Fmr. U.S. Secretary of State Rice Targeted by ‘Occupy’ Protesters During Nashville Visit

Condoleezza Rice appeared at a fundraiser in Nashville for U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn on Monday, and members of the Occupy Nashville protests took notice.

A group of about 12 of the protesters moved from War Memorial Plaza to the area of the Hermitage Hotel nearby where Rice, former U.S. secretary of state and national security adviser, was featured at a midday gathering in the ballroom.

One of the protesters said he began on the sidewalk on the side of the street where the hotel is but was asked by security to move. The group then protested across the street.

Inside the hotel, a campaign spokeswoman confirmed that Rice was at the event but that no media were allowed.

“The people or the profits,” the protesters chanted. “We are the 99 percent.”

A few of the protesters were asked to explain what exactly their reason was for protesting Rice.

“Condoleezza Rice has definitely become part of the 1 percent. I’m a representative of the 99 percent, the people,” said Joshua Bible Dufour, who said he is from Long Beach, Calif., and is passing through Nashville, spending four days in the state capital.

“Our representatives have forgotten about the people, and we’re reminding them that we’re here and that we can get together and we’re not going to let them get away with what they’re doing anymore.”

Dufour said Bible is his mother’s maiden name.

“This is the Volunteer State, and I came to help volunteer for the movement,” he said.

David Reason, an independent contractor and property manager from Kentucky, said he has been camping out with the protesters.

“We’re here to speak to Condoleezza Rice because of the money and corruption that is brought from the thousands and millions of dollars they generate from these exorbitant fundraisers,” Reason said. “I think it’s like $250 a cup of coffee or $1,000 a plate inside the Hermitage right now.

“These guys have no clue about what the people on the Plaza are going through, the people that lost their houses through unjust repos.”

“She’s part of the problem,” said a man who would identify himself only as Michael, 42, who lives in Nashville. “She’s the one that helped put us in this mess in her eight years in office under George Bush. She helped put us in this situation. She backed up the president in all the decisions that got the country into this shape.”

Michael said he has been laid off from a company in Nashville.

Blackburn, a Republican, represents the 7th District, which currently runs from the suburbs of Nashville to the suburbs of Memphis. First elected to Congress in 2002, Blackburn would be considered a heavy favorite for re-election to Congress.

Rice, a professor at Stanford University, has also been promoting her latest book, No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington.

  • Amy Liorate

    Why does a property manager come all the way from Kentucky to camp in Nashville?

    Does he have a job to do back in Kentucky, or if he has no job is he going to find one by hanging out on th e plaza?

  • http://shelbyvillemainstreet.com Shelbyville TN

    Amy,

    Why do you ask that question when the person has a job? Are you saying someone cannot protest because he has one? It never said he lived in Kentucky, it stated he was from Kentucky. Why is Condelezza Rice, coming to Nashville for a fundraiser? She isn’t from Nashville or Tennessee. Your comment seems that elude that some people should have rights but others shouldn’t due to classification.

  • Amy Liorate

    In no way did I say anything giving the idea that everyone doesn’t have the same rights. You’re pulling that out of the air. It was simply a comment on the reality of someone having a job or not, and if they have a job how can they be camping out for days.

    If he doesn’t live in KY then it was fairly pointless to include that.

  • Farmer

    David Reason came to my farm and was absolutely a bum. I asked him to leave because of his behavior. By the way, has anyone seen my missing radio, electrical cable, copper, etc. By the way, he does not have a job. How can you find work when you sleep till one in the afternoon. Thanks for leaving the rotting food and dirty under ware. Tried to help this guy and he turned out to be useless. Hope he is out of our state.