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Update: I read the following and thought hey Occupy the Supreme Court is a really great idea. There are members of congress that have called for the investigation of Justice Clarence Thomas as well as seeking a retroactive recusal(definitely a very longshot) to remove him from ruling on Citizen's United which would make the decision fail. I love the idea of more attention brought directly the door of the Supreme Court.
As I said in my update on the blog about Denver Arrests (by the way, there were apparently a couple of arrests today, so they have been daily since the decision by some to express their civil disobedience over the right to camp in the state park outside the capitol), I have decided not to Occupy Denver any more. I feel that the decisions, actions, and inactions of the inner group have not been supportive overall of the group. I wish them the best. Their numbers are actually growing as the global participation day brought thousands to the Occupy Denver March yesterday but I have spent the week talking people into staying and getting involved instead of pointing fingers and now myself after many things - but the final straw was the decision made by some behind-the-scenes people never to post the forum on Vision, Mission, and Goals today and then to cancel it and decide themselves we would have a GA instead. It was not the end of the world but just the last straw for me in the handling of many, many issues.
I wish them well. I donated my sign. I never realized how much money, time and energy a sign could take to make, lol. I realize my relative insignificance in the overall scheme of things. I may look into Occupy Boulder or other Occupy's to see how they are faring but I need a break and some rest as I haven't slept much since Thursday night when many made the decision to express civil disobedience with regards to camping in the park Thursday night was an all-night-into-the-morning affair with state troopers.
I am weighing whether I will participate in Occupy or just focus on the things that I feel need to happen before any of the other issues can ever be addressed like undoing the effects of Citizens United (Occupy might actually do some good if they occupied there to bring attention to Justice Thomas and a move that was made to get retroactive recusal from him on the Citizens United decision), to support the movement to amend the constitution to Get Money Out of Politics (see www.getmoneyout.com), and I think we need another effort across the board along with these to make our elections verifiable and to make sure that all citizens eligible to vote are able to vote.
I know some say you have to get the money out of politics before you could amend the constitution to get money out of politics and I say that is a chicken/egg argument and I would rather start climbing the mountain of effort it will take to pass an amendment to do so than wait for a corrupted congress to do so.