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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The Occupy Wall Street movement is getting ready to occupy the presidential campaign.

Iowa activists are planning to “shut down” campaign offices of all presidential contenders in the week leading up to the Jan. 3 caucuses in the hope that direct confrontation with the political system — at a time when hundreds of journalists will have descended on the state to cover the first official battle in the Republican presidential primary campaign — will focus national debate on income inequality, money in politics, and the needs of the “99 percent.”

  • Paulhaider74

    Yes, we will occupy Iowa in spite of the fact that IOWA is an acronym for Idiots Out Wandering Around; I still resent that state for killing Buddy Holly.
    Paul Haider, Chicago

  • kathleen

    I truly believe this is the only way we can get those “egos” to listen to us. Keep up the good and honest American way!

  • legsdiamond

    @ Paulhaider74: Now that’s the way to get more Iowans involved in “Occupy”, insult them. Sounds elitist to me……but you ARE from Chicago, so……..

  • legsdiamond

    Keep up the good work, Occupiers!!!

  • jimackermann

    The real greed comes from the White House. If you want more money, put your signs up in front of the President and tell him to stop stealing our money.

  • iowoman

    what a bunch of bunk!! some guys good with pr started this. there is NO consensus on this…those who started it do not even know what concensus is!! it’s a dangerous idea re the climate & weather in iowa in january, and there is NO NEED to mess with an ever so SLIGHTLY democratic process!! who do these fools think they are and how dare they put out a press release like this w/o getting consensus from ALL THE OCCUPY GENERAL ASSEMBLIES? journalists and those easily seduced by folly…BEWARE!! stay in YOUR OWN COMMUNITY and keep OCCUPY strong!! and stay warm! and save fuel!! SOLIDARITY WITH LOCAL AUTONOMOUS OCCUPATIONS!!! OCCUPY WALL STREET AND ITS TENACLES leave the caucuses alone..they are going to self implode as usual when the elephants and the donkeys try to dance!!!!!!

  • Wib

    Be careful. Make sure that the police and anti-protesters generate the violence that is sure to come and be certain that it is properly recorded by the media. The wounding of that Marine in Oakland (there are no ex-Marines) has galvanized many bystanders in the public to feel sympathy for the protests. We need this to continue if real change is to have a chance of taking place. Otherwise, all may be lost.

  • butterfly

    heck Obama had his Ipod kids swarm the Iowa Caucus’s in 2008..so what it the problem with Occupy Wall Street doing it now?? and Funny this is getting media attention when Obama’s swarmers got none!
    Oh and I know..I was a caucus Co-captain in Iowa to make sure eveyrthing was legal in 2008 and when myself and so many other Co-Captains complained we were ignored!!!!! Oh and P.S. a top dog Newsweek reporter was at the caucus I was charged with making sure all went correctly, never wrote a thing about the illegal 2 bus loads of young people brought in from Illinois crashed the caucus with for Obama, and intimidated and ran off the grannies there to caucus for Hillary.
    ( and no I was not a Hillary supporter..I was there for the national DNC..I was brought there from Florida!) Not a thing was done about Obama cheating in the Iowa Caucus’s..not a word from the national media!!!!

    So bring it on OWS..make waves and ignore the complacent media..ignroe the Obama tactics of trying to shut you up!!

    I may join you ..gladly!!!!!!

  • Totenkatz

    So preventing Americans from freely and without harassment to participate in the caucuses is a good idea for the occupiers? Not only is it a bad idea it is probably illegal but then again the occupiers don’t care about the law or other people’s wishes, property or freedom of movement. You have a right to assemble, you and your supports are always saying, but they forget to add the word “peaceful”. I support your right to peaceful assembly but not the right to illegally assemble.

  • TFDan

    Great idea, but please keep it civil and peaceful.

  • Almost Sane

    It just seems ironic that now that OWS has raised $494,000.00 they have become part of the 1% and, having earned more than %340,000.00, are no longer part of the 99%. It seems that even protesting capitalism has become capitalistic.

  • carykerr

    Just keep up the good reporting/opinion. Opinions change when people have an opportunity to hear the truth.

  • rpbrpbrpb1

    How to donate to OWS???

  • sabu

    This is the right time to show strength and reveal the greedy polititions.Show up during the coccus and national debate.Both Republicans and Democrate will unite to protect the interest if 1%.These are guys who exploit our valuable natural resources like oil,water,minerals due to all Americans.These 1% shipped our manufacturing jobs to China,wiping out our middle class and made huge profits and share by themselves paying no taxes.Politicions from Richard Nixon to Barrack Obama helped them to do this.These 1% like Exxon Mobile and Halliburton benefited because of the war and our foreign policy and got record profit of 42 billion a year(Exxon Mobile) when we pay $4 at Gas Station.We the 99% suffered and sacrificed our valuable lives at war and due to our foreign policy.When the Exxon Mobile made record profit year after year they paid no tax instead got millions of Tax payer money by way tax credits and incentives for their so called research for green energy.The politicians do nothing when the 1% -the corporate America exploited us by way of higher higher tarrifs,fees,prices at every point.They did nothing when big banks decided to introduce $60 to use Debit Card for our own money,when they no interest for the money in our Checking A/C.The wall Street got billions of Tax payer money @0.25%fro the Federal Reserve and invested in stock markets making huge profits and sharing.Their greed collapse our retirement funds,thrown out of our homes, wiped out the middle class America.Wall Steet Executives making millions as compensation from the profit they made by firing the low paid workers,closing down branches,outsourcing,Tax credits etc etc.They ignore the valuable contributions of our Scientists,Engineers,Technologists,Teachers who are considered to be our greatest strength and gave undue importance to MBA Wall Street Executives, Attorneys,Politicians and other Celebrities.No where in the world we can see the football coach is paid more than that of the University President.The 1% want us to spend our time to watch the sports and movies and not to engage in any political process.The lobbyist and the power brokers will decide our future.This is the first time America see a natural and spontaneous reaction of the 99%.Tea Party movement are also the other side of the coin but they were high jacked by the so called conservatives.We had hope in 2008 in Obama but he miserably spoiled our expectation.He missed his chances to do something when Volcker and Elizabeth Warren came forward.Instead Obama favored lobbyist and Wall Street.

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  • Veronica Lack

    When the Speaker asked what the Hillary Delegates wanted we shouted, “We wanted the Clinton Economy Back.” The speaker was speechless, NO ANSWER

  • mokeefeman

    This is a good idea. And in order for it to work we have to maintain the integrity of nonviolence. This integrity has to begin within and emanate without. We cannot afford to be overly confrontational because that will give an opportunity for harsh criticism of the Occupy movement. Even our speech has to reflect this. While we may be angry, and we all know we have reason to be, if that anger takes over our perspective we will lose the moral high ground and, finally, the good fight we are fighting.

  • jp73

    Just Imagine how all the millions spent on mud slinging and backbiting politics could be spent on helping those in need. How many people could be feed, how many homes could be saved, if someone wants to win the election then lets see them spend some of their millions on helping those who really need it.

  • bamcintyre

    Financial conservatism is a global agenda, not a personal one. Sending huge amounts of total capital to a very few is not conservative. Helping the middle class obtain a future for themselves and their children is. If I could attend, I would do so. Instead, I will contribute and attend to local occupations. As an official old fart, you can be sure I will at least vote.

  • BarbaraDaleKikulski

    IF THE PEOPLE WILL LEAD THE LEADERS WILL FOLLOW! It is our right to rise up against a dysfunctional government. Let us face it – we are dysfunctional we are broke, bust and teetering on the verge of collapsing. If you are not angry, then you are not paying attention!

  • jbakerjonathan

    What revisionist history have you been reading? The state didn’t kill Holly, Valens and Richardson. Fateful choices made by those three, together with the inexperience of the pilot, were to result in their deaths. Those choices were made in Iowa and that’s the only connection to Iowa you can make.

  • DianneLee

    This could get ugly. Obama has wisely distanced himself from the OWS movement because a leaderless, grassroots group may mostly agree with his general ideas as to which direction the country should take, but there is no telling what some part of that group may decide to do. Obama doesn’t need to spend his campaign explaining why a group he supported decided to burn down someone’s campaign office, or the local Walmart, possibly with a lose of life.

  • atp2007

    I lived in Iowa for over 15 years and have participated in the Caucuses. The idea that any group could ‘overwhelm’ the Caucuses is absurd. First off there are many many wide-spread gathering/voting areas and you would need a huge higly mobile group to cover them all, which is especially hard in Iowa because the major Republican areas are outside the urban areas of Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City and the Quad Cities. It would take a lot of bodies and mileage to cover any significant number of them, especially in January in Iowa. Secondly, you can not get passed the door and into the area where the meeting (caucus) takes place unless you are registered to vote in Iowa for the party. So they would be left “out in the cold’ and I do mean COLD! Third,the Caucuses are run by the campaigns and local political workers who know who doesn’t belong and they function with a lot of trust between them. They could easily exclude any outsiders. Fourth, I have been to the campaign headquarters of many of the candidates in the past, disrupting them is not that important during the caucuses as it is on election day. It doesn’t take much organization that night as most of it has been done locally beforehand, especially in the Republican caucus which does not involve trading vootes for delagets as they use more of a winner take all primary type vote rather than splitting into groups and counting proportional delegate allotment. This article is nonsense.

  • sarahg

    I certainly hope there will be physical confrontations. That’s what’s needed to bring about REAL change and to make ourselves heard and to be freed from this incredible financial and legal domination we live under in this country. I know I’m ready for it
    !!!!

  • DB

    It will be interesting if the Occupiers attack the Democrats, one of whose governors, is a big Wall Streeter!!! John Corzine to be specific.

  • DB

    Advocating violence are we? That’s what Mr. Stalin, Mr. Mao, Mr. Pol Pot, Mr. Castro and all your other supporters advocated.

  • Alan8

    Occupy Ann Arbor supports this! The corporate-funded, two-party duopoly is a fascist offense to the notion of democracy.

    Any organized opposition to this is good. Naomi Wolf (who recognized the threat of fascism in America YEARS ago) has some good advice for the Occupy Movement: http://www.nationofchange.org/people-versus-police-1320158599

    In particular:

    “Many protesters insist in remaining leaderless, which is a mistake. A leader does not have to sit atop a hierarchy: a leader can be a simple representative. Protesters should elect representatives for a finite “term,” just like in any democracy, and train them to talk to the press and to negotiate with politicians.”

    Our movement needs spokespersons to appear coherent, and to let US know what direction the movement is headed in our name. This helps us in the movement provide feedback to keep it on course.

  • DAlnB

    Hats off to those who have the ability, desire and stamina to participate in these events. These are the people who will get America back on track and return us to the quality of life we once dreamed of and worked so hard to achieve. We have been robbed by America’s big corporations, politicians and greedy CEOs who, at the expense of working class Americans, have ensured big business dominates the nation.
    . It will be interesting to see how Limbaugh, Hannity and his FOX folks respond to this one. It will be interesting to see how GOP leaders manipulate and capitalize on infractions of laws by the few suggesting they represent the whole!

    . God be with you all; ninety-nine percent of America is counting on you to do the right thing, enthusiastically and legally!

  • DAlnB

    A Quick Grading: in my estimation –

    – The Best comment so far – ip73 on Wed 11/02/2011 @ 11:02am (JUST IMAGINE). The GOPs mission of creating failure in Washington has cost Tax Payers billions of dollars and prevented success of Fix America efforts. A little help from obstructionist Tea Party Republicans would have helped get us back on track.
    – The Worst comment so far: sarahg on Wed. 11/02/2011 @11:47am (Occupy movement in Iowa). Advocating ANY physical violence is absurd. Strength comes in united numbers and needs to violence to get their message out. MUCH more intimidating is a united voice with honest achievable and realistic goals. I would hope any leaders, assigned, elected, or by proxy who detects any form of physical confrontation would immediately remove the source or assist in the apprehension and release to authorities the perpetrator. Make points by doing the right thing, peacefully, enthusiastically and legally!
    AND – as a side note for Wib on Wed, 11/02/2011 – 9:21am (Occupying Iowa Caucuses). You are correct in suggesting restraint but it should be remembered that the incident involving the marine was a result of demonstrators first assaulting law enforcement officers and it has yet to be determined if the object was thrown by LEO or another protestor. Regardless of who started the mess or who threw the object there should NOT be a repeat of that incident. There is by all reasonable expectations a chance those who oppose the occupations will instigate violence or unruly l incidents to discredit the efforts of the group.

  • Donn

    This statement…”The demonstrations will not just target Republicans. The “Occupy” protesters — who converged on a local Obama for America field office on Oct. 22 to register their discontent — are nearly as skeptical of Democrats…

    Tells me that the big unions from Chicago are probably behind this along with the Obamacrats. Occupy Wall Street just lost me. I thought these people were intelligent, they should be at the White House.

  • bocacassidy

    This is no longer the “right of free assembly”..It is ANARCHY , and definitely obstructs the free functioning of the public right to political expression by orthodox process . The OWS activity now is totally out of order !

  • Long Time Observers

    The thing that angers the right the most is that affter 30 years of a free ride their lies and deciet are being called out and pushed back. The repubs and their propoganda people want the corporations to rule this country and are willing to destroy the constituion to do it.

  • 2lolo

    I’LL BE THERE IN IOWA AND ALL CAUCUSES!!!! EVER IF I MUST WALK TO IOWA AND TO ALL 50 STATES, WELL SWIM TO HAWAII………….
    I MIGHT BE JUST ONE BUT I KNOW THERE ARE MILLIONS MORE 99% COMING………… THE REPUBLICANS TEA PARTY AND DEM. THINKS WE ARE JUST NOBODY!!! WE ARE AMERICANS!!! WHO HAD IT WITH ALL THE CRAP FROM WASHINGTON DC.

  • American

    Please keep up the good work OWS. You’re doing the right thing. The masses are with you.

  • Dale Stewart

    I am not an official representitive of the Ron Paul campaign. However, I think I can freely speak for the many other concerned Americans who support this visionary statesman as he tries to change Washington from the inside out.
    Please come by the campaign headquarters, you are all welcome. We will be happy to engage the Occupy crowd with intelligent and meaningful dialogue. All we ask is that you assemble peacefully, respectfully, and bring an open mind.
    It would also be of great benefit to the discourse if you did a little bit of research on Dr. Paul’s positions and record.
    Ron Paul is a champion for YOUR LIBERTY.
    Ron Paul has been WARNING about the problems that led to the economic collapse and the ensuing OWS protests for a very long time.
    Ron Paul is the ONLY PEACE CANDIDATE.
    We greatly anticipate your visit.

  • American

    Please keep up the good work OWS. You’re doing the right thing. The masses are with you.

  • American

    Power to OWS. The masses are with you all the way.

  • jose lafaurie

    This is a movement that could get some results because it is bringing the silent majority out. Our Democracy has been slowly eroded and converted into a Corpurocracy. The political parties have been purchased by Mulltinational Corporations and, since they are the experts in selling products, they have been selling us politicians like they sell coca cola or exlax. Knowing who the enemy is is the key to a successful war campaign. We need to change our entire Senate and our congress with people who are not concern about them selves and how much money and power I can amass while i am up there, they all have lost touch with “the American Citizen” they all have nothing in common with us, they live in space where all their needs are taking care of by the daily raping of our labor. This has been a very well planned event, it has taken them fifty years to accomplish and they no longer hide or do their immoral and unethical deeds behind close doors, they have protected themselves by writing laws and then give them to their already purchased politicians to enact. If we want to make a change in America we must come together and restrain the power that Corporations have attained in the last fifty years, we must stop allowing CEOs and Board of Directors to get away with stealing and down right murdering while hiding behind the Seal of a Corporation. Since a Corporation can not be send to the Electric chair or applied a lethal injection, we must held those in charge of them liable and strip them of all wealth accumulated while running such unethical or immoral business practices. The President of the USA does not have the power to change a thing in this country only us, WE THE PEOPLE, but in order to do this we must know who we are facing and who is truly trying to enslave all of us. History has taught us what happened to every country or nation that has run into the financial difficulty that this country is in now, they will at the end turn towards their own citizens to maintain their hold on power.

  • pmk

    People power should never be under estimated. It has brought down tyrants, evil despots, and empires and forced political change. The OWS isn’t some aberration or a passing phase. It represents the deeply-held beliefs of a vast majority of people who have seen their lives significantly worsen because of the rampant greed of corporate America and the banking sector.

    Why is that not a single banker was indicted for virtually taking a wrecking ball to the US economy and its equally ruinous ripple effects globally?

    While the Dems have also been a part of the problem, I shudder to think what a Republican house and Congress will do to an already crisis situation. For the good of this great country one hopes that from this brave movement will arise a third party that is dedicated to improving the life’s of the 99%. May OWS go from strength to strength.

  • BubbaGump

    Maybe you occupy nutbags havent seen iowa in the winter. come on down. i guess we can laugh at your sorry freezing _____ here too 🙂

  • par

    Thank goodness for these brave people. I participated in one “Occupy” in the little town where I live for four hours. We should thank these people who can do it every day.Since there is no third party, if we don’t vote for President Obama, what in the heck is the alternative? Think about it.

  • LFS2012

    House + Senate Judiciary Oversight: http://bit.ly/tHRRuf

  • jose lafaurie

    OCCUPY, OCCUPY EVERY THING
    QUESTION THE EXISTING MORALITY
    QUESTION EVERYTHING
    TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ACTIONS OF THOSE WHO WERE ELECTED AND NOW NEED TO BE REMOVED BY THE POWER VESTED ON US BY THE CONTRACT WE ENTERED WHEN WE BECAME A COUNTRY: THE US CONSTITUTION.
    I LOVE WHAT I AM SEEING AND IT GIVES ME HOPE THAT THIS TOO WE SHALL OVERCOME!

  • The Illuminati

    All we want is a New World, with no National Borders, one world currency, and Freedom for all! Freedom to do anything we want: “Do what thy wilt shall be the whole of the law”. Take away Government, and give the power to us!

  • West Winds

    “The real greed comes from the White House. If you want more money, put your signs up in front of the President and tell him to stop stealing our money.”

    Someone doesn’t understand how the government works.
    The President proposes and the Congress disposes.
    The only authority the President has is the veto which Congress can over turn with a two-thirds majority vote in both chambers (the Senate and the House).
    The President has NO SAY over the money; this is in the Constitution that the Congress alone shall have the authority to tax and spend (this is why people should stop listening to Faux News; because they constantly lie.)
    ALL MONEY ORIGINATES IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.
    ALL MONEY ORIGINATES IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.
    ALL MONEY ORIGINATES IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.
    No wonder this country is a mess. People don’t even know their history or civics!

  • azjenn

    This whole occupy movement which started out out on Wall Street is merely being run by soros & all his commie friends. If you get involved in such a movement in or around the IA caucus, then you will get what you deserve.

  • West Winds

    “All we want is a New World, with no National Borders, one world currency, and Freedom for all! Freedom to do anything we want: “Do what thy wilt shall be the whole of the law”. Take away Government, and give the power to us!”

    This makes about as much sense as a football game with no rules, just a lot of people running around crashing into each other.

  • West Winds

    “Maybe you occupy nutbags havent seen iowa in the winter. come on down. i guess we can laugh at your sorry freezing _____ here too :)”

    Those “nutbags” (occupiers) are patriots who are engaged in our Constitutionally given right to peaceful assembly to petition the government for redress. The only “nutbags” in Iowa are the ones who don’t understand what’s going on or what side of the 99%/1% divide they belong to.

  • West Winds

    “This whole occupy movement which started out out on Wall Street is merely being run by soros & all his commie friends. If you get involved in such a movement in or around the IA caucus, then you will get what you deserve.”

    Yeah, or you might run into some Marines in the occupy who have put their lives on the line for you and come home to no jobs, no medical and no respect thanks to people on the Right. PS “commie” went out in the 1960’s with the Cold War; you’re behind.

  • West Winds

    “Tells me that the big unions from Chicago are probably behind this along with the Obamacrats. Occupy Wall Street just lost me. I thought these people were intelligent, they should be at the White House.”

    This comment is a plant. No Democrat refers to themselves as an “Obamacrat” or has such disdain for the unions. (The operative word here is “probably”.) This is a Rightwinger posing as an openminded, unbrainwashed person. If this person understood, for real, what was going on and what Occupy is really all about, then nothing would disuade him from participation. This is someone trying to sow the seeds of doubt in the hopes of getting others to leave the movement. This tactic won’t work. This movement is about joblessness and the theft of billions of dollars by the banks (mortgage backed derivatives) and the industrialists. When this person and his family have no jobs, no medical, no housing and are deep in debt, that’s when you’ll see him change sides.

  • West Winds

    “I can see where some conservatives would really have no time for [the ‘Occupy’ activists], so that there would be some push-back, sometimes physically, and then you’ve got some TV pictures,” he added.

    If the “some conservatives” refers to members of Congress, they would be well advised to realize that the government is a representative government and that they are there in the government by the leave of We the People. Their JOB is to have time for We the People in whatever form that comes; such as the occupiers. As Cindy Sheehan said, “You don’t work for Haliburton, you work for us!”

  • NoParty

    Re: Please come by the campaign headquarters, you are all welcome. We will be happy to engage the Occupy crowd with intelligent and meaningful dialogue. All we ask is that you assemble peacefully, respectfully, and bring an open mind.

    As a “no party” citizen I am impressed with your sentiments – I am so turned off, actually angered and disgusted, by the name-calling (communist, socialist, Obamawhatever) and the non-factual party rhetoric spouted off by most commentators. If this is how the Ron Paul campaign is being run I am incredibly impressed and it’s one of the few posts that could actually sway me to get behind a campaign. Great MO, fantastic message and PR position. NICE JOB!

  • BubbaGump

    Those “nutbags” (occupiers) are patriots who are engaged in our Constitutionally given right to peaceful assembly to petition the government for redress. The only “nutbags” in Iowa are the ones who don’t understand what’s going on or what side of the 99%/1% divide they belong to.

    You mean “peaceful patriots” like, maybe, in Oakland? Yeah, self proclaimed “patriots” like yourself, West Winds, need to get off their emotional high (and their fat _____), and get to work taking care of themselves, their families, and, if you can spare your obviously precious time, some of the less fortunate in our country who need a hand, instead of parading around looking for a TV camera to pose for!

  • BubbaGump

    So, West Winds, if you must come to Iowa at caucus time, come on down. Wear your warm coat, your scarf, your boots, and be welcome. But please leave the “trash” from your Occupy movement in Oakland………………

  • RonRobinson

    The candidates’ offices are not where the caucuses take place. On the day, except perhaps for some logistics, the candidates’ workers are done, and the offices are quiet.

    If #OccupyDSM/#OccupyIowa wants to have some real influence, why won’t they be at the 3568 caucuses in the 1784 precincts? Too revealing of out-of-state influence? Not enough #Occupy folks to do a credible job?

    Of course, the #Occupy folks who are Iowa residents could just go to the caucuses and vote.

    Nawwww.

  • cminhtown

    If the “occupiers” screw up and get violent then the government is likely to Kent State that shit! Be careful how much confrontation you wish for.

  • Paulhaider74

    The problem with “swarming” Iowa is the fact that this Midwestern state does not contain any major city that has at least one million people in population. Does it make any sense for there to be an Occupy Des Moines or Occupy Cedar Rapids? We should stick with the cities that have a financial center associated with Wall Street and its white-collar corporate criminals.
    Paul Haider, Chicago