The nation’s capital is about to be occupied.
The folks behind the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations plan to bring their protests to another address synonymous with corporate influence: K Street in Washington, the home to big-dollar lobbyists who often trade campaign cash for political favors on behalf of powerful pro-business interests.
Occupy K Street is expected to kick off Thursday, Liz Butler, an organizer of the Take Back The American Dream conference, announced Monday as the meeting opened.
“My understanding of what they are planning on doing is really bringing the energy of New York straight to K Street,” she told The Democratic Daily in an interview.
A flyer distributed Monday at the conference reads, “Wall Street’s servants on K Street, in the Pentagon, and in our government think Wall Street is at a safe distance. But we’re bringing the occupation to them beginning October 6, 9 a.m., in Freedom Plaza.”
As has been the case with Occupy Wall Street for more than two weeks, those taking part in Occupy K Street plan to camp out “and showing up as a major presence on K Street,” Butler says.
Conference participants also plan a demonstration on Wednesday on Capitol Hill. The “Jobs, Not Cuts!” rally is to take place at the triangle on the House side of the U.S. Capitol, near 1st Street and Independence Ave. SE, starting at 12:30 p.m.
Wall Street, K Street, and Capitol Hill all represent places “where we have to be putting pressure on,” Butler says.
Those behind the anti-corporate protests and activists in Washington fighting for a progressive agenda are “fighting the same enemies,” she says.
“What a lot of what they’re doing is showing the problem,” Butler says of the protesters. “One of the things we’re trying to do is: What are the pieces to address the solution.”
Scott Nance is the editor and publisher of the news site The Washington Current. He has covered Congress and the federal government for more than a decade.