Progressive group wary of plan to occupy Obama campaign headquarters
November 2, 2011 | Filed under: Iowa | Posted by: Iowa Politics
IOWA CITY, Iowa — Progressives and union leaders in Iowa had cold feet Tuesday about joining an “Occupy Wall Street” caucus protest that could turn up the heat on Democrats in 2012.
Demonstrators with Occupy Des Moines on Monday invited protesters from around the globe to descend upon Republican and Democratic campaign headquarters here for a week-long occupation in advance of the Jan. 3 caucus. The group is an offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street movement that has inspired thousands to camp out in public places to protest corporate greed and socioeconomic inequality.
“We definitely stand in solidarity with this effort to get the campaigns to start talking about issues that are important to everyday people in Iowa,” such as the cost of higher education and trade policies that encourage companies to expand domestically, said Amy Logsdon, spokeswoman for Iowa Citizen Actions Network, a progressive political coalition with more than 6,000 members statewide.