Posted 5 years ago on Dec. 29, 2011, 11:48 a.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
As the United States prepares for another election year and presidential candidates gather to begin their corporate-financed campaigns, we are again presented with politicians that have all been bought by Wall Street and the 1%.
Occupiers from across the country are also gathering in Iowa to disrupt presidential campaigning and Occupy the Caucuses to remind the world that the "liberal/conservative, Democrat/Republican dichotomy is a distraction from the real social conflict undergirding American society: the 99 percent versus the 1 percent.."
Today, protesters were arrested inside Wells Fargo bank while asking bankers how much they had "donated" to presidential election campaigns.
Caucus Statement & Schedule Occupation Schedule
JOIN US IN DES MOINES, IOWA DEC 26 – JAN 3 AS WE TAKE BACK OUR DEMOCRACY FROM THE CORPORATIONS AND POLITICAL PARTIES WHO STOLE IT FROM US!
For too long, the 99% have been silenced by Wall Street and greedy corporations while the 1% ruling elite have robbed us of our democracy, our dignity and our livelihood. But no longer. The people are awake, we are strong, and we are rising up to take back what they stole from us.
From December 26 until the Iowa Caucus on January 3, a convergence of American voices such as this country has never seen before will descend upon Des Moines. We are the 99%. And we will be heard.
We’re taking our demands for true democracy and economic justice directly to President Obama and the GOP candidates, to the banks, and to the media. They’ve ignored each of us as individuals, but they can’t ignore us all.
Tuesday, December 27, it begins with a People’s Caucus, a Caucus of the 99%. Together we will raise our voices and prepare to take our grievances into the streets, kicking off a week of trainings and teach-ins that will empower every member of the 99% to act in solidarity to break Wall Street’s chokehold on our democracy.
Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, December 28 – 30, we’ll change words into actions. President Obama and the other bought-and-paid-for candidates who give us the brush-off when we try to ask real questions will be forced to hear us as we converge upon their campaign headquarters. We will be loud. We will be determined. We will be heard.
Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, January 1 – 3, we will chase the candidates and their Wall Street cronies around the state of Iowa, dogging their heels at all their black-tie dinners and staged media events, drowning out their empty rhetoric with the strong, clear message of the 99%: We are taking American democracy back!
This election year, while the world’s attention centers on Iowa, for once the loudest voice will be our voice, the voice of the People, the voice of the 99%.