In light of recent clashes with police, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock insisted that Occupy Denver elect a leader to deal with City and State officials. In a tongue-in-cheek response to laws and politicians who insist corporations are people, the Denver general assembly complied by electing Shelby, a three-year-old Border Collie.
“Shelby is closer to a person than any corporation. She can bleed, she can breed, and she can show emotion. Either Shelby is a person, or corporations aren’t people,” said a Shelby supporter at the time of her election.
According to its official statement, Occupy Denver reserves the right to alter leadership status. But for now, it feels that Shelby exhibits the heart, warmth, and “people over profit” mentality that Occupy Denver members feel are sorely lacking in leaders at the national, state, and local levels.
“The four-pawed president serves as a direct response to those who claim a leader, by putting a face on the movement, would make it easier to handle,” writes Kelsey Whipple of Denver Westword. “But when it comes down to it, the occupiers don’t want to be handled.”
Newly-elected leader Shelby will be leading this Saturday’s Occupy Denver march against Corporate Personhood, and invites all other civic minded dogs (and their leash-holders) to join.
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