Most of those who boarded the bus for the trip are among the 'usual suspects' of key activists who are seen at most all of Occupy Kansas City's various events.
The day was warmer than the KC people expected but while Kansas City was getting light snow, the nation's capital was experiencing rain. Even so, the delegates from Kansas City walked briskly up the hill towards the capitol, anxious to get to the business at hand. The offices they went to were in the Longworth Building, not the actual capitol. This is where both Hartzler and Graves Missouri offices were located.
Only momentarily did they pause for a picture on their way to the federal congressional buildings where they had designs to 'occupy' the offices of Republican St Louis Rep Vicky Hartzler and Kansas City Rep Sam Graves.
Marci, Ian and Chad get a picture taken for Think Progress which covers the Occupy DC events by groups visiting from around the country..
They forgot to make an appointments. Oh dread.
Similarly, he too had a full schedule but the group remained at his office, hoping to visit with him. They were joined by the Hartzler delegation who had been thrown out.
As they wrote letters to him, Graves showed up about 4pm, and the group told him it was his job to protect education and social security and health care but Melissa said the Republican really didn't say much, didn't seem moved much. She said a few others got a MUCH warmer reception after visiting Rep Emanual Cleaver's (D-KC) office. They met with him.
As the day grew on, they marched down K street and were met by police...who began arresting those willing to take a stand in the rain.
VIDEO: Washington POST-
(photos of the mass arrests).
Laughing with glee on a video stream shot in a van, they appeared to show off their plastic wrist restraints for the camera. One presumes with their jubilance, no one was hurt and being arrested in a big DC march wasn't so bad. Later they were released, they said with help from the Natnl Lawyers Guild. They tweeted later more than half of those arrested were from cities other than Occupy DC. The ODC occupiers paid their $50 fines. They said one additional OKC occupier was arrested in a separate incident at the Supreme Court Building and held overnight. Adam was the only KC occupier to be at the court steps Wednesday night among the dozen arrested there.
Thursday, the group is kicking back, touring museums and the plan was to get on the bus for the return trip at about 8pm on Thursday night. Because of the arrests and the wet conditions, all but three stayed at youth hostels for their final night in DC. They said the tents were soaked. The group is reported to be in good spirits and happy with the trip.
Now none of the issues about the 1 percent and 99 percent are news. As the streaming video photos were posted back on Kansas City's facebook page, one commenter made that note and got a response.
Mitch Dibble I'm glad all those donations went to good use, like bussing people to another occupy site to tell the crooked politicians the same shit they already know, expecting that they'll somehow change their minds and actually start working for .... (sarcasm font)
Wendy Hippie Cardwell-Reed Thank YOU OKC for being the change you want to see...At the very least you are doing what most are not; something. Happy to see my donations being put toward forward progress finally. (grateful font)
President in Osawatomie
At 1pm Tuesday, President Obama began speaking to Osawatomie High school students and various dignitaries. More on Obama's major speech overshadowing other news...."We can't return to a 'You're on your own economy'" to save the middle class.
Populist Obama in KS - Daily KOS
CNN Obama Speech