Occupy Denver: Hickenlooper, Hancock called hypocrites at benefit to feed homeless

Categories: Occupy Denver

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Thanksgiving began a day early -- and a bit shaky -- for Occupy Denver this morning when the group's kitchen collective, the Thunderdome, took to the Denver Rescue Mission to confront Mayor Michael Hancock and Governor John Hickenlooper. The politicians acted as symbolic hosts of a holiday benefit to feed the homeless, an act the Thunderdome has previously attempted with Occupy Denver's constituency, a segment of which is homeless. Both Hickenlooper and Hancock left the building before the group confronted them en masse.

Protesters began brainstorming the event on Tuesday and organized its entire scope in fewer than 24 hours. Overnight, about five people cooked large portions of soup, rice and coffee, which were today accompanied by bagels and burritos in the gathering directly across from the lines of people waiting to enter the Denver Rescue Mission. Approximately fifty protesters met to gather and add their own presence and food across the street from what they viewed as a "hypocritical photo opportunity."

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Kelsey Whipple
One protester holds a sign supporting the Thunderdome.
"Our goal was to feed people, first and foremost, to spread information about our society, to voice our rights within the movement and to create a direct action with Hickenlooper and Hancock," says Darren Lyman, an organizer with the Thunderdome and Fight With Food. "They keep tearing down the Thunderdome weekend after weekend, and all we want to do is feed people, but they say it's an encumbrance. We wanted to show them that their photo opportunity at the Denver Rescue Mission is hypocrisy at its finest."

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Kelsey Whipple
Occupy Denver Thunderdome supporters stand on the street corner to protest in front of the Denver Rescue Mission.
Starting at 10 a.m., Thunderdome supporters gathered and set up food across the street while holding up signs with slogans decrying the kitchen's continued destruction and supporting the rights of the homeless. The physical Thunderdome has been torn down five times to date during altercations between protesters and police, and at the current moment, it does not have a presence in Civic Center Park. The kitchen in its stead now is a smaller (and communist) affair.

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Kelsey Whipple
Chalk on the sidewalk marks the group's message.
During the benefit for the homeless, a group of eight protesters organized to enter the mission and present a hand-written note to the politicians while making a public statement about their own attempts to feed the homeless. The plan was thwarted, however, when Hickenlooper and Hancock left the building, and one benefit attendee experienced a seizure during the meal.

Only a few protesters, Corey Donahue included, successfully greeted Hickenlooper and Hancock as they left the building.

"I think it was successful in that we're continuing to feed people, but when we went into the mission, they knew who we were and exited the building," Lyman says. "It all goes to show that we can still, with just our presence, make a statement of addressing our grievances and relaying our message and showing that we still have the power. I'm sure they read some of our signs out here."

More from our Occupy Denver archive: "Occupy Denver marks its two-month anniversary today: the photo story."

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Local Business Owner
Local Business Owner

Thunderdome is gross.  They should shut that crap down.  You don't "Occupy" by wasting city resources   Go to work and spend your money locally.  Use cash.  Stop feeding the system.  We are having the same problems in Colorado Springs with the "Occupy" Bull.  You can not beat corporate greed by hanging out on a street corner or in a park or at the town hall.  You beat it by boycotting the big box stores. Shop locally.  That is the ONLY way to do it.

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Light Rail Tattler
Light Rail Tattler

Occupy should go home for Thanksgiving.We are in the eye of a hurricane.We endured the financial meltdown.We endured a very expensive war.The cost of the war is equal to the amount of debt the Supercommittee cannot agree on how to pay.I think by this time next year, the United States and Europe will be entering the exit of the hurricane.So go home and enjoy a Thanksgiving while it is calm in the eye of the hurricane.

Jtcolfax
Jtcolfax

http://i1089.photobucket.com/a...

4000 protesters nationwide are heading to COURT, and Denver leads off with a Magistrate who bans PENS from court, forcing people to use FINGERNAILS to scratch down INFO.

Silas Sconiers (Gary Indiana)
Silas Sconiers (Gary Indiana)

I think many speak with forked tongues you don't see any off them outside the state lottery office protesting the ridiculous grand prize payouts of the power ball some have equalled to 1/4 billion payed to a single winner who takes all that money out of circulation.

The morons are no different than their congressman who want to cut back but not my program or cash cow!

Jennifer Wohletz
Jennifer Wohletz

It's good to know that our elected officials are so terrified of answering OD's questions that Mayor Hancock would resort to jumping off a loading bay into an alley. Real classy.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

Hickenlooper at least walked out the front door -- where we confronted him.  Hancock (with family in tow) on the other hand tried to sneak out the back by hopping down off a loading bay in the alley behind the building, where we confronted him nonetheless -- a most undignified exit, and all in a vain attempt to avoid a few critics!

Guest
Guest

And how exactly does this address the issue of feeding the homeless?  You are off topic.

REVEREND SYUNG MOON
REVEREND SYUNG MOON

ALL YOU HOMELESS ARE NOW MAN AND WIFE

NOW RETURN TO CIVIC CENTER PARK FOR YOUR HONEY MOON

ABBYDANE
ABBYDANE

YOU ARE SO WRONG  need to read up more and educate yourself to the real going on behind the scene  that you and hose still no awake are not wanting to believe.

Jtcolfax
Jtcolfax

the site needs to be named the Mayor Hancock Memorial Loading Dock from here on out.

Light Rail Tattler
Light Rail Tattler

When tents were going up at Veteran's Memorial State Park you made a comment Hickenlooper could not make a decision to arrest the protesters.Who's the hipocrite, liar and antagonist? Robert Chase that's who.

Jtcolfax
Jtcolfax

Surely pictures of this shame are coming forth.  I saw loads of very ragged people being fed at the Thunderdome, and it's a shame these 2 goons couldn't have realized the far better photo op would have been to let the Thunderdome stay, and to be seen serving from it's tables.  Instead Denver has flashed images around the world of riot police ATTACKING food.  Thousands of dollars worth of food, donated by good, caring people has been mashed up in garbage trucks.  I wish I had gotten down there for this one.  I would like to have seen Hickenlooper V. Donahue.  Was there any groping?

Light Rail Tattler
Light Rail Tattler

It's been a tradition for the Governor to serve food at the Denver Rescue Mission during Thanksgiving.Denver Rescue Mission also owns The Crossings on Smith Road. They own the property all around The Crossings, as such can keep the drug dealers away; they are doing an excellent job rebuilding lives of the fallen.At any given time of day or night, there are hundreds of drug addicts and dealers all around the Denver Rescue Mission and as a result cars are broken into and people assaulted.I think it is wrong for either side, the Governor or Occupy to use these people for their propaganda.The way to reduce the homeless is for the city to work out some sort of exchange of property, swap the Denver Rescue Mission for some city property where the Denver Rescue Mission has control of a large area of property, put a fence up around it and keep the drug dealers away from the people they are trying to help.

ABBYDANE
ABBYDANE

 OMG  ARE YOU FOR REAL  WTF  A ~HOLE

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

Only "antagonist" is right, and what are you trying to say about my several comments on the subject? 

Patrick Marsden
Patrick Marsden

The Thunderdome woud never let those fake ass facist media whores serve in our kitchen unless they resigned from their positions of power and admit and apologize to those that they have destroyed.- chef night walker

Blake Weaver
Blake Weaver

the government already has that figured out they are called f.e.m.a concentration camps they are here in america just get on you tube alex jones glen beck keith olbermann jesse ventura this is not conspiracy theory hour this is reality and reality says these people in power do not give one sacred shit for thei constituients  excuse the spelling error but hey i am just a convict who cant find a job who got tired and started a militia instead and i say  lets excercise our declaration of independence and excercise our right to revolt and abort this government and fuck your regs concerning structures yeah fuck and you goodbye

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