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American Winter of Discontent Starts with the Occupy Iowa Caucus, Dec 26 - Jan 3
Occupy Des Moines expects hundreds from occupy movements across the country to converge in Iowa´s capitol one week prior to the first in the nation Iowa Caucus
DES MOINES, IOWA - December 2 - As the largest Occupy Wall Street encampments around the country are forced indoors by a coordinated wave of police state repression, and discussion turns to both how to broaden and deepen the movement´s base in local communities while also laying the groundwork for large national mobilizations at the Democrat and Republican national conventions next summer, Occupy Des Moines proposal for a national "Occupy Iowa Caucus" mobilization in Des Moines prior to the Jan 3 first in the nation Iowa Caucus is starting to gain momentum.
Occupy Des Moines plan, laid out in detail at www.occupythecaucus.org, calls for a week of action and civil disobedience Dec 26 - Jan 3, with a "People´s Caucus" on Tuesday, December 27 that will bring representatives from occupy movements across the country together to formulate an "Occupation Proclamation" that will serve as one proposal for how the national Occupy Wall Street movement should voice its grievances, turn sentiment into action, and take the power back from greedy corporations and corrupt politicians in 2012.
"The People´s Caucus is a chance for occupy movements from across the U.S. to converge in Des Moines, Iowa in the twilight of 2011 and discuss the way forward for this movement at the dawn of 2012," said Aaron Jorgensen-Briggs, a 36-year old Occupy Des Moines member. "We´ve already got a number of Midwest occupy groups on board and we´re starting to bring the East and West Coasts and the Dirty South into the fold as well."
The rest of the week will be filled with direct action street protests - specifically, occupying the campaign headquarters of Democratic President Barack Obama and his GOP challengers like Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich.
"President Obama and the entire GOP field are beholden to the corporate 1 percent, and so by going after them, we are going after Wall Street," said Megan Felt, a 24 year old Occupy Des Moines member. "Both major political parties have become the tools of the 1% and I believe our aim is for nothing less than to systematically dismantle the corporate power structure and replace it with new, decentralized and local institutions of community power representing the 99 percent of everyday people."
"This is an outside the system movement, and I personally believe it´s much bigger than just ending the corrosive influence of big money in politics," Felt said. "I´m occupying because I want to build a more just and democratic society to get corporate control out of our democracy, our hospitals, our schools, our newspapers, and our lives. It´s time to put people first - communities before corporations and people before profits."