While President Barack Obama rolls into town this evening to attend a swanky $35,800 a plate fundraiser dinner at the private home of a showbiz heavy hitter, about one and a half miles down the way a group of Occupy protesters will be gathering in a park to speak out about “the corrupting role that Big Money plays in politics.”
Occupy 90210, as tonight’s action is called, outlines their objections and focus points and raises several questions:
In the aftermath of the Citizens United decision, it is expected that the 2012 presidential race will cost an unprecedented $2,000,000,000. Furthermore, Obama recently announced that he will accept SuperPAC money, which enables wealthy people and corporations to donate unlimited amounts of money to political campaigns. What does this decision say about our leader? To whom will Obama be accountable? The millions of Americans who are poor, hungry and homeless in this country or the 1% of the population that can afford to spend $35,800 on dinner with the President?
In response to the plight of the hungry, Occupy says they are kicking off their own fundraising efforts to feed the food insecure here in Los Angeles.Read More