Occupy Denver and Tea Party protests make Denver America's angriest city, says Daily Beast

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There are plenty of differences between the Occupy Wall Street and Tea Party movements, as cartoonist Kenny Be pointed out in his post "Occupy Wall Street vs. the Tea Party: A visual guide." But their members' shared sense of dissatisfaction inspired The Daily Beast to use them as a barometer to determine America's ten angriest cities. And you guessed it: Denver tops the chart.

The website reached this conclusion by combining the per capita turnouts for the Tea Party's April 15, 2009 protests and the Occupy Wall Street-related demonstrations on October 15. In addition, cities had to have a population of more than 500,000 in order to have a shot at the anger championship -- and Denver, with an estimated 582,447 resisdents, snuck in under the wire, and took the title from the big boys. Here's the top-ten countdown:

10. New York City
9. Chicago, Illinois
8. Washington, D.C.
7. Las Vegas, Nevada
6. Phoenix, Arizona
5. Tucson, Arizona
4. San Francisco, California
3. Seattle, Washington
2. Portland, Oregon
1. Denver

The Beast's estimates put the April 2009 Tea Party protest attendance here at 5,000 and the October 15 Occupy Denver crowd at 2,000 -- a number at the low end of the scale. Our Kelsey Whipple gauged the later sum at 3,000, and plenty of folks suggest the actual number was closer to 4,000. Nonetheless, these digits result in a "Total protesters per million" of 12,018 -- far higher than Chicago's comparatively paltry 1,416, Tucson's 4,204 or even Portland's 8,197.

Here's the blurb explaining Denver's achievement in ire:

Denver has had high attendance for both the conservative and progressive movements that have sprung up since Barack Obama took the White House, and local politicians have started taking sides since the Occupy Wall Street protests began last month. "Plenty of people in the world are hurting right now," Denver councilwoman Susan Shepherd said yesterday. "The time is right for truthful leadership. We would be very wise to enter into productive dialogue with these folks. It's rare that 100,000 people in this country are out in the streets."

Of course, when councilwoman Shepherd spoke to Westword, she seemed inspired and optimistic about the Occupy Denver protests, not brimming with resentment and negative emotions -- and that's true of many folks we've profiled in recent days. That includes yesterday's subject, Scianda Long, who said she may be cynical about the system, but is less cynical about humanity because of her participation in Occupy Denver.

Whether these views qualify as anger is open to debate -- and that's not even to mention the latest Occupy Denver fashion accessory, the wearable protest tent. But let's not miss the forest for the trees. The most important thing is, Denver's number one again.

Right?

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More from our Occupy Denver archive: "Occupy Denver petition protests arrests, hopes for 10,000 signatures."


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Occupy Bank of Denver
Occupy Bank of Denver

Colorado Medical Marijuana Patients Need Your Help:The Bank of Denver has been Colorado’s last bank to accept Medical Marijuana business checking accounts. Their policy has been to charge an extra monthly fee for MMJ accounts but now the Bank of Denver is turning it’s back on MMJ Patients by closing all MMJ industry accounts at the end of October. What will this do for MMJ Patients? Well it will make it much more difficult for legitimate Medical Marijuana Centers to continue to decrease prices, increase quality and increase variety:-Now MMC’s will be tied down with the daily functions of trying to operate without a checking account.-Running payroll for employees and paying appropriate payroll taxes will now be much more tedious for legitimate MMC’s (MMC’s will no longer be able to use traditional payroll companies and payroll taxes will have to be paid in cash or with money orders).-Sales Tax payments will now have to be paid in cash, monthly sales tax payments typically range from $1k to $4k. This creates an unnecessary increased risk to MMC workers transporting large sums of cash.-Employees will have to be paid in cash. This will also increase an unnecessary risk to MMC employees.-All vendors will have to be paid in cash making all vendors potential targets for robbery.-MMC’s will not be able to purchase supplies via the internet with a debit card or bank account limiting the items available to MMC’s to provide outstanding patient service.-It will be harder for law enforcement to analyze the transactions of an MMC to make sure we are supporting MMC’s that are focused on patient service and compliance rather than creating an open door for illegitimate transactions.SPREAD THE WORD!! OCCUPY BANK OF DENVER MMJ PATIENTS!! WE NEED TO PROTECT OUR SICK!!!!!     

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

"It will be harder for law enforcement to analyze the transactions of an MMC to make sure we are supporting MMC’s that are focused on patient service and compliance rather than creating an open door for illegitimate transactions" -- good point; I don't believe that I will be joining your occupation.

Patients do not support the unconstitutional laws that pretended to outlaw caregivers and under which MMCs do business -- very, very few people not involved in the industry are wringing their hands over MMCs' banking woes.  Why don't you direct your entreaties to all the legislators who voted for SB10-109, HB10-1284, and HB11-1043 and see how concerned they are (not much) and what they can do for you (nothing).  I do support MMCs providing cannabis for patients, but their foundation is built on sand, and banks cannot buck Federal pressure, so the entire idea of occupying the last bank to close MMCs' accounts is daft.

Quadrophinc
Quadrophinc

These are also the places with the best micro-breweries, best pot, etc...

we have a lot to defend from Corp. interests!!! Leave Oskar Blues alone!!

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

Yes, the basis for naming us the angriest is obscure -- maybe the Daily Beast is judging from my comments.

Andy
Andy

Yeah, national newspapers always base their coverage on people sitting around in their underwear and typing comments on the internet. You're so edgy, bro!

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

I was merely speculating -- anyone who has any inkling of why we were named the angriest city, please weigh-in.

Jess
Jess

Yeah, Robert, since you constantly refer to our black mayor as Oreo, you're definitely racist enough to be in the Tea Party, yet stoned into stupidity enough to be an Occupy protestor. Congratulations, moron.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

Mayor Oreo is a disgrace!

Why don't you apprise yourself of the meaning of the word in this context, then (try to) explain how applying this epithet to Hancock is racist? You may need to review the meaning of the word "racist", too.

Just because Hancock is black does not mean that he should be exempt from justifiable criticism that he serves the interests of Denver's power elites rather than those of poor people.

Poppy
Poppy

I don't like "Oreo" either.  This is not a racial problem, but an economic one.  There are plenty of broke whites in America.  Still, Hancock seems like a bigger sell-out considering this country's shameful past in regards to civil rights.

Ha HA
Ha HA

Black on the inside and white on the outside? Robert Chase is a zit! Everyone please call him Zit.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

That ramble does not begin to explain why you called me "racist" -- for your edification, here is the definition (from the COED):

racist(rac·ist)

nouna person who believes that a particular race is superior to another. adjectivehaving or showing the belief that a particular race is superior to another

I suggest that you get in the habit of looking up words like "oreo" and "racist" which you think you know; it may save you from making an ass of yourself.

Jess
Jess

You're a joke, Chase, and none of the movements you've ever been involved with want you around, because you're an idiot, and now you're embarrassing the Occupy movement, too. I looked up the meaning of "Oreo," not that anyone with a brain needs to, but here it us. Are you white on the outside and black on the inside, Robert? What, then, are you? Oh, yes, you're a joke.

oreo1800 up, 449 downTerm for African Americans that the black community is generally offended with for betraying their roots usually for dating caucasion girls, dressing too white, talking too white, etc. The term is branded OREO since they are "Black on the outside, White on the inside""Damn Marcus, have you seen Deon lately? The brother is a total Oreo, he's all drivin' a BMW with his white biatch. The brotha forgot where he came from!"

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