Occupy movement plans Iowa Caucus protests
The plan has been dubbed the “First in the Nation Caucus Occupation” - a play on words for the first-in-the-nation presidential contest. The idea is to have activists from across the nation, and possibly beyond, descend on Iowa.
The plan: “People coming to Iowa, occupying every presidential (candidate’s) office, shutting them down until they start talking real turkey about what’s going on in this country, where [there are] 99% of the people who are not benefiting, at the expense of the 1% who are getting away with murder,” said Frank Cordaro, one of the organizers.
The plan is to target offices for Republican candidates and President Barack Obama’s campaign offices in the state.
The Iowa General Assembly, of which Cordaro is a member, approved the plan to invite protesters from other Occupy movements to Iowa to protest at candidates’ campaign headquarters from December through the caucuses.
According to the Des Moines Register, the Occupy Iowa effort has been active since early October. On Oct. 22, protesters marched to Obama’s Des Moines campaign office “to denounce what they called his failure to protect the vast majority of Americans from home foreclosures, rising health care costs and student loan debt.”
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