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Forum Post: #ows occupy aspen during the aspen ideas festival 07.01.2012

Posted 2 years ago on April 14, 2012, 12:51 a.m. EST by skiaspen50 (11)
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ows occupiers--- the chief of police in aspen and the sheriff believe in ex-sheriff bob braudis defintion of freedom=protest. google bob braudis--who attended an occupy aspen protest ---and was asked on youtube "why occupy?"

occupy the aspen ideas festival july 1st, 2012

all the elites will be here and the tea partyers will join us. tyranny will finally unite the right and the left. HR347, citizens united and NDAA are blowing up all over the net as unconstitutional and as a violation of our liberty.

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[-] 1 points by skiaspen50 (11) 2 years ago

when albert camus broke with sartre, he published his book 'the rebel.' he argued that the freedom necessary to pruoduce art was linkd paradoxically to the freedom required by rebellion. totalitarianism extinguishes the liberating impulse in both---and as such, it must be resisted in all its forms: for example, in today's guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/14/afghan-war-whisleblower-daniel-davis

or locally,
CEO: Former ski instructor is a public figure

Kaplan files answer in libel suit from Mulcahy, who is also suing Crowns The CEO of the Aspen Skiing Co. says a libel lawsuit brought against him by a former ski instructor should be dismissed because the plaintiff is a public figure, according to a court filing. The attorney for Mike Kaplan filed a response Monday to Lee Mulcahy’s lawsuit in Pitkin County District Court. It says the plaintiff “is a public figure by virtue of his involvement in matters of public interest or general concern.” Mulcahy on Friday also sued Paula and James Crown, SkiCo’s owners, in Pitkin County Court seeking to overturn his company-imposed ban that prevents him from using ski lifts or otherwise stepping foot on SkiCo properties like restaurants. The lawsuit against the Crowns also seeks $1. The war of words between Mulcahy and SkiCo began in November 2010, when the instructor filed two complaints with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). He claimed the company had violated federal labor law in restructuring its ski school and by removing him from an elite team of instructors as retaliation for discussing unionization. Mulcahy has been banned from the ski areas and all company-owned property since Dec. 30, 2010, when he distributed fliers to guests in the SkiCo-owned Little Nell hotel and in gondola plaza. The material criticized the ski school’s pay policies. He was also suspended with pay starting that day and told that the company would press trespassing charges if he violated the ban. He was fired Jan. 31, 2011. But Kaplan’s answer says, as the CEO wrote in a letter to the editor in February 2011, that Mulcahy was fired for performance reasons unrelated to his NLRB complaints or his union-organizing actions. The NLRB upheld the dismissal. The CEO acknowledges the claim in Mulcahy’s lawsuit that SkiCo changed certain workplace policies as a result of the settlement between the company and the NLRB. Mulcahy’s suit, filed Feb. 1, says that numerous “federally mandated changes in the SkiCo’s employee handbook concerning protected freedom of speech and the ski school’s actual structure were required.” One change was “the conclusion of SkiCo’s ‘Team Leader’ program that was established to improve communications between SkiCo ski instructors and management ...,” according to Kaplan’s filing. Mulcahy, who had been a SkiCo instructor since 1996, claims that Kaplan’s statements to company employees and in letters to the editor about him were false and defamatory. Kaplan wrote that Mulcahy’s performance infractions included taking a class of young girls out of bounds and using abusive language toward them, and charging a private lesson to a customer’s credit card without authorization. The lawsuit says Kaplan acted with “reckless or callous indifference” to Mulcahy’s protected rights, and it seeks $15,001 because the plaintiff sustained “a great financial loss” in 2011. Kaplan, who has enlisted Denver attorneys Edward Ramey and Lila Bateman, denies those allegations. Bateman wrote in the answer that Kaplan’s letters contained both the truth and statements of opinion, and that he “has a qualified privilege to make the alleged statements.” Neither attorney returned messages asking them to elaborate on the “matters of public interest or general concern” that allegedly make Mulcahy a public figure. The burden of proof in defamation lawsuits is higher for public figures. Mulcahy also did not return a message seeking comment. In the lawsuit against the Crowns, Mulcahy says his ban is illegal. “Plaintiff and others similarly situated will be chilled and burdened in the exercise of his First Amendment rights because of the continued threat of arrest on public property,” wrote Mulcahy, who is representing himself. “The ban is unconstitutionally overbroad [sic] in that it renders subject to incarceration and other treatment persons who are critical of the Crowns or the SkiCo.” SkiCo spokesman Jeff Hanle declined comment Tuesday. The SkiCo leases much of the land it uses from the U.S. Forest Service. Because the four ski mountains are under the company’s purview, it contends it can ban Mulcahy from even hiking on national forest land. Mulcahy has since said he received a letter from the Forest Service saying he is allowed to hike and ski down if he chooses. Chairlifts, however, remain verboten. Mulcahy also sued Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson, director and curator of the Aspen Art Museum, with similar claims in county court. He is banned from museum property after he was allegedly caught on a security camera hanging “for sale” signs at the institution’s new site in downtown Aspen. Mulcahy denied that accusation but said he taped a “citation from the citizens of Aspen” and a piece of art inspired by Occupy Wall Street “onto the museum’s sign and surveillance camera pole.” Zuckerman Jacobson has yet to file an answer to the lawsuit, which seeks $250.

chad@aspendailynews.com

[-] 1 points by XenuLives (1645) from Charlotte, NC 2 years ago

Wow. Interesting news from this town's Occupy.

I think its amazing how towns in random places all of the world have sprouted Occupy movements. It gives me hope. Keep it up guys!

[-] 1 points by skiaspen50 (11) 2 years ago

Aspen Art Museum Forbids Leader of Occupy Aspen to Enter Property GaleristNY

By Michael H. Miller 12/16/11 11:17am Aspen Art Museum.

Lee Mulcahy, an artist and the leader behind the Occupy Aspen movement, has been told by police that he can no longer set foot on the site of the future home of the redesigned Aspen Art Museum. Museum officials told the Aspen Times that Mr. Mulcahy had “replaced museum signs with his own signs,” posting “for sale” signs on trailers on the property.

Mr. Mulcahy denies this, though he admitted to posting different signs at an earlier time. Police have not charged him with anything, but an Aspen police officer did have this to say: “I made it very clear to Mulcahy that he was not allowed to return to the Art Museum property or else he would be arrested for trespassing, and Mulcahy told me that he understood and would not go onto the property again.”

Aspen, a wealthy town popular with celebrities as a vacationing destination, is not really the place where one would expect people to be big fans of the shenanigans of the 99 percent. Occupy Aspen, by the way, sounds like a pretty humble affair. Mr Mulcahy refers to the movement in the Aspen Times as “all 8 of us.”

Follow Michael H. Miller via RSS.


http://www.facebook.com/occupyart/posts/345756778798686

5,954 like this March 6 at 7:26am · .

Conversation occuring on Art Institute of Chicago's facebook page concerning the Art Institute deleting newspaper stories posted by Occupy Aspen. Occupy Aspen has been banned from commenting or posting news stories. From Lee Mulcahy, PhD: Thanks Art Institute, that was very kind of you; however, I had dinner plans with friends and tickets to a Los Lobos concert. I am confused: the Art Insti...tute deletes "any comments that is irrelevant to the conversation at hand" or " germane to what we are posting." Correct me unless I'm wrong, but is art open to interpretation? This is significant. You are the Art Institute of Chicago, one of the foremost arts organization in the Western hemisphere. I have a PhD in 19th century French art and lit; so I'm happy to discuss this in an open forum. I believe that any of the artists involved in the Occupy the Arts movement would also like to discuss this topic. But why block Occupy Aspen's posts on Art Institute completely? There are 10 plus admins of our facebook page. Currently, Occupy Aspen cannot comment at all. Why? In regards to Paula Crown, one of your students: " While earning her A.B. degree from Duke University magna cum laude in 1980, Ms. Crown played on the women's varsity golf team. She is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in painting and drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She served on Duke's Trinity College Board of Visitors from 1996 to 2001 and has served on the Campaign for Duke Steering Committee. In 1988, she was instrumental in establishing the Lester Crown Endowment for Lectures in Ethics.

Ms. Crown serves on the Board of Trustees of the Museum of Modern Art, Duke University, Conservation International and Latin School of Chicago. She serves on the National Council of the Aspen Music Festival and School, the Board of Advisors of the Nasher Museum of Art, and the Women's Board of both the Lyric Opera of Chicago and University of Chicago. She is also a member of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities, the Committee on the Arts of the Aspen Institute, a co-founder of the Clean Energy Trust and co-chairs the Executive and Campaign Committees of Children's Memorial Foundation. She serves as Chair of the Committee on Environment for Crown Family Philanthropies."

In addition, Paula, who owns the Aspen Ski Company & General Dynamics, has banned at one time, a singer [Dan Sheridan], a song [BiG $ ], a newspaper [Aspen Daily News] and a whistleblower from National Forest. In addition, Paula Crown is an art student.

This made news in Germany this week under 'petty tyranny' and 'protect artistic' freedom:

Schlagwort-Archive: petty tyranny

Most ridiculous Lawsuits USA: Man’s ban from future museum site unconstitutional

Publiziert am 6. April 2012 von Nietzer

A local man wants a judge to void the Aspen Art Museum’s ban that prevents him from stepping foot on property owned by the institution. Lee Mulcahy filed a lawsuit against Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson, the museum’s director and curator, in … Weiterlesen →

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topics: Aspen Art Museum, Lee Mulcahy, Occupy