Forced To Name Leader, Occupy Denver Chooses A Dog

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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Image via Occupy Denver


W. C
W. Cabout a year ago


William C
William Cabout a year ago

Thank you.

Glenn M.
Glenn Meyer6 years ago

Spread the protest.

Corporations have over-powered our government which now believes that out-sourcing and off-shoring of U.S. jobs is inevitable and necessary with expectations that the middle class should fall on their swords. It is the underlying cause of the financial collapse and borders on national security with the loss of our middle class tax base. Yet, this nation does nothing, not even demand it be restricted by whatever method. International businesses are doing the UN-AMERICAN activity of destroying U.S. salaries, U.S. businesses that hire in the U.S., and as an end result, destroying the U.S. marketplace while still demanding BUSINESS ENTITLEMENTS and protections for themselves.

Infrastructure spending and tax breaks will not replace enough jobs to keep up with the hemorrhaging loss of U.S. jobs from out-sourcing over seas. Neither party will do anything about it unless we begin grass roots efforts to protest out-sourcing and off-shoring of U.S. jobs. If nothing is done we will deserve what we get and it will get a lot worse before it gets better.

Glenn M.
Glenn Meyer6 years ago

Mike C.,

You know darn well that the manufacturers are taking the "Made in China" designation off the packaging as their "value added."

It is physically impossible to buy American these days.

Dianne L.
Dianne L.6 years ago

My Dogs are sure a lot more human than corporations, and they are considered to have human rights under this government. Tthey are German Shepherds, and consequently as intelligent as most of the Republican candidates. Everything considered, I think Denver has the right idea. Now if we could just get the politicians to get the right ideas.

Dan W.
Past Member 6 years ago

I think Shelby should campaign for office. She's already more loved than Herman Cain, smarter than Michele Bachmann, and is more loyal to the people than the entire Republican party! And if she was ever invited to appear on Fox News, the world could see that what she leaves on the lawn is better than anything or anyone from the Fox network!

J.C. H.
Jc Honeycutt6 years ago

Judging by my Border collie, Shadow, I'd say that Occupy Denver picked a good leader: Shelby is probably at least as intelligent as Denver city officials, and likely is more loyal to those who elected her.

Mary S.
Mary S6 years ago

Who doesn't talk to a dog, they are intelligent, listen, and are trustworthy and a steadfast friend.

ewoud k.
ewoud k6 years ago

Might as well be the best choice.

Anyhow, the the-one%-serving-authorities are incapable -it seems- to understand what the Occupy-movement stands for and says, so why name someone to speak with rhem? Maybe a dog can explain.

Annmari Lundin
Annmari Lundin6 years ago

As long as the Occupy-movement have no (human) leaders, it can't be defeated! It's when you have leaders that communicate with the government, that you're at risk being slower, less radical and in the end, eradicated.

Shelby will be a good leader because of dog's better senses and less prejudicies. Rooting for ya, Occupy Denver! Or should I say "Ruffing"...