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Women Occupy San Diego sings protest carols at shopping malls

December 17, 2011 |  4:21 pm

 Women Occupy San Diego members sing.

A group of self-described "middle-class, middle-aged" women are taking the Occupy message about "economic justice" to San Diego malls filled with holiday shoppers.

The group, calling itself Women Occupy San Diego, is singing parodies of Christmas carols stressing the message that financial barons have rigged the game against 99% of Americans.

Included in the medley: "Jingle Bills, Jingle Coins,"  "O Little Town of Occupy" and "You Better Watch Out, Occupy Is Here in Your Town."

And to the tune of "Deck the Halls," these lines: "Here's a story about our nation / Fa la la la la la la la la / Congress bends for corporations / Fa la la la la la la la la."

Last Sunday, the group was at Horton Plaza downtown. This Sunday, 2 p.m., it will be outside the Nordstrom Rack at the Fashion Valley shopping center. It plans to visit more locations in coming days.

What was the reaction from shoppers? Applause and encouragement, said Women Occupy's Marilyn Driscoll.

Fear not shoppers, this is not a bunch of wild-eyed radicals.

"I'm a 60-year-old civil servant and grandmother," Driscoll said via email while shopping at a toy store.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego

Photo: Women Occupy San Diego singers perform at a mall. Credit: Masada Disenhouse