Calhoun: Wake-Up Call

Obama visit: Fillmore will be ground zero for grassroots rally, and grass

The circus is coming to town today, and it's playing the Fillmore. Not the inside of the Fillmore Auditorium -- that's where President Barack Obama will address a "Grassroots Rally" at 3 p.m. -- but the outside of the facility at 1510 Clarkson Street, where protesters will gather all day.

Anti-immigration groups are talking about demonstrating, as are environmentalists and other activists. But the biggest protest could well be the DEA Go Away action organized by Sensible Colorado, which is urging medical marijuana patients to show up at noon and urge Obama to "Get the DEA Out of Colorado."

Given how rigidly scheduled Obama's official visit is -- he's landing at Buckley shortly before 3 p.m., heading to the Fillmore, then going to a private cocktail reception to raise money for Senator Michael Bennet -- this pro-grass rally has the potential to grow a lot more interesting than the official "Grassroots Rally."

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Patricia Calhoun co-founded Westword in 1977; she’s been the editor ever since. She’s a regular on the weekly CPT12 roundtable Colorado Inside Out, played a real journalist in John Sayles’s Silver City, once interviewed President Bill Clinton while wearing flip-flops, and has been honored with numerous national awards for her columns and feature-writing.
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