Occupy San Jose

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The Occupy San Jose (California) demonstration is a part of the Occupy Movement which began on Sept. 17, 2011 with the original Occupy Wall Street demonstration in New York City. The demonstration began on Oct. 9 and is located outside the City Hall.[1]


Elected Representatives

The following politicians attended and expressed their support:[1]


The following organizations have helped organize or have supported the demonstration:[1]


The following participated in the demonstration:[1]

Individuals Affiliated with OSJ and Its Activities

The Mercury News (MercuryNews.com) featured an article on Dec. 4, 2011 entitled "Occupy San Jose and Voluntarios de la Communidad join forces Sunday", by Dana Hull, which opened with the following sentence:

  • "Occupy San Jose joined forces with Latino advocacy group Voluntarios de la Communidad on Sunday for a joint rally at City Hall and a march to Plaza de Cesar Chavez."
  • "San Jose's small but committed Occupy movement is increasingly finding common ground with predominantly Latino organizations on issues like predatory lending, the foreclosure crisis and rising social inequality."
  • Jose Sandoval - the head of Voluntarios de la Communidad, is a grass-roots champion who advocated statewide for the right of illegal immigrants to apply for driver's licenses.
  • Shaunn Cartwright - said that "We're the most peaceful Occupy in the Bay Area. We've gotten arrested for civil disobedience, but not other infractions."
  • Tom Higgins - 63, a member of Occupy San Jose's legal committee, said, "We don't have any goals. We're in solidarity with the rest of the Occupy movement. Wall Street has left millions of Americans jobless and in foreclosure."


Occupy San Jose protesters planned a march for the afternoon of Oct. 28, 2011. Several campers had been arrested as they protested city efforts to keep them from camping near City Hall. Shaun O'Kelly, 27, climbed a high wall earlier in the week and has pledged not to come down until police stop removing would-be campers. He also sought a meeting with Mayor Chuck Reed, who rejected the proposal.[2]