Occupy Chicago put out the call and groups across Chicago fighting for social and economic justice picked it up. The day starts with morning actions in your neighborhood hosted by local groups which you can find here: http://chicagospring.org/#!/Join_April_7th
1pm, we will meet at Jackson and Lasalle where we rally before heading to the afternoon festival of art, education and empowerment. Many unscheduled political and creative activities will be going on throughout the festival on 'the green' grass, including our massive community art project the 99% Wishing Tree.
Here is the program of panel discussions, workshops, music and theater Occupy Chicago is putting on:
Chicago Spring Stage
- "Non-Violent Direct Action Against Oppression"
Featuring: Mary Dean (Voices for Creative Nonviolence), Ken Butigan (Pace e Bene), J. Wade Hannon (War Resister's League), Rosalie Riegle (Catholic Worker)
- "Education, Healthcare and Housing Are Human Rights!"
Featuring: Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. (Rainbow/PUSH Coalition), National Nurses United (NNU), Sonja Rotenberg (Illinois Single-Payer Coalition), and Willie JR Fleming, Loren Taylor and Toussaint Losier (Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign)
The 99% Stage
- "Why This Isn't Scary: Anarchy, Communism, Socialism and The Black Bloc"
- "Political Economy Workshop: The Crisis of US Capitalism."
By CPEG (Chicago Political Economy Group)
- "Urban Agriculture"
By Matt Ryan
- "Non-Violent Direct Action: Peace Maneuvers"
By Ken Butigan (Pace e Bene)
- "May Day: Histories of Immigration, Labor, and Struggle."
By the Occupy Chicago Labor Committee
- FM Supreme
- And more
After the festival, join us for a Freedom Feast at 5:30 made possible by Food Not Bombs before our first General Assembly back at the Horse at 7pm as it will be all Spring long.
And party the night away!