HISTORY OF REOPEN SD
It all began in June of 2020 at Liberty Station…
Born in a Facebook group, ReOpen San Diego, a few brave locals gathered and later created an in-person movement. People came together from all walks of life to process the isolation and negative impacts the lockdowns were causing us, our livelihoods, and our children and grandchildren.
Founders, Diane Ake, MPH, a college professor with roots in community organizing, and Alysson Hartmann, a former middle-school science teacher and PTA board member, organized meetings once a week to bring people together out of a deep sense of a need for social connection. This was during a time of immense social hysteria that people who went to beaches and parks were a threat to public health and deserved to be punished and fined. Law enforcement were citing people for gathering even in small groups while “social distancing” while others experienced verbal and physical attacks for merely picnicking at San Diego local parks. It was during this unprecedented time in history, ReOpen San Diego, a safe community was born.
In September of 2020, ReOpen SD started meeting at Balboa Park, right next to the Botanical Gardens. That’s when Amy Reichert, a California licensed private investigator and marketing expert started coming to the meetings. Amy helped the group go to the next level and plan a huge "Save San Diego" rally at the San Diego County Administration building on November 16, 2020.
The Save San Diego rally was organized in response to the California Governor's tier system which severely restricted our freedoms by suddenly putting San Diego in the most restrictive Purple tier. The Save San Diego event began with a march from the Gaslamp of restaurant business owners and employees from to the San Diego waterfront. Guest speakers included, Vice Chairman of the County Board of Supervisors, Jim Desmond, Coronado Mayor Richard Bailey, El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells, Data Expert Justin Hart from Rational Ground, as well as registered nurses, single Moms, Veterans, small business owners, and people from every political persuasion and side.
In December, ReOpen San Diego was invited by the Mayor of El Cajon, Bill Wells, to do a rally in his city. So we did! Our "All I Want for Christmas is Freedom" rally on December 21, 2020 was a huge success, it was live streamed by KUSI news and covered by every single news outlet in San Diego including Telemundo. The Rally was attended by around 1000 freedom-loving people. Speakers included Congressman Darrell Issa, State Senator Brian Jones, Mayor of El Cajon Bill Wells, Nica Knite the owner and proprietor of The Pine Valley House, and Alondra Ruiz the owner and proprietor of The Village SD Restaurant spoke with professionalism and grace how their businesses were being unfairly targeted and hurt by the open-shut-open-shut orders.
In January we had a 2021 ReOpen San Diego Summit on the 6th with data expert Justin Hart with 150 in attendance. On January 20, 2021, ReOpen San Diego had a SpeakLoudly event that featured Tony Roman, the restaurant owner of Basilico’s Pasta e Vino in Huntington Beach who has openly fought to stay open and without masks despite warrants from CAL OSHA and threats from the Alcohol Beverage Control of California.
From our small humble beginnings at Liberty Station, we all looked at each and knew we had to do something, and so our motto was born: “We Have to Do Something Together." We can not just sit idly by and watch as our civil liberties are erased before our eyes.
ReOpen San Diego has bi-monthly meetings where we have a speaker, we socialize, we strategize, and we come together with the common goal of community and support. We also host larger events, protests, and rallies. We do fundraising for lawsuits against the lockdowns, provide support and resources for businesses who have the courage to stay open, and speak at County Board of Supervisor meetings.
ReOpen San Diego is a non-profit, non-partisan group that aligns with anyone and any organization that supports and follows the Constitution of the United States and follows the data and science. We partner with businesses, political leaders, health professionals, attorneys, educators, religious leaders and more. ReOpen San Diego will not stop until every small business is reopened at full capacity until every child is back in school with no harmful "safety measures," and until the people perpetrating politicization of science are prevented from doing any more damage.
Come join us at our next gathering and “Let’s Do Something Together”.