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“Occupy DC” Tries to Intimidate AFP, We Didn’t Let Them

November 10, 2011 J

Last weekend I joined your fellow Hoosiers at the Americans for Prosperity Foundation’s 5th Annual Defending the American Dream Summit. This was a peaceful assembly of nearly 2,500 grassroots activists from across the country. Our summit is meant to energize and educate our activists on how to be more effective in their communities as grassroots leaders.

Although there were rumors of a looming protest, the summit was coming along fine until Friday evening’s dinner tribute to Ronald Reagan. During the dinner, nearly 500 “Occupy DC” protestors showed up outside. They surrounded the convention center and began to walk around the building, looking for an unguarded door. The police moved with them to keep anyone from entering who did not have a credential.

AFPF Statement on Attack by “Occupy” Movement

November 05, 2011 J

AFPF Statement on Attack by “Occupy” Movement

Americans for Prosperity Foundation (AFPF) issued the following statement today:

“While we support the right to free speech and to peaceably assemble, it is saddening and unacceptable that the “occupy” group launched an attack on our own peaceable assembly and expression of free speech,” said AFPF Executive Vice President Tracy Henke.

Henke continued, “There is a deep divide in our fundamental vision for America. We at AFPF advocate for individual freedom and responsibility, ideas that enrich and empower society as a whole.”

Rather than inciting class warfare, our leaders need to focus on creating an environment that will enable American businesses to create jobs and economic growth--and they need to condemn these increasingly violent protests.

In hundreds of AFPF events, there has never been an arrest or reported act of violence by our members.

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