Occupy Denver protesters want their dog-and-leader to meet with Governor Hickenlooper


The debate drew immediate and lasting attention from the troopers, who continued to monitor the group as it climbed the stairs, followed Donahue directly into the governor's office and filled every one of its lobby's available seats, in addition to two spots on the floor.

Upon asking to see Governor John Hickenlooper, the group was told that he was unavailable by the politician's two representatives, frazzled but amused at their desks in front of the occupiers. "We're not leaving until we see him," Donahue responded.

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Kelsey Whipple
Group members wait for the governor to come out.
Although told their efforts would be in vain today, the group continued to occupy the office and spent their time perusing its reading materials and filling out an official request for its leader (a newly elected Border collie/cattle dog mix named Shelby) to meet the governor in the future. Although the request wasn't the original purpose of the visit, it lists Shelby's last name as "the dog," cites her address as that of Civic Center Park and provides a fellow occupier's contact information in her stead. (Shelby's concerns with the nation's politics, as dictated by her human constituents, are on view below this article.)

In the meantime, Hickenlooper's representatives repeatedly asked the gathering to be quiet while the governor attended a meeting, and the group obeyed while continuing to protest in favor of meeting Hickenlooper. "Flat out: You're not getting an appointment to meet the governor today," they were told, while another Capitol employee met with security outside the office to warn officers about the group.

"Your whole life is decided behind that door," Donahue told his fellow occupiers, pointing at the one behind which Hickenlooper's representatives continued to disappear. "At least it's a lot warmer in here than it is outside, where nothing is getting done at all. We'll occupy here today until they kick us out, and then we'll come back out of the cold again tomorrow. I want to talk to the governor."

Although that plan might still be in place, its first day ended early when security put a collective foot down against the protesters' continued presence in the office around 3 p.m. The group, which had rotated a few members in and out by that point, was escorted out by the state patrol during Donahue's arrest. "We stalled as long as we could in his office, but they made us leave," Duffy says. "I went outside on the phone with Corey's lawyer, and when I turned around, the rest of them had been kicked out."

More from our Occupy Denver archive: "Occupy Denver elects a new leader: Shelby, a Border Collie mix."


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Liz Greene
Liz Greene

Is Corey in jail and how do we get him out? 

Rob
Rob

What you're taking a swing at here is a logical fallacy we like to call the straw man argument.  The State Capitol and Governor relate to the Federal Defense Department and Central Intelligence Agency in what way exactly?  What does it have to do with the U.S. Department of State?  Once again, it appears we're off to storm the City and County Building in an effort to stymie the efforts of 'Congress'.  I feel that we need to correctly identify which level of government is responsible for the policies we oppose, and then address our concerns to THAT level of government. 

Rob
Rob

'Corey's Mom' is a pretty unfortunate and inflammatory hand to use if your interest is actually in furthering discussion regarding the expression of our 1st Amendment rights, don't you think?  Ad hominem attacks and appeal to emotion are hardly the stuff of sound arguments.  Regardless, allow me to throw my 2 cents in:

I'm a veteran myself, though unlike many of the occupiers I am not a combat veteran.  I swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States, and I meant it.  Our 1st Amendment gives us an almost absolute right to free expression, especially when we are making a political statement.  If you'd bothered to ask the folks dancing on the flag, they did so as a political statement to draw attention to the plight of people of color in the US and abroad. 

As The US Supreme Court once said-and I'm paraphrasing a bit here-if the flag stands for anything, it stands for the freedom to defile the flag as political protest.  It's not the piece of cloth we should have reverence for, but the ideals for which it stands.  Those ideals include the right to express one's self, the right to petition the government for a redress of grievances, and the concept that people are created equal and endowed with unalienable rights.  It's precisely this kind of controversial speech that requires the most protection-popular speech needs to champion, after all. 

 I also feel that this part of the protest was ill timed and counterproductive, but that's the beauty of the freedom to express one's self.  They have the right to dance on the flag, and I have the right to counter their free expression with my own thoughts and ideas.  The remedy for bad speech is not repression, but more speech. 

guest
guest

"Yourwhole life is decided behind that door," Donahue told his fellowoccupiers. That statement by Donahue is why I will never follow these fools. Such pathetic weak minded fools. Pity that he feels everyone around himdecides his fate except for the one individual that can make a difference,himself.

Anonymiss
Anonymiss

I believe you are saying Corey is incorrect about "your life is decided behind that door"

As such, my guess would be aware that you've been funding the whoring out of underage boys for corp. and gov clients.Sound absurd?By all means, please enjoy this read that your state decided was NOT for your eyes or knowledge.http://www.guardian.co.uk/worl...

basically, your argument states that either you knowingly and willingly fund the prostitution of underage boys, or that you actually agree more with what Corey is saying than you may have been aware.

Rob
Rob

For some reason my comment did not post as a reply-please see the post I made referring to the separation of powers and how Federalism works in a nutshell.  The dogcatcher can't change fiscal policy, and Ben Bernanke doesn't write tickets for dog at large. 

Rob
Rob

Yep-last thing Corey managed to 'organize' was an expedition by a band of merry pranksters to the City and County Building.  A group of activists had gone the the City Council meeting, and waited patiently for a chance to speak regarding the proposed 'no public sleeping' ordinance as well as the repeated acts of police brutality on 10-29-11. 

Corey showed up after City Council had adjourned and encouraged his band to storm the City Council offices, as according to him 'Congress is inside trying to vote to make it illegal to be homeless in the entire state'.  Several people tried to explain that 'Congress' does not in fact meet at the City and County Building in Denver, that Congress does not as a rule pass laws singling out a particular state for enforcement actions, that the City Council meeting was over and the Council members had gone home, that the City Council has no power to pass laws affecting the entire state, and that it was public sleeping within the City of Denver that was at issue.

All these reasoned arguments fell on deaf ears.  Corey would not be deterred from the limelight!  He and those he led wound up hanging around the entrance to the building for 10-15 minutes, after which they were led up to the City Council offices by a Denver Sheriff to prove that they were empty.  Another victory for the revolution, or another media fix for Corey?

The night before last, I watched this rockstar 'activist' and his lady friend shout down a Native American woman who had come to speak about a policy decision we were to make as a group.  The lady friend insulted and demeaned this Native woman for her supposedly poor language skills and shamed her into leaving the meeting in disgust, apparently with Corey's support. 

There are a lot of folks working really hard for Occupy Denver, and there's a lot of positive change on the way.  There are people working to support the homeless community in immediate and tangible ways, folks lobbying City Council to reject the sleeping ban, others working to organize the next rally and come up with a unified theme, and others conducting free classes in yoga, meditation, comparative political theory, and much more.  In my opinion, this movement won't be most effective until the publicity addicts like Corey get bored and move on to the next opportunity to grab the spotlight. 

LarryQ5
LarryQ5

Someone needs to teach that dog to "Tebow"

West Guest
West Guest

Corey Donahue is a TRUE patriot!

Thanx Kelsey and Westword for your dedication to providing Denver with stellar journalism.

Corey's Mom
Corey's Mom

Corey Donahue is a blithering idiot who fancies himself as Lord of the Flies.

True patriots die for our country, they don't take the American flag and dance on it, on Veteran's Day, as this sad group of homeless and drunks did this last weekend.

Anonymiss
Anonymiss

To be clear, that was a small group that danced on the flag.

Not only was it a small group, but the vast majority of the occupation that was around disagreed with the action and were yelling at the dancers about it.

Despite the majority disagreement with the action, there was little that could be done beyond voicing to the few dancers the disagreement.  Had the occupation elected to attempt to physically stop or remove the dancers, they would risk possible arrest for assault and possibly else.  Lets recall here, that even after 3 raids by riot/swat police, with two occasions where the occupation faced not only hits from batons, but also pepper spray bullets being shot and else, they continued to essentially remain non-violent as well as non-physical.If they follow such accords in such conditions, what on earth would make one think that they'd not only risk arrest, but get physical over a small band of idiots that carried out an action for simply a couple minutes.

Gold Man-Sacks
Gold Man-Sacks

Actually, best part, the people dancing on the flag on Veteran's Day weren't actually the homeless drunks!

Rob
Rob

I don't think it's the role of the occupation to eject people at random from a public space because we disagree with their message-that would be pretty damned hypocritical.  We want the City and State to recognize our right to free expression, and then we're going to go about depriving others of that same right?  Like I've said elsewhere in this thread, the remedy for speech we don't like is more speech.  I think it's perfectly acceptable to go over and politely disagree with their method of expression, as long as you're prepared to engage in discussion with them and to hear their point of view.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

"... as this sad group of homeless and drunks did this last weekend" -- you are a liar!

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

Idiot!  OD didn't dance on the flag, and it includes many  veterans.

Corey's Mom
Corey's Mom

I worship those who died to protect that flag. Many others also do this. In fact, so many people do this that we have a day to honor them - Veteran's Day.  And on this day, OD, choose to dishonor the flag and the people who died protecting that flag...

Go home kiddies. We know you can show us lower, more despicable acts, but really, this is just old.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

Very few of those who have been to Occupy Denver events engaged in dancing upon the flag (it is desecration only if you worship flags).  You posted a link below to a picture which appears to show two people standing on a U.S. flag -- you must be feeble-minded to think that you have implicated Occupy Denver, which includes many veterans.

Corey's Mom
Corey's Mom

Here is the best(most descriptive w/ identifying information) picture of the OD losers dancing on the Stars and Stripes. Disgusting way to celebrate Veteran's Day, absolutely disgusting....

http://www.examiner.com/politi...

Corey's Mom
Corey's Mom

Oh, OK, Mr. "If I Don't Agree it MUST be a Lie": Sad fact is that the Denver Post took pictures of this sad, pathetic desecration of the symbol of America. These pictures were posted online and in its print version. Now, whether true or not, the perception that this group will piss on American values and the American spirit is here to stay.

What's next? Do you all plan on wiping your asses with the Star and Stripes?

Allamony
Allamony

i fucks with that list, Shelby is a smart dog. 

diesel-benz
diesel-benz

What "Occupy Denver" protestors? You mean the 30 people sleeping on the sidewalk along one block of Colfax? They aren't protestors, they are just homeless people that relocated from the shelter a few blocks away.

We need to change the name from "Occupy Denver" to "Outdoor Homeless Shelter".

Alnonymous
Alnonymous

Corey is not homeless.  

I'm not homeless.I can tear down a long litany of occupiers that are not homeless.None the less, both Corey, myself, and many others of similar stature, do often stay overnight at the occupation.  (notably Corey, whom is more often staying over night there than not staying over night)

To similar end of not being homeless, I am college educated, have a job, and else.

The one thing I'll note here, is that just as Corey, just as myself, and just as many other employed and non-homeless, yes, the homeless are also part of the 99%.

-Al

Gold Man-Sacks
Gold Man-Sacks

Look, Al, I'm on your side. I've been at the protests every Saturday and have dropped off supplies several times. I've dedicated the past 15 years of my life to activism, social change, and radical politics.

I don't know you or Corey, but I've seen the way those that sleep overnight have been presenting themselves. Where you all are missing the boat here is it doesn't matter what you "are" in debates like these. It only matters how you are "perceived."

Who's to tell a homeless man who is clean, in decent clothes, clean-shaven, and well-mannered from anyone else? And for that matter, if a person acts homeless, looks homeless, and hangs out where homeless hang out, what are people going to think? If we want an audience with City Council and Congress, we must look like City Councilmen and Congressmen. People are prejudiced toward others that they think are like them. Would John Hickenlooper put on thermal coveralls and a hoodie and sleep on the sidewalk under a tarp in the winter?

Control the imagery of the movement and control the message.

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

Nice use of bold in the last line, Gold Man-Sacks. Didn't even know you could do that. Thanks.

Gold Man-Sacks
Gold Man-Sacks

I agree to some extent, and I certainly don't want to don a suit and necktie for these bastards, but shaving, getting a haircut, taking a shower, and tucking in my shirt tails are sacrifices I'm willing to make. I've routinely seen all of that done in the bathroom at the public library across the street.

Our elected officials are mentally ill. How else would you account for such callous indifference and narcissism? That said, we should approach them as such and meet them where they're at. Make them think, "they're in a safe place with people that love them," or they'll shut down.

Rob
Rob

Of course, that should read that the homeless are the 99%. 

Rob
Rob

I don't think those who are most adversely affected by the hijacking of the government by the 1% need to 'dress up' to petition the government for a redress of grievances.  I agree 100% with Al's assertion that the homeless are the 1%.  If government officials are put off by the condition of the 99%, perhaps they should modify the policies they craft to enable everyone to live indoors with the benefit of indoor plumbing, proper grooming and hygiene facilities, etc.  Those in government need to see what they've wrought.

Citizen
Citizen

I for one would really like to hear what this dog has to say.

NotWoofka
NotWoofka

Ha!  Another chance for the great unwashed to make fools of themselves.  At least Corey is correct when he said that the sleeping on the sidewalk isn't getting anything accomplished....I love it when reality kicks these folks in the head.  

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

The ellipsis (...) is used to indicate the omission of words, and there is certainly a semantic discontinuity across yours -- what reams of reason did you leave out in eliding Corey's realization and your glee at others' discomfiture?.  

not99not1
not99not1

Robert, quit trying to disguise your pot addiction as "medicine", put down the thesaurus, and get a grip on reality.  While the New York occupation might actually have a tiny chance of making a difference, you are supporting a group of homeless alcoholics who actually believe a valid way of making a point is to sign a dog's name on a request to see the Governor. 

If you believe in the cause, you need to do everything possible to disband this little encampment and start over from scratch.   Do it before the real cold hits and someone gets seriously injured. Playtime is over.  

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

Anonymous Nit, don't dare to pontificate anonymously about what you think my personal habits are, learn how to punctuate, and try not to be such a reactionary.

P.S.  I carry my thesaurus with me at all times, but not in my hands.

Citizen
Citizen

Sometimes dots .... are just dots and not a conspiracy. Some people use them instead of periods or semi colons. Try focusing on what he said and not what he didn't say. By the way bullhorn, I support occupy denver but I will be the first to celebrate when a jackhole sporting a mega phone gets silenced. Don't infringe on the rights of those around you. Only dicks own bullhorns.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

I am sorry I did not learn about this until after it happened -- someone wielding a bullhorn with a will on the sidewalk below would likely have had a more salutary effect than the sit-in.

We should follow the Governor with a bullhorn for the remainder of his term.

Citizen
Citizen

A bullhorn? Really? Bullhorn Chase, people can hear you, they're just not listening. Yelling will get you nowhere. I hate asholes with bullhorns even if I agree with what they are saying, get it?

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

You obviously identify with Governor Hypocrite -- disgusting!

The point in addressing the Gov with a bullhorn is to compel him to listen.

You sound far more like an anonymous consumer than any sort of citizen, and I do not give a damn what you think of the use of a bullhorn -- get it?

P.S.  I don't even use a bullhorn very often.  I am hoping that other people will follow him around and yell at him and save me the trouble -- I'd prefer to save my voice for other things.

Sick of the clowns
Sick of the clowns

Corey, I hope you get the full benefit of your 15 minutes of fame.  The world is laughing at you, not with you.  If you had even a shred of common sense, you'd know that.  It's a shame you don't feel the need to use the notoriety you seem to crave so much productively.  You're an embarrassment.

Anonymiss
Anonymiss

Corey demanded to speak to HIS governor.

One of two things is true.Either A. Hickenlooper is a public servant, and as such, Corey (as well as all other CO citizens) are his boss.orB. The public are servants of government.

Rob
Rob

Of course, the Governor is a servant of the people.  Remember when we all voted against speaking with the Governor as part of the Occupy Colorado Springs/Pueblo/Denver group?  There, the Governor had done what I would have expected him to do-he made time to meet with representatives of a social movement that represented constituents from several regions of the STATE of Colorado-of which Hickenlooper is Chief Executive. 

Do you really think that the Governor should meet at any random time with whomever arrives at his office yelling the loudest?  How would any of the State's business-which is ostensibly the people's business-get done?  I'm not saying the Governor is a superior entity, I'm saying that ideally he represents all the citizens of the state.  As we all know, he's done a piss-poor job of executing those duties, and has failed completely to protect the rights of his constituents as they relate to the Constitutionally protected right of free expression.  

What I'm saying is that I feel we need to be more realistic in choosing tactics, and that we need to pick the tactics most likely to succeed.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

You are wrong, and you don't have the decency to identify yourself.

Rob
Rob

Very well, Robert-I'm Rob.  I work with you on one of OD's many committees.  We've met, right?  When we assert that someone is wrong, we normally provide some evidence, or at least a cogent argument in support of our position.  For reference, please see my post at the bottom of this thread. 

West Guest
West Guest

Corey Donahue is a TRUE PATRIOT!!!

Robert Chase is a TRUE PATRIOT!!!

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