Friday, June 24, 2011

Weekending in Vail?

Posted By on Fri, Jun 24, 2011 at 1:30 PM


If you happen to be in Vail this weekend, or want an excuse to go to Vail, and you really don't like those capitalist, wunderkind political meddlers the Koch brothers, this is for you.

From ProgressNow Colorado:

Dear Neighbor,

Two of the biggest right-wing money men in America have organized a secret conference of top conservative donors, pundits, and elected officials this weekend near Vail. In January, more than 1,500 people protested a similar event held in Palm Springs, California—just before the Koch brothers, Charles and David Koch, launched their war on teachers and public employees in Wisconsin.

The Koch brothers are major funders of right-wing fringe groups who make up the so-called Tea Party, and wield tremendous influence in conservative politics. The Koch brothers have provided millions of dollars to fund recent attempts to privatize Medicare and Social Security. Previous Koch conferences have featured a virtual "who's who" of right-wing politics, from Ann Coulter to Justice Clarence Thomas. And after the unexpected and lively protest of their last conference, you can understand why they tried very hard to keep the latest one quiet.

This Sunday through Tuesday near Vail, the Koch brothers will host an invitation-only discussion between wealthy funders and right-wing elected officials to develop their plans to spend tens of millions of dollars of corporate money on the 2012 elections. Many Colorado conservative officials and donors can be expected to attend. In the aftermath of the Citizens United decision, unprecedented amounts of corporate money is expected to be funneled into the political process next year.

On Sunday, let's show them we mean business too.

Colorado Common Cause, ProgressNow Colorado, and progressives throughout the state are quickly organizing a protest of the Koch brothers' secret conference near Vail. Meet in Avon, Colorado right below the Ritz-Carlton at Bachelor Gulch on Sunday from 11 AM to 1 PM to speak out against their corporate assault on the middle class. We’ll meet up at Nottingham Lake Park located at 1 Lake Street, Avon (click here for a Google Map). An RSVP is not necessary, but you can get important details and updates on the event at this Facebook event page.

Please bring signs, and be prepared for a peaceful and family-friendly protest event. Some sign suggestions from our friends at Common Cause include “UnVail the Kochs”, “Corporations are not people”, “Koch + Thomas = Supreme Conflict”, “Reverse Citizens United”, “Money does not equal speech” and “Stop the War on the Middle Class.” Or come up with your own—you get the theme, we're all living it right now.

Thanks—beautiful weather is forecast for Avon on Sunday! I know this is short notice, but the Koch brothers tried very hard to suppress information about this event, in hopes of avoiding the protest and public exposure they received in January. No one outside the few conservative insiders attending knew about it before Wednesday. But now, we need everyone who cares about our nation's future to speak out.

We'll see you there!

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