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November 29, 2011

Occupy activists plan to crash Iowa caucuses

IOWA CITY — Activists associated with the Occupy Wall Street movement are encouraging supporters to attend the Iowa caucuses Jan. 3 to speak out about their issues.

Organizers said Monday that Occupy protesters from around the country would meet in Des Moines Dec. 27 to draft sample resolutions that could be introduced at local caucus meetings of both political parties.

Occupy Des Moines member Aaron Jorgensen-Briggs said issues like campaign finance reform and income inequality would likely dominate the agenda but specifics of resolutions will be developed later.

Jorgensen-Briggs said the group was asking members not to vote for any candidate, but rather to bring up the resolutions as party activists debate their platforms. The group is also planning to occupy candidate offices and events in the days leading up to the caucuses.

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The Iowegian wants readers to think about the solicitation ordinance that will prevent groups or individuals from entering a roadway to solicit money. The Centerville City Council in June by a 5-0 vote passed the first reading of just such an ordinance. Public pressure and during a subsequent special meeting, the council voted 3-2 to table the ordinance. A second special meeting to discuss the solicitation ordinance is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7 at City Hall. So, the question of the week is, "Do you or do you not support the ordinance to prevent solicitation of funds in city streets?"

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