AFL-CIO plans “Occupy CPAC”

Those of you heading to Washington, DC this weekend for the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) may be in for a treat as the local chapter of the AFL-CIO is planning a protest of the event, dubbed “Occupy CPAC”:

With workshops like “Return of Big Labor: What Can We Learn from Wisconsin & Ohio,” and “Taking back Wall Street: The Tea Party vs. Occupy Wall Street,” the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) descends on the nation’s capital February 9-11 and local labor activists are planning a DC lesson to ensure that the voice of the 99% are heard at this elite conservative gathering. Actions are currently being planned for noontime and after work on Friday, February 10. Featured speakers at CPAC include Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, and presidential candidates Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, and Rick Santorum.

The AFL-CIO will have “tents, an inflatable fat cat, puppets, “candidate Walmart,” and more to LET THE VOICES OF THE 99% BE HEARD!”

Oh, this should be hilarious. The last time that an Occupy group tried to protest a conservative conference, it ended up being an embarassment for the protesters as attendees, including myself, had cameras and iPhones aimed at them when they tried to force their way into the private event.

DC-based Occupy protesters haven’t had much luck recently. This past weekend they were cleared out of McPherson Square and Freedom Plaza. And given that the Marriot where CPAC is hosted is private property, they may not be around for long.

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