Occupy Iowa protestors at a Des Moines presidential event on Oct. 22 (Nati Harnik/AP)
The Occupy Wall Street movement has spawned countless demonstrations in cities across the country in recent weeks, and protesters are now eying what could be one of their biggest targets yet: the upcoming Iowa presidential caucuses.
As the Des Moines Register's Jennifer Jacobs reports, activists with Occupy Iowa are calling on supporters of the movement to descend on Iowa in coming weeks to help "occupy" the offices of presidential candidates ahead of the state's Jan. 3 caucus:
Iowa activists are inviting caravans of protesters from across the country to help them "occupy" all the presidential campaign headquarters in Iowa — and to shut the offices down if they feel their message about corporate greed is not being heard."You go inside or if they won't let you in, you shut 'em down. You sit in front of their doors," said Des Moines' Frank Cordaro, who came up with the idea that Occupy Iowa's "general assembly" approved at their 6 p.m. meeting tonight.
The Occupy Iowa protesters want to capitalize on the fact that Iowa hosts the first-in-the-nation caucuses, Cordaro said. Non-violent protests could be waged throughout December and up until caucus day on Jan. 3, he said.
Members of the Occupy Iowa movement have already been protesting 2012 events in the state. Last month, several dozen protesters gathered outside a GOP presidential forum sponsored by the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition. The protestors brandished placards bemoaning the influence of corporate cash and the influence of special interests in American politics.
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