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Our First Year in Photos

Our First Year in Photos

While the people who initially camped out in Civic Plaza (later re-named Freedom Plaza by the occupiers) were mostly young, and/or homeless, there was a contingent of more mature women who heartily supported the effort, but were not eager to camp in the plaza.

Some of us had previous experience as activists and organizers. For some, this was their first time getting involved as an activist. We were delighted to see the emergence of youthful energy and courage in the occupiers and tried to offer guidance without snatching up the reins. As the days turned to weeks and the SDPD started oppressing the occupiers, even beating up people in tents, we looked for ways to lend support to a movement we hoped would be the start of the change we knew was needed.

On October 15, 2017 we joined the 99% Global Day of Action in Civic Plaza and we turned out in enthusiastic numbers to march in the Halloween Occupy Monster March and the Nov. 5th Kick Ass for the Middle Class Rally. Then, on a rainy November 12th, we organized our own, Middle Class Women Support Occupy March.

Oct. 7, 2011

Many of us were there when Occupy San Diego began with a march from Children's Park to Civic Plaza

Middle Class Women March in Support of Occupy in the Rain!

Many of us brought food, blankets and other necessities to the occupiers, who were facing daily assaults and arrests by the police. We began to coalesce as a group, coordinating our activities, including scheduling food prep and driving occupiers to our homes to shower and change into clean clothes.

As the City stepped up their attacks on the occupiers, we attended City Council meetings and met with Congressional Representatives to plead their cause.

On December 1st, The Women’s Museum of California hosted a meeting where we decided to organize as an ad hoc group to support the Occupy Movement both in the Civic Plaza and in a long-term campaign to address the many issues threatening the 99%, starting with a Civil Disobedience training at the Peace Center the following day. On December 6th, Occupy was on the City Council agenda and we were there en masse.

Nov. 19, 2011

Occupy Women bringing lunch for the Occupiers

Dec. 3, 2011

Women Occupy organizing meeting held at Women’s History Museum.

Inspired by the Suffragette movement, we created sashes with Women Occupy San Diego stenciled on them that we wore at Horton Plaza, caroling verses that put occupier words to popular holiday tunes. Someone called us the Occupellas, and the name stuck!

Dec. 11, 20122

WOSD sang at Gaslamp and Horton Plaza, first performance with sashes

Dec. 18, 2012

Occupellas sing at Nordstrom Rack, Westfield Plaza, Mission Valley

Dec. 22, 2011

Occupellas caroling at Mission Valley Mall

Dec. 23, 20122

Occupellas caroling at Civic Center Plaza

On January 1, 2012, we gathered at the home of one of our members to discuss ways we could continue to be part of the changes we saw that were needed on both a local and national level. We formed committees and agreed to remain an informal group, organized under the cooperative and consensus principles of Occupy.

Jan. 1, 2012
Jan. 1, 2012
Jan. 7, 2012

Occupellas sing to theater goers at Civic Center Plaza.

Jan. 9, 2012

Press Conference at Civic Center Plaza

Jan. 15, 2012

Occupellas perform at Civic Center Plaza

Jan. 20, 2012

Occupella’s sing at Occupy the Courts

Jan. 22, 2012

WOSD at Occupy Congress, Washington DC

Feb. 8, 2012

Free Speech event commemorating beating of IWW

Feb. 19, 2012

Occupellas sing at Soda Bar - Sounds of Occupation

Feb. 28, 2012

Occupellas sing at Move to Amend Rally

Mar. 11, 2012


Mar. 22, 2012

WOSD fundraiser at Big Kitchen

Apr. 22, 2012

WOSD booth and Occupellas Performance at Earthfair

May 5, 2012

Occupella’s sing at Connect the Dots Rally with 350.org at Mission Beach

Months after the Occupiers has left Civic Plaza, we took over the plaza for an Occupy our Arts event that even garnered a proclamation from the City Council making June 9, 2012, Occupy Our Arts Day!

June 12, 2012

Occupy Our Arts at Civic Center Plaza

Jun. 9, 2012

Proclamation from City Council

Over the following year, even after the last Occupier had been chased from the Civic Plaza, Women Occupy San Diego grew and became engaged in many issues. The Occupella’s got so good that they were invited to perform as various venues, using entertainment and humor to deliver the poignant message of Occupy to the general population.

Some of our original committees achieved important goals, including supporting the successful shut-down of the unsafe San Onofre Nuclear Plant (SONGS).

Jun. 30, 2012

WOSD greets International TPP delegates at airport

Jul. 2, 2012

Occupellas sing for delegates at TPP meeting at Hilton Bayfront Hotel

Jun. 30, 2012

WOSD joins Stop TPP March & Rally at Hilton Bayfront

Aug. 30, 2012

Occupella’s sing at Annual Suffragette Vote Rally at Kate Session’s statue in Balboa Park

Sep. 17, 2012

Prop 37 (Label GMOs) rally

Sep. 29, 2012

Politifest, Liberty Station