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Helen Morley, a longtime Mental Health Movement activist and consumer of the city mental health clinics passed away in her sleep this week. Helen was a figher for the rights of people struggling with mental illness for decades, starting long before the recent fight to save the city clinics. She was part of the sit in and negotiations in 2009 that led the city to continue operating the city clinics and was also arrested twice recently in attempts to stop Mayor 1% Emanuel from closing the clinics. There will be a memorial held for her at 4PM this Sunday at Woodlawn Mental Health Clinic, 6337 S. Woodlawn Ave.
Back in February, a group of workers occupied their factory with the support of Occupy Chicago upon learning of Serious Energy's decision to shutdown the plant for good. After a 12 hour occupation, the company conceded to keep the plant open for another three months so the workers could find a potential buyer. Three months later, the workers have now incorporated a worker-run cooperative and are on their way to owning and running the factory themselves.
On Monday nearly 100 demonstrators marched from Jackson and LaSalle to call out the targeted repression and use of entrapment tactics by the CPD of activists involved with NATO and occupy movements. Several dozen zip-tied themselves to one another and wore masks of the two people who had infiltrated the movement to symbolize the entrapment tactics and politically motivated arrests.
On Wednesday, there was a peaceful "Casseroles" (pots and pans) demonstration held in solidarity with the movement in Quebec against tuition hikes. A dozen demonstrators were tackled and brutally arrested by the CPD, with one still being held on account of a bogus felony charge. Many were simply picked off the sidewalk for doing absolutely nothing at all. Police have also refused to return the sim card and phones of one of the released arrestees.
Occupy these Upcoming Events
Unit 501, 500 W. Cermak (Enter at 2147 S. Lumber)
As of now there are still 8 #noNATO activists being held on a variety of bogus charges from accusations of terrorism to resisting arrest. There will be a letter-writing party for them this Saturday, please come to write letters of support, encouragement, and love to o our friends that are still held captive by the CPD. Please support them financially by donating to the bail fund here. For more information on how to support through other means (visitations, letters, etc.) click here.
Saturday, June 2, 5:00-7:00PM
Now that NATO is over, continue last week's brainstorming session on possible events and actions for this summer. The discussion will be free flowing and will hopefully help flesh out ideas and build the framework and networks necessary for further organizing.
General Assembly: Occupy Chicago Movement Building Discussion - Quebec & Building a Student Movement
Saturday, June 9, 7:00-9:00PM
Occupy Chicago has come a long way since its first day back in September 23rd. Join us as we continue a series of open discussions on the past, present, and future of Occupy Chicago. What do the strugglesThis week's discussions will be focused on privatization and monetization of education in Chicago and nationally. What issues in education are Chicago students facing that could get them mobilized in the fall? What would a city-wide of nation-wide student movement look like? How is the burgeoning student debt in this country affecting all of us? What sort of tactics would be best utilized for a movement like this? What sort of goal envision accomplishing? What other questions do you have?
Tuesday&Wednesday, June 12&13, 11:30AM (Arrive as early as 9:00AM to increase chances of getting a seat)
Congress Hotel Strike Anniversary Picket
Friday, June 15, 4:00-6:00PM
Strikers at the Congress Hotel, joined by hundreds of community supporters and members of UNITE HERE Local 1, are rallying outside of the Congress Hotel to commemorate the 9th Anniversary of the Congress Hotel Strike, the longest hotel strike in American history. On June 15 2003, members of UNITE HERE Local 1 working at the Congress Hotel went on strike after the hotel decided to freeze wages, eliminate employee healthcare benefits, and demanded the ability to subcontract out all bargaining unit work at the hotel. The Labor Outreach working group is calling on people to join the picket line in solidarity.
Occupy Chicago Working Group Meetings
Saturday, June 10, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Monday, June 11, 7:00PM-9:00PM
Monday, June 11, 8:00PM-10:00PM
Tuesday, June 12, 6:30-8:30pm
Friday, June 15, 5:30PM-7:30PM
Occupy the Date
#Mental Health Movement
Occupy Chicago stands in solidarity with the Mental Health Movement as we fight for mental health clinics to reopen after Mayor 1% shutdown half of the city's mental health clinics.There are two 24/7 ongoing occupations at the above two clinics.
People's Health Fair
Sunday, June 9, 1:00PM-5:00PM
Memorial for Helen Morley
Sunday, June 9, 4:00PM-5:00PM
Chicago Department of Public Health, 333 S. State St. (State&Van Buren)
The Mental Health Movement will deliver CDPH a bunch of baloney to signify what their plan for the mental health in the city of Chicago is - baloney!. Already over 18 people have been hospitalized because of the stress of losing their therapists and clinics. CDPH is opening a "satellite clinic" with only one therapist and one support staff, no psychiatrists, no new staff, no capacity for new patients. Meanwhile the spiraling violence shows that the city needs healing, not cuts to mental health services. There will be free transportation provided from either of the two occupied clinics.
Neighborhood Occupation Events
Occupy Evanston Meeting w/ City Manager to Discuss Divestment from Chase Bank
Tuesday, June 12, 11:00AM
Thursday, June 14, 6:30PM-8:00PM
Occupy the Southside will be holding a kickoff event for its Juneteenth Celebration Week of Action. Come to learn more about Juneteenth and hear from living pieces of history as some South side community residents share their stories of Juneteenth, Racial pride, triumphs, and tragedies.
The Souls of Black Girls is a provocative news documentary that takes a critical look at media images - how they are instituted, established, and controlled. Tee documentary also examines the relationship between the historical and existing media images of women of color and raises the question of whether they may be suffering from a self-image disorder as a result of trying to attain the standards of beauty that are celebrated in media images.
Weekly Neighborhood Occupy Assemblies
Occupy Chicago General Assembly
Wednesday and Saturdays 7:00PM-9:00PM
Occupy Rogers Park Weekly Canvassing
Occupy Rogers Park General Assembly
Occupy El Barrio General Assembly
Occupy the South Side General Assembly/Teach-In'sThursdays 7:00pm-9:00pm
51st and King Drive (By Horse Statue)
Occupy Chicago Northwest Side Assembly
Occupy Evanston General Assembly
Don't know where to begin?
Want help connecting to specific groups and projects? Got an idea for a project? Have a topic you want to discuss? Come to one of our General Assemblies each Wednesday and Saturday from 7:00PM-9:00 PM at Congress & Michigan, by the Bowman/Horse Statue. In addition to occasionally discussing and consensing upon proposals, we also have open space sessions for people to breakout into discussion on anything they like! It's also a great opportunity to talk to some people who have been around for a while and to find out how to get more involved.
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