National Day of Action by Occupy Movement in Chicago
Over 2,000 Occupy demonstrators protesting corporate greed and corruption marched through the city and occupied Lasalle Street Bridge, as part of a national day of action. Forty-six people in total were arrested on the bridge. USA. 17th November 2011
Over 2,000 Occupy Wall Street demonstrators marched through downtown Chicago today and occupied the Lasalle Street Bridge, as part of the National Day Of Action. Forty-six people total were arrested on the bridge according to police. Some groups present included Action Now, Albany Park Neighborhood Council, Chicago Teachers Union, Chicago Jobs with Justice, Local 2 Association of Professional Flight Attendants, and Arise Chicago to name a few.
“Drastic times call for drastic measures,” said Jamie Hayes of Arise Chicago, who was arrested today. “Nobody wants to get arrested, but this is a real crisis. The Super Committee is trying to convince us that this is a deficit crisis, but that’s a lie – it’s a jobs crisis.”
“I wanted to remind those of us who are lucky enough to still have a job that we’re just one layoff away from losing our health insurance or our homes,” said Hayes. “What little safety net we do have in this country will be taken away if the 1% has their way. If that’s not class warfare, I don’t know what is.
The message of the movement largely remains the same. "We need jobs,” said Alfonso Pulido, an unemployed machine operator, at the rally. “The big corporations have more than their share of the pie. Enough already.” Both Pulido and his wife were laid off and support four young grandchildren living in their home.
Today marks the 56th day of protests for the Occupy Chicago protest movement that was inspired by the occupiers in N.Y. The protests here were largely peaceful despite the events earlier this week in New York, Oakland, Berkeley, and Seattle. Still the tension between the protestors and those working in the financial district remains high. One witness said he saw incredibly angry employees leaving the Federal Reserve building today, but did not interact directly with the police or the crowd outside.
While there are no plans currently for another major protest such as this for the rest of the month, the occupiers plan on continuing their daily meetings and marches around the financial district in downtown Chicago, with no signs of letting up any time soon.