CHICAGO—(ENEWSPF)—November 1, 2011. Occupy Wall Street (occupywallst.org) is calling for a national day of protest on Nov. 2nd in solidarity with Occupy Oakland and Scott Olsen, a two tour Iraq War veteran suffering from a head injury after a tear gas canister was shot directly at his head by Oakland Police on October 25.
Answering the call locally, students at several colleges, including Columbia College, UIC, DePaul, and Northwestern, will walk out of classes at 5pm, head to a 6pm Occupy Chicago march beginning at Jackson and LaSalle, rally at City Hall, and continue to Michigan and Congress for Occupy Chicago’s 7pm General Assembly.
“What happens to one of us happens to us all. We are all Scott Olsen,” says Sarah Vaughn, a student at UIC. “As the voice of the Occupy Movement grows stronger, we face police brutality and the denial of our constitutional rights. Regardless, we will continue to fight for real change in this country, striving to remove corporate interests and big money from politics.”
Occupy Oakland (occupyoakland.org) is calling for a general strike and port blockade in their city to express outrage over the violence peaceful occupiers have faced from the Oakland Police, and to continue their demands for economic and social justice. The strike is endorsed by labor unions, including SEIU local 1021, UAW local, Oakland Teachers Union, and Carpenter’s Local 713.
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.
For more information, see http://occupychi.org and @OccupyChicago on Twitter.
For more information on the worldwide protest, which has spread to hundreds of communities, see http://occupyinfo.tumblr.com