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Occupy Denver Saturday March for Constitutional Rights   2 years 16 weeks ago

Nathen, I think you did a very good job on the video, thanks for the report and your work.

Thousands Headed to NYC for Wall Street Occupation   2 years 17 weeks ago

Good post

Denver ABC Statement on Occupy Denver   2 years 18 weeks ago

I have met some good people at the OD marches and rallies and have made several alliances as well. Having said that it comes at a high price. I have witnessed first hand the energy that DABC has expended and done what I could in my limited way to assist them with some feelings of trepidation at doing so.

Occupy Denver is made up of people who have at best (this is a generality and comes with all the limitations and exceptions that generalities come with) have both a limited understanding of issues as well as a myopic view of anyone who is not white, and once middle class. My impression has been that the movement in motivated by anger at middle class people loosing opportunity and falling from the middle class. Yes there are a few people who saw broader social and economic issues and the need to make a system that did not exploit the poor, a system that did not use prisons as a means of social control, and a system that was not dominated by a few robber barons at the top making wage slaves of all beneath them. These where a minority!

Most of the organizers still believe that capitalism works. Most of these organizers do not see our justice system as a means of oppressing the poor - to me it is like a cheep whore who demands that one pay it for service or get second class justice. Most of the organizers do not see the very chains of oppression that bind them to servitude and wage slavery.

Why is this? Because these are people who have until recently never had these issues. These are people who have never felt the harsh whip of oppression because they themselves where once middle class and good servants who now find that their master has turned them out. They do not even see the slave status that they where bound up in and like a good slave they will run to the next master or back to the old one because it is what they know.

Having said this some did see. Some who started off saying that the police are part of the 99% where not saying it weeks latter. Some did learn. It may well take a lot more to open the eyes of the majority. DABC has done a lot. DABC has done more then most in fact and should not feel any remorse in its decision to pull back a little. There will be other times and places.

To the slaves who read this my words may sound harsh.

Denver ABC Statement on Occupy Denver   2 years 18 weeks ago

...I have also noted censorship of anarchist-inspired messages, verbal abuse of ABC members, and ridiculous pro-police propaganda distributed at OD, some of it printed on paper with the OD logo.

I am led to wonder how people who only recently discovered that there are any problems worth protesting can be so abusive toward those who have been long aware and have given years of their lives toward building support systems for those of us trying to bring positive change.

As a formerly homeless person, I am extremely grateful to the anarchist community and to people everywhere who devote their talents and energies to fighting oppression.  As a student of social movements and longtime activist, I am proud to have such allies.

With dudes like these, who needs The Patriarchy? Why I left Occupy Denver.   2 years 21 weeks ago

I have to say, as a frequent participant of Occupy Denver (OD), not representing any particular group and only my own viewpoint, that I have also witnessed mysogynistic behaviors at OD that are not only disturbing, but speak volumes about why the demographics of the crowd at OD do not reflect a true contrast with that of the founding of the United States itself. It is still mostly white males in control, and the only difference is that property ownership is at a significantly lower rate. White, male property owners dominated the founding of the United States, and OD is dominated for the most part by white males, though most of them do not own production property. I think the difference is irrelevant if those in dominant positions are unwilling to even reflect on their own power and privilege. Whether they own alienable property or not is beside the point, in other words, and were they to assume roles of real power we really couldn't be surprised to see them revisit the same oppressive behaviors, and still impose unjust policy in the same light. What troubles me now is that Denver Anarchist Black Cross has been so supportive of victims of police brutality at OD, for which DABC deserves props like never before, but that ungrateful OD participants don't even take that as a sign to consider their own personal positions on issues of gender and racial disparities. Many with OD have been unruly, hostile and provocative toward the media and police and those who behave in this way, by and large, are not only not anarchists but they are the very same mysogynist jerks who demean the best of their own side of the fence, those who spend time, money and resources, and even risk their own safety and freedom, to support the OD movement as a whole.

 

The Denver Police and their corporate media lapdogs have already decided that their line is to blame anarchists for everything bad that may be attributed to OD via their claim that anarchists have somehow taken over OD. The irony is, I suppose, that the actual anarchists involved there have been the only ones to display such extraordinary levels of mutual aid, mutual respect, and self-discipline. My fear is that at-large anarchists will be blamed for behaviors that directly contradict anarchism itself, and it is the behavior of those mysogynists that is more justifiably to be scrutinized, by anyone, but to pin that behavior on anarchists is a practice of misrepresentation of anarchist ideas and viewpoints yet again by the corporate media. In other words, what justifiably would be bad public relations for white, male, right-wing mysogy-prone groups that have been strangely deeply involved in OD, is actually being spun by the corporate press against anarchists overall. Historically I wonder how much of peoples' understanding of anarchism is misunderstood, or simply mistaken out of innocent ignorance, and how much of this history of misunderstanding was constructed intentionally by opponents with clear agendas. The dynamics of this current view of the movement that OD is part of certainly indicate that such confusion and misunderstanding is intentionally exploited and/or fostered by arrogant corporate pigs who view anarchism with enmity. Thank you for speaking up, you are not alone and there are many who completely agree with you about this matter.

The Other Way to Occupy Denver   2 years 23 weeks ago

it's worth pointing out, should anyone try to use the addresses on the first link for shelter, that just because all of these houses are not currently occupied doesn't mean they won't be. The houses that are marked "Under Contract" upon clicking on them are houses where a buyer (though not necessarily a resident) has agreed to buy it from the bank, and are not advisable at all (though still a good illustration of how many open homes there are in this city. Each unit should be investigated before any further motion is made, though the ones marked by rectangles instead of squares appear to be ones that are not on the market as a rule. Otherwise, solid article and glad to hear these topics being discussed.

A! Anti! Anti-capitalista! The Revenge of the Dance Party.   2 years 23 weeks ago

Hahahahahaha!

I'm so ready. The Anti-capitalist march was the best thing about Saturday. It's nice not marching with snitches and bourgie fucks.

The Other Way to Occupy Denver   2 years 24 weeks ago

Any reason this is not on the main page? It seems at least as relevant as the other articles recently posted, and has resources in it with the potential to save lives. It's way more likely to be read if it's one of the main headlines instead of just a sidebar, speaking from my own experience

Spokesperson for Occupy Wall Street may lose position with public radio   2 years 24 weeks ago

It is none of their damn business what Ms. Simeone does in her spare time.  No employer has a right to put such a condition in a worker's contract.

Remember Who Sold You Out   2 years 24 weeks ago

A political party is nothing more than an operative arm of a power base.  Historically, since early modern times, there have usually been two power bases--landed wealth and business.  About 150 years ago, those power bases began to merge.  Now, there is only one.  So now, the Dems and the Repukes both represent the same power base.  The differences between them are purely aesthetic.

What we need is not another political party, but another system.

#OccupyDurango // #DecolonizeDurango Starts Friday!   2 years 25 weeks ago

Phase two of #OccupyDurango includes continued presence in Fassbinder Park, 17th Street and Main Avenue in Durango, CO with General Assemblies held at 5:30 PM daily.

Throughout the week, we are calling on all occupiers and supporters to spread the word, recruit friends, and send the message that after being pushed out by the police last weekend, we're calling for support from the community with the intent of having enough numbers to hold our ground and stay Friday and/or Saturday nights.

Occupy Denver's march on Saturday Oct. 14   2 years 25 weeks ago

for the video described above:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMxBjxa24rw

another video about Occupy Denver confronting police on Saturday:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDT3ZvgtuWA

Thanks to Chun Pan for these videos.

Occupy Denver – Before The Eviction   2 years 25 weeks ago

Excellent report and pics.  Wish I could have been there.

GJ Activist Unearth Toxic Waste in Roosevelt National Forest   2 years 26 weeks ago

Well, these words are thoughtful, "The waste stems from a $555,071 federal contract from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, to replace outhouses at four campgrounds in both the Roosevelt and Arapahoe National Forests. The Forest Service now admits that the waste from the popular, Tunnel Campground, was instead dumped nearby in a meadow".

Fredrik Land from

geo news

"Occupy Together, The Division of a Community"   2 years 26 weeks ago

Glenn Spagnuolo, GLenn Morris, Ward CHurchill (the only one with any cajones) Richar Meyers and Tina Braxton.. My oh my the same old pacifist antagonist crew still whining and crying about non-violence and protesting.. Wake up people. We trained this generation to be desensitized to violence and we expect them to join  the whine  and the the gimmes and not persist Sorry not this time..  

Occupy Denver's march on Saturday Oct. 14   2 years 26 weeks ago

The addresses did not go through.

In Youtube, search for “Occupy Denver Storms the Capital Steps ChunPan9”, it is the video called :
“Occupy Denver Storms the Capital Steps (10/13/2011)”
 

 

 


#OccupyDurango // #DecolonizeDurango Starts Friday!   2 years 26 weeks ago

We're awaiting a response from Colorado AIM about altering the wording of the statement they proposed and #OccupyDenver ratified, and if we get the go-ahead, we'll change "Denver" to "Durango" and put it up for consensus ratification at our General Assembly this Saturday.

There's a good contingent of folks pushing a decolonization agenda down here, so that's a hopeful sign, but Durango's a pretty socio-economically privelged town, so there's always the danger that this could devolve into the global 1% (even if they're amongst the 99% in this country) being upset about the loss of privilege that has come with the beginning of the collapse of this economic system and civilization.

"Occupy Together, The Division of a Community"   2 years 26 weeks ago

I appreciate your positive and concilatory tone Molly.

"Occupy Together, The Division of a Community"   2 years 27 weeks ago

When I logged in, I received a message stating it was a one-time log-in set to expire on Oct 10.

Occupy Denver stands in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street. With this being said, I will quote something from them that also addresses this issue.

"As we gather together in solidarity to express a feeling of mass injustice, we must not
lose sight of what brought us together. We write so that all people who feel wronged by
the corporate forces of the world can know that we are your allies.

As one people, formerly divided by the color of our skin, gender, sexual orientation,

religion, or lack thereof, political party and cultural background, we acknowledge
the reality: that there is only one race, the human race, and our survival requires the
cooperation of its members; that our system must protect our rights, and upon corruption
of that system, it is up to the individuals to protect their own rights, and those of their
brethren; that a democratic government derives its just power from the people, but
corporations do not seek consent to extract wealth from the people and the Earth; and that
no true democracy is attainable when the process is determined by economic power.

We come to you at a time when corporations, which place profit over people, self-interest
over justice, and oppression over equality, run our governments. {snip}

To the people of the world,
We, the New York City General Assembly occupying Wall Street in Liberty Square, urge
you to assert your power.


Exercise your right to peaceably assemble; occupy public space; create a process to
address the problems we face, and generate solutions accessible to everyone.


To all communities that take action and form groups in the spirit of direct democracy, we
offer support, documentation, and all of the resources at our disposal.
Join us and make your voices heard!"

A Message From Occupied Wall Street (Day Five)
Published 2011-09-22 07:51:42 UTC by OccupyWallSt

 

If you agree with this, we welcome your contribution and commitment.

 

Molly

"Occupy Together, The Division of a Community"   2 years 27 weeks ago

I am one of the editors of this site.  I could not determine how or why the account of @outrage_molly became disabled, nor could I find any reason why it should be.  So I have re-activated it.

"Occupy Together, The Division of a Community"   2 years 27 weeks ago

But why is her account disabled?

"Occupy Together, The Division of a Community"   2 years 27 weeks ago

it's your movement richard.  trust whoever you want.  and the results will reflect it.

we'll continue doing what we're doing in manhattan.

"Occupy Together, The Division of a Community"   2 years 27 weeks ago

Anonymously referring to someone as cointelpro, and disparaging their organizing abilities without cause is a pretty despicable behavior. I don't agree with everything that Glenn has written, but i respect his views and i share some of his expressed concerns. I can't say the same for anyone who launches attacks from behind the veil of anonymity.

"Occupy Together, The Division of a Community"   2 years 27 weeks ago

Full disclosure. I am a co-founder of Recreate 68, a part of the Transform Columbus Day Alliance (and its offshoot the All Nations Alliance) since their inception, and a long time Denver organizer and activist involved in, among other things, work on police accountability. So I don’t think anyone should be surprised that I agree with what most of my brother Glenn says. I hate to discourage people who are becoming politically active for the first time, which seems to be the case for many of those in occupied Denver. But I too have seen the lack of respect at the GA’s for diversity of tactics, a lack of respect that has hampered organizing efforts way too often in the past. I too am disturbed by the evident ignorance on the part of those involved in OD of the long-standing efforts by many in this community to address issues of social and economic justice, and their failure to try to reach out to those—particularly indigenous communities, other communities of color, and unions—who have been at the forefront of those struggles and have been most severely impacted by the recession. Like the previous poster, I too have heard some disturbing things about the very undemocratic, and just plain unorganized, way the supposedly democratic GA’s have been run. As I say, I would and have always encouraged new people to get involved in the struggle. But they need to do so in a way that recognizes the issues Glenn raises, and that respects those who have been carrying on the struggle when it wasn’t so “trendy.” And I’m just not seeing that so far at Occupy Denver. 

"Occupy Together, The Division of a Community"   2 years 27 weeks ago

I am not here to discuss Glenn Spagnuolo.  However, I have personally seen letters from Occupy Wall Street members to members of Occupy Denver used to enforce non-violence only fundamentalist arguments.  Those website are made by a few members and do not represent brick and mortor organizations, but people who own the Occupy Denver Twitter Account as well as the website have taken positions and deleted comments, blocked members, etc.  New SDS doesn't count for much, and speaking in support can be taken out of context and does not mean that they agree with the specific organizing strategies.

 

But as to the other commentators, it's hard for people to want to go to the Friday GA given everything.  People are threatened with being "Doxed" for not promoting strict non-violence-only-fundamentalism, when that is against the Occupy New York principle of pprivacy.  Furthermore, the idea that problems with internal security should be addressed to the police by identifying those who make you insecure is deeply troubling.  Firsltly, the police operate with violence and the threat of violence in almost everything they do.   To actively solicit their help is creating violence, and not only that, the violence that you create you are also outsourcing or otherwise making the police do your dirty work for you.  Secondly, it is totally against the concept of unity, solidarity, autonomy, self-empowerment, and totally destroys solidarity.

 

When GAs have multiple facilitators, rules are bent for some and not others, decisions are not abided by, past decisions are used to brow-beat current ones, interruption is common, and people are isolating and turning on each other, etc. we should question what good coming to them can accomplish.