by Don Preziosi
Brown wants you to know the Occupy Denver movement is alive and well.
told The Profile, “We are very active,
though our outreach is not very good. People think we’re leaderless, but that’s
not the case. We are working on issues surrounding foreclosures; we continue to
protest the (recently passed) camping ban; we’re involved in other issues
affecting the homeless – and since the first presidential debate will be
held here in Denver, we’re very involved with Occupy The Debates,
a nationwide movement to broaden the discussion of issues important to
For those wanting to have their voice heard
in the political dialogue, Occupy
The Debate 2012: People’s Dialogue
will be a two-day open forum discussion of critical social and political issues
to be held in downtown Denver, Fri. & Sat., Sept. 28 & 29. Occupy The Debate kicks off on Fri., 4-10p.m., in Civic Center Park with a continuing
People’s Forum, where individuals will present their priorities on the issues
facing our country and ideas for viable solutions. Planned entertainment
includes live music, slam poetry, drumming and a performance by political
comedian Lee Camp.
The exchange of ideas continues on Saturday
with a daylong conference at Central Presbyterian Church, 1660 Sherman St., 9a.m.-5p.m.
(registration begins at 8:30a.m.), featuring knowledgeable people speaking on a
variety of topics. The conference will be followed by a march to the Capitol
building at 5p.m.
Kevin Zeese has
more than 30 years experience writing, speaking, and advocating for a broad
range of issues around peace, justice and democracy. He is co-director of It’s
Our Economy, which “seeks to educate, organize and mobilize Americans to shift
the power, from concentrated capital to the people ... and create an economy
that is democratized, where people have greater control over their economic
lives and greater influence over the direction of the economy.” He’s also an
organizer of the National Occupation of Washington, DC and one of the original
organizers of Occupy Washington, DC.
Zeese echoes the
belief that the presidential debates are not only unfairly limited in their
participants, but will actually hinder an open discussion of the important issues
facing American voters.
“They’ve created a self-fulfilling prophecy,
making sure the debate stays with the two parties,” Zeese
Profile. “The Commission on
Presidential Debates is co-chaired by former Democrat and Republican chairmen;
it’s funded by alcohol, tobacco and other corporate interests. They need to be
sure the discussion stays limited, because if differing voices were heard with
so many millions watching, individuals with a radically different agenda could
become credible candidates.”
Dr. Margaret Flowers, explained that, “Kevin and I were thinking in the spring,
‘How do we make a contrast between the false conversations that are restricted
by campaign donors and the real conversations happening in the public?’ We support
Occupy Denver’s work to make that real discussion occur.”
Occupy Denver and a coalition of other
activist groups will hold a march on Oct. 3, according to spokesperson Pat
Boyle. “We’ll release the time and meet-up location the day before,” said Boyle.
“We’re calling the action ‘Stop The Empire.’ The point being that as far as the
debate, and Democrats or Republicans, whoever wins, Wall Street wins. The
military-industrial complex will win the election no matter what.”
Marchers will ignore “the free speech zone
that is often set up for such events. They pen protestors into a fenced-in area
and call it free speech, which is ridiculous. Our march will be a moving
For information about Occupy The Debate 2012, visit occupydenver.org, the Occupy
Denver Facebook page or attend an Occupy Denver general assembly meeting on
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7p.m. in Civic Center Park.