Occupy Chicago Updates for the Week of April 30th

Below is a list of events, teach-ins, trainings and information on our General Assemblies and Neighborhood Occupations.

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Occupy Mayday!

Occupations all across the globe today will stand up and defend the 99%. Occupations in cities across the country are calling for a General Strike. In Chicago, we are organizing a massive gathering of laborers, immigrants, students & more. We will shut down the 1%. We will picket the banks and take the streets. We will have mutual aid, a free feast, music and community. This is so that we can live, not just survive.

Join us, Chicago. Bring the end to corporate abuse of democracy. We are workers. We are students. We are documented. We are undocumented. We are occupiers.

We will assemble at 10:00AM at Lasalle & Jackson, departing to visit and close the banks which abused their bailout funds.
There weill then be a meeting up at 12:00PM at Union Park, 1501 W Randolph St.
At 1PM, we will march to Federal Plaza, 230 S. Dearborn Street where we will gather for conversations, food, and community!

Occupy these Upcoming Events!

Occupy Tokyo joins Occupy Chicago General Assembly
Wednesday, May 2, 7:00-9:00PM
Woodlawn Mental Health Center, 63rd&Woodlawn (http://g.co/maps/zezgf)

A group of union, community-labor, and anti-nuclear activists and a couple academics will join our General Assembly on Wednesday to share and discuss their experiences organizing against nuclear power in Japan along with their experiences in Occupy Tokyo.

NATO Housing & Spaces Meeting
Thursday, May 3, 8:00pm-10:00pm
Unit 501, 500 W. Cermak (http://g.co/maps/vnbas) [Keypad Code is 05192012*]

The NATO week of action is quickly approaching and there is tons of work and outreach to be done in order to provide housing for all of the people coming to town and to be able to get these people involved. We also need to locate a convergence space for welcoming visitors, making artwork, and the like.

If you know of any churches, lot owners, organizations, unions, or friends willing to provide spaces for meetings or housing please contact them and bring your findings to this meeting. Any affordable, commercial rental spaces would also be very helpful.


Occupy Chicago Movement Building Meeting
Friday, May 4, 7:00-10:00PM
Unit 501, 500 W. Cermak (http://g.co/maps/vnbas) [Keypad Code is 05192012*]

Occupy Chicago has come a long way since its first day back on September 23rd. Join us for an evening of open discussions on the past, present, and future of Occupy Chicago. What do we hope to accomplish during the NATO week of action? What would we like to see after NATO? What forms of change might we like to see in the structure of Occupy Chicago? How can Occupy Chicago continue to develop its relationship with local communities and organizations? Come help determine this.


Basic Street Medic Training
Friday-Saturday, May 4-6
Multi Kulti, 1000 N. Milwaukee Ave. (http://g.co/maps/a987q)

The Spreading the Health Conference in conjunction with Chicago Action Medical will offer a street medic training on May 4-6 in Chicago to train new medics and support actions against the upcoming NATO summit. The training will include all the information we feel people need to run on the streets as marked street medics, with the primary goal of providing basic first aid and urgent care at protests.

Currently we are fully booked for this training, but a wait list exists:

Mass Mobilization/Non-Violent Direct Action Training with Starhawk
Saturday, May 5, 10:30AM-2:00 PM
333 S. Ashland, Worker's United Hall (http://g.co/maps/6jr7u)

Longtime activist Starhawk will be providing training in nonviolentnon-violent direct action, group process, mobile tactics, and affinity groups with an eye towards the whole host of exciting Chicago Spring actions coming up on Mayday, the NATO Summit, and much more!

Starhawk is an author, activist, permaculture designer, and one of the foremost voices in earth-based spirituality. She has been an organizer, trained protesters, and been on the front lines of antinuclear actions at Diablo Canyon, Livermore Weapons Lab, Vandenberg Air Force Base, and the Nevada Test Site, among others. Her main focus for the last several years has been the global justice movement; Starhawk has taken part in many of major actions, including those in Seattle, Washington DC, Quebec City, Genoa, New York City,Cancun, Mexico, and Miami.


NATO Action Spokes Council-- SHUT DOWN BOEING and MORE!
Saturday, May 5, 3:00-5:00PM
Unit 501, 500 W. Cermak (http://g.co/maps/vnbas) [Keypad Code is 05192012*]

Planning your own action for NATO? Interested in helping to SHUTDOWN Boeing Headquarters on May 21st ? Come as an appointed spokes or as a whole affinity group to coordinate with other affinity groups for actions occurring during the week of the NATO summit. Time will be split between coordinating affinity groups for shutting down Boeing on #M21 and any other proposed actions prior to that.

Don't have an affinity group or don't know what an affinity group is? Make sure to go to Starhawk's direct action training earlier in the morning to learn all about affinity groups and possibly form your own!

Note: this is a public meeting, no sensitive information should be discussed in the meeting.


Occupy Chicago Weekly Orientation
Sunday, May 6, 1:00-3:00PM
Unit 501, 500 W. Cermak (http://g.co/maps/vnbas) [Keypad Code is 05192012*]

Inspired by the kickoff of Chicago Spring on April 7? Wondering how to getmore involved with Occupy Chicago? Then this event is for you!

Occupierswill be here to explain any and all questions: "How can I get involvedwith working groups?" "What are our demands?" "What do we have
planned for Chicago Spring?"

We'll have a mix of newbies, old occupiers and activists. Our hope is to give the lay of the land, discuss the issues we all care about and get people immediately connected to the groups and projects that they are most passionate about.

The American Spring is here! JOIN US!

Occupy Chicago Open Space
Sunday, May 6, 3:00-5:00PM
Unit 501, 500 W. Cermak (http://g.co/maps/vnbas) [Keypad Code is 05192012*]

What's the conversation that you want to have? Come start a new conversation, or continue an ongoing one, at the OC Open Space.

In the Open Space format, all participants are welcomed to host conversations on whatever topics interest them. Participants only take part in the conversations that awaken their passion and interest. You are free to leave a conversation at any time, and join another one or start your own.

Just to get things started, we'll probably have a few press, social-media, and livestream gurus talk about the roles of media in the Occupy movement. We may have a couple others involved in NATO summit organizing discuss why it's important to protest NATO and how you can get involved.

Not interested in any of these discussions? Don't fret, come with ideas of what YOU want to talk about and you'll be able to start your own conversation.


NATO Media Cluster Meeting
Sunday, May 6, 8:00-10:00PM
Unit 501, 500 W. Cermak (http://g.co/maps/vnbas) [Keypad Code is 05192012*]

The NATO Media Cluster Meeting will be a coordinating body for anyone working and interested in providing media and communications support for events surrounding the NATO summit. We want to see livestreamers, tweeters, live-mappers, scouters, bloggers, citizen-journalists, photographers, videographers, radio hosts, web-developers, and more all at this meeting. Come and learn what projects others are working on, ways to plug in, and share knowledge and resources to empower ourselves, empower others.


NATO Logistical Cluster Meeting
Sunday, May 6, 8:00-10:00PM
Unit 501, 500 W. Cermak (http://g.co/maps/vnbas) [Keypad Code is 05192012*]

This coordinating meeting is for all groups that have been working on any and all logistical aspects of events and actions surrounding the NATO summit. If you are part of any medic, food, propaganda, housing, mutual aid, graphic design, education (People's Summit/Counter Summit), press, or any other action planning group then please come with your group and or appoint a spokes to come in your stead.

We will do general updates from each of the spokes and coordinate with one another so that we can best support the week of actions and events. We'll also aim to produce a general informational brochure for all the activists coming to town the week after.


Occupy Chicago General Assembly
Wednesday and Saturday
6337 S. Woodlawn at The Woodlawn Mental Health Clinic (Check facebook/website/twitter for changes)
General Assembly Starts at 7:00pm

Weekly Neighborhood Occupation Meetings

Occupy the South Side General Assembly
Thursday, May 3rd, 7:00pm--9:00pm

Occupy Chicago Northwest Side
Sat May 5 11:00am-1:00pm
For this week's location visit:

Occupy Evanston
Sat May 5th, 1:00pm-2:00pm
For this week's location visit:

Occupy El Barrio General Assembly
Tuesday, May 5, 6:30pm--7:30pm
1640 S Blue Island Ave.
For this week's location visit:

Occupy Rogers Park General Assembly
Sunday, May 6 5:00pm--7:00pm
For this week's location visit:

NATO Working Group Meetings

NATO Housing & Spaces
Thursday, May 3, 8:00pm-10:00pm
Unit 501, 500 W. Cermak (http://g.co/maps/vnbas) [Keypad Code is 05192012*]

NATO Week Of Action
Friday, May 4, 6:00pm-7:00pm
Unit 501, 500 W. Cermak (http://g.co/maps/vnbas) [Keypad Code is 05192012*]

Sunday, May 5, 3:00pm-5:00pm
Unit 501, 500 W. Cermak (http://g.co/maps/vnbas) [Keypad Code is 05192012*]

Coalition Against Corporate Higher Education
Saturday, May 6, 6:00pm-8:00pm
For this week's location visit:

Labor Outreach
Tuesday, May 8, 6:00-8:00pm
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Occupy the Date

May 12-13 - People's Summit
10am, Occupy Chicago Space, 500 W Cermak

May 12-21: Occupy Chicago Ten Days of Actions and Events

May 18 - NNU March against G8
11am, Daley Plaza

May 20 - IVAW March
9am, Grant Park, Balbo & Columbus

May 20 - CANG8 March
12pm, Grant Park Petrillo Bandshell


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