After a few minutes of dancing and drumming at FlatIron Crossing in Broomfield on Wednesday, police officers told a large group of protesters that they had to stop. A short while later, five were in handcuffs. This is how a planned flash mob became confrontational -- at least according to some with ... More >>
Approximately fifty people gathered last night at La Alma Park to protest against police aggression. This is the latest in a string of anti-brutality rallies in recent months, though this march focused predominantly on the death of Kevin Ryberg, who was shot by police while in custody on July 31, an ... More >>
If you've ever heard an "Occupy your mom" joke, you'll know that Occupy memes have gone just about as far as the national movement's politics. But the University of Denver has jumped on the bandwagon: The twenty or so members of the school's Young Americans For Liberty took on wealth redistribution ... More >>
When it comes to the national Occupy movement, Blair Preston is less concerned with apathy than with access. In his time visiting Occupy Denver, it was the second issue that restricted his involvement, not the first, and he noticed the same problem gripping other protesters. To find a solution, he w ... More >>
Update: 3:47 p.m.: At this morning's court date, the bond rates for all five of those arrested near Civic Center Park last night increased, as did the crimes they are associated with. At the moment, all five are currently under investigation for second-degree assault and aggravated robbery. Caryn So ... More >>
Vincent Palazzotto.As part of a Medical Marijuana Day of Action prompted by U.S. Attorney John Walsh's seizure letters to 23 dispensaries near schools, the Medical Marijuana Assistance Program of America (MMAPA) held a rally outside the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, wh ... More >>
On December 23, Occupy Denver quietly celebrated three months of loud, tense and occasionally fiery statements downtown. In that time span, the local chapter of the national movement has kept busy -- and kept Westword busy -- with stories that change not just daily, but hourly. If you've been follow ... More >>
Mayor Hancock.Last night's Occupy Denver eviction is unlikely to be the last one in the near future. In a statement on the subject, Mayor Michael Hancock supported the city's actions and cited the now commonly repeated concerns of public safety and access. Accompanied by new Police Chief Robert Whit ... More >>
If you can get past the fact that Dick Cheney's name is spelled wrong in the title of this video, the rest of it is still confusing. On Friday, a handful of Occupy Denver protesters visited the site of the former vice president's recent (and secretive) trip to the Brown Palace Hotel in Denver ... More >>
Robert White.Update, 4 p.m.: Public Works announced it is "re-evaluating" its plan to evict Occupy Denver. For the moment, Denver Public Works is backing away from its plan to remove structures from Occupy Denver's encampment at Civic Center Park. After receiving a warning notice to remove the fort ... More >>
Corey Donahue.On Friday, the Denver Anarchist Black Cross, a collective that defends the rights of those involved in mass political and social movements, announced its intention to firmly remove itself from the arena of Occupy Denver. By the time of its decision, the twelve-person group had d ... More >>
Update: Two of the charges incurred by supporters of Occupy Denver in recent weeks were dropped over the weekend when the city attorney's office decided against officially filing in both cases. The most notable of the two instances is that of Natalie Wyatt, who has since enlisted as a plaintiff on t ... More >>
Jenn WohletzIt has been said that absence makes the heart grow fonder, but what about protest? Many of the most dedicated representatives of Occupy Denver have maintained some sort of residency with the movement on Broadway since its first month, and passions don't just fly during Saturday ra ... More >>
Occupy protesters kept occupied over Thanksgiving week. While Occupy Wall Street crews prepared to descend on Black Friday shoppers, Thunderdome supporters greeted Governor John Hickenlooper and Mayor Michael Hancock at the Denver Rescue Mission...and Boulder cops had their own welcoming committee f ... More >>
The Thunderdome's brief meeting with Governor John Hickenlooper has been captured on video -- and on YouTube -- and you can watch it below. Pay special attention around the 3:53 mark, when Hickenlooper exits the Denver Rescue Mission and is immediately subject to loud questions from the protesters. ... More >>
The Occupy Wall Street movement has been inspiring almost everyone to speak up and speak out, whether in favor of the abstract movement or against it. Local hip-hop artists have gotten together to release a series of three tracks in support of the movement. Activist and MC Molina kicked off things w ... More >>
In a video captured on Occupy Boulder's livestream earlier this week, Boulder Police Officer Abel Ramos is seen presenting the gathering with "good news... The Chief of Police and the county commissioner have entered into this agreement, and we're just going to let you do what you do. You guys enjoy ... More >>
If you had to compare another Colorado occupation to that of Occupy Denver, Occupy Colorado Springs might provide one of the most stark contrasts. As of early this morning, however, both groups share recent and complete evictions off of city property. Around 1 a.m., the Colorado Springs Police Depa ... More >>
In the wake of twenty new Occupy Denver arrests made Saturday, three more were added to that list when Civic Center Park grew tense again last night. During an attempt to remove a newly established table from the curb, about thirty officers visited the park and dispensed pepper spray on the c ... More >>
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 ... More >>
One week after the Colorado ACLU launched an investigation into the constitutionality of police action at Occupy Denver, the group has yet to receive the records it requested from the Denver Police Department and the Colorado State Patrol. In the meantime, the ACLU is researching a secondary ... More >>
One of the best things about blog comments is the way random wisdom or funny observations can pop up at any moment. Consider the following, from Kelsey Whipple's post about the clashes between police and Occupy Denver protesters this past weekend.
Today's arraignment for last night's Occupy Denver arrests continued a vein of strict bond rates applied across the board. Lawyers received little time to speak to those arrested, and though all pleaded not guilty, all misdemeanor charges were met with a bond rate of $550. Part-time magistrat ... More >>
Occupy Denver and the Colorado Progressive Coalition combined forces for a civil disobedience tour de force today, with events taking on both Tom Donohue, the president and CEO of the US Chamber of Commerce, and Wells Fargo. The only problem: The police got there first. Both times.
Occupy Colorado Springs has become a burgeoning political force in its own right of late, and the group is aligned in solidarity with Occupy Denver. The groups have united online and at general assemblies, where reps have traveled to visit each other. Last night, the Colorado Springs group ga ... More >>
Update: The latest Occupy Denver Facebook post: "Ground Update: Central camp has been evacuated and the final structures have come down. There were a few arrests of those defending our kitchen. Occupiers have been pushed out to the perimeters of Lincoln park and yet... Occupy Denver lives on. ... More >>
Those who figured the Occupy Wall Street protests (like the one at the Colorado State Capitol this past weekend) would be a soon-to-vanish blip on the radar were wrong. Support appears to be growing for Occupy Denver, which is chronicling its actions on a comprehensive website complete with meeting ... More >>
The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), which brings people of various faiths together to work for social justice, peace and humanitarian service, has been holding vigils at the GEO detention center in Aurora each month since May 2009. So supporters were understandably discouraged when Immig ... More >>
"I was running down an alley, and then I heard them yell behind me, 'Mohawk, Mohawk!' There was a car parked at the end of the alley, and I was like, 'Oh, fuck.'"
Officials from Charlotte, North Carolina -- the host of the 2012 Democratic National Convention -- recently came to Denver to learn from our city's experience hosting the 2008 DNC. What was Charlotte Chamber of Commerce President Bob Morgan's take-away after meeting with Denver's civic leader ... More >>
Full-sized art below.Denver Manager of Safety Ron Perea's resignation does not take effect until August 31, 2010, which leaves plenty of time for local law enforcement personnel to stage a beat-police support rally! While citizens were sickened to watch the video of Denver police beating a ... More >>
Aaron ThackerayReaders of this blog would probably expect us to lead with photos of earnest medical marijuana protesters for our over-the-weekend wrap-up. But sometimes you have to put your pot differences aside, get drunk and eat cake, like these lasses did at Suite 200's summer launch party ... More >>
The billboard in question, featuring a turban-wearing Barack Obama.There continues to be plenty of sound and fury kicked up over that anti-Obama billboard at Wolf Interstate Leasing & Sales, 4855 Miller Street in Wheat Ridge -- and the racket's likely to grow louder tomorrow. Dealership owne ... More >>
Soulforce in Colorado, a Denver-based nonprofit dedicated to ending oppression against gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender people, has posted a YouTube video of yesterday's protest of the California Supreme Court ruling upholding Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage. (For more about th ... More >>
Since leaving Congress earlier this year, past Westword profile subject Tom Tancredo has been taking his immigration-reform crusade to locations around the country -- and as documented in Alan Prendergast's April 15 blog "Obnoxious North Carolina Students Leave Tom Tancredo Speechless," he hasn't ... More >>
Each April since 1992, the Thomas Jefferson Center, located in Charlottesville, Virginia, has awarded the Jefferson Muzzles "as a means to draw national attention to abridgments of free speech and press and, at the same time, foster an appreciation for those tenets of the First Amendment" -- and i ... More >>
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