Take Back the Capitol and Occupy DC shut down K Street, three from Wisconsin arrested
Post by Emily Mills on 12/7/2011 4:37pm
Take Back the Capitol marched from their camp on the National Mall to K Street, where many lobbyists have their offices, and met up with a group from Occupy DC to successfully shut down several blocks to traffic for about two hours today. Several protesters were eventually arrested, including at least three from Wisconsin.
Despite a steady falling rain, the several thousand strong march first went to the offices of lobbyists for General Electric, along with a Wells Fargo bank, in an attempt to demand that those companies pay back the money they received from the government bail out program and tax breaks.
"General Electric made over $10 billion in profits last year, and got back another almost $4 billion in tax returns from the government," declared one man from Pennsylvania. "They just cut $1 million from our schools. If GE paid its fair share in taxes, we could fill that education funding gap several times over."
When the march reached the corner of K and 16th streets they were met by a contingent from the nearby Occupy DC encampment. Eventually the demonstration spread out so that the intersections from 16th down to 14th were all blocked. A massive police presence followed the action throughout, including motorcycle and mounted officers.
Interactions between protesters and police remained cordial throughout, and eventually several people volunteered to be those arrested for blocking the intersection. Three Wisconsin residents were part of that group, including Wayne Olsen, a veteran from Wausau. The other two have not yet been identified. At least two members of the clergy were also among those arrested.
Actions on K Street continued even after the Take Back the Capitol group headed back to camp. Occupy DC participants eventually laid down in the street to continue blocking traffic.
By late afternoon arrests had reached 50 to 70 total, according to a DC police official estimate given to Washington Post reporter Tim Craig.
Emily Mills is Editor-At-Large for Dane101, as well as Editor of Our Lives Magazine. She is also a freelance writer, photographer, actor, and musician (drummer and singer in local band Little Red Wolf). Originally from several states up and down the Midwest Emily has called Madison home since 2000. Contact her at