In response to Denver Mayor Michael Hancock’s insistence that Occupy Denver choose leadership to deal with City and State officials, and drawing inspiration from the notion that corporations are people, Occupy Denver’s General Assembly has elected a leader: 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.

Occupy Denver reserves the right to alter leadership status, but for now, Shelby exhibits heart, warmth, and an appreciation for the group over personal ambition that Occupy Denver members feel are sorely lacking in the leaders some of them have voted for on national, state, and local levels. Accordingly, Occupy Denver looks forward to communication with Mayor Hancock and Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper sometime this week to introduce their leadership.

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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The trade name claim filed on Thursday to lock down the rights to the phrase “Occupy Denver” has been withdrawn.

According to a filing on Saturday morning with Secretary of State’s office, the attorney who had filed the original claim withdrew.

9NEWS first reported on this story on Friday.

The trade name claim didn’t come from movement organizers, but from the address of a law firm run by a prominent supporter of Gov. John Hickenlooper and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock.

Hickenlooper and Hancock have been strongly criticized by Occupy Denver protestors for their handling of the weeks-long encampment in downtown Denver.

"It struck me as strange," Occupy Denver protestor Jason Roth said. "I doubt that it’s a coincidence because of the connection between these people and our elected representatives."

Just as an aside — this is an example of good journalism, something rarely seen in corporate-controlled local media markets. Good on 9NEWS for following this story.