#OccupyChicago Updates for the Week of June 25




Here are some news, events, and calls to action from #OccupyChicago. Be sure to forward and occupy the inboxes of your friends, families, and coworkers with this. For the most up to date info on Occupy Chicago be sure to check: For General Inquiries or Committee-specific questions:

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Occupied News

After months of organizing, Occupy Evanston managed secure a Evanston City Council hearing and meeting with City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz on divesting from Chase bank. At the City council meeting this Monday, City Council members unanimously authorized the city manager to issue a request for proposals for a local bank that could replace Chase. Occupy Evanston is calling on occupiers to keep the pressure on the Evanston City Council members by calling and emailing them and letting them know that you support Occupy Evanston's campaign for the City of Evanston to divest its holdins in Chase Bank and shift them to a community bank.

Occupy these Upcoming Events

Quebec Solidarity Rally & "Casserole" March

Wednesday June 27, 5:00PM-6:30PM
Sheffield & Belden

On Wednesday June 27th, join Occupy Chicago as we bring the Quebec Solidarity message to DePaul's home base: Lincoln Park. This week we are asking everyone to wear red. And don't forget your pots and pans! The march will start at Sheffield and Belden, leaving at 5pm. With student loan interest rates set to double in America, it's time we take a stand for our future's, and a stand for education!

Save Our Post Office Rally

Thursday, June 28, 4:30-6:30PM
Federal Plaza, Adams & Deerborn

In 5 days on July 1st, First Class Mail as we know it will begin to end, half the country's mail sorting/transfer centers will close and 40,000 postal workers will be laid off unless we unite to Save Our Postal Service. Postal Workers and concerned citizens will be holding a Solidarity Rally in Support of the 10 hunger strikers currently in DC calling on Congress to Stop Starving the Post Office. There will be a kickoff rally at 4:30PM with informational picketing and speakers addressing the real issues behind USPS fiscal woes.

#J2 Occupy the #NATO5 Courtroom: Arraignment

Monday, July 2, 8:00AM-12:00PM
Cook County Criminal Courts, 2600 S. California Ave.
Monday, July 2, 4:00PM
US Prison Bureau, 71 W. Van Buren St. (Van Buren & Clark)

Our friends remain locked away from this world because Mayor 1% Rahm Emanuel and Chief Garry McCarthy needed to justify police harassment, intimidation, brutality, and repression leading up to the NATO Summit. Our Occupy brothers Brian Church, Jared Chase, Brent Betterly, Sebastian Senakiewicz and Mark Neiweem will be in Cook County Court for their arraignment and we, as their comrades, will demonstrate our support. Wear yellow and bring noisemakers to show solidarity with their state-mandated prison uniforms. There will be a press conference at 8:30AM, court arraignment at 9:00AM, demonstration at 10:00AM, and then a 4:00PM rally in the afternoon at the US Prison Bureau. For more information on how to support the #NATO5 via phone, email, twitter, and facebook, click here.

Occupy Independence

Wednesday, July 4, 4:00PM-9:00PM
Between 1650 & 1850 N. Stockton Ave., Lincoln Park

Occupy Independence will be another day of community gathering akin to April 7th. Ie food, teach-ins, occupy themed games (like tax dodge ball), many drum circles, a patch project, and art installations. The whole thing will kick off at 4pm, and will end with a march, of course. But a march with a surprise* ending!

Occupy Chicago Working Group Meetings

Occupy Independence

Wednesday June 27, 9:00-10:00PM
Congress & Michigan, by the Bowman/Horse Statue

Occupy Obama

Thursday, June 28, 6:00PM-8:00PM
Congress & Michigan, by the Bowman/Horse Statue

Coalition Against Corporate Higher Education

Saturday, July 1, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Click here for this week's location

Chicago Teachers Union Strike Solidarity Committee

Monday, July 2, 6:30PM-8:30PM
Workers United Hall, 333 S. Ashland Ave.

Labor Outreach

Tuesday, July 3, 6:30-8:30pm
Click here for this week's location

#Mental Health Movement

Woodlawn Mental Health Clinic, 6337 S. Woodlawn Ave.
Northwest Mental health Clinic, 2354 N. Milwaukee Ave.

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.
Come out and help support the Mental Health Movement by spending some time at either occupation. You can also drop off much needed food and drinks (coffee!) at either occupation. You can also support the movement by donating here. If you want to volunteer to make calls, print t-shirts, or make banners, please email mentalhealthmovement@gmail.com.

Weekly Neighborhood Occupy Assemblies

Occupy Chicago General Assembly

Wednesday and Saturdays 7:00PM-9:00PM
Congress & Michigan, by the Bowman/Horse Statue

Occupy Rogers Park Weekly Canvassing

Sundays 4:00PM-5:00PM
Lunt Beach (East of Lunt&Sheridan)

Occupy Rogers Park General Assembly

Sundays 5:00PM-7:00PM
Lunt Beach (East of Lunt&Sheridan)

Occupy El Barrio General Assembly

Tuesdays 6:30PM-7:30PM
Click here for this week's location

Occupy the South Side General Assembly/Teach-In's

Thursdays 7:00pm-9:00pm
Click here for this week's location

Occupy Chicago Northwest Side Assembly

Saturdays 11:00am-1:00pm
Click here for this week's location

Occupy Evanston General Assembly

Saturdays 1:00pm-2:00pm
Panera Bread, 1700 Sherman Ave, Evanston

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.

Getting in touch

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