". San Jose Mercury-News. Retrieved 2011-10-17.
- "'Occupy San Jose' demonstrators split over demands". ABC7-News. Retrieved 2011-10-19.
- "The Occupy Wall Street movement unfolds in downtown San Jose". Mercury News. 9 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2011.
- "American FactFinder". U.S. Census Bureau.
- Adbuster.org (2011). "Adbuster's OccupyWallStreet page".
- "'Occupy Wall Street' to Turn Manhattan into 'Tahrir Square'". IBTimes New York. September 17, 2011. Retrieved September 18, 2011.
- "Occupy San José: Schedule". Occupysj.org (Official website). Retrieved March 3, 2012. External link in
- "Occupy San José Peaceful". NBC. Retrieved 20 November 2012.
- "Protesters camping out at San Jose City Hall may face arrest Friday". Mercury News. 6 October 2011. Retrieved 6 October 2011.
- "SJ Occupy Protesters Face Arrest Tonight". NBC Bay Area. 7 October 2011. Retrieved 7 October 2011.
- Seipel, Tracy (October 11, 2011.) "San Jose: Occupy Wall Street member cited for illegal camping at City Hall." San Jose Mercury News. Accessed October 2011.
- "Police break up economic protest in San Jose". ABC KGO 7. 10 October 2011. Retrieved 10 October 2011.
- "San Jose: Eight Occupy Wall Street protesters arrested, one cited". Mercury News. 21 October 2011. Retrieved 21 October 2011.
- City of San Jose. "Chapter 13.23 - CITY HALL PLAZA". American Legal Publishing Corporation.
San Jose, CA Code of Ordinances
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