STOP THE EMPIRE before it destroys us all
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The first of the three Presidential "debates" will take place in Denver, Colorado on October 3rd. We have no doubt that this charade will produce plenty of false promises, lies, empty platitudes and misleading statements. The conversations at these "debates" are designed to divide people into polarized camps, reinforce the illusion that we are dependent on our elected officials, and divert our attention from addressing the root problems this nation is facing. The American Empire, although few outside of academic circles would dare to call it that, is one such problem.
Join the coalition to Stop the Empire as we march to the presidential debate to let the two corporate candidates know we are finished listening to their meaningless conversations that do nothing except maintain the current power structures that are morally and fiscally bankrupting this nation and communities across the world. Democracy or the American Empire? We can't have both. The only way to avoid the fate of all empires is to admit that America is exactly that, a full-blown Empire; and to start honestly discussing and understanding within our communities why American imperialism, financial colonization and capitalism are creating more terrorism, eviscerating our Constitutional rights here at home, and violating international law abroad.
No matter which presidential candidate wins this election, the American Empire will continue to trudge on killing and terrorizing innocent civilians throughout the world, while corporations and banks, using our labor, money and resources, rapidly drive our communities into the ground. Both the Republican and Democratic Party represent the American Empire, Wall Street and the Military Industrial Complex — the true sources of the issues that both candidates purport to fix, but will continue to perpetuate.
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Getting to the Action
Stop the Empire will start at McWilliams Park, E Yale Ave & S Steele St
, at 5:30pm on Wednesday, October 3. We are advising people to arrive a little earlier, if possible, as traffic and transportation in the area could be delayed.
I-25 will be closed from Santa Fe to Hampden on October 3 from 5:00pm to 10:00pm. If you are coming to Stop The Empire, you will need to plan for this and give yourself plenty of time on alternate routes.
If you are taking the light rail, the stop at Colorado/Evans is closer to McWilliams Park than the stop at Denver University. Read more from RTD about their operations during the Presidential Debate
For those taking buses, the #24 bus runs north & south on University (this route will experience detours and delays). There is a stop at University and Yale, which is a short walk to the park. The #40 runs north & south on Colorado Blvd and it also has a stop at Colorado & Yale. There is also the #27 bus which runs east & west on Yale. This would get you right to the park, but the park is only 1/2 mile from either University or Colorado Blvd.
A vital component of the preservation and success of social movements is prisoner support, as the state uses isolation and the violence of the prison system as a means of breaking the spirit of social movements and undermining their ability to affect fundamental change. It is for this reason that Occupy Denver would like to stress the urgent need for legal funds for the October 3rd Stop the Empire march in the vicinity of the first presidential debate at the University of Denver.
The purpose of this event is to demonstrate our dissatisfaction with the two-party system and their perpetuation of imperialistic wars and unjust domestic policies. This event is expected to be heavily policed at both the local and federal levels, with a Denver Police presence, and presence of various federal agencies, such as the Department of Homeland Security. The march has the potential to yield arrests, and past experience has shown that these arrests can be arbitrary, violent, and retaliatory for those who engage in their right to freedom of expression.
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