Occupy Chicago Events for Thanksgiving and Black Friday

CHICAGO–(ENEWSPF)–November 23, 2011. 

** Thursday 11/24 **

7am: State Street Occupation (State Street from Washington to Randolph)
9:30am: People’s Parade (Michigan & Congress)

Occupy the McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade:

A call has gone out on Facebook to Occupy the McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade on State Street, starting at 7am, from Washington to Randolph. Organizers say they want to take advantage of media coverage of the parade to advance the public’s understanding of the Occupy movement.

Occupy Chicago People’s Parade:

The Occupation is offering an alternative to the corporate-sponsored event taking place on State Street, in the form of a People’s Parade, where participants will carry signs expressing their thankfulness that a better world is possible.

The Occupy Chicago People’s Parade will gather at 9:30am at Michigan and Congress, After the parade, the group will return to Grant Park, where stories will be shared about the plight of the original occupants of this land, the Native Americans, and other displaced peoples around the world.

Friday 11/25 **
7am–4pm: Direct Action: Black Friday 99% Sale! GREED MUST GO!
4:40pm: Teach In (Jackson & LaSalle)
8pm: Rally at Reggie’s with Chicago Afrobeat Project

Flying Squad Direct Action:

7am-8:30am: Rally AGAINST the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (Jackson & LaSalle)

8:30am-10am: Bank actions to promote Move Your Money Day, Dec. 5 

10am-11:30am: Rally AGAINST Sears (2 N. State Street)

11:30am-1pm: More Bank actions 

1pm-2pm: Lunch break

2pm-4pm: Shopping Caroling (Jackson & LaSalle)

Mercantile Exchange action: We will address the Chicago Mercantile Exchange’s demand for MILLIONS of dollars in tax relief in the form of State Bill: SB 405

Sears action: Sears is one of the companies that is looking to get their greedy hands on MILLIONS of our tax dollars that Mayor 1% is trying to give away. Message: The 1% WANTS vs. The 99% NEEDS mental health clinics, Libraries, 9-1-1 Dispatch, etc.

Bank actions: 
Encourage people to take out as much money as they can while they are hitting the ATMs for shopping (BUT NOT AT ALL ENCOURAGING A BANK RUN… THAT IS ILLEGAL). Hits in the morning and lunch hour. We will also promote our 2nd Move Your Money Day happening 12/5.

Shopping Caroling: 
Details of this action will happen on site. Meet at HQ (Jackson & LaSalle)

Teach In:

Black Friday/Buy Nothing Day Event: Reading & Manifesting Guy Debord’s “Theory of the Dérive” Meet at HQ (Jackson & LaSalle)

Rally at Reggie’s with Chicago Afrobeat Project:

Occupy Chicago will be hosting a Rally at Reggie’s, 2109 S State St., with Chicago Afrobeat Project and James Brown tribute Get Up With The Get Downs on Friday, November 25.

Doors are 8 PM, and show begins at 9 PM. and James Brown tribute Get Up With The Get Down. Tickets to the event include bus transportation to/from four locations throughout Chicago as well as free beer provided by Half Acre brewery while on the bus. Please see face book link for more details, including bus pickup times and locations. $10 in advance, $12 day of show.

Source: www.occupychi.org