Con­ser­va­tives plan oc­cu­pa­tion

Lafayette Square event takes a page from Oc­cupy D.C.

The Washington Times Daily - - Metro - BY AN­DREA NOBLE

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.”

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