Several groups from activists to independent media have come together with Occupy Denver to coordinate an event in response to the Presidential debates being held in Denver on Wednesday night, October 3, 2012.
The activists groups common-primary message seems two-fold: 1.) get money out of politics 2.) stop the corporate-model from this invasion of a two-party system into what could really be possible. Why are only two candidates on stage when five are in the running?
Several solutions offered by the people include ranked voting to a full-representational spectrum of ideas on the debate stage. The event that was held over the last weekend, Occupy the Debates offered speakers, entertainment and discussions while generating plenty of ideas from the people that will not be asked on stage (from the corporations/power holders). Ideas that truly come from and are important to the people of the United States will not be heard by the presidential candidates on stage nor the american audience of millions.
The scripts used for debates seem not to be designed for informing the public as much as create a spectacle or distraction, and sometimes the attempt at not creating one. Notable, the debates have only been a part of the political campaign (with this wide of audience) since the early 1980’s. Would it not be reasonable to take a look at the process that supposes to have the most widely accessible audience for the issues on one stage?
Third party candidates are rumored to be marching with Occupy Denver and other groups tomorrow from McWilliams Park to protest the Commission for Presidential Debates. Jill Stein’s campaign has official event information available at the website confirming plans in the city. Rocky Johnston’s website and Gary Johnson’s website have no such confirmation yet, but social media is a buzz about it.
The two key issues being: accessibly for the people and their core issues as well as the having the stage open to all of the ideas that have earned the position to run for President of the United States. Democracy Now with Amy Goodman will be airing a show hosting the third party candidates during the presidential debate.
In Denver, the roads will closed but if you are planning to be down there, the plan is to meet at 5:30 pm at McWilliams Park on E. Yale Ave. and S. Steele St. to participate in a march to protest the illusion of dichotomy in the two-party political system. The information site called Stop the Empire request that each person engages in the solutions of change.
Also, an online version of accessibly exists in what might be called “the people’s dialogue” at the Occupy the Debates website with them saying the concern being the “anti-democratic restrictiveness” of the debates. Occupy Denver also offers an information page to clarify important discussions they would desire on the debate stage at this website. Travel information can be found on the site and some carpools have developed on social media.