Occupy Chicago Determined to Secure Home Base in Grant Park

CHICAGO–(ENEWSPF)–October 21, 2011.  This Saturday, October 22nd, on the 29th day of the occupation of Chicago’s financial district, Occupy Chicago says they will move into their new home base at The Bowman statue in Grant Park. A march beginning at 7:00pm, at Jackson and LaSalle, will head to Michigan and Congress, where Occupy Chicago will set up a permanent community, in the hope of creating a space where constructive debate and real democracy is possible. Last week, 175 Occupy Chicago demonstrators were arrested after putting up tents in the same location. Those arrested include union members from CTU, the Teamsters, UNITE HERE, and SEIU.

In an official statement, Occupy Chicago says:  “The 1st Amendment guarantees the American people the right to peaceably assemble. Tomorrow, we are going to use that right. Occupy Chicago calls on all local citizens to stand up and join us in this struggle. Our government is corrupt with money from corporate interests, and it is killing our democracy. America belongs to the people, and as the people, it is our responsibility to stand up and protect democracy when it is threatened.”

Occupy Chicago is calling on the City to drop all charges pending against those arrested at last weekend’s demonstration. “Freedom of speech doesn’t stop at 11pm,” says Chris Clouds, who has been participating in Occupy Chicago for 30 days. “We are determined to exercise our constitutional right to assemble, day and night, as part of an international Occupation movement that seeks to take money and corporate interests out of politics, in order to institute real democracy, and put power back into the hands of the 99%.

Since Sept. 23, Occupy Chicago has been utilizing the sidewalks of the financial district to raise awareness of the corruption and complicity in the banking industry and government.

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  • tents
  • lawnchairs
  • blankets
  • sleeping bags
  • flags
  • food/water
  • generator/space heater
  • heat packetts for hands
  • medical supplies
  • spray bottles
  • apple cider vineager
  • liquid antacid
  • duct tape
  • anchors for tents
  • flashlights
  • tarps
  • instruments (non-amplified)
  • trash cans/bags
  • collapsable tables
  • cookware (no open flame)
  • laptops
  • nailclippers