12/18: Teach-in: “Is There an Alternative to Capitalism?”

December 12, 2012 in Uncategorized

An Occupy Denver Teach-In by Peter Hudis

Time: Tuesday, Dec. 18, 5:30-6:45 p.m.
Location: The Deer Pile, upstairs from City O’ City, 206 East 13th Avenue (Sherman and 13th), Denver

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.

Occupy Denver Anti-Oppression Commitments

December 2, 2012 in Uncategorized

Passed by the General Assembly on November 20, 2012

Occupy Denver acknowledges oppression exists and is not here to argue for the status quo. We are creating a new culture within our own community and fighting to undermine the structures of oppression beyond it. Our goal is to be a community characterized by mutual respect and support where everyone feels safe participating in the work that emerges from our direct democratic practices.

Occupy Denver strives to empower all people to actively and collectively challenge the histories and structures of oppression that marginalize some, and divide us all. These include ableism, ageism, classism, heterosexism, racism, religious discrimination, sexism, transphobia, xenophobia, among others.

In the struggle for justice and equality for all, we are committed to listening and learning from all who are oppressed.

We will:

  • fight to dismantle all forms of oppression in our communities and our society at large.
  • do our best to provide physical and language access to Occupy Denver spaces, and make resources equally available to all.
  • not use physical violence or threats.
  • not use language that has traditionally been employed to target marginalized groups with systematic persecution for their race, sexual orientation, gender, abilities, poverty, religion etc.
  • ask permission before making physical contact with someone we don’t know, or if we don’t know their preferences and comfort levels.
  • respect each person’s expressed name and identity and their choice of whether to share that information; and do our best not to make assumptions about others’ identities based on abilities, age, class, housing status, race, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, sexuality, or appearance.
  • be aware of how prejudice and structures of oppression affect our speech and actions, including the ways power and privilege are related to race, gender, gender identity, physical ability, immigration status, wealth, and/or sexuality, among other identities.
  • show compassion and respect to each other, especially in relation to trauma, abuse and oppression.
  • agree that it’s an act of solidarity to listen and not reply right away when a person, or group of people, expresses that they feel oppressed by our words or actions.
  • acknowledge that each person comes to our space with different experiences. So while we may not intend to hurt other people by our words or actions, this can still happen.
  • not dismiss oppression.
  • encourage people to respectfully speak out against situations of oppression if they feel safe doing so. Or if they do not feel comfortable speaking up in the moment, encourage them to let someone else know, or come to our General Assembly so we can discuss as a group.
  • hold ourselves accountable as a group and ask members of our community to take responsibility for actions or words they have used that, intentionally or unintentionally, have reinforced these oppressive structures we are fighting to break down.

Occupy Denver has an official Conflict Resolution process that we encourage people to use in response to experiences of oppression they would like to resolve through mediation.

Statement to be read before each Occupy Denver action

Occupy Denver strives to empower all people to collectively challenge the structures of oppression that marginalize some, and divide us all. These include ableism, ageism, classism, heterosexism, racism, religious discrimination, sexism, transphobia, xenophobia, among others.

If you are using language or actions that have traditionally been used to target, oppress or hurt specific marginalized groups, you will be called out. We do not tolerate further oppression as we fight to dismantle the current structures.

We encourage people to respectfully speak up in situations of oppression if they feel safe doing so. Or if you don’t feel comfortable confronting someone in the moment, please make sure others here are made aware. Also our weekly General Assembly is always open to discuss any circumstances that take away from our events being a safe space for all.

11/16: International Call for Solidarity for the NW Grand Jury Resisters

November 15, 2012 in Uncategorized

As opponents of federal repression around the world act in solidarity with the resisters of the grand jury anarchist witch hunt, let’s show some mile high support

Friday 11/16 @4pm come gather at Civic Center Park to write letters to KteeO and Matt Duran and some more of the state’s most recent political captives. At 5pm folks will head out to make some noise and share some information. The plan will be decided by consensus so just show up and we will figure it out from there!

What you can bring:
paper
pens
stamps
envelopes
addresses/stories of any other state captives you would like to bring attention to
food to share
drums/instruments/other noisemakers
yourself and as many friends as you can
Facebook Event

Spread the word, more info here:
interoccupy
saynothing
supportresist
stopfbi
nopoliticalrepression


If you can’t make it to the event please write letters! SOLIDARITY

Katherine Olejnik #42592-086
FDC SeaTac,
P.O. Box 13900
Seattle, WA 98198

Matthew Kyle Duran #42565-086
FDC SeaTac
P.O. Box 13900
Seattle, WA 98198

10/29: Protest US Bank; Foreclosure Occupation Continues

October 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

Occupy Denver Joins The Occupy Our Homes Movement Defending Homeowner Facing Eviction.

When:   Noon – 2pm

Where:  US Bank Main Office, 950 17th Street, Denver, CO 80202

What:   Tell US Bank to give Sahara Donahue 60 days so she can leave her house with dignity.

After The Protest:

Car pool to Sahara’s house at 170 Peaceful Valley Lane, Idaho Springs, CO, 80452 for an over-night Occupation as the eviction is rumored to be scheduled Tuesday mourning.  Floor space is available.  Bring sleeping bags, warm clothes, video cameras, live streams, noisemakers, musical instruments, banners, food and water for yourself and to share.

Please e-mail idahospringsoccupation@gmail.com if you need transportation or to help organize a car pool, we want to make sure that everyone who wants to participate in this action has the opportunity.

Facebook event here http://www.facebook.com/events/482835895071904/

Please contact Chris at 720-291-4267 or email outreach@occupydenver.org for more details. And for those who cannot attend the direct action, please call the Clear Creek County Sheriff’s Office (303) 679-2376 to demand that they allow Sahara the 60 days she needs to make this difficult transition.

Join Occupy Denver and Idaho Springs homeowner Sahara Donahue in defending her home against eviction by U.S. Bank. Sahara has been defending her right to her home of 24 years through court battles dating back to December of 2010. During that time, her mortgage has changed hands multiple times, leaving an undocumented and illegal trail of title transfers that give her the legal basis to challenge within the courts. Having recently lost her lawyer in the case, she received a summary judgment in U.S. Bank’s favor and is now facing immediate eviction. Sahara reached out to Occupy Denver through the Colorado Foreclosure Resistance Coalition. She is asking for 60 days in which to move with dignity. Occupy Denver has set up an occupation to defend her right to remain long enough to find a new home and to move safely from her small mountain community in Idaho Springs, where she has been an active volunteer and close friend to the residents there. Occupy Denver is urging all community members to aid Sahara is resisting eviction.  We have received word that the local community radio station KGNU and the Huffington Post will be covering this story on site.  We are in communication with local attorneys who have successfully opposed such fraudulent, illegal foreclosure actions by the banks. Community members in Idaho Springs, along with Occupy Denver, plan to petition local law enforcement to have the decency to allow Sahara the chance to move safely from her home as winter sets in.

10/8: Transform Columbus Day 2012 – Pueblo, CO

October 4, 2012 in Uncategorized

Columbus day must be stopped. We will not stand to continue to live in the legacy and celebration of a man responsible for torture and enslavement of people on the island of Hispaniola and for initiating the murders of millions of indigenous people, bringing widespread slave trade to the Americas, and promoting a philosophy of domination of other peoples, of the environment, of other belief systems, and of women by men that persist today. Occupy Denver calls all people to join the American Indian Movement Monday October 8th at 9am in Pueblo, where Columbus day was first celebrated, to say no more. We want a future where our children are taught the true stories of this land, where Columbus’s racist legacy is squashed, and where indigenous people’s rights and land are recognized.

A bus will be picking people up and leaving from Denver on Monday morning. Meet at La Alma Park (also known as Lincoln Park on some maps) at West 11th Avenue and Mariposa Street in the parking lot by the play ground, at 7am. Bus leaves at 7:15am so be on time! $0-10 sliding scale for gas coasts. The more people you bring with you the cheaper gas will be! Click to join the Facebook Event
The van pool is scheduled to arrive in Pueblo, Colorado for the demonstration commencing 9am at Henkle Park on Abriendo Avenue, between Ramona and Penn Streets

In protesting Columbus day we reiterate the demands set forth in the Indigenous Platform which Occupy Denver endorsed one year ago on October 8th. Let us not forget these demands…

By saying NO to Columbus and his day we are saying YES to a new future of mutual respect, collaboration, and equality,
a future that respects…

  • the rights of indigenous peoples
  • the natural environment
  • democratic & economic justice
  • gender equity over global patriarchy
  • free and equal speech over hate speech

Download Columbus Day Protest Flyer (pdf)

After the Protest

Teach-in by Glenn T. Morris, an American Indian Activist.

7-17-12 General Assembly Minutes

July 17, 2012 in Meeting minutes, Uncategorized

Announcements:

Fundraiser for Karyn Friday 6:30 27 Social Center (Movies – CoIntell Pro and Inside job

Slut Walk Saturday

Foreclosures – some folks may need help fighting the foreclosure on their home

Health Care for All Colorado event Saturday morning

November is Homeless month according to Governor Hickenlooper

Deep Green Resistance film screening of White Clay, Thurs 7pm at Left Hand Books

Alonzo Ashley Vigil – against Police Brutality, Wednesday at 7:30 Denver Zoo

Zapatisa Teach-in at Deer Pile 5:30

July 29th feed for homeless at Triangle Park

Free Karyn Buttons for sale 2$

 

Agenda Items:

People’s Debate

Conference Sept 29th or 30th – details to be worked out

Oct 3rd presidential debate conference

People’s conference (Roya)

National call out to Stop the Empire (Tim)

-Have to look for own housing and food… conference not gathering

Blocks 0, Abstentions 2, No 0, Yes 27.

 

Occupy the Hood Proposal to Endorse:

National Gathering this weekend in Atlanta GA

Blocks 0, Abstentions 0, No 0, Yes 23

Occupy the Neighborhoods was discussed.

 

Future Events

Proposal for nation wide call out for (yet to be determined) actions against the empire – under the banner of “stop the empire”) – demonstrations targeting military industrial complex in Sept. (pickets blockades or direct actions…) (email chain will come up with definition of empire)

-Modeled off of shut down the corporations that Portland did

-Empire as push but not the exclusion of political corruption…

-Economic argument about empire, military industrial complex

Blocks 0, Abstentions 4, No 0, Yes 23

 

Proposal to move GA to Civic Center Side of Park

Blocks 0, Abstentions 0, No 1, Yes 25

7-10-12 General Assembly Minutes

July 10, 2012 in Meeting minutes, Uncategorized

Announcements:

Social Forum posted on web. EcoFarms

Agenda Items:

Proposal to endorse a group protesting the dictatorship of Sudan. This group marches every (Sat or Sun) at the State Capitol. Proposal tabled will take to breakout discussion to find out more information.

National Gathering was discussed.

Breakout groups:

Socialist forum has a group from Quebec protests want to come to Denver.

Legal

Outreach

Being Co-Opted

Ongoing: Campaign for an American Dream comes to Denver

June 6, 2012 in Uncategorized

Due to the time-sensitive nature of this alert, this solidarity action has not been passed by our General Assembly.

The Occupy Denver Direct Action Working Group has called for solidarity with the Campaign for an American Dream. They are on a 3,000 mile trek from the Golden Gate Bridge to Washington, D.C. and have stopped by Denver today to occupy the Obama for America Campaign Headquarters at 77 W 9th Ave., Denver, CO. As of 11:30am on June 6, multiple protestors have been inside campaign headquarters since 5:30pm on June 5, causing campaign staff to sleep with them inside, rather than risk a confrontation with the police. At least two protestors inside are in the middle of a hunger strike, urging President Obama to sign an executive order that will stop deporting persons that would qualify for protection under the DREAM Act. Please come show your support today!

Livestreams of this event:


Live stream by Ustream

Streaming live video by Ustream

Photo from inside on June 5:

Printed below is a press release from Campaign for an American Dream, describing this action:


Undocumented Youth Face Possible Deportation in Denver while Demanding an Executive Order at Obama’s Campaign Office
by Jonatan Martinez (478) 957-5296, Jonatan.martinez@gmail.com

Civil Disobedience Action in Denver

DENVER – Undocumented immigrant youth walking from San Francisco to Washington, D.C. are sitting in the Obama campaign office this instance on 9th Avenue and Broadway. They are asking that his administration stop the deportations of DREAM Act-eligible youth by signing an executive order and they are not going to leave until it happens. We are on a hunger strike!

“With Deportations on the rise and Secure Communities recently implemented in the state of Colorado, We cannot just sit back and wait!” said Veronica Gomez, an undocumented student with Campaign for an American Dream (CAD), which is walking across the country to raise awareness about immigrant rights. “The immigrant community in Colorado needs to know that we have a voice in this country, that we are not criminals, and we deserve a pathway to legalization.”

CAD, along with the group Colorado, Organize, Resist, Escalate (COORE) will deliver a letter to the Obama Campaign office followed by a “Coming out of the Shadows” rally where undocumented immigrants will publicly declare their status.

“If they want the Latino vote in Colorado, they must show the community what they are doing for us. We are asking them to stop the deportation of all DREAM eligible youth!” said Javier Hernandez, an undocumented immigrant living in Colorado and member of COORE.

Despite the memo authored by Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director John Morton explaining that ICE is supposed to focus its resources on deporting criminals, DREAM-eligible youth are being put in deportation proceedings nationwide. We need the strength of an executive order to stop our deportations.

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CAD’s mission is to walk across the nation from San Francisco to D.C creating dialogue around the passage of the DREAM Act and fixing our broken immigration system with the values of equality, unity, and diversity. CAD believe’s all people are equal, all those who are oppressed should be united, and our daily lives and the Campaign itself highlight diversity.


June 16 – Social Forum: Build a Just and Sustainable World

June 5, 2012 in Uncategorized

Join us for the second social forum where you can attend a couple workshops, share a potluck lunch and then discuss our learning in an open forum.

When: Saturday, June 16, 2012 at 9:00am
Where: Kirk of Bonnie Brae / 1201 S. Steele St., Denver, CO 80210

Time Description
9:00am (*) A) Why and How to Compost? It is important to make a difference for the environment. This workshop will discuss the composting process. How to produce a nutrient-rich mixture for your garden and save money. What and what not to compost?
B) How to End Foreclosure Fraud? This workshop will discuss the foreclosure crisis and home repossessions performed on the basis of fraud and dubious paperwork. How can we end foreclosure fraud and return due process and property rights to Colorado?
10:30am Move to Amend- Two years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that the corporations are people, and corporate money is “speech.” This workshop will discuss the effect of Citizen United and how to amend the Constitution to prohibit corporate personhood.
12:00pm Potluck – Bring a healthy dish to share. If unable, please come anyway
12:30pm Open Forum to discuss learning and choosing the next step

(*) From 9-10:30 am, select between workshops A or B

All workshops are Free. For more information, please email Roya.


Download as a PDF

Tax Justice Day – April 14th, 2012

April 5, 2012 in Uncategorized

Tax Justice Day

A day of informational talks, teach-ins and action to inform and educate the public of the injustice that tax systems impose upon the community. In addition to information on these injustices, strategies to resist the tax system will also be presented.

When:  12:00pm, Saturday, April 14th, 2012

Where:  Veterans Monument Obelisk in Lincoln Park, 1440 Lincoln St, Denver, CO 80202

Informational Talks and Teach-ins to include:William Corbett tax quote.

Brief History of Tax and a Look at America’s Tax System Today: First historical facts will be presented with various viewpoints on taxes from the ancient times forward to modern America. Then a look into America’s current tax system that places the burden of the economic load on the middle and lower classes while the rich get all the breaks. All manner of modern American taxes and viewpoints on them will be covered throughout this talk.

Current Lack of Rational Government Budgeting and Spending in America: Government spending oversight controlled by the 1%, debts, and budget deficits. A look into biased and wasteful budgeting of funds by Federal, State, and Local governments including unchecked spending in areas benefiting the 1% vs. cuts to areas that benefit the 99%.

Tax Resistance: Why wait? Join the Movement Today: In this teach-in the history, reasons and viewpoints of tax resistance will be covered with an emphasis on methods of modern American tax resistance. Various resistance strategies for the modern American tax system will be considered.

More Talks, Teach-ins, and Actions to be announced.

Tax Justice Day

Where:  Veterans Monument Obelisk in Lincoln Park, 1440 Lincoln St, Denver, CO 80202

When:  12:00pm, Saturday, April 14th, 2012