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8/8/2012 9:56:00 PM
Prescott council hears opposing views on Occupy Prescott
The Daily Courier

PRESCOTT - The City Council Tuesday allotted time for two men to speak about the Occupy Prescott grassroots movement, and heard opposing views.

The first speaker, Mike Wilkey, urged the council to form an ad-hoc committee to study Occupy Prescott's request for the council to pass a resolution that declares "corporations are not people."

However, the second speaker, Daniel Mattson, criticized Occupy Prescott's goal, saying it might discourage corporations from locating in Prescott.

Occupy Prescott emerged after the launch this past September of the Occupy Wall Street movement that spread throughout the country to oppose the perception of income inequity with the nation's wealth going to 1 percent of the population. Supporters have taken part in street protests with slogans stating, "We are the 99 percent."

The loose network of Occupy Prescott members joined the national cause that calls for overturning the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United that removed curbs on corporate spending for political campaigns.

Occupy Prescott presented the council July 17 with more than 1,150 signatures supporting the proposed resolution, Wilkey noted in his prepared statement.

Wilkey asked Mayor Marlin Kuykendall for his views.

Kuykendall said, "Our procedure during a workshop is not to respond. I am not going to lecture you at this forum.'

Kuykendall said at least two members of the council must request a vote.

The next speaker, Mattson, a self-styled homeless advocate, said that while he is not part of the 1 percent he is aware Prescott is politically conservative.

"I would rather that the council not adopt this resolution," Mattson said. He added 1,150 signatures "hardly" is a majority of Prescott's residents.

He suggested what he called a "more logical approach" of corporations lacking the ability to raise and spend unlimited political contributions.

"I am asking that you not bow to the pressure of Occupy Prescott," Mattson said.

Mattson later met outside the council chambers with Wilkey, and came to a partial agreement. Mattson said would agree to serve on an ad hoc committee to study a resolution on corporation financing of elections if the council were to appoint one per a request by the Occupy Prescott movement.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, August 16, 2012
Article comment by: Kurt Womack

I'm sorry, these Occupy Space liberals had no good reason to waste the Council's time. They should have protested the House in Washington D. C. where such a law would be presented by the so-called Progressives. All they wanted to do was make it into the news. But because they didn't riot and vandalize Public property, like the professional Occupiers in the Big City do, the Lamebrain Media ignored them.

Will be interesting to see if they make another attempt, and what the issue will be.

Posted: Friday, August 10, 2012
Article comment by: Josh Clarke

@Tongue-in-cheek - Applying that law to remove people carrying signs downtown would go against the First Amendment.

Posted: Friday, August 10, 2012
Article comment by: Arizona Citizen

I'll believe corporations are people when I see them enlisting in the armed forces and dying for our country.

Posted: Friday, August 10, 2012
Article comment by: Tongue-in-Cheek .

Obviously this issue ranks at the highest priority level when it comes to all the things the Prescott's council needs to be working on. Since the city recently declared a no sign ordinance for junk political signs along the streets, should this junk sign ordinance also apply to the equally obnoxious junk signs that move around on the sidewalks of downtown creating an eyesore?

Posted: Friday, August 10, 2012
Article comment by: I'm the 1 Percent

Maybe we could get Mattson and Wilkey a job raking the parks. Their idle minds seem to be the devil's workshop.

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