“No Confidence Rally” Saturday, 2/11 @ Democratic Fundraiser

January 31, 2012 in Event

We will be gathering at 4PM in Civic Center Park to march downtown to The Sheraton.

At 5 PM On Saturday February 11th Occupy Denver will be holding a “no confidence” rally outside of the democratic fundraiser taking place in the Sheradon in downtown Denver.   This fundraiser is called “The Jefferson Jackson Dinner,” tickets are $125 all the way up to $10,000.  We will be holding a “no confidence” voting booth outside of the event. Participants will be invited to cast a simple vote of “no confidence” as an act of protest against the current state of our government.  Also joining us at this rally will be our comrades The Thunderdome, the radical kitchen that served up thousands of free gourmet meals to anyone who came to Occupy Denver during the first few months of the occupation. Unlike the 1% dinner taking place inside, The Thunderdome will be serving free food to everyone.

In the wake of brutal repression of Occupies across america, the passing of the National Defense Authorization Act, the militarization of the US police force and the growing rich and poor gap it has become obvious that the government is ready to go to war with its own people.  Obama, the Democrats and their “get out the vote” organizations are use the language of the Occupy movement for their own ends while ignoring the brutality that Occupiers have endured by the state that claims to protect them.  Our government cheered on protestors in Egypt, Libya, Syria, and across Eastern Europe.  When those same protests erupted in the US they slandered us in the mainstream media, threw provocateurs into our midst to disrupt our activities and attacked us brutally, repeatedly.  What we are seeing in the US is a modern reincarnation of the same social movements that got us the 8 hour work day, minimum wage, and civil rights, and our government is engaging in business as usual.  We will not stand for the phony populism on display in Washington DC.  We are not fighting for a few token gestures so we can all go home and feel good, we are engaging in a ruthless criticism of everything. Today less than 1% controls the wealth and thus the politics in this country, much of it facilitated by dinners like these.

This $10,000 fundraiser is held in a time where more people have signed up for food stamps then ever and homelessness has been nearly criminalized in Denver.  In front of Civic Center Park, many of our houseless brothers hold down the Occupation 24-7. The state has taken our tents, our structures and our sleeping bags yet our comrades on The Row have built an enduring community there.  Many folks are awoken every night with police throwing their things around and generally harassing them, this is what it has come to on the streets of Denver.  Many people ask why our homeless brothers and sisters don’t go to shelters?  Did you know that there isn’t enough beds in Denver to sleep 50% of the homeless population?  Democracy is ugly and  our government’s treatment of the least priviledged among us is despicable.

Voting is often held up as the highest form of civic duty in the US.  It is often said that if you can’t vote you can’t complain.  So join us on February 11th, you can cast your vote for no confidence with us, whether you vote no confidence in the Democrats, Obama, Capitalism, or our form of government… your voice will be heard.  If this government wishes to survive, it surely must stop selling the seat at the table to the highest bidder.

We will be gathering at 4PM in Civic Center Park to march downtown to The Sheraton.

The Rally will be taking place at The Sheradon. 1550 Court Place Denver Colorado