NewZeal’s Trevor Loudon is looking at the plans of leftist coalition that is looking to launch an “occupation” of Freedom Plaza in Washington, DC beginning October 6th:
David Swanson is the Washington Director of Democrats.com, co-founder of the After Downing Street Coalition and creator of Meet with Cindy.org.
He serves on the steering committee of the Charlottesville Center for Peace and Justice and on a working group of United for Peace and Justice.
He has worked as a newspaper reporter and as Press Secretary for the Dennis Kucinich 2004 campaign, Media Coordinator for the International Labor Communications Association and three years as Communications Coordinator for ACORN.
Swanson is working with a coalition of groups to launch a protest with a goal of shutting down the U.S. government.
These tactics will be familiar to those who remember The Blaze exclusive report on the protest plans of SEIU’s Stephen Lerner and his plans to “swarm” Wall Street to the point of bringing down the stock market.
Read more on Swanson’s background at Trevor’s site here.
Here is a link to the groups website.
More from PressTV:
Swanson told Press TV’s U.S. Desk on Monday that “we are going to occupy Freedom Plaza in the middle of Washington D.C., the name of which is very similar of course to Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, and from there we are going to expand to shut down offices, buildings, streets, hallways, to nonviolently, strictly nonviolently resist what our government is doing.”
The author of “War is a lie” said “we are taking the same sort of agenda that all left, liberal and progressive groups intend to take to Washington: Tax the rich and the corporations, end the wars, cut the military spending, protect our safety net, our social security, give us Medicare for everybody, end the corporate welfare, give us clean energy and jobs and infrastructure and cleanup the system.”
Swanson said the takeover of Freedom Plaza coincides with the “ten year mark in the war in Afghanistan that they have now suggested may continue for another 13 years or so.”
According to Swanson, the event is also planned to overlap with “October 2011 when the next year’s budget kicks in, in the United States which includes cuts for just about everything useful but again a larger budget for the military.”
A coalition of organizations and prominent individuals is announcing at http://october2011.org a plan to begin a people’s occupation of Washington, D.C., on October 6th, to build it into something larger on the 7th, 8th, and 9th, and to not leave until we are satisfied. There is absolutely no reason that our government must be permitted to continue functioning on behalf of Wall Street and a war machine. In Afghanistan, the people protest our bombing of their homes. We sit inside our own homes complaining about our economy, our banks, our schools. Instead, we now have a chance to have a say, in solidarity with others around the world, with success just as likely — if just as shocking to those in power — as with past U.S. people’s movements and the recent advances in Tunisia and Egypt.
This will not be another rally and march on a Saturday, make home movies, pat ourselves on the back, and go home. We are coming to Washington to stay. Today’s announcement is an open invitation for all kinds of organizations, national and local, to join in the early planning stages of this campaign. We need not agree on political ideology or party or much else. We need only agree that nonviolent resistance to a government that routinely ignores the will of its people is appropriate in our nation as well — even above all, given our nation’s impact on the environment, global finances, and wars.
Now word of these plans did not exactly surprise Glenn Beck, who has been predicting an increasing wave of such protests, but he began his radio show Tuesday morning by analyzing Swanson’s strategies:
Beck even tied in the attitudes at work in the Swanson movement to some of the expressions in The Blaze post this morning about the Congressional Black Caucus launching a “war” on the Tea Party, which they describe as wanting to “lynch” blacks: