Occupy protesters rally at Obama's Iowa headquarters
December 17th, 2011
05:46 PM ET
3 years ago

Occupy protesters rally at Obama's Iowa headquarters

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - Occupy protesters in Des Moines were joined by members of Veterans for Peace outside of President Barack Obama's Iowa re-election campaign headquarters Saturday, calling on the president to end all foreign wars and cut the U.S. military budget in half.

Using the people-powered megaphone the Occupy movement calls a "mic check," some 35 protesters spoke with a unified voice.

"To fulfill the Occupy Wall Street movement's call to return our country's economic and political life back to the 99%, we will need a president who will make the dismantling of the U.S. military empire their number one foreign policy priority," they said.

Protesters had planned to commit an act of civil disobedience, by entering Obama's headquarters and staying put, but were thwarted because the campaign office was closed.

Rather than be discouraged, however, they said the closed office was a victory.

"We know this office is open on Saturdays ... they knew we were coming, and President Obama is afraid to deal with us," said Frank Cordaro, a protester.

A call to the main number at the Des Moines office was not answered on Saturday.

As the Iowa Caucus heats up, so too will the protests in and around Des Moines. The local Occupy movement says it expects hundreds of people from across the country to join its protests in what is being dubbed "Occupy the Caucuses."

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Filed under: Iowa • Occupy Wall Street • President Obama
soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. Patrick from Minnesota

    While I support Occupy, it makes no sense to me why they protested war only days after the last combat troops left Iraq...

    December 17, 2011 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  2. Thinker

    These people should seriously consider Ron Paul. An end to cronyism, and end to perpetual war, a return to individual liberty.

    December 17, 2011 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    These people seem to be kooky Ron Paul supporters and not OWS protesters.

    December 17, 2011 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  4. Liz

    Someone correct me if I am wrong, but this group seems to be a gaggle of Ron Paul supporters and not OWS supporters.

    December 17, 2011 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  5. Ivan

    Yes,what's wrong with wanting to have peace and not have to budgit for wars.

    December 17, 2011 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  6. george of the jungle

    Obama is the best chance these people have of being hears. If the repos have their way they will just keep paying for the rich and the repos will start a new war somewhere. Look at ol newt. He is already stirring up the palistinians .

    December 17, 2011 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Is that a Jedi in the background holding a sign?

    December 17, 2011 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  8. Namejkane

    Why don't you occupy the house of reprsentives that have held up all the jobs programs, gov property owned by the taxpayers, morons!!!

    December 17, 2011 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  9. K3Citizen

    I'm sure the republican fools running for second place will have something negative to say later on tomorrow. They will step up their warmongering to heights it's never seen before.

    December 17, 2011 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  10. willie floyd

    I believe I just saw a poll that read 77% of Americans are sick and tired of "war mongers". I wasn't polled but I certainly am in that percentage!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    December 17, 2011 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  11. JF

    The thing that I have never been able to understand, with the history of the United States going to war. Why
    has the United States never ever though to fix it's own treatment of it's own people, before going to war to make
    another country treat it's people right. I will never fight for this country or any country that is treating it's people
    wrong, then telling another country to stop treating it's people wrong. Get right at home first.
    The occupy protesters mean some people in the world are wakeing up, to the game that's being played.
    BUT AS FOR THE PAIN THAT THE RICH HAS PUT ON PEOPLE FOR SO MANY YEARS. IN GOD EYES
    IT MAY BE TO LITTLE, TO LATE" What's coming, do not have to happen. It's in mankind hands.

    December 17, 2011 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  12. DENNA

    Good for them. They also recognize that appealing to the Republicans is an exercise in futility. Now all Occupy Wall Street members and like-minded supporters need to get out and vote. We need to show they Tea Party that they are not the only ones who can force chance. I would like to see the current batch of Rethugs be retired from public life. Heck, we don't need term limits, which they have to vote on anyway, we need the shed our lemming-like ways and learn to vote in our own best interests. We have seen enough of the Tea Party candidates to know that Grover Norquist is their leader and they don't care about pleasing the average American.

    December 17, 2011 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  13. I vote to take YOUR money

    Wow... 35 people. Quite the "movement"! Seen bigger crowds waiting to get into a nightclub.

    December 17, 2011 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  14. normajean @ verizon ,com

    I'm totally with the protestors except when they start leaning on president Obama.. He is fighting hard to bring the little people,,lower and middle class, up to decent standards and every inch is being distructed by the Repubs AND
    CONGRESS... Give him some credit for what he IS doing PUBLICLY so the Repubs have no doubt where you stand !!IF you need a shove....just picture Gingrich,,Bachman,, Perry, etc. becoming our next president!!! Wake up people.............time's awastin"

    December 17, 2011 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  15. Proud member of "Global Zero"

    You would be better served to "occupy" all the GOP offices in IA. Oh, yeah...they don't have any. By the way...he is on your side. GOP...not so much. One question...did you stay home in 2010?

    December 17, 2011 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  16. Kevin

    What OWSers in Iowa need to do is have almost everyone they know go to the GOP caucuses and vote for Ron Paul. He is the only GOP candidate talking about doing exactly this.

    While I personally will not vote for Paul, I believe him winning the Iowa caucuses will send a strong message that says people want the end of foreign adventurism.

    December 17, 2011 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  17. R B

    35 protesters - that says it all.

    December 17, 2011 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  18. jim

    Interesting. The only politician stating that type of military reduction is Ron Paul, and he would be the first to have troops open fire on these protesters. Weird year.

    December 17, 2011 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  19. Steve-Illinois

    Yawn!!!! These people are a joke and will soon head into oblivion like the lib coffee party!

    December 17, 2011 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  20. hemmingway

    Maybe one day the USA will look back at 2011/12 as the year the country looked within its own soul and realize in the end THE PEN IS MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD.

    December 17, 2011 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  21. T'sah from Virginia

    Peace be with you too!!

    Obama 2012 because you have a better chance getting through to HIM than any of the candidates from the RIGHT!!!

    December 17, 2011 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  22. Keith in Austin

    I trust that these naïve protesters would quickly change their one-track minds if a Taliban Terrorist was pointing an AK-47 at them! What a sorry lot these misguided fools are!

    December 17, 2011 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  23. gt

    amen..get our troops home now

    December 17, 2011 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  24. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    They are really aiming at the wrong guy at this point. They should be looking at the GOP candidates.

    December 17, 2011 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  25. fred ca

    Wow...35 people. Shouldn't be a 'breaking news' banner headline kind of coverage? I mean, 35 people...finally the masses speak (sorry typo, drop the m).

    December 17, 2011 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
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