Occupy Denver: Protesters deliver pizza to Capitol, continue to occupy governor's office

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As part of their plan to regularly occupy the governor's office, a small group of Occupy Denver protesters made a second trip to the Capitol today. About ten people have rotated in and out of the building since 11 a.m. this morning, and while a few have been removed on occasion, only one has been banned: Thunderdome protester Corey Donahue, who yesterday was arrested inside the building.

The occupation follows a week without significant demonstration activity from protesters -- so a handful decided to up the movement's attention ante through a continued presence inside the Capitol. Eventually, the group hopes to occasional 3 p.m. general assembly meetings will be held at the building.

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Corey Domahue is removed from the state capitol.
Aside from a few instances involving medical marijuana and large bags, most members have been allowed to enter and occupy the building. "Yesterday, I walked in there, and we had a meeting and were occupying until Corey was arrested," Kerri Kellerman says. "They refused to let me in because of my bag, but someone else volunteered to take it back to camp for me, and I managed to get in."

Those who volunteer to occupy the Capitol are currently being rewarded with hot food, which Donahue had delivered to the Capitol steps this afternoon to feed the assorted protesters. The money for the food comes from the Thunderdome's donation budget and today paid for one pepperoni and one cheese pizza to feed the approximately ten occupiers who spent most of their day in the governor's office.

Donahue, who was accused of verbally assaulting a state patrol officer this morning, is currently prohibited from entering, though officials aren't sure how long this ban will last, officer C.J. Valdez says. Donahue says he'll return tomorrow to see if the ban is still in place, though a final attempt today ended with him being promptly escorted from the building and the door shut behind him.

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Protester Corey Donahue is filmed during an attempt to occupy the Capitol.
When asked how state troopers are enforcing Donahue's ban from the building, Valdez said that a supervisor made the decision and that there's no need to pass around Donahue's image. "We're all aware who he is," Valdez says. "We've had experience with him before."

Yesterday, Donahue was removed from the premises and arrested for failing to appear in court for a traffic violation. Although he did fail to appear in court for one case last week, Donahue says it was not because of any traffic violation: His first two charges related to Occupy Denver, for alleged unlawful conduct on state property and unlawful sexual contact. According to him, these cases were scheduled for simultaneous hearings, and Donahue attended one while his lawyer went to the other.

"When I went into the building, a staff member said, 'You're Corey, right?'" Donahue says. "She recognized me, and all day today I've had this security guard staring at me out the window as I sit on the steps. Further down the rabbit hole, Alice."

More from our Occupy Denver archive: "Occupy Denver protesters want their dog-and-leader to meet with Governor Hickenlooper."

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Matilda
Matilda

Exactly, Chris. There is a better way than not shaving a nasty beard. Our tax dollars are constantly wasted anyway. How many must live in Mom's basement and borrow stepdad's tent?

Myfriendisrad
Myfriendisrad

The hand of the camera holder has track marks. How classy. How totally worker classy. Occupy opiates?

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LarryQ5
LarryQ5

Tis pretty sad when the smartest of them all is the damn dog.

jeau
jeau

Corey, please your actions are foolish and you know it. You are not a moron, you are capable of presenting a well thought out argument. Yet you choose to play the clown, I would find your actions cute and charming if you were a precocious prepubescent boy. I ask you, is your emotional state still that of a child? I ask you to consider how your actions effect the Occupy movement its image and its effectiveness at bringing forth the change to this world it so desperately needs. This is not a joke there is no humor in the suffering people are enduring. I see in your actions a willingness to play the victim and in that I see a tragic personal story. It is time for you to use your story in a more productive manner for yourself and in doing so your protest's will bear fruit. I hope this is the path you choose because I know from experience (mine  and others) that the longer you continue as you are the greater your suffering will become. I do hope I am wrong in my analysis. Please let your actions prove me wrong.

anonymous
anonymous

Dear God, this man is an idiot.  The Occupy Denver GA was offered a meeting with the Governor's Chief of Staff and they rejected it.  At that time, Corey did not make any statement regarding his desire to meet with the Governor.  Kerri didn't say anything about wanting to attend that meeting either.  

If you've already been offered a meeting and you reject that meeting, you can't go around demanding that people see you the second that it's convenient for you.  This whole thing is just so inane and it makes everyone in Occupy Denver look bad.

Joseph
Joseph

Have you ever met the guy? He's not really being given a fair shake here.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

No, YOU are an idiot!

I am a witness to Corey Donahue's good behaviour today when the CSP inappropriately denied him access to the Capitol.

The CSP makes it up as they go along -- if an unnamed supervisor says it, "it's the Law" -- only in Cawleraduh!

The State motto has should be changed from "Nil Sin Numine" to "Omnes Ad Hoc".

anonymous
anonymous

Actually, I've met both Robert and Corey.  I like Robert.  Corey is a completely different issue.  If anything, Westword is being a little easy on him.  He's got a serious case of ODD.

NotWoofka
NotWoofka

Which one?  Robert or Corey?  Corey is a harmless idiot..he probably means well, but his ego gets in the way of his good sense.  Robert is truly insane; at least he is reliably entertaining in his craziness!

Robert Needs a LIfe.
Robert Needs a LIfe.

No, Robert, YOU are an blithering idiot!

We are all witness to your rambling rants on here...

Do you eat bat-shit for breakfast, lunch and dinner? If not, how the heck did you get so off-the-wall crazy?

Joseph
Joseph

No, YOU are an blithering idiot! I'm cooking you a bat-shit omelette.

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