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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Drink to Your Health? Protest, Anti-Protest, and Mini-Bash on Friday

Robert Hayes points to something that might interest all of us.

Join OFA [Organization for America] as we show how many support health insurance reform! The OFA national bus tour is stopping in key states to rally supporters in support of President Obama’s efforts to reform health insurance. NOW is the time to have our voices heard.

Time: Friday, August 28 from 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Host: Gabriel Lifton-Zoline
Tivoli Commons, Auraria Campus (Denver, CO)
900 Auraria Parkway
Denver, CO 80217

For some of y’all, you might want to show up and show your support. Me, I’d like to show up and remind folks that there are a lot of us who don’t like their ideas. Either way, it sounds like a good place and time for a little friendly shouting.

And, after, we can raise a beer to each other’s health at a near-by bar. If the Boiler Room at the Tivoli hadn’t closed, it would be the perfect place (at least, I think it’s closed--if anyone knows better, I’d be happy to hear). The default position, of course, would be Weinkoop, but I’m open to suggestion.

Let me know what y’all think, and spread the word.

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I sorta remember where the Tivoli brewery is (was?). I think the D or C train has a stop for Auraria, at Colfax.

on Aug 25 2009 @ 07:28 PM

I’m not sure how early I’ll be able to make it, so I’ll have to play it by ear in meeting up with everyone.

Should be an interesting time, though.

on Aug 25 2009 @ 07:35 PM

How about the Zang Brewing Co? I’ve not been in there, but it’s at 23rd ave and I-25, and has parking available. Not hard to get to from Auraria campus either.

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on Aug 26 2009 @ 04:43 AM

I will see you guys there!

I think this one is important - we have to make a good showing. They are back on their heels at this point in time - we have to keep punching, have to keep showing up.

on Aug 26 2009 @ 07:00 AM

I am informed that Zangs is now a Mexican restaurant.

How about My Brothers Bar, or Breckenridge Brewing Co?

on Aug 26 2009 @ 03:50 PM

I’ll be there (but maybe not by 5).

Jed, the Invesco and Pepsi Center light rail stops (on Union Station line, C train for you, E from southeast) are significantly closer. From the Invesco stop, it looks to be about 6 blocks northeast on Auraria Pkwy. Pepsi looks like about half that if you could walk straight across, but the Cirque encampment probably complicates things.

For after, what about Brooklyn’s right across the street? Urban Spoon has a positive quote from Westword (although I can’t get the full WW review to come up). Anyway, use their map to get oriented. 

I pinged Ari Armstrong (FreeColorado.com), HearUs-Now.org, Jeff Crank at AFP Colorado, PeoplesPressCollective.org, and Ben DeGrow. The latter two already have posts about it—the same post by Ben, actually. Jeff Crank asked me for some clarification on location and promised to “send it out to 30,000.” I have no idea how many of those are in Denver.

on Aug 26 2009 @ 07:28 PM

Another nearby option: Braun’s Bar & Grill at 1055 Auraria Pkwy.

on Aug 26 2009 @ 07:47 PM




I’ve never been to either. I just figure they’re close, and neither one looks too intolerable. wink

(I’m all done now, I promise.)

on Aug 26 2009 @ 07:58 PM

Billllllll, I’m sad to hear about Zang’s. Used to be a great place.

Richard, you’ve been busy. I like that about you. I also like Brooklyn’s, so that’s the call. I haven’t been there in a while, but I’ve spent a few very happy (and only marginally drunken) hours there.

on Aug 26 2009 @ 09:22 PM

Parking is hard to find, and pricey. You might do best to park south of the campus, and walk north. The light rail Auraria stop would be my choice, although Pepsi Center might be closer. I’ll be looking for a place to stash my motorcycle south of Colfax somewhere.

on Aug 27 2009 @ 04:33 AM

Dang, I really need to remember to check that notifcation box. Too late, I submit Pint’s Pub.

I also note that modding a photo so it looks like pancake makeup is hard. (So far, I’m getting a sort of ‘diseased skin’ look.) Might be I’ll have to settle for just lettering. Good flames aren’t easy either, but I can find free photos of actual flames for that part.

on Aug 27 2009 @ 06:40 AM

Perhaps we should meet up ahead of time and come to the rally as a somewhat larger group? I’m not really keen on carrying my “Nobama” sign alone through a hostile crowd. I want David there to take the hit for me.

on Aug 27 2009 @ 07:30 AM

That’s a good idea, Robert. I’ll try to get to the bar around 4:30 and anyone so inclined can meet up with me there. Billllll is right. Parking is a bit pricey, so prepare accordingly. If only I had a bus to bus y’all around with…

Jed, you’ll have to tell me how you’re trying to do the painting. It is harder than you might expect and the guy who did the Joker poster did a remarkably good job.

on Aug 27 2009 @ 08:16 AM

OK then. Pre-meet is Brooklyn’s, right next to the protest site, at 4:30. See you there!

on Aug 27 2009 @ 08:36 AM

Uh, does this match up?

Because the rally is on school grounds the counter rally attendees meet and rally where Larimer St dead ends at the campus and will there just off campus grounds.

I don’t know why anyone would have to be off the campus grounds. Isn’t that taxpayer-funded property?

Anyhoo, I’m sorta with Robert, especially if there are purple-shirts around. Maybe I’ll try finding a carpool.

on Aug 27 2009 @ 03:40 PM

This is baloney. There is no designated location for a specific counter rally, they would just like to see you go away.

Be there, and don’t take no for an answer.

on Aug 27 2009 @ 05:22 PM

HearUs-Now is one of the groups I pinged. The news has gotten around. Judging from forwarded email I got earlier today, the announcement went out to the Colo. Tea Party list and a meetup.com CO Front Range 9-12 Project group. The latter’s message mentioned that “Best counter protest location is currently being scouted,” but I haven’t seen a follow-up (I’m not a member of the group).

I don’t know why we can’t be on campus—maybe they have a permit requirement and/or “free speech zones.” Is it too late to get TheFire.org involved? But whatever… I have a problem with HearUs-Now’s description of the location, though. I’m guessing they’re talking about the intersection of Larimer and Speer. I posted a comment asking for clarification and providing a link to a Google Map that’s far better than the stupid artsy-fartsy campus map they linked to.

I think I’m going to take the train, but the more I look at the map, the more I’m thinking the Pepsi Center stop is best for Brooklyn’s, even if you have to circle around to the west of the can due to Cirque. And that route would be pretty convenient to the Larimer & Speer location, too.

on Aug 27 2009 @ 05:53 PM

According to their map, they’ll be right across the street from Brooklyns. I certainly hope there’s parking there. I’ll be coming directly from work, so I’ll be there about 4:30, and overdressed per SanFranNans directive.

on Aug 27 2009 @ 06:33 PM

So we’re still on for a meet-up outside of Brooklyn’s across from the protest site, right? If it looks like the thing to do, we can walk up to Speer and over to Lawrence from there.

But I’ll be lucky to get there by 5 (it might be a bit later). If I don’t see any of you, I’ll walk over to Lawrence (I’m not going inside to look; I’m afraid I’d park my ass, order a brew, and just stay there).

on Aug 27 2009 @ 07:05 PM

It’s dueling maps!

The funky map linked by HearUsNow, likely the same Richard is referring too, shows Tivoli Commons as being more on the NE side of the campus. But the directions at the OFA site talk about taking RTD to the campus and walking west.

Regardless, I’m sure we can find one another. If all else fails, look for the TRT T-Shirt.

Heh. Word verification: soviet46

Dah! Join us, Komrades!

on Aug 27 2009 @ 07:05 PM

Looks like the lefties picked a nice spot with no parking anywhere nearby, and plan to unload their buses at the circle at the end of Larimer St, then park them elsewhere. They’ll come back after the press leaves.

on Aug 27 2009 @ 07:18 PM

Of course there isn’t any parking. That’s to encourage you to take public transportation.

Because your car, or motorcycle, is evil (or Evel).

on Aug 28 2009 @ 05:06 AM

Ben DeGrow pinged me last night after I went to bed. The Democrats have changed their location to North High School, 2960 N. Speer Blvd. (at Federal). Hear Us Now has posted an update:

We have seen an OFA trend developing in recent weeks in that they have been last second changes to the details of scheduled events.

I suppose it’s to keep us on our toes.

The location for the OFA Pro Health Care Rally has change locations.

It then follows that the counter rally has also changed locations.

So now what? Still meet at Brooklyn’s and figure it out from there? Go straight to the HS?

on Aug 28 2009 @ 05:43 AM

Sorry ‘bout the open anchor tag. Too big a hurry, not enough coffee.

on Aug 28 2009 @ 05:50 AM

North HS is right across the street from a park. <a href="http://www.mapquest.com/maps?1ai=901+Auraria+Pkwy.,+Denver+CO&2ai=2960+N.+Speer+Blvd
Denver+CO+80211” target="_blank">Here’s a map.</a>

on Aug 28 2009 @ 06:01 AM

I just saw that, too. And what to do is a good question. I’m not particularly familiar with the High School, so I’m not sure what’s near there or what the parking situation will be like. My gut tells me that we might want to drive straight there (or I can pick up a few people on the way if they’d like to wait for me in the Brooklyns parking lot) and then come back to Brooklyns for a few drinks after the thing.

Not to be paranoid, but I wonder if there is some kind of a mis-information campaign going on? Flexibility might be the order of the day.

I’ll fix the anchor tag when I get a chance.

on Aug 28 2009 @ 06:04 AM

Thanks for posting the map.

on Aug 28 2009 @ 06:05 AM

My comments section hates links.

Bad comment section, bad.

on Aug 28 2009 @ 06:12 AM

Well, links worked fine until I messed one up. I guess I broke it. :-}

I think I’ll give up on the train and drive (which means fewer beers, dammit). Unless I’m running late, I’ll swing by the Brooklyn’s parking lot, too. Silver Pathfinder with the kind of bumper stickers you’d expect. I can accommodate 3-4 passengers easily.

on Aug 28 2009 @ 07:11 AM

I don’t think it’s misinformation, they posted the change at the original site promoting the event.

I don’t know the area so I will meet you at Brooklyn’s, David, and go up with you from there.

on Aug 28 2009 @ 07:20 AM

I don’t have e-mail at work, but it might help if someone were to contact the management at Brooklyns and let them know that a number of us from multiple organizations will be attending the gathering at Tivoli commons, and will ne visiting Brooklyns after for food and beer. It would be nice if they anticipate our use of their parking as may be available (rather than being summarily towed).

on Aug 28 2009 @ 07:30 AM

Robert, I’ll see you in the parking lot at the bar. I’ll try to be there right at 4:30. I’ll be driving the dark blue Ford Taurus X (which looks like Ford Freestyle because it is). I fly sans-a-bumpersticker, though.

on Aug 28 2009 @ 08:09 AM

If the North High info is accurate, there’s plenty of parking in the area, and a Dennys, or something like it about a block north up Speer at Federal. There’s lots of bars in the area, mostly ethnic dive/sports bars, but if there’s anything decent, a friend of mine lives in the area, and would know about it.

I find the venue change to be a major improvement.

on Aug 28 2009 @ 10:22 AM

El Marco graphically exposes organizing for America’s fraudulent bullying tactics in Denver. Shocking but true, opposition to Obamacare is being squashed and consent manufactured by the White House and Obama activists. Although the White House denies their single payer goals, that seemed to be the main message at the rally in Denver, where the message was carefully controlled.

on Aug 29 2009 @ 07:44 PM
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