Occupy Denver and the Colorado Progressive Coalition take on Wells Fargo, Tom Donohue

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Occupy Denver and the Colorado Progressive Coalition combined forces for a civil disobedience tour de force today, with events taking on both Tom Donohue, the president and CEO of the US Chamber of Commerce, and Wells Fargo.

The only problem: The police got there first. Both times.

All week, the CPC has organized a series of events under the umbrella title Mile-High Showdown. The six-day protest shares ties to Occupy Denver and ends on Saturday with a joint rally in support of the occupation. The group's numbers have grown incrementally at each event, CPC community organizer Brooke Shannon says, culminating in its largest gathering yet at today's march to banking behemoth Wells Fargo.

"It was an organic decision to combine with each other as far as our energies," Shannon says. "We have the same exact ideals, tactics and enemies. We want to make Wall Street pay all of us back down on Main Street."

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Protesters shout anti-corporate banking chants at police from outside Wells Fargo.
But first, the afternoon began with a luncheon: By the time Mile-High protesters arrived to add their numbers to the Occupy Denver group challenging Donohue at his speech for the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry, police had already removed the smaller gathering from the Denver Center for Performing Arts. Its goal was to question the big-business supporter while standing in solidarity against his status as a member of the 1 percent, and it managed to do so only during his photo shoot and then again as his limo left the area.

"We see him as the epitome of corporate greed, and we want him to know that we're here and we demand change for the next generation," Occupy protester Erika Kessler-Ison says. Behind her, others shouted "Thomas J. Donohue, we've got the dope on you!"

"We walked past him as we were escorted out of his photo session, and we asked him about money and politics and greed," Kessler-Ison added. "He ignored us."

Organizers called the police the moment the group made it inside the center's ballroom, and online attention such as the Facebook and other social media shout-outs both events received created advance warning for the cops. "About a dozen people came in and tried to harass him while we were escorting him in, but it lasted only about five minutes," said a Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry events assistant who asked not to be named.

From there, the protest escalated in both size and police attention. The small Occupy Denver group met up with the larger Mile-High Showdown gathering for a seventy-person march from 13th and Arapahoe to the downtown Wells Fargo on Broadway to draw further attention to the division between the 99 percent and the 1 percent. As the group marched, rhyming chants drew attention from shoppers and employees on smoke breaks, who stopped to take photos of the progression.

"We've worked a lot with people going through struggles with Wells Fargo and other financial institutions that no longer accurately represent the 1 percent," Shannon says. "I was talking to someone whose interest rate had increased from 6 to 29 percent overnight. We decided to take a stand but have fun with at the same time, and we had all prepared extensively for the potential to be arrested."


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Tremblor
Tremblor

Consider that this event led to a Wells Fargo decision to close the Cap Hill Denver branches Friday due to an expressed fear that the banks were going to be "mobbed" and "over run" which was the exact statement of a Wells Fargo employee at the motor bank on Grant & 17th. Typically every other Friday I visit there to cash my check. To matter utter chagrin the doors were locked! I shook the locked doors angrily and exclaimed 'George Bailey stayed open in "It's a Wonderful Life," can I at least get $23.17 cents please.' If this is a result of an over reaction to the Occupy movement and Wells Fargo is willing to punish everyone who needs their services on a Friday payday than kudos to the 99% for exposing the real character of Wells Fargo an American corporate institution albeit recognized "citizen" who will likely "blame" the closures on the FDIC. Even if the Fed ordered the doors closed early it would only have been based on the report they received from Wells Fargo directly!

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

"One Occupy Denver participant who managed to push his way inside the building this afternoon was dragged away from sight by police shortly after." -- Kelsey, I was told that a protester had simply walked into the building through an unlocked door -- do I understand correctly that you observed someone force his way past bank personnel, security guards, or police at this door?

giggity
giggity

You were TOLD that this happened.  Do you ever witness things firsthand, or do you always take what others have said and twist them to meet your own ends?

WhoriLori
WhoriLori

I vote that cops all get a 200% raise, then that time and a half will drain the funds even faster!

Jtcolfax
Jtcolfax

There has just been tooooooooooo much hogishness going on.  No one deserves a 100 million dollar bonus.  If this movement peters out due to the cold weather, it doesn't mean it wont grow back like a WART as the elections come forth next year.  I am really sick of seeing people who HAVE A JOB, as in make about 30k or less a year, pointing out that they HAVE that, and therefore the protesters are WHINERS.  These same jackasses will be the ones throwing bombs NEXT YEAR.  ANYWAY: I hate everything.....seriously...here's 35 seconds of you tube about how I HATE EVERYTHING:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

99% Downtown Worker
99% Downtown Worker

You are the Poster Child of the OWS Denver crowd. You mock the "jackasses"that are the real 99%. You "Hate EveryThing". Way to stay classy. Readersof this blog know that you are the true face of the Occupiers.

Boris_Badenoff
Boris_Badenoff

Well this is WestWord,  Expecting intelligent responses here is a bit of a stretch....

TheRevolutionHasStarted
TheRevolutionHasStarted

Yes, please, at all costs, please protect the employees of Wells Fargo.  They have property to seize and people to put on the street! 

peasant
peasant

"In response, protesters adapted to the stricter than expected situation. About twenty officers surrounded the group on the Broadway sidewalk..."

I DO hope they were being paid overtime, draining government funds further.  Keep up the good work, people! 

As an added benefit, I also enjoy seeing less of them patrolling the streets.  It's a real pain to have to obey traffic laws!  Maybe soon, my insurance rates will go down!  Talk about a win-win... :)

JJ
JJ

Think of all the drunk drivers they could have nabbed at 1:30am this morning when they instead sent in 10 cops with shovels, a battering ram, and a giant front loader to take down one 4 foot igloo.

You getting this shit Westword? Oh right, I should check the entertainment section for write ups on comedy performances.

Boris_Badenoff
Boris_Badenoff

Hate to break it to you but if anything you insurance would go up not down, I wouldn't expect a OWS supporter to understand basic issues such as this , being a leftist tool requires little if any intelligence...

Stoner
Stoner

dude, i think he was talking about his rates going down since he is no longer getting thickets.  With all your intelligence, im surprised u didnt get that...

Boris_Badenoff
Boris_Badenoff

Hey dude, like the logical thing to do is to stop doing the thing that he is getting tickets for,  duhh...  of course that means he has to use that gray matter in his skull for it's intended purpose..

peasant
peasant

yea, what he said. lol

WTF
WTF

Sorry, I can't understand what you are trying to say.  Can you try again using correct grammar and spelling?

WTF
WTF

Nothing is free?  That's not what you wife told me.  When do you go to work again?

RocketScientest
RocketScientest

Wow, u sure r smart.  Wher did you learn all that fancy stuff???

peasant
peasant

I don't understand.  Can you use little words?  Oh and please expand on the math.  I think you are skipping steps.

Boris_Badenoff
Boris_Badenoff

Well I can give you a short primer here...   Less enforcement leads to a higher incident rate, which to an insurance co. means higher risk.  Guess what that means ....  2+2=4. It always has , it always will. I know you are a bit mentally challenged but someday you Might move out of your mothers basement into the real world... Nothing is free. 

HappyHolidays
HappyHolidays

Yes, I bet it's gonna finally be a good holiday season for the family of cops.  Think of their children and the smiles on their faces come Christmas!

peasant
peasant

Yea, with any luck they won't even be able to afford a tree come xmas 2012.  Since there may not be any money to pay them, they may be joining the protest since they too will be unemployed.  We can hope.

Guest
Guest

hey pig! don't look so pissed...your making time and a half. tell you what next time your out fucking with these people you should thank them for paying your salary.

Zim and Gir
Zim and Gir

You do know, of course, that the officers out en masse are payed time and a half for now, and facing probable unemployment once they're forced to meet budget standards.  I'd probably kick the shit out of one of these useless prats as well.

SeanStewart
SeanStewart

Yes, financial institution nowadays are just so mean!!

During this critical time, SOME of them are taking advantage to people just to protect themselves from faltering....That is NOT FAIR!!!

and our poor fellows cant do anything about it... so good job Occupy Denver and the Colorado Progressive Coalition!!!

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