Occupy Chicago General Assembly Votes to Endorse House Resolution 0610

CHICAGO–(ENEWSPF)–November 27, 2011. On Friday night, GA voted to endorse House Resolution 0610, which:
1) Outlines the hardships brought upon the people of Illinois by Wall Street traders and bankers
2) Supports the Occupy Protestersin our exercise of First Amendment rights of speech and assembly

HR0610 will be heard Monday, November 28 at 1:00pm in the Finance Committee. If passed, it will be voted on the next day.

We only have a few hours left to make this happen. Help bombard this committee with calls!!!
Instructions for Monday!!!!

1. Call members of the Finance Committee early Monday AM. Urge them to “let HR0610 pass Committee and be heard on the House floor.”  The assistant will take down the bill number and write it down!

2. Call your State Representative on Monday and ask them to please co-sponsor and vote yes on HR0610. Give your name and address and ask for a call back so they process the call. Be polite.

3. Let us know that you made the calls by emailing [email protected] so we can better strategize!

4. Spread the word – Tweet, facebook, e-mail, etc.

Also call all the reps on the Finance Committee. (you don’t need to leave an address if they aren’t your district)

House Revenue and Finance Committee
*John E. Bradley (D-Marion) (217) 782-1051  •  (618) 997-9697   (Chair)
Arthur Turner (D-Chicago) (217) 782-8116  •  (773) 277-4700   (Vice-Chairperson
*David Harris (R-Mount Prospect) (217) 782-3739  •  (224) 635-2010   (Republican Spokesperson)
*Sandy Cole (R-Grayslake)  (217) 782-7320  •  (847) 543-0062
Barbara Flynn Currie (D-Chicago) (217) 782-8121  •  (773) 667-0550
*Kent Gaffney (R-Wauconda)  (217) 782-1517  •  (847) 487-5252
*Frank J. Mautino (D-Spring Valley) (217) 782-0140  •  (815) 664-2717
*Ed Sullivan, Jr. (R-Mundelein) (217) 782-3696  •  (847) 566-5115
*Michael J. Zalewski (D-Summit) (217) 782-5280  •  (708) 728-9922–**Especially call him as he is a Chicago area rep.**

*These legislators especially need calls.

How to find your State Representative

You have just one state representative and you can find that person here:

Their contact information is here: http://www.ilga.gov/house/default.asp
It is crucial to call Springfield first. Then the district office!

Full Text of House Resolution 0610

Link: http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/billstatus.asp?DocNum=0610&GAID=11&GA=97&DocTypeID=HR&LegID=62508&SessionID=84

WHEREAS, The people of Illinois are suffering from an ongoing economic crisis that threatens their health, wealth and security, and

WHEREAS, Occupy movements in Illinois are supported by people of all trades and occupations, from school teachers to military veterans, who are stirred to protest economic injustice by the examples of the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York City and the numerous other Occupy protests across the country; and

WHEREAS, In Illinois, the unemployment rate is 10% (numbering more than 660,000 people), the poverty rate is more than 14% (1.8 million people), and the rate of people living in extreme poverty (income less than $11,000 for a family of four) is nearly 7% (680,000 people); and

WHEREAS, The average after-tax household income of the top 1% of the United States population grew by 275% between 1979 and 2007, and the average after-tax household income of the lowest 20% of the United States population grew by just 18% in that same period; and

WHEREAS, The top 1% of income earners control 40% of the wealth in the United States; and

WHEREAS, The foreclosure rate in Illinois last month was the ninth worst in the country (1 of every 463 units), the rate in Cook County was even worse (1 of 357 units), and nearly 45% of the mortgage loans on Chicago homes are “underwater”, that is, the amount of the home mortgage loan exceeds the value of the home; and

WHEREAS, The cost of the foreclosure crisis to Illinois taxpayers in 2012 is expected to reach $12 billion, blighting whole communities with decreased police and fire protection, higher crime rates, less access to health care, poorer schools, deteriorated infrastructure, diminished recreation services, reduced library services, and park closures or reduced park hours; and

WHEREAS, People of all ages (from young adults to seniors) and backgrounds, individuals from all Chicago neighborhoods, and persons who live in the suburbs, downstate cities, and rural areas are lawfully protesting the failures of Wall Street, the subsequent economic crisis, and the failure to address the needs of 99% of the population; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE NINETY-SEVENTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we recognize the hardships experienced by the people of Illinois as a result of the economic injustices and we stand in support of the continued peaceful exercise of First Amendment rights by Occupy protesters.

*We thank the representatives who have worked to bring attention to our cause. Occupy Chicago remains a nonpartisan movement and endorses no political candidates or parties.*

Source: www.occupychi.org