Boycott Tami Door

January 5, 2014 in Event, Featured, Media

When: Sundays, 5:00 to 7:30  (Will meet from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. on 1/5/14 due to the march in the evening).

Where: 2068 Locust Street, Denver CO 80207

Come join us as we protest at the home of Tami Door, CEO of the Downtown Denver Partnership (DDP). The DDP promoted and helped push through the Urban Camping Ban, and Tami Door took the lead in doing so. Freedom of Information Act requests show communications between her and Albus Brooks sharing how big businesses interested in purchasing property in Denver were turned off by seeing homeless people on 16th Street Mall, to which Albus Brooks: Denver City Councilman replied, “Dear Lord!”

Brooks’ shock was not at the crisis of homelessness in Denver, but that anyone in business should have to witness that crisis. He and Door both believe our homeless community should be neither seen, nor heard, and, in fact, not even covered by so much as a blanket. They continue to support the ban they created, even after it has failed to achieve many of the stated goals, such as helping homeless individuals to get more services. Instead, people forced to live on the streets are getting less sleep, more police harassment, and live with more fear (see the Report From the Streets at www.denverhomelessoutloud.org).

Two business members of the DDP have come out against the Urban Camping Ban, calling on the Mayor and City Council members to amend or repeal it, given its many failures. We now call on it’s biggest proponent, CEO Tami Door, to recognize what her own DDP members have recognized: the Urban Camping Ban has not met its most basic promises and needs to be repealed.

Fridays: Boycott The Tattered Cover

January 5, 2014 in Event, Featured, Press

When: Every Friday night, 5:30 p.m.

Where: 1628 16th Street, Denver, CO 80202

 

Every Friday we Boycott at the Tattered Cover Bookstore. They have refused to come out against the Urban Camping Ban. They have taken a side in support of the Ban by refusing to do so and by being a member of the Downtown Denver Partnership.

This is a human issue, not the false political issue it has been turned into by the Downtown Denver Partnership, which is nothing more than greedy Denver corporations who control Denver’s politics, rather than the citizens.

Tattered Cover has chosen profits over the well-being of their fellow citizens. They should be ashamed of themselves!

http://www.downtowndenver.org/html/badbusiness_0.html

We Are Everywhere!

September 7, 2013 in Featured

Today’s uprisings may be the harbinger of a new era of radical democratic aspirations in which autonomous movements could come to play a central role.

We Are Everywhere!
The Autonomous Roots of the
Real Democracy Movement

By Jérôme E. Roos and Leonidas Oikonomakis
European University Institute

ABSTRACT:

The years since 2011 have witnessed the (re-)birth of a global cycle of struggles around the issue of democracy. With the representative institutions of liberal democracy in crisis, social movements appear to be increasingly moving away from claims-based and state-oriented contention towards a global project of autonomy. In this article, we focus on those movements that have articulated a critique of representation and expressed a desire to radically transform democratic processes from below. Referring to the ensemble of these struggles as the Real Democracy Movement (RDM), we set out to trace its autonomous roots in the Global Justice Movement, the Zapatista uprising and the long-standing traditions of anarchism, autonomism and anti-authoritarianism more generally. We identify five specific elements that characterize the RDM: (1) its autonomy from the state; (2) its commitment to horizontalism and direct democracy; (3) its emphasis on direct action; (4) its method of occupation; and (5) its embrace of prefigurative politics. We conclude that the analytical framework of contentious politics may not be able to fully appreciate the nature and significance of the RDM as an autonomous movement and prefer instead to speak of a politics of resistance and prefiguration. Far from being a mere call for attention, the RDM may be the harbinger of a new era of radical democratic aspirations in which autonomous movements could come to play a central role.

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Is There an Alternative to Capitalism?

September 7, 2013 in Featured, Teach-In

From the Arab Spring to the protests against austerity in Greece and Spain, and from the Occupy Movement to discussions within the global justice movement, people are increasingly asking whether there is a viable alternative to capitalism. This is connected to a resurgence of interest in heretofore neglected aspects of Marx’s work. Join us for a discussion of whether Marx’s critique of capital points to an alternative to both “free market” capitalism and the totalitarian regimes that called themselves “communist” in the twentieth century.

Peter Hudis is Professor of Humanities and Philosophy at Oakton Community College. He is author of Marx’s Concept of the Alternative to Capitalism and is General Editor of The Complete Works of Rosa Luxemburg. He is a member of the International Marxist-Humanist Organization.

Research Project/Survey on Occupy GAs

May 16, 2013 in Event, Featured

A team of Denver based Occupiers are conducting a large scale research project to understand Occupy GAs around the country. How many are still going? What are they like? Who attends them? What do they do?

Take our survey

The Project:

The purpose of the research is to gather information about the practices and developments of Occupy General Assembly’s across the country since September 2011. The goal is to learn how GAs have been used within the Occupy movement; to learn why some GAs continued and others discontinued; to learn what procedures and facilitation techniques worked and did not work; to learn what the demographics of Occupy GAs has been and how marginalized communities have been represented; and to compare the GA methods of different Occupies around the country.
Interviews and surveys with participants in Occupy GAs across the country will be used to gather information about the developments of GAs. Surveys will be used to gather information from a large pool of respondents from each Occupy. A smaller number of interviews will ask for more in depth explanations and stories about the processes and development of each GA.

The results will be published on interoccupy, occupy websites, and other outlets.

What we need from you:

We are looking to get as many people as possible who have participated in Occupy and attended a GA to fill out the survey about how GAs have functioned in that city. We want to get survey responses from people in Occupies that still have GAs and Occupies that do not still have GAs.
Spread the word by: mass emails, inclusion in newsletters, endorsements by GAs, facebooks posts, on Occupy websites, or any other methods. If you would like to distribute printed versions of the survey, contact us and we’ll send a printable version.

Be sure to include this link when spreading the word.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5NNHZK6

The Researchers:

This research project is being conducted by Terese Howard and Christopher Mandel. They have participated in at least 500 combined hours of Occupy Denver GAs since September 2011, and are frequent GA facilitators. Both researchers have done sociological research in academic settings before, but are proudly doing this project independent of any institutional structure.