Thousands to March in Chicago Oct. 10 to Take Back Jobs, Homes, and Schools

Mass Mobilization to Greet Futures and Mortgage Banker Expos, Kick Off Week of Action

Chicago, IL—(ENEWSPF)–October 6, 2011.  On Monday, October 10, as the big banks responsible for the recession converge upon Chicago for financial industry expos, thousands of the city’s working families will march to begin taking back the jobs, homes, and schools we have lost to their greed. The march is part of a week of action, featuring targeted protests Monday through Thursday.

National People’s Action (NPA) affiliates will protest outside of the Mortgage Banker’s Association to demand that Congress raise revenue from Wall Street and the people that run it; they are the ones who caused the crisis and they are, as an industry, seriously under-taxed.  “We must target additional revenue for investment in public services and critical infrastructure that will create jobs and stimulate private investment in job creation,” said Curtis Smith, President of Lakeview Action Coalition, an affiliate of NPA. “Serious living wage job creation is the fastest way to fix the economy – America is not broke, but our economy is broken,” he added.

The actions by National People’s Action are part of the New Bottom Line, which is a new and growing movement fueled by a coalition of community organizations, congregations, labor unions, and individuals working together to challenge established big bank interests on behalf of struggling and middle-class communities. Together, we are working to restructure Wall Street to help American families build wealth, close the country’s growing income gap and advance a vision for how our economy can better serve the many rather than the few. Coalition members include PICO National Network, National People’s Action (NPA), Alliance for a Just Society, Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE), Industrial Areas Foundation of the Southeast (IAF-SE) and dozens of state and local organizations from around the country. 

WHAT:  Take Back Chicago—a mobilization of 7,500 working Chicagoans, with five separate feeder marches converging into one massive rally.

WHEN:  Monday, October 10 (Columbus Day), 4:00 p.m.

WHERE:  Feeder marches at five locations:


Hyatt Regency (Wacker & Stetson) National Peoples Action—Pay Us Back – Outside of the Mortgage Banker’s Association 98th Annual Convention and Expo.   Testimonies from people who are unemployed and have lost their homes. Visuals: A fleet of 40 activists dressed as Robin Hoods will kayak the Chicago River and convene on Stetson and Wacker, Marching Band, Puppets and signs.


Federal Plaza at Adams/Dearborn
Daley Plaza at Washington/Dearborn


Chicago Board of Trade (Jackson & LaSalle) The Chicago Teachers Union is Taking Back Our Schools from politically connected developers, pseudo school reformers and people who want to destroy public education in Chicago.  Our students deserve a world class education—one that includes a rich, broad coherent curriculum, adequate facilities, appropriate funding, ample resources and qualified professionals in the classrooms.  Join our members as we march against corporate greed, political indifference and misplaced public policy. Visuals: Marching band, signs and banners.

Hilton Chicago (Balbo & Michigan) College students and MoveOn activists are converging outside   the Futures & Options expo to demand that corporate welfare be reinvested in our schools and communities. Visuals: Marching band and puppets.

WHO: 7,500 working Chicagoans impacted by the recession, representing dozens of community and labor organizations. Marchers will begin in separate issue-focused feeder marches concerned with high unemployment, unfair foreclosures, and bankrupt schools, then join together with a unified voice and a common purpose—to take back our city.

WHY: To begin taking back the jobs, homes, and schools stolen from us by the greed of big banks and big business.  Marchers will put the bad actors of the financial industry, in town for the Futures Industry Association and Mortgage Bankers Association expos, on notice that Chicago families are holding them accountable for the damage they’ve done—and we expect them to pay us back in the form of meaningful job creation and community investment. 

Source: www.newbottomline.com