Finally! Occupy Congress


Next up: `Occupy Congress’

One of the enduring questions about Occupy Wall Street has been this: Can the energy unleashed by the movement be leveraged behind a concrete political agenda and push for change that will constitute a meaningful challenge to the inequality and excessive Wall Street influence highlighted by the protests?

A coalition of labor and progressive groups is about to unveil its answer to that question. Get ready for “Occupy Congress.”

The coalition — which includes unions like SEIU and CWA and groups like the Center for Community Change — is currently working on a plan to bus thousands of protesters from across the country to Washington, where they will congregate around the Capitol from December 5-9, SEIU president Mary Kay Henry tells me in an interview.


It’s about time. I’m sure they’re going to pressure Congress to enact strict new ethics laws to put an end to crony capitalism, and to launch an investigation into the financial meltdown.

One goal of the protests, Henry says, is to pressure Republicans to support Obama’s jobs creation proposals.

Wait, what?



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31 Responses to Finally! Occupy Congress

  1. Lulu says:

    Occupy DC for more stimulus funds? Like for more green tech jobs? In companies owned by Obama campaign contributors? That hit the skids and slide promptly into bankruptcy. The money disappearing into a sinkhole of high rhetoric of how wonderful it would all be if it were just funded fully. Like the education challenge in Chicago Obama “chaired” where hundred of millions of dollars disappeared and NOTHING done for the dreadful schools. Or the bottomless pit of public housing there (but friends get consulting fees and the taxpayers pay for endless improvements that are never finished). Or health care reform where people are diverted from public hospitals to neighborhood clinics staffed with one RN when they are having a heart attack. No one in Obamaland gets paid except the consultants and “investors”. No jobs are created because the money somehow magically disappears. OWS are enabling dupes led by AstroTurfers.

  2. Lola-at-Large says:

    This is the fundamental difference between OWS and the TP, and it’s an important one if you’re a critical thinker: The TP sought to reform their own side first, but critiqued the whole system; OWS has exclusively targeted conservatives in their actions while paying lip service to critiquing the whole system.

    That’s become obvious and I bet it’s a factor in their loss of support.

    • Lulu says:

      I think that those on this sites suspicion that OWS was initiated solely to go after the other side are being proved correct with this next step of the movement. Disrupting conservative group meetings in DC and threats of hassling people at the Iowa caucuses were early indicators of intent. They want to shut up any and all criticism of Obama. They are tolerating a little Obama criticism within the group but they will be shut up too soon. Claiming not to be political operatives will be proven false if they are preventing only Republicans from getting around in DC.

      • Lulu says:

        “First up is a march dubbed ‘Occupy Congress’ that is set to take place December 5-9 at the Capitol. The march is actually being organized by the SEIU who tells Greg Sargent they are planning on busing in protesters from all over the country.

        If that sounds like the SEIU is trying to occupy the energy behind the Occupy movement to their own ends it’s because they are.

        SEIU president Mary Kay Henry tells Sargent “she wasn’t worried about that happening, noting that Occupy Wall Street had created a ‘framework’ — which she described as ‘we are the 99 percent’ — within which such activities would fit comfortably.” http://www.businessinsider.com/occupy-congress-seiu-2011-11?op=1

        SEIU. Obama for America. What’s the difference?

      • Lola-at-Large says:

        Yep. It’s taking “Get in their faces” to a whole new level. But I say bring it. Because I’ll be getting right back up in some faces and identifying the hypocrisy every chance I get.

        • Lulu says:

          They are going to have to shut up blabbermouth Mary Kay Henry who is spilling the beans. She seems inordinately proud of what is happening like it was the plan all along or something.

        • Mary says:

          I read that the Occupy the Bridges mess (ie, Brooklyn Bridge et al) was actually organized by this SEIU group to support Obama’s push for infrastructure spending, but it just fit in with other OWS activities planned for that day. Until the union bus groups arrived, there were only about 1,000 attendees at other events. The crowd that was on the bridge and witnessed the bat signal was mostly union reps.

          I’d say Occupy Wisconsin was a trial run, and Occupy DC will just be more of same: unions supporting the re-election of Barak Obama.

          Myiq was right all along.

  3. Glenn McGahee says:

    Wonder what the Occupy Wall Street General Assembly thinks of this. I’d really like to hear them make a statement if they support this or not.
    I never read Big Government’s site but this caught my eye after the 60 minutes expose on Congress and insider trading:
    http://biggovernment.com/whall/2011/11/18/exclusive-documents-the-kerrys-curious-stock-trades/
    WTF!

    • Lulu says:

      It is kind of coincidental that the Congress critters who were the most vocal (Pelosi and now Kerry and god knows who else) in supporting Obama over anyone (and willing to subvert the democratic process at any cost) would be involved in this kind of stuff up to their eyeballs. It seems to be a character flaw or they think it was owed to them for some reason. I know the Republicans did it too so that makes it OK.

  4. 1539days says:

    I guess the buzzword is a “mic check,” which uses the “human microphone” as a way to for owies to shout down and generally disrupt (exclusively conservative) people at semi-private events. Silencing your opponents is apparently an awesome thing now.

    Remember when Code Pink would try to disrupt Sarah Palin at the Republican Convention or arrest Dick Cheney after he left office? This is the same thing. Leftists protesters just can’t get off the Kool-aid so they push down all their disappointment and project all their anger at conservatives. The Tea Party, instead of being the useful idiots Obots say they are, made the Republicans their useful idiots in 2010. If history is any indication, they have no problem voting those same people out if John Boehner’s Congress fails to do what they want.

    • Lulu says:

      That was the standard operating procedure for the Bots. Scream them down then call nasty names. They did it primarily to Dems in 2008, Tea Party with a little less success in 2010, now they are moving on the general population Repubs. I’m seeing a lessening success each time it is used. I wonder if there are any laws that forbid disrupting the Congress which is what it would be if they target Republicans who run the House. It is slightly reminiscent of King Charles I closing Parliament because they would not do what he wanted. Is Obama trying to close Congress? They might want to read a little more as it did not turn out so well for Charles I.

  5. 1539days says:

    By the way, I heard SEIU in Michigan will be able to force parents who care for their disabled children to join the union. Better yet, their union dues will come out of the checks the state gives them to care for those children.

    http://campaign2012.washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/seiu-siphons-dues-mich-medicaid-payments

  6. Betty says:

    I think they are Astroturfing everywhere so that if any real grass roots movement springs up it will have no where to go and will most certainly be drown out.

    I say that because, tho I am in my late 60s, when talking to my even older cousin yesterday we decided that when they start telling us about the budget cuts they have cut any past, present, or future benefits of SS with out cutting their own and their staff’s salary first and benefits, we would go to DC to protest even if we were the only two people there.

    Now not so much.

    • 1539days says:

      Spending cuts are 99% BS. The way baseline budgeting works, cutting $3 trillion in year 10 is as good as cutting in year 1. Then the money just doesn’t get cut in year 10. I think the Republicans should support ending the Bush tax cuts for 2012, which amounts to about $300 billion, if the same is cut directly, right now, from the federal budget. If we did that, we would reduce the deficit by over half a trillion dollars. They would never go for it.

      That’s why they want to make the cuts in Social Security. It’s the only program with a positive balance. That balance is designed to compensate for a lot of baby boomers retiring. Instead, it will be squandered to put off the day of reckoning a little longer.

      • Lola-at-Large says:

        It’s actually worse than this, days. Check out a documentary called IOUSA. We’ve been using the SS surplus for decades now to fill in where we don’t have enough of the money we want to spend now. A significant portion of what we now spend comes directly from SS taxes paid now.

        I think part of what’s been behind Republican attacks on SS is that they want the country to see exactly how much we’re overspending every year, something which is now easy to cover by that SS stop-gap. Now a part of it is that they are ideologically opposed and have been since FDR created the program, but there’s more to it than that too, and the left spends a lot of time and money obscuring this little fact.

        • Mary says:

          Actually, the first president to move SS funds directly into the general fund WAS LBJ. It’s how he hid the costs of the VietNam War for so many years.

          True story.

      • Lola-at-Large says:

        Doesn’t surprise me at all, Mary.

    • Catfish says:

      I think they are Astroturfing everywhere so that if any real grass roots movement springs up it will have no where to go and will most certainly be drown out.

      Bingo. Not that you’ll get much concurrence on this blog.

  7. yttik says:

    “One goal of the protests, Henry says, is to pressure Republicans to support Obama’s jobs creation proposals”

    I wonder if anybody has actually read it? Do they understand what they are supporting and how it will impact people and the economy?

    That’s a rhetorical question. Of course they haven’t.

    • 1539days says:

      I knew RD lost it when she started supporting the jobs bill.

      • Mary says:

        She’s praising OWS for “mic checking” at Home Depot.

        WTF????

      • elliesmom says:

        Riverdaughter is spinning out of control because when she lost her job, she not only lost her paycheck, she lost her personal identity. Successful people learn how to re-invent themselves during periods of adversity. It’s still early in the game for her. But if she thinks that the newest jobs bill will bring her job back, she’s mistaken. It’s going to take a renewed interest in the pharmaceutical industry from the venture capitalists to get her job back – just the people she’s railing against. When they think that there’s money to be made, they’ll be right there.

        • Mary says:

          She’ll find out, ellie. That re-training at the local community college won’t look so “beneath her” when she does.

  8. For fucks sake, that’s the sadist most obvious astroturf effort I’ve seen. If you’re in the OWS movement and you’re not for Obama, you’re a stupid, loser, dickhead. Wake up people. It is and has always been an OFA distraction zombie brigade.

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