4/13: Colorado BDS Conference – Working to end Israeli apartheid

April 2, 2013 in Endorsement, Event

When: Saturday, April 13, 2013 1:00-5:00pm
Where: Auraria Campus, North Building, Classroom #1608

Occupy Denver has endorsed the first-ever Colorado BDS Conference. Join us to learn about the movement and meet other groups and individuals working towards ending Israeli apartheid through Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions.

One of the goals of the Colorado BDS Campaign is to connect Colorado groups working on the Palestine/Israel issue to work collectively on BDS. By keeping all groups updated with events, news and action alerts, our voices will be stronger, and our ability to bring about change that much greater.

The Colorado BDS Conference is an opportunity to learn BDS strategies, find out what other groups are working on, and plug into the Colorado BDS network.

Together, we can end Israeli apartheid!

4/3: Report from the Streets

March 9, 2013 in Endorsement

HomesImpact of the Unauthorized Camping Ban on Denver’s Homeless Community

Download Flyer (pdf)

Denver Homeless Out Loud (DHOL) invites the public to the release of a survey on the impact of the City of Denver’s Unauthorized Camping Ban on 500 homeless people living in Denver. The ordinance allows the police to require the homeless to go to a shelter or move along whenever they are caught covering themselves from the cold and elements or face criminal sanctions.

When: April 3 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Where: Cornerstone Residences, 1001 Park Ave. (at Curtis St.), Denver, CO 80218

Refreshments will be served.

The survey was drafted and conducted by DHOL, homeless people and experienced researchers who are deeply concerned about the impact of this law enforcement tool on those living in the streets without homes and in shelters. It was painstakingly prepared, and surveyors were carefully trained to be unbiased in conducting the survey. DHOL believes that speaking with the homeless is the only way to understand the impact of the ban.

Over 500 people experiencing homelessness in Denver volunteered their time to complete the survey. The report is produced in collaboration with Professor Tony Robinson and students of the University of Colorado Denver, Department of Political Science. The survey results provide valuable information about the impact of the ordinance and how we can better serve the homeless in Denver. DHOL will make the data publicly available to the homeless, the Mayor’s Commission on the Homeless, and constituencies who work with the homeless. We hope our data helps improve the safety of those who live on the streets, increases services, and improves rapid re-housing options.

For more information on the DHOL survey or the release event please contact info@denverhomelessoutloud.org or visit our website at http://denverhomelessoutloud.org/

2/17 #ForwardOnClimate Solidarity Rally in Denver

February 8, 2013 in Endorsement, Event

On Sunday February 17th, over 20,000 people are expected to flood Washington DC to demand a halt to the construction of Transcanada’s Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline in what could be the largest climate rally in American history. Sierra Club, one of the organizers of the DC rally, released a statement announcing they will be taking part in civil disobedience, for the first time in the organization’s history, as part of this event. A collaboration between 350.org, Sierra Club, the Hip Hop Caucus, and other groups, this rally represents a larger, more mainstream face of the radical climate justice & extraction resistance movement, recently exemplified by our comrades at the Tar Sands Blockade.

While we have many critiques of mainstream environmental NGOs (particularly Sierra Club, see our recent press release re: Sierra Club & fracking) we also believe that the only way to defeat the toxic extraction industry is to apply pressure from as many directions as possible.

Occupy Denver is proud to endorse 350 Colorado’s Denver solidarity rally for the Forward On Climate march in DC. We are excited for this opportunity to stand with local community members against the Keystone XL Pipeline, and hope to build a diverse local Colorado current of extraction resistance that can continue well into the future.

Here’s the description of the upcoming event from 350 Colorado:

“On February 17th, more than 20,000 people are expected to join the action in Washington D.C., urging President Obama to reject the Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline and take serious action to solve the climate crisis. If you can’t make it to D.C., please join this student-led rally and march from the Auraria Campus at 11:30am to Civic Center Park. Be sure to wear all black so that when we converge with other groups, it has the effect of a mass ‘human oil spill’.  Please invite all of your friends and family to participate in this life-changing movement! It’s time to divest and move beyond fossil fuels and extreme energy projects like the KXL pipeline to a clean energy future!”

Click here to join the event on facebook.

Occupy Denver also stands in solidarity with the Westborough 8, students & members of 350 Massachusetts who locked & glued themselves together in order to shut down a Transcanada office during the Tar Sands Blockade mass action day on January 7th of this year.

1/3-1/8 Occupy Denver National Call Out For Keystone XL Pipeline Blockade Solidarity

December 13, 2012 in Endorsement, Event

Occupy Denver Calls On All Available Occupy Networks to Mobilize Against Keystone XL Pipeline January 7th.

Occupy Denver stands in solidarity with The Tar Sands Blockade, and is calling for national and international mobilization and solidarity actions against the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. Tar sands giant TransCanada has begun construction on the southern leg of the Keystone XL. Leading NASA Climate Scientist James Hansen has called the Keystone XL “game over” for the climate, and Americans are already feeling the heat. The pipeline will make TransCanada rich while encroaching on ranch lands, poisoning Texas’ working class communities, and destroying the environment that makes the lone star state so beautiful.

Kick off the new year by demonstrating your resistance to Keystone XL!

Join us for another mass action in Southeast Texas on Monday, January 7th, including a 3 day training camp leading up to the big event. Our trainings and events are open and include roles for everyone ready to defend our homes from toxic tar sands.

RSVP right now so we can know how many people to expect.

SCHEDULE (Jan. 3rd – 8th):

Thursday, Jan. 3rd – Travel & Arrival
Friday, Jan. 4th – Day 1: Direct Action Training Camp
Saturday, Jan. 5th – Day 2: Direct Action Training Camp
Sunday, Jan. 6th – Day 3: Direct Action Training Camp
Monday, Jan. 7th – Mass Action to Stop Keystone XL
Tuesday, Jan. 8th – Debrief and Depart

Questions? Contact: 972-439-5310, TSBComms@riseup.net

Tar Sands Blockade is a coalition of Texas and Oklahoma landowners and climate justice organizers using peaceful and sustained civil disobedience to stop the construction of TransCanada’s Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

As a grassroots campaign, we are funded entirely by the generosity of individual donors. Meaning that every dollar of your contribution goes directly into stopping TransCanada and the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline where it matters most. The Tar Sands Blockade is one of the most important resistance actions in the nation. If you can’t join us, you can still help. Please consider donating.

Wish List tarsandsblockade.org/donate-3/wishlist/

We pay wepay.com/donations/tsbdonate

And please join our E-Action to help continue to spread awareness and support our people on the ground.

Together we have the power to stop this toxic tar sands pipeline!

11/23: Support Walmart Strikes on Black Friday

November 15, 2012 in Endorsement, Event

Occupy Denver stands in solidarity with striking and organizing Walmart workers on Black Friday!

This Black Friday . . . Walmart Workers across the country are Striking! Can We Count On Your Support?

Hundreds of stores across the country are holding Black Friday Events. Here’s what you can do in Colorado to stand with these brave workers. Let’s show our support and solidarity for striking workers standing up against the largest company in the world. Walmart associates are potentially risking their livelihoods and foregoing overtime and holiday pay when they strike on Black Friday.

Walmart Super Center
Colfax Avenue & Wadsworth Boulevard
Lakewood, CO
8AM – 10AM
Friday, November 23, 2012

Download flyer (pdf)

Please contact Alain Tshimanga or Julie Gonzales at (303) 425-0897 x306 to confirm your commitment to volunteer to support Walmart associates.

Go to http://www.ufcw7.org/index.php/organize/anti-walmart-campaign/ to sign up!

For more information about Black Friday events,
go to www.ChangeWalmart.org #walmartstrikers

11/20: Transgender Day of Remembrance 2012

November 8, 2012 in Endorsement, Event

Occupy Denver’s General Assembly unanimously endorsed Transgender Day of Remembrance hosted by The Gender Identity Center of Colorado.

When: November 20, 7pm to 9pm
Where: Jefferson Unitarian Church, 14350 W 32nd Ave, Golden Co 80401

Refreshment will follow the vigil.

About Transgender Day of Remembrance

“The Transgender Day of Remembrance was set aside to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. The event is held in November to honor Rita Hester, whose murder on November 28th, 1998 kicked off the “Remembering Our Dead” web project and a San Francisco candlelight vigil in 1999. Rita Hester’s murder — like most anti-transgender murder cases — has yet to be solved.

We live in times more sensitive than ever to hatred based violence, especially since the events of September 11th. Yet even now, the deaths of those based on anti-transgender hatred or prejudice are largely ignored. Over the last decade, more than one person per month has died due to transgender-based hate or prejudice, regardless of any other factors in their lives. This trend shows no sign of abating.

The Transgender Day of Remembrance serves several purposes. It raises public awareness of hate crimes against transgender people, an action that current media doesn’t perform. Day of Remembrance publicly mourns and honors the lives of our brothers and sisters who might otherwise be forgotten. Through the vigil, we express love and respect for our people in the face of national indifference and hatred. Day of Remembrance reminds non-transgender people that we are their sons, daughters, parents, friends and lovers. Day of Remembrance gives our allies a chance to step forward with us and stand in vigil, memorializing those of us who’ve died by anti-transgender violence.”

From International Transgender Day of Remembrance website.

For detailed statistics about the numbers of people killed worldwide due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice, visit the March 2012 update from the Trans Murder Monitoring project.


11/10: Post “Urban Camping” Ban Homeless Surveyor Training

November 4, 2012 in Endorsement, Event

Occupy Denver’s General Assembly have endorsed the work of Denver Homeless Out Loud and given permission to post announcements at Occupy Denver.

When: Saturday, November 10, 1-3pm
Deer Pile (13th and Sherman – above City O City)

Denver Homeless Out Loud, a coalition of Denver residents and organizations working hand-in-hand with and for the homeless to challenge their criminalization in our city, is preparing to conduct a survey. The “Urban Camping” Ban Survey will gather field data on how Denver’s recent “Urban Camping” Ban is affecting the lives of homeless individuals in Denver.

The surveying will be kicking off soon and we are looking for people interested and willing to be surveyors! Surveyors need to be willing to dedicate volunteer time to surveying homeless individuals at least in November and potentially into December. Surveyors need to be able to set aside bias concerning personal opinions about the “Urban Camping” Ban in order to conduct objective surveys on the effects of this ban on homeless.

We will be holding a Surveyor Training on Saturday November 10th, 1-3pm, at the Deer Pile (13th and Sherman – above City O City). All persons interested in being a surveyor are welcome!

Below is the statement of intent for this ‘Urban Camping” Ban homeless survey. For more information on this survey project or other Denver Homeless Out Loud projects go to http://denverhomelessoutloud.org/. If you have further questions email info@denverhomelessoutloud.org.

Denver Homeless Out Loud team

Over 158 street checks for unauthorized camping impacting 386 members of the homeless community occurred in the first four months since the “Urban Camping” Ban went into effect on May 28, 2012. The Denver Police Department provided these statistics in an update to the Denver City Council on October 9. Though we know the official data regarding numbers of contacts between policy and homeless individuals, Denver stakeholders do not have data from members of the homeless community regarding how the ban is affecting their lives This survey project will allow members of the homeless community to share the impact of the ordinance on their lives.

The survey will be drafted and conducted by a coalition of homeless individuals and experienced researchers and will be conducted by trained volunteers among people on the streets who identify as homeless or houseless.

Trained interviewers will survey Members of Denver’s homeless community regarding such things as:

  • Frequency and nature of police contacts with homeless individuals
  • Result of those police contacts
  • Patterns of shelter use or non-use
  • Nature of services being offered to homeless individual
  • Whether homeless survey respondents have changed their behavior following the ban, such as by changing sleeping arrangements, daily routines, service-access, or areas of town frequented
  • Whether homeless people feel more or less safe since the ban, and why
  • Personal stories regarding experiences on the street that might shed light on the implementation of this new law.

The completed surveys will be analyzed in a report produced by University of Colorado Denver professors. This report will provide field-level data regarding how the urban camping ban is being implemented, how it is being experienced in the homeless community, how well the ban is achieving its aims, and possible problems or challenges associated with the implementation of the law. The results of this survey will provide valuable information as all parties go forward in understanding the effects of the law, and in informing future service-delivery plans or even possible legislative changes.

11/6: Occupy Sham-Election Party

November 2, 2012 in Endorsement, Event

When: Tuesday, November 6 starting at 5 pm
Where: 201 N. Tejon St., Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903 (Acacia Park)

The Occupy Sham-Election Party was endorsed by the Occupy Denver General Assembly and is hosted by Occupy Colorado Springs.

AN ELECTION NIGHT we protest the sham of American elections. People have a human right to true democratic leadership, not a farce, not a monied oligopoly where both corporate parties promise a lesser of evil outcomes. Whether you choose Romney or Obama in 2012, the result is still foreclosures, pipelines and drones. And austerity, increasing inequality, corporate hegemony, neo-liberal belligerence, injustice and war. (Will protesting election night be any less effective than casting a vote in a corporate-controlled election?)

PARTY OR PROTEST? Occupy will celebrate Election Night because that’s when otherwise politically activated citizens can stop worrying about the election and put their energies back to the issues and toward actions with real potential to provide remedies.

Join us Election Night, 5PM TUESDAY Nov. 6, to remind American voters about the real issues unaddressed by this election!

Please invite yourself, if you weren’t already, and spread the word. And yes, we’ve invited OCCUPY DENVER!

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10/23: Frack Free Colorado

October 12, 2012 in Endorsement, Event

This event was endorsed by Occupy Denver’s General Assembly on 10/11/2012.

When: October 23, 2012 from 3 to 7 p.m.
Where: Civil Park on Capitol Hill


Free concert, world-renowned speakers, good ole fashioned protesting & solutions!

Jakob Dylan & Rami Jaffee from 
The Wallflowers
Members of Elephant Revival (plus special guests)
Daryl Hannah
Mariel Hemingway
Sandra Steingraber, Scientist & Author, Raising Elijah
Anandagiri, global spiritual teacher and wisdom leader
Xiuhtezcatl of the Earth Guardians
Leilani Münter, Car Racing’s Carbon Free Girl
Russell Mendell, Mass Current
Wendy Leonard, Erie Rising
More announcements soon!
Check back for updates!

Come learn a little and boogie down for a Frack-Free Colorado!

Learn more at, http://www.frackfreeco.com/

10/20: March for a World Without the Police

October 10, 2012 in Endorsement, Event

This march is organized by the Denver Alliance for Community Self-Defense and was endorsed by Occupy Denver’s General Assembly on 10/10/2012.

Denver’s 3rd Annual International October Day of Action Against Police Brutality.

When: Saturday, October 20th, 7:00 p.m.
Sonny Lawson Park at 24th St. and Welton


Booker, Ryberg, Gidenko, Ashley, and Berlin!

Read the Full Press Release at Colorado Indymedia