by Max Brantley
Mark Friday on your calendars. A variety of progressive groups plan to "occupy" a Koch brothers gala in Washington to celebrate their effort to complete the takeover of American government for the rich.
I'm guessing the Kochs' security forces will not be amused.
Washington, DC — Health Care for America Now (HCAN), the advocacy group The Other 98% and numerous progressive organizations (see list below) are teaming up to expose the billionaire Koch Brothers’ corruption of the American political system on Friday, Nov. 4, at an unusual outdoor film festival in the nation’s capital. The “Occupy the Kochs Guerrilla Drive-In” will take place at the Washington Convention Center, where the Kochs’ front group, Americans for Prosperity, is hosting a gala dinner. The extremist organization, which spends millions advancing its right-wing political agenda, is holding the “Defend the American Dream” event to celebrate efforts to protect the richest people and corporations from paying their fair share in taxes and to eliminate important programs like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.
Protesters will gather by the hundreds at the Guerrilla Drive-In to enjoy popcorn, good food and political satire videos highlighting the Kochs’ efforts to destroy the American Dream, shrink the middle class, increase America's growing income inequality, preserve tax breaks for Big Oil and eliminate workers’ rights to bargain for a better life and better public services.
Occupy the Kochs comes as progressives across the country have been speaking out to put Americans back to work, tax the 1% and pressure the Super Committee not to make a bad deal for the 99%. For more than a month, Americans of all ages and backgrounds have been on the streets expressing their rejection of corporate money in politics at the Occupy events and other movement protests across the U.S., and that momentum is building. This week in Washington, the Occupy K Street protest continues, National Nurses United will lead protests at the White House and on Capitol Hill on Nov. 3 to demand that Wall Street banks pay their fair share in taxes, and Tar Sands Action plans to form a human circle around the White House on Nov. 6 to ask President Obama to reject the Keystone XL pipeline.
WHAT: Occupy the Kochs Guerrilla Drive-In at the gala dinner of the Koch Brothers’ front group, Americans for Prosperity
WHERE: 1025 Seventh Street NW (corner of L Street), 1 block south of Mt. Vernon/Convention Center Metro station
WHEN: Friday, November 4, from 6:45 to 8:15 p.m.
SPONSORING ORGANIZATIONS: Campaign for America’s Future, Campaign for Community Change, Common Cause, Health Care for America Now, Oil Change International, The Other 98%, Public Citizen, Rebuild the Dream, Tar Sands Action, True Majority, USAction. They will be joined by hundreds of people opposed to health insurers, Big Oil and Wall Street taking over our political process and destroying the middle class.