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Twenty-five protesters were arrested in Rancho Mirage, California on Sunday, at a protest in front of the Rancho Las Palmas resort, site of the “Billionaire’s Caucus,” an annual meeting put on by the Koch Brothers and other corporate entities and conservative movement operators.
The Koch Brothers, billionaires who have generously funded conservative and libertarian causes for over a generation – including the Heritage Foundation, the Cato Institute, and tea party groups...
For the last 30 years, the Koch brothers, who inherited their wealth from their father's oil interests, have funded a large portion of the conservative movement on issues that promote business over the environmental, labor, and public health concerns.
Recently, David and Charles Koch through their network of foundations and nonprofits outspent ExxonMobile on astroturf campaigns to misinform the American public about climate change legislation.
Originally posted by soficrow
reply to post by Xcathdra
Searched for it, didn't find it.
FYI - NOBODY is ever arrested for "dissent" per se - "trespassing" and "congregating without a permit" for example are legal code for questioning the status quo, AKA protesting, dissenting and etc.
Billionaires poisoning our politics was the central theme of the protests. But nothing is quite as it seems in modern politics: The protest's organizer, the nonprofit Common Cause, is funded by billionaire George Soros. Common Cause has received $2 million from Soros's Open Society Institute in the past eight years, according to grant data provided by Capital Research Center.
Two panelists at Common Cause's rival conference nearby -- President Obama's former green jobs czar, Van Jones, and blogger Lee Fang -- work at the Center for American Progress, which was started and funded by Soros but, as a 501(c)4 nonprofit "think tank," legally conceals the names of its donors.
In other words, money from billionaire George Soros and anonymous, well-heeled liberals was funding a protest against rich people's influence on politics. Read more at the Washington Examiner: washingtonexaminer.com...
Streets are a public right of way, and as such cannot be blocked by protesters. Why? ITs not to deny them their right to protest, its done to protect the rights of those who are not protesting who need to use the street.
Originally posted by reverandrandy
reply to post by ProtoplasmicTraveler
Did they actually apply for a permit to block a street or throughway? then get denied? No, probably not.
I'm sure they would have been considered if they did.
Thank God both sides have Billionaires to contradict each other.
You are in fact not permitted to protest or ask questions or they do shoot rubber bullets, bean bags, and tear gas at you, they will hose you down with a water cannon, they will attempt to break your eardrums with a sound cannon, and they will beat you like a dog with their sticks and fists and feet, and they will tell you that's a good thing and you should be happy they are doing it.
Shame on anyone so naive, ignorant or fearful that they actually parrot that nonsense.
“This conference brings together some of our nation's most successful business leaders, job creators and those who make it a priority to support their communities and our country in significant ways,” Nancy Pfotenhauer, a spokeswoman for Koch, said in an e-mail. “The purpose of this conference is to discuss solutions to our most pressing issues and strategies to promote policies that will help grow our economy, foster free enterprise and create American jobs. We respect all Americans' rights to free speech and to peaceably assemble.