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Monday
Mar052012

Day 15: Fight for Free and Fair Elections (in the U.S.)

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Sandwiched in between the Russian election (and its alleged corruption) and our own “Super Tuesday” presidential primaries, the National Center’s “Occupy Occupy D.C.” street team returned on Monday, March 5 for its fourth week at Washington, D.C.’s Freedom Plaza.

Today’s message: free and fair elections depend on a balloting process that people can trust.

And instituting voter ID rules — against the wishes of the Obama Administration and the liberal political establishment — is the way to protect the integrity of the electoral process.

Join the team at Freedom Plaza (13th and Pennsylvania Avenue NW) during the eleven o’clock hour — regardless of the weather — to demand an end to challenges to usurp newly-enacted state laws meant to ensure that every ballot counts. The Holder Justice Department is using the Voting Rights Act to dispute new voter ID laws in Texas and South Carolina — and may challenge more in the coming year.

Occupy Occupy DC thanks InfluenceHaus for the contribution of social media services.

Friday
Mar022012

Day 14: Occupy Occupy DC to Call for Reductions in Federal Spending at March 2 Events

DollarRally030212BorderWhiteMembers of the National Center for Public Policy Research's "Occupy Occupy D.C." street team will rally against federal overspending Friday at noon in Washington D.C.'s Freedom Plaza (13th and Pennsylvania Avenue NW).

Rally participants will engage in skits to demonstrate to massive scope of federal spending, which has led to a federal debt that is expected to reach $16 trillion by the end of the summer.

"You spent 33,400,000,000 of my relatives. Why spend me?" rally participants Chris and Kate plan to symbolically ask President Obama - while dressed as $100 bills.

"My family operates on a budget, why can't Washington?" asked David Almasi, executive director of the National Center for Public Policy Research and director of the National Center's "Occupy Occupy D.C." project. "I don't have a magical way of paying for everything I want, and that sometimes presents tough choices. For too long, lawmakers have had all carrot and no stick. The problem is clear, but there are still too many people who refuse to acknowledge it."

More pictures are available here.

Occupy Occupy DC thanks InfluenceHaus for the contribution of social media services.

Thursday
Mar012012

Day 13: Occupy Occupy D.C. Calls for Cease Fire in Obama's War on Nature

Members of the National Center for Public Policy Research's "Occupy Occupy D.C." street team will rally against the Obama Administration's new policy to kill the barred owl in deference to the spotted owl in the Pacific Northwest on Thursday at noon in Washington D.C.'s Freedom Plaza (13th and Pennsylvania Avenue NW).

"After decades of sidelining the once-thriving American timber industry and taking the food out of the mouths of loggers' children to allegedly protect the spotted owl, the green bureaucracy is still not happy and has declared war on the environment," said David Almasi, executive director of the National Center for Public Policy Research and director of the National Center's "Occupy Occupy D.C." project. "One owl is being sacrificed for another. Where is the respect for the laws of nature? The one thing we do know from this travesty is that the Endangered Species Act is out-of-control and desperately needs to be reformed."

After more than two decades of setting aside millions of acres of woodland and dramatically scaling back the forestry industry in Washington, Oregon and California, the amount of spotted owls - which are designated as endangered under the Endangered Species Act - has declined by approximately 40 percent. A new plan has been announced by the U.S. Department of the Interior in which the genetically-similar barred owl is designated as a threat to the spotted owl and will be targeted for termination. Hundreds of barred owls may be executed by shotgun under the federal directive."

National Center staff will rally at Freedom Plaza over the noon hour with (simulated) owls and loggers to protest the new animal vs. animal wildlife policy.

"Obama has picked winners and losers when it comes to bailouts, handouts and where we can get our energy. Now he's playing God by favoring one animal over another. What arrogance," added the National Center's Almasi. "Virtually shutting down the timber industry in the Pacific Northwest didn't work, so now the plan is to shut down the barred owl. This is unreasonable, and the answer is to rethink our government's unsustainable endangered species regulations."

Occupy Occupy DC thanks InfluenceHaus for the contribution of social media services.

Thursday
Mar012012

Day 12: Occupy Occupy D.C. Makes Waves

After a morning of pouring rain, it finally began to let up about the time the National Center’s “Occupy Occupy D.C.” got to Freedom Plaza for Day 12 events on Wednesday.

Leaping in on the last day of February with a big splash, today’s event dealt with the Law of the Sea Treaty, a decades-old United Nation’s agreement that would do little more for the United States than put our sovereignty, national security and financial well-being at risk.

The shortcomings and outright perils of the treaty have already been dissected by National Center President David Ridenour in a very thorough National Policy Analysis. Currently, the possibility that the Obama Administration and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid may move to ram through the ratification of the treaty this spring is of particular concern to the supporters of the National Center’s Americans Against U.N. Control program.

For more information about the Law of the Sea Treaty, visit The National Center's Law of the Sea Treaty website at http://www.unlawoftheseatreaty.org.

Despite the rain and cold, the National Center continued its presence at Freedom Plaza, as it will through the middle of March.

For pictures of today's events, go here.

Occupy Occupy DC thanks InfluenceHaus for the contribution of social media services.

Tuesday
Feb282012

Day 11: Project 21 Members Protest Growth of Welfare State at Occupy Occupy D.C. 

Black conservatives with the Project 21 leadership network are condemning the welfare state cheerleading of Jesse Jackson, who claimed President Obama deserves a "big hand" and "honor" for being a "food stamp president."

Project 21 members also dispute Obama Administration assertions that welfare spending stimulates the economy effectively.

Project 21-affiliated activists protested this disingenuous growth of a new welfare state at noontime February 28 in Washington, D.C.'s Freedom Plaza as part of the National Center for Public Policy Research's "Occupy Occupy D.C." program.

"This is twisted logic. Dr. King didn't march and die for the perpetuation of the welfare state," said Project 21 spokesman Jerome Hudson. "They are doing little more than perpetuating a class of jobless and poor people to shore up the rest of the economy. Not only is it a cop-out to focus on subsidies over job-creation, but it's creating a slave-like existence where people must rely on the government for food, medical care and other essentials."

Last week, White House senior advisor Valerie Jarrett said about extending unemployment benefits: "People who receive that unemployment check go out and spend it and help stimulate the economy, so that's healthy as well."

Jarrett's assertion echoes comments made by other top Obama Administration officials last August that considered emergency safety nets to be part of the White House's economic stimulus agenda. Obama press secretary Jay Carney lectured a reporter at that time that unemployment assistance "creates growth" and is "one of the most direct ways to infuse money into the economy." Days later, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program -- food stamps -- the "most direct stimulus you can get."

"The Obama Administration is playing a shell game with taxpayer money. There needs to be a focus on creating jobs instead of fostering dependency," said Project 21 spokeswoman Stacy Washington. "Approving the Keystone XL pipeline would create jobs, incomes, savings, benefits and revenue for the government. Yet the Obama Administration is stopping it. They seem to think there is more logic and dignity in telling people it is alright to stay unemployed, and they are justifying it by claiming unemployment benefits are a stimulus. But that money comes from taxpayers who are already being squeezed. It's not a viable solution to fixing our economy."

Even though Jesse Jackson had previously admonished former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich for his assertion that President Obama is a "food stamp president," saying Gingrich was "name-calling," Jackson flip-flopped last Saturday to call the designation "an honor." Jackson also said Obama deserved a "big hand" for helping the agricultural workers and the hungry.

"Maybe Jesse Jackson will see it as less of an honor if Obama is called the 'dependency president,'" said Project 21 spokesman Reginald Jones. "The War on Poverty of over 40 years ago created a culture of dependency that hurt the poor more than it helped. Hurricane Katrina showed how lethal this dependency is when the government fails. For Jackson to think that Obama should be applauded for making more and more people dependent on other taxpayers is crazy. Recreating the generational welfare state is not a source of pride."

Monday
Feb272012

Day 10: Occupy Occupy D.C. Demands End to Taxpayer Bailout of Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac

Members of the National Center for Public Policy Research's "Occupy Occupy D.C." street team will stage a rally on Monday, February 27 at noon to demand an end to the continued taxpayer bailout of quasi-federal mortgage-holders Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

The protest to free the American people from a tax burden that has already cost over $150 billion will take place at Washington, D.C.'s Freedom Plaza (13th and Pennsylvania Avenue NW) at 12:00PM eastern.

"Too many hard-working Americans are having enough trouble paying their own mortgages, along with high fuel bills and rising consumer prices. Why must these people also take on the added expense of the millions of bad home loans that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have on their books?" asked David Almasi, executive director of the National Center for Public Policy Research and director of the National Center's "Occupy Occupy D.C." project. "Through the quasi-governmental Fannie and Freddie, the federal government now has a virtual monopoly on home loans. As a result, those who made prudent lending decisions must now take on additional debt that they would have never sought on their own. That is not fair. The federal bailout of Fannie and Freddie must end."

Monday
Feb272012

Day 9 Recap: Honk If You Love Heartland!

Here's a short video of the National Center's Devon Carlin expressing her support for the Heartland Institute in the wake of unfair and possibly illegal "Fakegate" attacks on it from the left.

The "Honk if You Love Heartland" activity was part of the National Center's Day 9 "Occupy Occupy DC" activities on February 24. More pictures and details are here.

Friday
Feb242012

Day 9: A Call for Oversight Hearings into EPA Grantmaking

Occupy Occupy D.C. activists will gather just steps from the headquarters of the Environmental Protection Agency at noon on Friday, February 24 to demand that Congress hold oversight hearings about possibly politicized grants made by the federal agency, and related issues.

The need for hearings, first suggested two days ago by the National Center for Public Policy Research in light of EPA grants made to the Pacific Institute, currently embroiled in an ethics scandal, has been heightened by the EPA’s scrubbing of its public grantmaking database on or around February 23.

“The EPA’s decision to remove information about grants made to the Pacific Institute from the public database, first revealed by the website JunkScience.com, immediately after the National Center for Public Policy Research filed a Freedom of Information Act request for information about those grants is suspicious,” said National Center Chairman Amy Ridenour.

The National Center is concerned that the EPA is making grants to organizations involved in policy advocacy, an inappropriate use of taxpayer monies.

“With our spiraling deficit, the last thing the American people need to pay for is someone else’s political mudslinging,” added David Almasi, executive director of the National Center for Public Policy Research and director of the National Center’s “Occupy Occupy DC” project. “Not only is politicized grantmaking a waste of taxpayer money, it is illegal.”

Occupy Occupy DC activists are asking Congress to review the grants made by the EPA during the last two Administrations to make certain sufficient standards of objectivity are in place; to obtain the views of respected scientists as to whether the EPA grant program is focusing its resources in the most promising areas; and to examine the question of whether the grant program, at a time of massive deficits, is set at an appropriate spending level.

Friday
Feb242012

Day 8 Recap: Media Coverage of the Lunch-in

A fun media day, particularly for the children, four-year-old Katie B. and her two-year-old brother, Joshua, both of whom enjoyed turkey sandwiches, a banana, chips and apple juice on federal property, paid for exclusively with private funds (thank you, David and Nancy Almasi!).

The Weekly Standard ran photos and a story that can be viewed here (if you read the Drudge Report, you may already have seen this).

The Fox Business Channel also ran a story. We hope to have an online link available later.

Other media included the InstaPundit megablog, among others. We learned of InstaPundit's coverage from a very nice gentleman who read about the event there and stopped by to offer support. Thanks!

Thursday
Feb232012

Day 8: D.C. “Lunch-In” Protesters to Resist Government, Eat Homemade Lunches

TurkeysandwichandbananaAdjCroppedWConcerned parents and their supporters will be having a “lunch-in” on Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C. at noon on Thursday, February 23 to protest federal school nutrition guidelines that allegedly forced at least one student to forgo her mother’s home-packed lunch in favor of chicken nuggets.

Thursday’s protest is part of The National Center for Public Policy Research’s “Occupy Occupy D.C.” events at Freedom Plaza. The National Center obtained a five-week permit from the U.S. Park Service that forces the Occupy D.C. encampment to share the park between February 12 and March 15.

“Even though my four-year-old and two-year-old will both be starting at public schools in a few months, I did not agree to let the government make every decision about how they are raised,” said National Center Internet consultant Jennifer Biddison, who is planning to bring her kids to Freedom Plaza for the seditious lunch. “Just because I choose to let government schools teach my kids math and reading doesn’t mean I want them to dictate other things such as how they will eat and how they will dress. I’m quite content with the way I am raising them, and I ask the government to honor my choices in such family matters.”

On January 30, during a visit by a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services official to West Hoke Elementary School in Raeford, North Carolina, a four-year-old girl’s lunch — made by her mother — was determined to not meet federal nutritional requirements. The lunch consisted of a turkey and cheese sandwich, a banana, potato chips and apple juice. The girl subsequently went through the school’s lunch line, where she received a lunch that included chicken nuggets.

Those attending the National Center’s lunch-in will be eating the same types of items packed for the little girl in Raeford, North Carolina on January 30.

“It’s trendy for nursing mothers to engage in group breastfeedings to protest businesses that don’t accommodate them,” said David Almasi, executive director of the National Center for Public Policy Research and director of the National Center’s “Occupy Occupy DC” project. “It’s becoming very clear that these mothers’ abilities to feed their children on their own terms are more at risk later in life. We plan to eat the same lunch as that little girl brought to school, and do it on federal land. I challenge Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to come try to take my lunch away from me.”