OCCUPY DENVER REQUESTS SOLIDARITY FROM CITY COUNCIL, PRESENTS OVER 10,000 PETITION SIGNATURES

October 26, 2011 in Press

OCCUPY DENVER REQUESTS SOLIDARITY FROM CITY COUNCIL, PRESENTS
OVER 10,000 PETITION SIGNATURES.

Over the past few days the city has issued its initial price tag
for Occupy Denver. They say they spent an exorbitant amount,
over $365,000. That is enough money to put most of the
homeless folk that they forcibly evicted from the “tent city”
in condos for a year and still have money left over to provide
Occupy Denver with electricity, portapotties, and heat for the
winter. At the very least, that money could have been used
for creating jobs or community building. According to Mayor
Hancock’s office, the money was allocated as follows: Denver
Police Department – $237,000. 
Denver Sheriff’s Department
- $116,000. 
Denver Health – $10,000. 
Public Works – $1,300 

Environmental Health – $500. We are told that the tents were
taken down for safety reasons and that they set a dangerous
precedent. We are concerned about the safety of the homeless
population as well as the Occupiers as winter encroaches. We
question the state’s demands for “safety” as we recall a massive
police presence, and the treatment of non-violent protesters
over the last week, and many others who find themselves
without a safe place to sleep at night.

This week it was announced that the Mayor seeks to ban all
downtown camping. Currently, the 16th St. Mall is one of the
few places in the city where homeless people can legally sleep
from 9pm-7am without risking arrest. This ban will make
the lives of Denver’s homeless even more difficult. The mayor
says, “We only have one downtown. We must protect the
vitality of our downtown, the city core.” Occupy Denver is in

full agreement with this statement. We must protect our city
core, which as we know, consists of many homeless veterans
and other citizens who have nowhere else to go. We are also
comprised of those who continue to occupy the downtown
area in solidarity with the global Occupy movement. Placing
a ban on “downtown camping” would attempt to hammer the
final nail into the coffin of the Occupy movement in Denver,
by making it illegal for anyone to sleep on a sidewalk, which
is where the Occupy Denver exiles are currently situated.
Mayor Hancock’s website states, “He believes in bringing
different groups together to find common-sense solutions
to complicated challenges, and he believes that by working
together we can build on our past and create a world-class city
of tomorrow, because We are all Denver.” We invite the mayor
to follow through with his commitment to find a common
sense solution to this complicated challenge, by addressing
his concerns directly with Occupy Denver. This is not a debate
over tents. We are focused on being allowed a platform by
which we may legally express our grievances.

With this in mind, we would like to draw to the state’s
attention, that as promised, we have obtained over
10,000 signatures on the petition to end arrests at Occupy
Denver. We urge the city council to pass a resolution of
solidarity with the Occupy Denver movement, and to push
the Mayor and Governor to allow us to occupy throughout
the winter. We urge the Mayor to grant a waiver of city
ordinance to Occupy Denver members to allow us to resume
our occupation without arrest.

Let us help you. We are all the 99%. By working with us on
these issues you will have the support of the people. When this

occupation movement succeeds, corporations will be paying
their fair share of tax revenue, generating more income for
state infrastructure, education, and policies to improve the
quality of life for all Coloradans. This protest, this Occupation,
is an act of free speech and peaceable assembly, protected
by the United States Constitution, and the First Amendment
has no curfew. In Los Angeles, the Mayor passed out ponchos
to occupiers and the homeless. Hundreds of police officers
in Albany refused orders to dismantle the Occupation in
upstate New York. Many other cities have given up on trying
to suppress this movement by force, we urge Denver to follow
suit.

Occupy Denver is holding a rally & march at 12PM Saturday @ The Civic Center Park. Join us.