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#OccupyDenver: Protesters Plan 'No Confidence' Rally At Democratic Fundraiser

Occupy Denver No Confidence Rally

The Huffington Post   First Posted: 02/10/2012 10:23 am Updated: 02/10/2012 2:18 pm

On Saturday, while Colorado democrats hold their 79th annual Jefferson Jackson Dinner fundraiser inside the Sheraton Denver Downtown hotel, just outside Occupy Denver will be holding a "no confidence" rally to protest the current state of government.

Participants in the "no confidence" rally will be invited to cast a vote of "no confidence" as a symbolic act of protest. The occupiers will also be hosting a dinner courtesy of their famed Thunderdome kitchen. Reacting against the ticket prices of the Colorado Democratic Party dinner which range from $125 for an individual ticket all the way to $2,500 for a table, Occupy Denver said this about their own dinner plans, "Unlike the 1% dinner taking place inside, The Thunderdome will be serving free food to everyone."

Occupy Denver made this statement on their website when announcing the protest:

In the wake of brutal repression of Occupies across america, the passing of the National Defense Authorization Act, the militarization of the US police force and the growing rich and poor gap it has become obvious that the government is ready to go to war with its own people. Obama, the Democrats and their “get out the vote” organizations are use the language of the Occupy movement for their own ends while ignoring the brutality that Occupiers have endured by the state that claims to protect them. Our government cheered on protestors in Egypt, Libya, Syria, and across Eastern Europe. When those same protests erupted in the US they slandered us in the mainstream media, threw provocateurs into our midst to disrupt our activities and attacked us brutally, repeatedly. What we are seeing in the US is a modern reincarnation of the same social movements that got us the 8 hour work day, minimum wage, and civil rights, and our government is engaging in business as usual. We will not stand for the phony populism on display in Washington DC. We are not fighting for a few token gestures so we can all go home and feel good, we are engaging in a ruthless criticism of everything. Today less than 1% controls the wealth and thus the politics in this country, much of it facilitated by dinners like these.

This $10,000 fundraiser is held in a time where more people have signed up for food stamps then ever and homelessness has been nearly criminalized in Denver. In front of Civic Center Park, many of our houseless brothers hold down the Occupation 24-7. The state has taken our tents, our structures and our sleeping bags yet our comrades on The Row have built an enduring community there. Many folks are awoken every night with police throwing their things around and generally harassing them, this is what it has come to on the streets of Denver. Many people ask why our homeless brothers and sisters don't go to shelters? Did you know that there isn't enough beds in Denver to sleep 50% of the homeless population? Democracy is ugly and our government's treatment of the least priviledged among us is despicable.

Occupy Denver plans to meet at Civic Center Park at 4 p.m. and then march down to the Sheraton hotel from the park. Visit OccupyDenver.org for more details on the rally.

The 79th annual Jefferson Jackson Dinner events begin at 5:30 p.m. with registration and a silent auction, 6 p.m. VIP reception and 7 p.m. dinner. For more information on the dinner, visit the Democratic Part of Denver website.

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    DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 27: Early morning traffic passes the Colorado state capitol building and the 'Occupy Denver' camp at dawn on October 27, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. Demonstrators have continued their protest, now more than a month old, despite a winter snowstorm and nighttime temperatures in the 20s. Several of them have been treated for hypothermia. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

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    DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 26: A snow-dusted protest sign sits under a tree at the 'Occupy Denver' camp on October 26, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. Some 25 protesters slept at the camp overnight as a winter snow storm moved in, and several demonstrators have been taken to the hospital for hypothermia. Despite the severe weather, protesters have vowed to continue their demonstration, now more than a month old. The heavy snowstorm hit Denver and the Rocky's front range after record high temperatures in the 80's earlier in the week. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

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    DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 27: A protest sign lies covered in frost at the 'Occupy Denver' camp on October 27, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. Demonstrators have continued their protest, now more than a month old, despite a winter snowstorm and nighttime temperatures in the 20s. Several of them have been treated for hypothermia. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

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    DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 29: Protesters walk past the Colorado state capital building during an 'Occupy Denver' march on October 29, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. Some 1,000 people took part in the march in solidarity with other 'occupy' movements around the country. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

  • Signs Of Occupy Denver

    DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 29: Protesters chant slogans during an 'Occupy Denver' march through downtown on October 29, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. Some 1,000 people took part in the march in solidarity with other 'occupy' movements around the country. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

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    DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 29: Protesters chant anti-bank slogans during an 'Occupy Denver' march on October 29, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. Some 1,000 people took part in the march in solidarity with other 'occupy' movements around the country. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

  • Signs Of Occupy Denver

    DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 29: Protesters chant anti-bank slogans during an 'Occupy Denver' march on October 29, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. Some 1,000 people took part in the march in solidarity with other 'occupy' movements around the country. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

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    DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 29: Policemen in riot gear face off with demonstrators at the 'Occupy Denver' camp on October 29, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. Following a march by protesters, police tried to tear down some newly-erected tents at the encampment and scuffled with demonstrators. Police detained about a half dozen people, pepper-sprayed others and reportedly fired rubber bullets at the crowd during the melee. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

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    DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 05: An Occupy Denver demonstrator holds a protest sign at a Chase bank branch on November 5, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. Hundreds of demonstrators marched in a peaceful protest, denouncing the Federal Reserve and urging customers to close their accounts with large banks and deposit their funds into local credit unions. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

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    DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 05: People play chess as Occupy Denver protesters march past the Denver Federal Reserve building on November 5, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. Hundreds of demonstrators marched in a peaceful protest, denouncing the Federal Reserve and urging customers to close their accounts with large banks and deposit their funds into local credit unions. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

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    DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 05: Occupy Denver protesters walk past the U.S. Federal Reserve building on November 5, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. Hundreds of demonstrators marched through downtown Denver, denouncing the Federal Reserve and urging customers to close their accounts with large banks and deposit their funds into local credit unions. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

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    Members of Occupy Denver and the Colorado Progressive Coalition protest outside of the Wells Fargo Performing Arts Center in Denver where US Chamber of Commerce CEO Tom Donahue was speaking at the Colorado Chamber of Commerce's annual luncheon on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

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    Occupy Denver protester Claudia Livingston, 63, of Westminster, Colo., chants with others at a rally at Denver's City and County Building, on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

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    Britte Notzold and her daughter Ida, 1, joined Occupy Denver protesters at a rally at Denver's City and County Building , on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

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    Occupy Denver protesters Roshan Bliss, left, and Neal Brown kneel on the steps of Denver's City and County Building with their hands bound and their mouths gagged during a rally on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

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