Conservatives plan occupation
Lafayette Square event takes a page from Occupy D.C.
A group of conservative activists is borrowing from the protest playbook of the Occupy movement, encouraging demonstrators to camp out within sight of the White House in Lafayette Square next week as part of an ongoing movement demanding the resignation of President Obama and other high-level federal government officials.
“We’re putting together a huge coalition of conservative groups, libertarian groups and others because the government has ignored our grievances,” said Larry Klayman, organizer of the Reclaim America Now Coalition. “The American people have to rise up and use peaceful non-violence.”
And reminiscent of the 2011 Occupy D.C. movement, when protesters kept camps in Freedom Plaza and McPherson Square, the group is encouraging participants to “literally camp in Washington D.C. and not leave until we get results,” according to its agenda.
“The speaking is a one-day event, but if people want to camp and stay there, that would be very effective,” said Mr. Klayman, a former chairman of the conservative watchdog organization Judicial Watch.
It’s unclear how many people will participate in the demonstrations. Groups slated to participate include the 2 Million Bikers, who streamed into the city on Sept. 11 in droves, and organizers of an October trucker rally whose pledge to clog the Beltway fizzled. In an application permit filed with the National Park Service, the group estimated 500 people will attend Tuesday’s rally.
A spokeswoman with the Park Service could not provide information on the
because of what Chris is doing, is to keep this going for homeless veterans and veterans that were injured and wounded and need help.” Mr. Almerico said. “We hope this goes across the country eventually, but we are going to try to raise money to pay food trucks to deliver food to veterans living in D.C.”
Crowd It Forward is raising the funds now and hopes to send out the first trucks on Dec. 7 to honor the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
“I picked Pearl Harbor Day because it’s less than a month away. I wanted to show we could raise the money and do this in a short period of time and we can deliver something to veterans on a day that most people don’t recognize as a veterans holiday, but it is a very important day especially to veterans,” Mr. Almerico said.
Mr. Cox is using his story to inspire other Americans to join him in helping support veterans throughout the country. He has created his own “South Carolina Militia” to help aging veterans with household chores that the veterans are unable to do on their own.
“We need to come together as Americans and show our patriotism,” Mr. Cox said. “It’s easy to sit at a computer and hit a ‘like’ button on a photo showing people make it happen. Go out yourself and make it happen. At the end of the day, anybody can be the lawn mower man, not just Chris Cox. If you see something that needs to be done, go and do it, make it happen. That’s the American way.”