Toys For Tots Donation Drive

December 16, 2011 in GA resolutions, Uncategorized

The Denver Metro chapter of Toys For Tots is projected to be about 40,000 toys short of their goal for 2011, even after receiving a 25,000 toy donation this week. Occupy Denver is holding a toy drive until December 20th to help Toys For Tots reach their annual goal. Toys For Tots brings the joy of Christmas to children all across the country by giving donated toys to families in need. Without the help of Toys For Tots, these children will not receive Christmas presents this year.

There will be a donation box for toys in Civic Center Park, at the site of Occupy Denver, until the afternoon of December 20th.  Look for the box with Toys For Tots posters on it. Please bring any toys you are able to donate down to Occupy Denver and help bring Christmas to children across Colorado who will otherwise have nothing.

 
Toys for Tots Extending Deadline to Meet Need
Toys for Tots Short 70,000 Toys
 

 

 

Migrants March

December 16, 2011 in Event, Press, Uncategorized

This coming Saturday Dec. 17, 2011 Occupy Denver will be holding a rally and march in solidarity with immigrants across the country in celebration of National Immigrants Day. For generations, immigrants have been marginalized in our society, from the Irish and Italians in the 19th century to Central and South Americans in the 21st century. In an era where the world is interconnected, and globalization is a reality, it’s time to come together and stand in solidarity with each other no matter where we, or our parents, came from. Greedy bankers and the opportunistic 1% have preyed on immigrant communities for generations through racist predatory lending practices, marginalizing socioeconomic policies and many other atrocities ranging from corporate owned detention centers and seasonal visas to so called “free trade” agreements. Change is in the air. The time for action is now.

Occupy Denver stands in solidarity with the immigrant community. For too long the 1% has tried to divide us and blame immigrants for this country’s economic problems. Stand up and tell the bankers, CEO’s and politicians that we want equality and a chance to provide a better future for all of our children. Have your voices heard and let it be known that we will no longer sit idly by while the 1% strips us of our rights and robs us blind. United we stand.

Prior to the march we will be holding a teach-in on immigrant issues and more specifically how those issues relate to the economic disparity and injustices of this country. We will have a panel of voices from the immigrant community speaking, followed by break-out discussions. This teach-in panel will go from 11am-12:45pm on 12/17 in the Greek Amphitheater at Civic Center Park and will be followed by our weekly march.

First Hand Accounts of Walmart Action

December 13, 2011 in Uncategorized


video by Chun Pan

Report on the Occupy WalMart Distribution Center Rally in Loveland, Colorado -Anonymous Occupier

Grant and I arrived at approximately 10:30am at the occupy rally site. There were approximately 38 protesters and two pup tents. We saw police cars from Larimer County Sheriff’s Department, City of Loveland, and City of Windsor. About 45 minutes after we arrived approximately 9 mounted police (deputies? posse?) rode out of the east past the distribution center, and turned left onto the driveway of another business and disappeared around the buildings. More protesters were arriving and a group from Denver arrived with food which they shared with everyone. A couple more pup tents were put up. Many of the vehicles driving on Crossroad Blvd. honked in support as did several truckers.

The police and sheriff’s deputies were not in riot gear and were polite and friendly. I spoke with occupiers from Greeley, Loveland, Boulder, Denver, and Longmont. One of the Greeley occupiers told me the police in Greeley were very accommodating and they were given electricity for their tents. He said the fire department was also very helpful and supportive and the Rio Grande restaurant delivered hot drinks to them. He was very pleased with Greeley’s response.

Some of the protesters from Denver announced they were going to stop the trucks from leaving the WalMart center and if we didn’t want to be involved in the action we should stand across from the area of the blockade and hold our signs, yell slogans, and be witnesses to the event. Following another 45 minutes a group of about 30 protesters moved across the street to the area that was selected to block the road. There was one man at the rally with a camera and recorder who was trying to provoke a fight. He was calling people liars and being hostile. Some, including some of the Longmont protesters, had a few words with him and once he was recognized for what he was–a provacateur, he left the area. We then saw the mounted officers returning from behind the building. We saw several black vehicles loaded with swat team members in black swat team clothing arrive at the scene. They had guns in the vehicles.

Some time prior to this, one of our Longmont protesters was crossing the street with others and was singled out to be arrested. He was handcuffed and taken to a building away from the site, ticketed, and then released. He was very shaken by the ordeal! Then later while he was trying to leave to get to a doctors appointment he was ticketed again for parking in a no parking area. Grant went to help him and pointed out to the police officer there was not a” no parking” sign where he had parked. The policeman stated there was a “parking sign” about 50 feet away from where he had parked. It is in our opinion both incidents were very unfair and ridiculous. The poor man was heading to the doctor for a follow up from last months heart surgery when he was ticketed the second time.

During the protest two of the Longmont protesters were interviewed: One by KGNU and one by Fox News. The Fox News reporter said he had been to several rallies and this was the first time he had interviewed someone who was knowledable and could articulate the reasons why we were protesting! Well done, Don!

We counted approximately 35-40 police in one form or another at the site of the blockade. We estimated the total number of protesters at the time of the blockade to be about 60. The 6 protesters who volunteered to block the road were very brave and when arrested some other protesters took their place. We believe between 7-10 protesters were arrested. Some of the protesters were put down on the pavement face first and handcuffed and dragged away, others were handcuffed while standing and taken away. The protesters had written their names and telephone numbers on their arms prior to the blockade. Other protesters had assured them they would make calls to whomever to get them out of jail. Protesters yelled slogans and chanted. The mounted police rode in and moved the group of protesters away from the blockade. The horses were calm. I had yelled out to the riders that the horses loved the 99%! The riders looked at me like I was a nut case.

During the blockade Crossroads Blvd was completely blocked off and no vehicles were allowed in or out. Fox, Channel 9 and Channel 4 were taping. Many other people were taking pictures and recording. I believe there were some reporters from newspapers, too. All in all it was a peaceful rally in spite of all the arrests. I think the rally made a statement and was a success. We even had a policeman from Loveland ask what was our reasoning for the rally and we told him. He seemed satisfied with the answer. I believe he was taping our response on his cell phone. We told him and his partner they were also the 99% and we were rallying for them, too. The partner said he understood and remarked that we were all the 99%.

Promo Video About Walmart Action On 12/12

December 8, 2011 in Uncategorized

Video by Chun Pan

12/10 Occupy Denver “Workers Rights” March

December 8, 2011 in Event, GA resolutions, Press, Uncategorized

Occupy Denver is theming it’s march this Saturday 12/10 around Worker’s and Union’s Rights, in order to highlight the disparity between the beleaguered majority and the Oligarchic 1%. In the United States, the average CEO has the same salary as over 750 minimum wage workers combined. [1] At Occupy Denver, we find this to be outrageous. As workers and active contributors to society, we stand in solidarity with the workers and Labor Unions of the world, and invite everyone to rally and march with us this Saturday at 12pm in Civic Center Park. We look forward to hearing everyone’s stories decrying the socioeconomic disparity in our working sector.

[1] http://www.aflcio.org/corporatewatch/paywatch/paydisparityratio.cfm

12/12 Walmart Action, In Solidarity With West Coast Port Shutdowns

December 2, 2011 in Uncategorized

Considering the coordinated attacks on the Occupations and attacks on workers:

Occupy Denver stands in solidarity with our brothers and sisters who will be protesting the abuses of the economic apparatus of the 1% on Dec 12.

The wanton pursuit of profit at the expense of human values by multinational corporations with no local grounding has destroyed communities throughout the world, disregarded workers’ natural rights, eliminated production jobs in the United States and sweatshops abroad, and lowered the standard of living for all, only to enrich the wealthy by manipulating the laws and base corruption. At the same time, coordinated nationwide police attacks have turned our cities into battlegrounds in an effort to disrupt our Occupy movement, which is protesting this state of affairs while our politicians are neglecting the very serious issues we are raising.

We call on every occupation to organize a mass mobilization on December 12 in support of the actions taken across the US, especially those on the West Coast against Goldman Sachs and other bankers.

On 12/12 Occupy Denver will be rallying at the Walmart Distribution Center, 7500 Crossroads Boulevard, Loveland, Colorado, in order to illustrate the problems with a globalization solely based on the interests of multi-national corporations and total disregard for human values or human beings.

More information on West Coast Port Shutdowns here.

Community Building Potlock @ 7PM Tonight @ Occupy Denver (12/1)

December 1, 2011 in Uncategorized

Tonight Occupy Denver is holding its “community building” open forum @ 7PM at Civic Center Park.  It will also be a potlock!  Come on down, get involved!  Meet some folks who are on committees and see what other occupiers have been up to!

 

1st ever ‘Get Involved Night’ notes

November 30, 2011 in Uncategorized

1st Get Involved Night at GA

New structure for Ga’s: Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Get Involved Nights: Tuesday, Thursday

General Announcements

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OCCUPY DENVER HOLDS MARCH AND RALLY ADDRESSING THE HOUSING CRISIS AND RESULTING HOUSELESSNESS

November 30, 2011 in GA resolutions, Press, Uncategorized

Foreclosures equal homelessness. End foreclosures now. Stop corrupt bankers from kicking families out of their homes.

Occupy Denver is holding a march and rally drawing attention to the ongoing housing crisis caused by the 1% and the resulting increase of homeless families here in Denver. We are asking for the 99% to join us on Saturday Dec. 3 at Civic Center Park to stand up in solidarity with victims of the housing crisis. We will be inviting families who have lost their homes in the foreclosure crisis to share their stories in an open forum starting at 11:30am before the march.

Occupy Denver is currently looking for more individuals or families who are facing foreclosure or have been been foreclosed on. We would like to make sure that you have the opportunity to share your stories and your solutions at the rally this Saturday. Occupy Denver and other Occupations around the country are going to do what we can to stop foreclosures. Please email us at general@occupy.org to make sure your story can be shared.

The “mainstream media” has been asking what has brought us into the streets (as if they don’t already know). In 2008 the housing bubble burst and the markets crashed – the depression began. Banks had bundled our mortgages into complex packages and sold them to global bankers. Once their house of cards fell, we fell out of our houses. The foreclosures began, but the arrests of those responsible never happened. It’s time to address the roots of our problems, hold those responsible accountable and lend a hand to those in need during the holiday season and beyond.

The largest growing demographic of homeless people in Denver are families. Many Denver families are facing foreclosures during the holiday season. Governor Hickenlooper has a 10 year plan to end homelessness – we can’t wait ten years. The problems we face are too enormous to wait any longer. We are taking action. Working together to build a community, taking care of those in need and standing up together for the 99%. Its time to stand up and occupy our neighbors’ yards when the banks come to take our homes. Occupy Foreclosures.

Let’s brave the cold weather together and show solidarity with those who have lost everything during this crisis. United we stand. Stand up as one and demand an end to foreclosures, let families stay in their homes this holiday season. And for those who are already without a home, let’s come together and do what we can to provide them with opportunities. We invite the public to stay after the noon march and take part in an open forum on solutions. For those interested in learning what it is like and how to live houseless there will be an Urban Camping seminar at 4p.m. If you want to be an occupier but can’t occupy 24/7, we invite you this Saturday night to come occupy Civic Center Park with us.

In addition, Occupy Denver will be participating in the Occupy Foreclosures action in coordination with Occupations across America on December 6. Stay tuned for more details.

Move To Amend Vote This Wednesday 11/30

November 29, 2011 in Draft Proposals, Uncategorized

On Monday, November 28, a representative from Move To Amend participated in the General Assembly and proposed Occupy Denver endorse Move To Amend’s Amendment intended to curb the pernicious effects of corporate personhood.

Here is the language of their amendment:

Section 1 [Corporations are not people and can be regulated]

The rights protected by the Constitution of the United States are the rights of natural persons only.

Artificial entities, such as corporations, limited liability companies, and other entities, established by the laws of any State, the United States, or any foreign state shall have no rights under this Constitution and are subject to regulation by the People, through Federal, State, or local law.

The privileges of artificial entities shall be determined by the People, through Federal, State, or local law, and shall not be construed to be inherent or inalienable.

Section 2 [Money is not speech and can be regulated]

Federal, State and local government shall regulate, limit, or prohibit contributions and expenditures, including a candidate’s own contributions and expenditures, for the purpose of influencing in any way the election of any candidate for public office or any ballot measure.

Federal, State and local government shall require that any permissible contributions and expenditures be publicly disclosed.

The judiciary shall not construe the spending of money to influence elections to be speech under the First Amendment.

Section 3

Nothing contained in this amendment shall be construed to abridge the freedom of the press.

The vote was tabled until Wednesday 7:00pm. Please read the language, go to their site, investigate the issue and come participate in the vote on Wednesday.

Occupy Denver was endorsed by Move To Amend Colorado.