DNC Headquarters Ambushed By Protesters Claiming Party ‘Sold Out’

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Above Photo: From Anne Meader @cool_revolution

Washington, DC — Protesters dressed as movers charged the door of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) headquarters today, trying to gain entrance to the building. Security fended them off and barricaded the front steps.

Protesters drove up in a U-Haul van wearing blue jumpsuits. They carried cardboard boxes and wheeled a hand truck to the front door, claiming they were hired movers. They unfurled a large banner reading “Betrayal” and recited chants such as, “We want democracy, not corporatocracy!” They alleged that the Democratic Party, headed by the DNC, has “sold out” to corporate interests, and corruption played a part in the Party’s election defeat.

The Democratic Party tried to stay in power by “manipulation and fear,” said Kevin Zeese of Baltimore-based Popular Resistance. “Why did they lose? Because they ignored the people. Obama pushed the TPP [Trans Pacific Partnership] on people. That’s why we’re moving the DNC out of government.”

The demonstrators taped signs to the building reading, “For Sale” and “Evict the DNC.” They arranged cardboard boxes labelled “Lesser Evils,” “Pay to Playbooks,” and “Empty Promises.”


Video by Matt Orfalea

Washington, DC resident Toni Sanders says she believes that the Democratic Party took black people for granted in this election, assuming that they would vote for Hillary Clinton.

“If you really took us seriously as a people you wouldn’t push a candidate who backed [her husband’s] crime bill, who called us superpredators,” she said. She believes that Democrats didn’t respect black people’s intelligence. “They used Obama to guilt us, tiptoed around Black Lives Matter,” she said. She objected to President Obama’s signing of the “Blue Lives Matter” bill, and said that Hillary Clinton didn’t have solutions for police brutality and police shooting of blacks either. She also didn’t address issues like creating jobs and problems in inner cities.

“They didn’t give us a choice. This is supposed to be our party,” she said. “They hurt us so much more” with Hillary Clinton as the candidate. She said she voted for Bernie Sanders in the primary and Jill Stein in the general election.

The DNC’s alleged collusion with the Hillary Clinton campaign to quash Bernie Sanders in the primary concerned the protesters, but it is only a piece of a larger picture of corruption,according to many of the protesters. “The DNC sold us out in the first place when they ran over Bernie,” said Peter Weston of Seattle-based Backbone Campaign. “The DNC is not serving people, it is serving corporatocracy.”

The protesters’ ire was not limited to the DNC. Only two days before, a group organized by Popular Resistance and Backbone Campaign blockaded a busy interstate highway in Washington, DC to bring attention to racism, xenophobia and policies serving the wealthy they believe a Trump administration will embody.

People have been “betrayed” by Democrats who serve corporate interests, protesters say./Photo by Anne Meador

People have been “betrayed” by Democrats who serve corporate interests, protesters say./Photo by Anne Meador

 

  • Tony Buontempo

    It is interesting how there was no “counter” protest. This is because people who support the Regime, of which the Democratic Leadership is part of, are few and far between.

    This evil system must be abolished, hopefully by a peaceful method. I doubt the Wall Street controlled Regime in Washington will do the right thing and abdacate. So be it.

  • jemcgloin

    The Democrats are getting ready to cave to Republicans, again, after having all of their legislation, and a Supreme Court nominee, blocked for eight years. Keep the pressure on the Democrats to punish the Republicans for breaking tradition and rules.
    Game theorists have shown mathematically, that in a transactional two party system, the best strategy is Tit For Tat With Forgiveness.
    You lead by cooperating, but if the other side chooses non-cooperation, they win that round. The correct response is to punish their no-cooperation with your own non-cooperation. A pure Tit for Tat response can easily turn into permanent loop however, so after the other side is punished, you should try forgiveness to give cooperation a chance.
    Unfortunately, the Democrats always play forgiveness, while the Republlicans always play non-cooperation, which has led to almost unending losses for Democrats.
    If the Democrats do not punish the Republicans by filibustering their legislation and blocking their nominees, no one will ever take the Democrats seriously again.
    Corporate mass media and the Democratic leadership is already talking about how the Republicans will be able to push through their platform, and remake the Supreme Court. At this time eight years ago, the same people were talking about how everything Obama tried would be blocked.
    Any Democrat that thinks this is the time for moving to the center and compromising should resign now. They are not worth the office space they take up.

  • catwoman 51

    Well said.

  • DHFabian

    Odd. The Dem voting base had long co9nsisted of the masses — poor and middle class, workers and the jobless, for the common good. The Clinton Dems split that voting base wide apart in the 1990s, middle class vs. poor. The years of this administration confirmed that the split is permanent. Democrats chose the most anti-poor candidate available, and the inevitable happened. Liberals struggle to redefine what happened. The answer is simple, and right in front of them, but they want a different answer.

  • DHFabian

    Democrats haven’t caved on anything. The Clinton wing have been fully complicit. They’ve successfully implemented more of the right wing agenda than Republicans could have ever dreamed possible. (On welfare and poverty, they have been well to the right of Eisenhower, Nixon, and even Reagan.) On core socioeconomic issues, they pulled middle class liberals well to the right. Meanwhile, the overall life expectancy of the US poor has plunged, and this isn’t even considered an issue worth noting.

  • DHFabian

    How? It always goes back to, “We’d wage a revolution, but can’t get enough time off from work.”

  • Leave A Mark

    The Clinton Democrats (aka neo-liberal Democrats of the Third Way) who are in death throws for survival want ‘Bernie bros’ and’ millennials” to quietly fold their tents and blow away in the winds of change. This neo-liberal establishment who is still in control of the Democratic Party is fighting to keep leadership entrenched in a more corporate minded plank of the Democratic Party.

    The economic elite want you to focus your frustration and anger on Trump, while they reprise the neo-liberal right. After our coalitions on the populist left fought so hard to defeat the Clinton Democrats we can’t afford to ignore the fight inside the Party for leadership control. This is how populist movements fail; we can be our own worst enemy when we desert our political revolutions mid-way through our revolt. We can not let them reprise the old establishment. It’s important we remain focused on our efforts, both the inside Party and out in the streets, to put the last nail in the coffin of the neo-liberal right.

    The progressive left populism has been marginalized and disenfranchised by the Democratic Party leadership, forced into invalidation which has compromised the composition and influence of our political duopoly. Whether you’re a participant or witness to this historical downturn real ‘change and hope’ is teetering on upsetting the establishment politics in favor of meaningful reforms that remove the presumptive reliance on the economic elite who control the politically powerful.

    The Washington Post described this fight over ideological differences emerging inside the party before the election, “The difference there is crucial, for policy and for messaging. One side believes what’s gone wrong for the middle class is that wealthy and powerful players have rewritten the tax code, trade deals, labor law and other policies in order to advantage themselves, at the expense of workers. Middle-class stagnation, in this view, is a choice that can be corrected by shifting power back to workers, at the bargaining table and elsewhere. The other side, the Third Way side, believes that the stagnation is a natural consequence of a globalizing economy, which has disproportionately benefited people with high skills and people who own stock, businesses and other forms of capital,” and “pushes back against that populism”.

    Moyers & Company reported, “Beneath that veneer of tranquility, longstanding political and philosophical differences over the role the government should play in our economy continue to divide Clintonian ‘New Democrats’ from those who embrace a more traditional New Deal style of liberalism. Many observers expect that a day of reckoning between these groups is coming as we approach the 2016 elections.”

    That day of reckoning is here. One of the voices ignored this election was Chris Hedges, who wrote, “History has amply demonstrated where this will end up. The continued exploitation by an unchecked elite, and the rising levels of poverty and insecurity, will unleash a legitimate rage among the desperate. They will see through the lies and propaganda of the elites. They will demand retribution. They will turn to those who express the hatred they feel for the powerful and the institutions, now shams, that were designed to give them a voice. They will seek not reform but destruction of a system that has betrayed them.”

    The choice is ours and and the time has never been more important. It’s time for coalition building anew, not reprising the old establishments. Stop focusing on ‘trumpery’; the very definition of articles of little value, from the word ‘tromper’ to deceive.

  • Leave A Mark

    A national day of non-participation. It’s inevitable that the anger and frustration will reach critical mass; if that reaches peak with the majority class – now ‘Precariat class’. It could have significant influence on US economy. It may require more than a day or a week and even a month – but that stoppage by the disenfranchised and marginalized American worker would have dramatic results.

  • Tony Buontempo

    If the Democrats in the Senate do not filibusterer Trump’s Supreme Court Nomination, you know the Wall Street control of the Party is continuing.

    The Democrats in the Senate must filibuster everything.

  • Tony Buontempo

    I am willing to stop working right now. I do not spend my life trying to meet the demands of TV commercials that I spend all my time trying to participate in “their” system of irrational consumption. The consumption is the MAIN reason for Climate Change.

    The less you work, the sooner the system collapses. This system must be abolished.

    If working less and protesting more means you cannot afford a place to live than live on the street. It is better to be homeless than a billionaire and benefiting from this evil system.

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  • jemcgloin

    I agree. “Caving” is part of their act.

  • jemcgloin

    I agree. “Caving” is part of their act. But many Democratic voters haven’t figured this out. So they have to know what a real party would do so they can see that the Democrats are a scam.

  • jemcgloin

    The left must support each other.
    We are now fighting on two fronts. The neoliberal threat is not gone. They will use Trump to steal even more effectively. At the same time, the worst players in the “justice” system will be emboldened by Trump’s success to try to crush resistance. Its truly dangerous. Everyone left of pure evil really needs to pull together and keep each other out of Guantanamo. Soon Trump will be saying “I don’t know but I’ve heard these protesters (or socialists or anarchists or liberals or…) are terrorists,” and then it could get really bad.
    We need to resist the changes that they will try to shove through starting on inauguration day. We need to call out the Democrats for letting them do it, or support whatever rebel Democrat is filibustering their agenda, but we need the liberals that just voted for Clinton to realize that pining for the Clintons or waiting to have real good candidates in four years will be too little too late.
    All of you socialists and anarchists and liberals really need to put aside your petty differences. (I know its not easy. I can’t help ripping into the people that thought Clinton could or should have been elected either.) But this is going to a level we haven’t seen in this (already effed up) country in a long time.

  • jemcgloin

    People have to eat.
    I prefer calling for evolution. It sounds less violent, but implies much deeper change, and puts the responsibility on everyone. Revolutions backfire, more often than not. The current trumpulist revolution is a case in point.

  • catwoman 51

    I agree with you too !

  • catwoman 51

    Not exactly on topic but I am really liking Tim Ryan — D- Ohio and would like to see him instead of Pelosi.

  • kevinzeese

    What do you like about him other than he is not Pelosi?

  • catwoman 51

    He is much more progressive. He changed his mind about being a pro lifer to being pro choice after having had a child, and he is not a rich been there forever senator. He is promoting help for the working class which HRC failed to do. He also claims he will stand up and fight against Trump and that is what I want from ALL the Dems. We shall see what he does.

  • kevinzeese

    Really, more progressive? I don’t see that in his record.

  • catwoman 51

    So you wish to keep the rich b_tch ?