Occupy Denver petition protests arrests, hopes for 10,000 signatures

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Brandon Marshall
A great deal of attention has been lobbed at the number of Occupy Denver arrests made over the weekend: fifty in two days. And though the Denver Anarchist Black Cross has been hugely instrumental in guaranteeing the release of the prisoners on bond, funds are running low. In an effort to reduce the number of arrests made in the future, Occupy Denver is supporting a petition on its website to protest the practice.

Of the original 24 protesters arrested, only five required bail in order to be released, and then only because of previous criminal records. The stakes were raised significantly, however, when all of the 26 protesters arrested in the second round required bonds -- a sign that the legal system is hardening its approach to the occupation. Bailing volunteers out of jail means paying a portion of their bail rates up front, but it often also requires another volunteer co-signing their release as a responsible party.

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Brandon Marshall
Occupy Denver activist Corey Donahue is arrested last Friday morning.
This is an expensive series of events, to be sure, but it's not the personal funding the protesters are focused on in their petition. It's the state expense: The group's websites asks supporters to sign the online document in order to show opposition to the allocation of tax funds required to provide extra police presence to monitor the occupation and arrest protesters. (This argument names Governor John Hickenlooper directly.)

"In other cities, political officials are getting involved with their occupations, setting up tents and getting to know people," occupation medic Patricia Hughes says. "At ours, they're just arresting us."

An exception: Representative Wes McKinley, whose teepee temporarily joined the now-dismantled tent city.

The group's goal is to guarantee a solid 10,000 signatures by Saturday, an important date in the local occupation. This weekend marks both a regular rally and the group's first all-day concert, a free event that will include more than ten musical acts in addition to speakers such as American Indian Movement leader Glenn Morris. This past Saturday's rally organized a group of around 3,000 (though larger estimates verge on 4,000 to 5,000), and the group hopes to double even that highest number when it comes to the amount of signatures.

At more than 1,300 signatures at this writing, the group is more than one-tenth of the way toward its goal. Within the petition's first hour online, it had already collected 150 signatures. This quick growth in numbers follows the same trend as the sizes of the group's weekend protests, which have at least doubled each week since their inception.

"The only way to get the governor and the mayor to listen is to make them aware that a lot of people are watching," Hughes says. "Numbers are the only things we can get them to listen to because we can't get them to pay attention to a peaceful protest. And those numbers are growing."

More from our Occupy Denver archive: "Occupy Denver has a day of peace -- for now (PHOTOS)."

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Rahul Souk
Rahul Souk

Hey, I heard about the world's best smile contest on Smile Struck that is ending soon World's Best Smile Contest. It's to see who out there has the sexiest smile or a sexy smile and the best smile out there. . .I joined. its free to join, but I only voted because my smile isn't that great. lol SMILESTRUCK   - Johnson

Bostjan Avsec
Bostjan Avsec

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Bigreja
Bigreja

Denver Cops are the worst!!Im surprised they haven't arrested the whole city yet! 

job
job

Tard arrest the whole city. What are you 12

99%er
99%er

The people who were arrested wanted to be arrested.  The police gave them multiple opportunities to walk away.  I support the OWS movement.  No need to get arrested to prove a point.

job
job

Aye same people arrested on Saturday were arrested on Sunday. Good luck if they get arrested again they will lose their bonds muhaha. Oh yah by the way I hope all the protestors get arrested and see how wonderful our justice system is hehe. I hope you Guy's like ankle bracelets a lovely liberal idea.

not 1% not 99%
not 1% not 99%

My bet...they don't even come close to 10000 signatures.  This isn't the big movement you guys all wish it to be.  Its only a matter of time before these occupy groups turn to violence in this country as well. 

job
job

Yahoo a state with 5 million residents and 10k signatures. What in united states maybe30k protestors. Wow what a movement.

Ronda Myers
Ronda Myers

My bet-they get the signatures-what is the wage?

Kcm2
Kcm2

Might I suggest an edit? I believe you meant lobbed rather than lobbied:

"attention has been lobbied at the number of Occupy Denver "

Cdizzle
Cdizzle

It would be hard to show restraint as a law enforcement officer when a handful of spoiled little rich kids are calling you every vile name they can think of and shoving thier IPhones in your face.  This sounded like it started as a peaceful movement, but was later hijacked by a group of S***heads looking to incite a riot. 

Ronda Myers
Ronda Myers

Are you one of the police who beat the crap out of a bunch of people who have spoken out about you and your corruption?  What the media showed us is only a small piece of what went on Saturday, all you money counters should count how much it is going to cost us taxpayers to pay the law suit the police deserve, they should personally have to pay, not the state if they are abusive, as I KNOW they are.

job
job

Well Rhonda the lawsuit will fail. Just like the protest. I love the weekend warriors that came out this weekend. 3000 on sat and sun then 30 on Monday. LOL John and now its cold outside. Perhaps there is only 20 now. The facts are the enemy of truth. Sad but true

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

You substitute your prejudices for facts with abandon (which is why I called you deranged) -- there was no damage to Lincoln Park or its monuments (another lying insinuation you swallowed whole), and people urinate in it all the time; yesterday's rain has washed that into the soil.  As for not listening, go ahead and cheer on your corporate masters who lead you around as easily as a calf with a ring in its nose.  They have done their utmost to ignore the protest, and you for your part have completely ignored what I just related about public support.

P.S.  Iran is an authoritarian theocracy, much like you would like to set up here, and you have the mentality of a mullah.

job
job

To many comments so little time. First of all what parent brings their baby or child to a protest. 2nd after they clean up all the urine and damage to the veteran memorial just in time for the veterans celebration which I have no doubt will be interrupted. And 3rd when the protestors realize nobody is listening what will they do next. Hmm maybe escalate things. This always happens. I have to wonder why you guys support this especially when dictators like Iran support the protesters. Wake up people the enemy is within. Sad but true

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

"The facts are the enemy of truth" -- the facts dispel fantasy; I don't find that sad.

There were more than thirty people present when I was there mid-afternoon today.  Many people who sympathize have jobs but can march with us on Saturdays -- over 2,000 marched last Saturday and there is some reason to expect even larger crowds this week (in reaction to the pepper-spraying of a child in Civic Center Park and of pedestrians walking on the sidewalk alongside Tremont Street to the Mall).  The weather will not deter all protesters, and the Saturday crowd is getting bigger -- the Denver Post ran the headline:  "Crowd Winds Down in Aftermath of Occupy Denver" last Friday and here you are making the same sort of prognostication immediately after we mustered 2,000 people and the police committed more crimes (assaults) -- care to rethink whatever assumptions lead you to imagine that Occupy Denver is just about finished?  Read the Denver Post much?

job
job

I disagree I was there I have seen the people involved. There same people. Scary I know they really believe this crap taught to them in our liberal schools. They have a rude awakening when all there doing is causing more problems and helping in the downfall of America.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

You do know the only sin that made Jesus truly pissed, don't you?  Hickenlooper must be one of the goats.

Ronda Myers
Ronda Myers

How could I forget-he hated the oppressors of the poor

Ronda Myers
Ronda Myers

The money changers and the greedy, prideful religious leaders who were the Govt. of their day.  P. S.  I read the book

Ronda Myers
Ronda Myers

My kids went to schools who's school boards are FULL of Republicans, we all voted conservative up here.  Maybe the truth is they saw the lies and got smarter than the followers.  They sure have educated this old women.  Read the Bible and study history, don't listen to main stream church or media, it will open your eyes.  The truth will make you angry at yourself for ever believing the lies of the Right Greed machine, the left is just as evil.  This is about people not parties.

job
job

I'm sorry to hear about your daughter. I don't understand however what your family history or your has to do with you're personal views. What your family accomplishments have to do with you're accomplishmentsmy grandfather fought in ww2 doesn't mean I supposed to be pro military. Besides you have already shown your a touchy feely liberal with your arguments. This protest has no goals that are even remotely achievable. Soon they will add to their platform Obama care perhaps even anti isreal rhetoric. You watch they will change and soon you will supporting a movement that even you will turn against.

Ronda Myers
Ronda Myers

I am the troll who drove two hours to find my daughter who sustained a head injury at 16 and has cognitive impairment.  I voted for McCain with my nose plugged because I hate obama so bad.  I hate his health care plan, I now hate right and left alike.  I care about my state, my community, my church and my children.  My family was among the first 50 Colorado Settlers, two other branches were here prior to 1900.  They established the churches and banks and railroads.  I have three County Commissioners in my family and my mother is married to Senator Greg Brophy's uncle.  Don't judge, you may be WAY OFF.

job
job

Don't believe for one minute you voted for Republican or conservative. Just like the other troll claiming she drove 2hrs to see her kid. I know first hand about this protest. The protestors are peaceful but they only have slogans and no real solutions. I agree the government is out of control but the protestors fail to blame the left Obama and the Republicans aswell. Lets hear solutions not platitudes.

job
job

You Guy's need to get a life. Don't you understand Marxist or socialist never work. What you all need is Jesus. Follow what the Bible teaches and your life will never be the same.

LadyJParker79
LadyJParker79

The eleventh commandment should be "Thou shalt not be a giant douche bag."

Ronda Myers
Ronda Myers

I am following Jesus, he told me to help the oppressed, they threw out the money changers and helped the poor and sick.  There is no reason why we can't have health care, dental care and our freedoms.  I have everything I need because we worked all the time our whole lives, we still live month to month even if we eat good and live well.  I can see when others need help from clear up here in the mountains, do you need glasses?

not 1% not 99%
not 1% not 99%

yes I can see when people need help too.  Most of the people falling into this crap really need professional help, and possibly medication.

Ronda Myers
Ronda Myers

SO TRUE but the mental health laws and medical system is terrible at best, during the Regan years (I loved him but he made a mistake) they pulled all mental health funding, that is when California started to get over run by homeless, Minnesota gave them all bus tickets to Oregon.  The police beat them because they can.  They eat out of trash cans and sleep on the ground.  Over 80% have DOCUMENTED mental health impairments or conditions.  They didn't want to pay to treat and house them, they multiply, times get worse, the breakdown of the family and social networks and they are confused and wander.  It is against the law to be homeless so they get beaten and pushed out or jailed and their few belongings taken from them.  I used to think so differently, they are ill and need help, I have heard it all before, about how they choose, I used to say those things, I was wrong.  We have gone so far to protect their rights we are protecting them from their loved ones who try to help them but can't.  Colorado has the most liberal mental health laws in the United States.  The prison systems are privately owned for profit (BIG PROFIT) and they make money on jailing them and making their families pay when they have already been paying in grief at the loss of their loved one's mind and life.  The worse part is there is no continuity in care for Mental Health, it is sort of a theory free for all and the pharmaceutical companies control the doctors and all they do is feed them pills, a guessing game of different pills that say "may cause homicide or suicide" but they are taking them to prevent homicide and suicide?!?!?!?!?!?!?   Give me a break.  I am grieving the death of common sense.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

The Soviets tried medicating their opponents shortly before their system collapsed.

Matt Staude
Matt Staude

Jesus preached what these people are doing.  .  Jesus would have rooted this on.  ----- One Nation under the Flying Spaghetti Monster----

job
job

First of all. Thall shall not covet. You 10th commandment. U all want something for nothing. Jesus would have nothing to do with this. He would put the blame where it belongs. Currupt Democrats and Republican policies. Besides I have to wonder why everyone is ignoring Obama's role in all this.

Ronda Myers
Ronda Myers

You must work for the Government, I did once too.  Public Health 13 years, until managed care ruined healthcare.   I am 49 years old and have something to show for it.  I see the whole country saying the same things,   Young and old, it is only people who refuse to look beyond what they have always believed who will stop this country from pulling itself out of this mess we are in.  I have a degree in business, and I was a licensed LPN, I worked home health most of my early life.  I voted conservative most of my life and have no record.  I went there because I need to see for myself, not listen to what I am fed.  I am so glad I did and I am ashamed of my elitist and judgmental attitude I had before this last year.  I repent and vow to open my mind and heart to what God has to show me, not what I want to see.  The big man is and ugly, greedy brut who feeds on your stupidity.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

There is a significant contingent of conspiracists at the Occupation, but they are a minority.

not 1% not 99%
not 1% not 99%

they call that walking with blinders on.  I know some of the main guys in this occupy movement, and they will take 0 responsibility for themselves.  They dislike everything, and want to protest against everything.  Anything that happens to them is some sort of conspiracy theory and the big man is out to get them.

Ronda Myers
Ronda Myers

There are those Christians who think they are equal to Enoch and worthy to be raptured before the tribulation.  Thinking I am holy enough to be raptured would make me too prideful to get to heaven at all-just sayin'

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

Socialism and covetousness are utterly unrelated concepts.  Many protesters do not identify with socialism, although I do.  Yours seems a very weird sort of Christianity, but I appreciate the offer of your car -- feel free to sign it over anytime.

Ronda Myers
Ronda Myers

Do you know what they want?  Socialism was only wanted by a few, the only common thread I was was that they all wanted honest Govt that does not run on Greed and corruption.  You should want that too.  Jesus would want that.  You cannot serve God and money, who do you choose?

Ronda Myers
Ronda Myers

Jesus life is real life history.  Not fantasy. 

Ronda Myers
Ronda Myers

I didn't talk to anyone down there who wanted something for nothing, many of the college graduates were working two jobs, the seniors had worked their whole lives and the middle aged wanted jobs and their homes and businesses back.  Maybe 10% wanted something for nothing but they were sick and tired and homeless and hungry.  Is it coveting to want a job or healthcare or your Social Security you worked for?

job
job

Hmm lets see the protestors want socialism. Which is coventouness by definition. No thirst here just fact. Jesus is lord. No more pearls before the swine. Obama is Antichrist like and is paving the way with these protests worldwide. Can't wait for the tribulation. You can have my car lmao

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

You are deranged and you can't write.  Covetousness is less in evidence at the protest than it is in most other settings.  As for Jesus -- I hope that we are more interested in political reality than supernatural fantasy, but you and other theists should see:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C...

Ronda Myers
Ronda Myers

I am a believer, I went there yesterday (drove 2 hours) to find out news about my daughter, I had been watching the news.  When I got there, I spent a couple hours talking and watching the protest.  NOTHING like I was shown on TV or the main stream internet.  I know the police hurt some people because I saw and talked to them.  I know they singled out some and beat the crap out of them.  I am a small town person and I am so mad at what I learned down there.  Who is worse?  The corrupt or the people pointing out the corruption.  Wake up, Jesus threw out the money changers for a reason.  Read the book, it will tell you what is right here, really read it.  Our country is in deep trouble due to greed and pride, we do not help the poor and needy, we judge them and lock them up to make money on them and their loved ones.  I have learned more this past year than all 48 years before, and I am telling you Christians need to open their eyes and stand up.  Our Govt and police are corrupt and Greed based.  You cannot serve God and money.  Today is the day to choose.

Guest
Guest

Hickenlooper should be arrested on charges of abuse of power.  Sending in a riot squad when there was no riot or any expectation of there being a riot?  Seriously?  Or maybe the protesters should just spit and roast him in the so-called Thunderdome.

not 1% not 99%
not 1% not 99%

yea watching the nut jobs in the occupy movements being violent in the rest of the world, he totally overreacted....just a matter of time before the violence starts here too...

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

Your name shows your ignorance of what Occupy is all about -- we want to subordinate the interests of those whose incomes are in the top 1% to those of the vast majority of people whose incomes are in the bottom 99%.  Everyone can be ranked by income, and if you aren't in the top 1%, you must be in the bottom 99% -- there is no alternative.

LadyJParker79
LadyJParker79

He's a bit skinny--you may have to fatten him up on moistened grain for a couple of weeks first.

Ian Williams
Ian Williams

Potentially Volatile Situation - What the state considers the protest.

Potential Cause for Revolution - What the people consider the arrests.

NotWoofka
NotWoofka

Getting those punks off my lawn - What 98% of the people consider the arrests.

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

Thanks for sharing your point of view, NotWoofka. Much appreciated.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

I agree that Occupy's disavowal of representative leadership (at least locally) does not bode well for its future effectiveness, but the rest of your post is substantially inaccurate.  You identify the "best issue" to be "taxpayer support for failing banks and other companies" -- that is unclear.  Do you mean taxpayer's dissatisfaction with the bailout?  I would disagree (though it sounds as though you might want to join the libertarian/conspiracist contingent often prominent among protesters in the evenings) -- the Federal governent has recouped some of the money spent on the bailout, and the Federal Reserve did not engineer the creation of derivative securities based on bad loans -- big banks did, and most of us know it.

As for blowing horns not indicating support, that is just absurd!  If you were at the scene and observed traffic, you could not seriously advance such a claim.  Blowing a horn in response to seeing protest signs is, I am quick to admit, not indicative of deep commitment to any cause, but we can infer that many people are supportive of rather than hostile to the protests.

People who dismiss the issues you named as insignificant or unrelated are the true misfits of our society in that they are driving it to dysfunctionality, and you have just aligned yourself with them.

NotWoofka
NotWoofka

Honking a horn really doesn't indicate support for a cause, annoyance at the protesters, or just enjoying a bit of free entertainment.    I live a few blocks away from the park in Baker and after I had to detour a bit to get home due to the protesters blocking Broadway I decided to bike down there myself to check it out.  Sure, there were one or two folks that were intelligent and well spoken about their issues.  95% of the crowd were just misfits pushing their own individual agendas...anything from legalizing pot, to free health care, to corporations are evil.  Very few could actually articulate the best issue, which in my humble opinion is taxpayer support for failing banks and other companies.    

The anything goes and no leadership of this movement will be its downfall.  Allowing the kids who want to be anarchists to be involved completely undermines the legitimacy of the movement, and makes the 99% of society see it as a joke.  

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

Anonymity seems to engender viciousness, and that comment is one of the nastiest I've ever seen here -- what an odious person is hiding behind that monker!

I hope that you find your daughter soon.

Ronda Myers
Ronda Myers

God loves her and so does her family and community.  She has read the book, she is very incredible and no matter what I am proud of her and love her.  We have 5 children they are all great people who work and contribute, she always has too.  She went to college on a double scholarship but still owes over $4000 in student loans for one semester.  Ignorance must be bliss.   I am sorry for you and will pray for you. 

not 1% not 99%
not 1% not 99%

I'm so tired about hearing you whine about your damn daughter...could you shut up about her already?

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

That estimate is absurdly high -- a significant percentage of passing motorists and any number of substantial citizens blow their horns in support of the protest.

Your interpretation is based on the narrative of holes coming from the corporate media -- the eviction of campers is not what is significant about the confrontation with Occupy Denver, it is Governor Hickenlooper's staggering hypocrisy in proclaiming that "No one supports the First Amendment more than we do ... We have said they are welcome to assemble at 5 o'clock in the morning and stay until 11 o'clock at night." and then issuing an executive order closing the Park indefinitely and arresting many protesters for attempting to do precisely what he had just said they were welcome to do!

Ronda Myers
Ronda Myers

Go down there and see for yourself who is there, I saw middle aged people with flags worried about health care, senior citizens worried about Medicare and Social Security and their families, mostly what I saw were college kids and people wanting America to understand there is a huge issue here.  The media is not telling you the truth.  I drove down there from the mountains to look for my daughter.  I have been watching the news, what I saw with my own eyes was 180 degrees from what was really down there.  Shame on ignorance.  By the way, it is their lawn too.

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