Day 7 Recap: Tokenism


Project 21 spokesman Bob Parks showed up today at Freedom Plaza on Wednesday as part of the National Center’s “Occupy Occupy D.C.” events to talk to members of the Occupy D.C. encampment about why, as a black man, he is a conservative.


Here's Bob doing an interview with PeaceLoveSprayPaint of

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Day 7: Occupy Occupy D.C.'s Dark Side

Despite the fact that we Occupy Occupiers featured two black conservative speakers on the first day of our “Occupy Occupy D.C.” events, at least one of the regulars at the existing encampment on Freedom Plaza promptly accused the National Center for Public Policy Research of being monochromatic in nature. He obviously never heard of Project 21 — the National Center’s black conservative leadership network.

He may be one of the few on the left who hasn’t heard of Project 21. Our black conservative volunteers have been denounced by the NAACP. In 2005, the left-wing Nation magazine said: “Project 21 remains a crucial gear in the right’s propaganda factory. Without [Project 21, its] cadres would probably be at home screaming at the TV. But instead, they’re on TV.”

On Wednesday, Project 21 spokesman Bob Parks will be at Freedom Plaza (13th and Pennsylvania Avenue NW) at noontime to answer any questions the campers there (or anyone else) may have about how a black man could be conservative.

Bob will be easy to spot. Look for the man with the “token black conservative” placard.


Day 6 Wrap Up: Honk for Lower Taxes

The "honk for lower taxes" rally went great. Here's a video snip (warning - it's loud!):

For more details and another picture, go here.


Occupy Occupy D.C. Gets Noisy

Join the National Center’s “Occupy Occupy D.C.” team on Tuesday the 21st as it retakes Washington, D.C.’s Freedom Plaza yet again — this time to enlist the support of D.C. drivers in sending a message to our leaders about high taxes.

At noontime, expect the decibel level near D.C.’s city hall and the White House to rise sharply as the National Center encourages drivers sick of high taxes to honk their horns in disapproval.

This particular activism harkens back to 1990, when the National Center brought the White House press corps out of the press room when staff and supporters caused mass honking on Pennsylvania Avenue (still open to traffic at that time) in protest of President George H.W. Bush’s flip-flop on new taxes.

Will they hear us again tomorrow?  Most definitely!


Day 5 Rally Photos and Video

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Feb172012 Posts Photo Gallery of our Day One Events

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Day 5: "Don’t Make Us Pay Your Debts!," Children Plead; Occupy Occupy DC Street Theatre Set for Friday in Freedom Plaza


Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C., home to an Occupy D.C. encampment since September, on Friday, February 17 will be the scene of a street theatre designed to remind the Obama Administration and both houses of Congress that future generations shouldn't be required to repay trillions in debts incurred today by their parents and grandparents.

The street theatre event will be held at noon until 12:30 PM on the eastern end of Freedom Plaza (13th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW).

"Our national debt is outrageous and out-of-control, and our overblown spending today is still likely to be owed after I'm dead and gone -- even if I live a long and healthy life," said David Almasi, executive director of the National Center for Public Policy Research and director of the National Center's "Occupy Occupy DC" project. "The real crime is that the future of today's children will forever be tied to this debt. Won't anyone think of the children?"

"Why should I pay the debts? Seriously, I'm, like, twelve," said Kate, who plans to attend the rally.

"I don't want to spend 15 trillion dollars on what the White House did," said Chris, 11, who also plans to attend. "I'm not even sure if I'll ever make that much money."


Day 4 Update

See photos of Occupy Occupy DC's Day 4 "Smoking in the Rain" event at the National Center's main blog,, and if you live in or near Washington. D.C. (or care to listen in on the Internet), Washington's talk radio powerhouse WMAL-AM 630 will be doing a post-event news story on Friday morning.

Day 4: 'Occupy Occupy D.C. Smoke-In' Set for Thursday

Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C., the home to an Occupy D.C. encampment since last September, will be the venue for the enjoyment of tasty cigars and insightful discussion about flawed federal and state regulations of tobacco products on Thursday, February 16.

The "Great Occupy Occupy D.C. Smoke-In" will be held from 11:15 AM until 12:30 PM on the eastern end of Freedom Plaza (13th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW). In the case of inclement weather, call (703) 568-4727 for the alternate location.

"Regulations are supposed to make us safer," said David Almasi, executive director of the National Center for Public Policy Research and director of the National Center's "Occupy Occupy DC" project. "But when government gets too big, it makes stupid mistakes: like regulating or taxing smoke-free, non-carcinogenic e-cigarettes like they were traditional cigarettes, which discourages people from switching from a product that causes cancer to one that doesn't. Our 'Great Occupy Occupy D.C. Smoke-In' will help show Americans that big government and more regulations don't necessarily translate into more health."

"Tobacco use is harmful to health. But that doesn't mean that regulators should have free rein to advance unwise policies on tobacco and other things," said Jeff Stier, director of the Risk Assessment Division, a program of The National Center for Public Policy Research. "The federal government, through the Centers for Disease Control, is using hundreds of millions of dollars a year as a slush fund to hand out grants to activists groups in cities around the country. These groups, at the behest of the CDC, are pushing unpopular tax increases on soda, as well as smokeless tobacco, which is less harmful than cigarettes."


Day 3: Paying Down the Debt at Occupy Occupy D.C.

A fun and successful day at Occupy Occupy D.C. on Wednesday, as Occupy Occupy DC director David Almasi dealt with swarms of people who want the government to grow -- so much so, they made voluntary donations to the IRS!

Or maybe they didn't make donations (except one patriotic and generous fellow) and they don't want the government to grow...

Go to the National Center's blog to see how a video by Fox 5 covering Day 3 of Occupy Occupy DC!