President Obama will be in Vermont Friday for a series of campaign events, and progressive activists in Burlington are organizing to argue that he hasn't fulfilled his campaign promises made back in 2008.
At a meeting Wednesday night on UVM's campus, members of Vermont's Occupy movement demanded that President Obama support policies that benefit what they call the 99 percent.
Ashley Smith with the United National Anti-War Coalition is an organizer of the left-leaning Occupy movement. He says one of the issues that it continues to advocate for is ending America's global military intervention.
"Obama is not a peace president," Smith told a group of about 60 Occupy members. "The reverse is the case. He came in to salvage a mess that Bush created and to expand the American wars."
Vermont's Occupy movement suffered a setback last winter when its Burlington encampment was shutdown.
But UVM graduate student Nolan Rampy says the movement is still smoldering here, and he sees the president's visit Friday as an opportunity to resist calls from Democrats to rekindle its energy around President Obama's reelection campaign.
"Obama has completely and utterly sold out the left and I think his entire first term has proved that," Rampy said after the meeting. "What he's shown is that if real change is going to come about in the country it's going to come from people on the outside protesting the establishment."
From the South Burlington Police
Presidential Visit TOMORROW
by South Burlington Police Department on Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 3:59am ·
The South Burlington Police Department would like to remind everyone that President Obama will be visiting the Burlington area tomorrow, March 30th.
Due to the level of security required for a visit by the President, there will be temporary road closures and redirections of traffic in and around the area of Williston Road (US Rt 2), Interstate Route 89 in the area of exit 14 E&W, and the Spear Street/ East Avenue intersection. These temporary actions may delay traffic and will likely radiate beyond this area to other roadways. While the highways will only be closed intermittently during this event, backups may occur.
It is highly recommended that alternate routes be planned and extra time allowed for travel on this date.
Info from the Obama Campaign:
This event is completely sold out
there will be no tickets sold at the doors!
There will be a high level of security at this event. This will affect all aspects of the day, from parking to exiting the facility at the end of the event. We ask for your patience during this process as everyone works to ensure your safety.
All guests will pass through security before being allowed entry to the venue. Just like at the airport, those who travel light will travel more quickly. Please leave all large bags, backpacks, computers, and other unnecessary items at home or in your vehicle, as they will not be allowed into the facility. Please remember to bring your identification. Large professional long lens cameras and large camera bags are prohibited, and may be turned away by security, so a small camera is best.
Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase (CASH ONLY). Outside food and beverage will not be permitted.
This is a standing reception and there will be very limited seating reserved only for elderly and disabled guests who need accommodations.
KEY TIMES TO REMEMBER
*Doors Open at 11:30am* and will close at 1:30 p.m.
*Please plan to arrive by 1:00 pm at the latest— entry is not guaranteed for late arrivals*
*Program is expected to conclude at 3:30 pm*
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