Occupy Chicago Updates for the Week of July 22



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 our website, Facebook Page, @OccupyChicago, @OChiCalendar, Livestream Page, Google Calendar, Calendar RSS feed, text/email loop, and follow these twitter hashtags: #occupychi #ochi.

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Occupied News

Last Thursday, Occupy LA brought chalk to the city's Art Walk to spread the message of Occupy LA to those passing by. The LAPD displayed violent repression towards those activists, firing rubber bullets and tear gas into the group of people decorating the Art Walk with sidewalk chalk. 17 people were arrested and dozens were injured from the rubber bullets. In an act of solidarity for Occupy LA and to stand against the violent repression of the police, a group of activists took chalk around the city Saturday night, chalkupy-ing ribfest and Taste of Chicago entrances, as well as sidewalk entrances to red line stops. The next morning, visitors to the city food festivals were greeted with messages of peace from Occupy Chicago.

July 2nd was the arraignment for three of the NATO5 members. Jacob, Brent, and Jay all plead not gulity to the trumped up charges they are being held on. Occupy Chicago packed the gallery in support of the NATO3, wearing yellow in an act of solidarity. Outside the courthouse, a dozen people gathered and had a noise demonstration in support of the five, followed by a speak out against the current prison system. That afternoon people marched to the State's Attorney's Office where three activists occupied Anita Alverez's office, demanding the charges be dropped against the NATO5. Instead of being able to meet with Alverez, a publically elected official, the three activists were arrested. 

Occupy these Upcoming Events

Chicago Teachers Solidarity Campaign Meeting

Monday, July 23, 6:30PM-8:00PM
Workers United Hall, 333 S. Ashland Ave.


The Chicago Teachers Solidarity Campaign believes that teachers' working conditions are our students learning conditions--and that educators must be justly compensated for their work. The campaign also supports the CTU's call for a fully funded education system, smaller class sizes and an enriched curriculum with art and music, as well as wraparound social services.

Mass Rally to Raise Minimum Wage!

Tuesday, July 24, 4:30PM

100 W. Randolph, Thompson Center

Join hundreds of other working Chicagoans Tuesday, July 24, 4:30 PM at Thompson Center Plaza to stand up for a minimum wage that a family can actually live on. RSVP on Facebook, invite your friends & post on your wall! The Illinois minimum wage is just $8.25 – for a family of four that’s below poverty level. Let’s rally and march together to say loud and clear that Illinois families deserve more! The 99% Need a Raise!

Chicago Teachers Union Rally!!



Wednesday, July 25, 7:00AM-10:00AM
125 S. Clark St.

Large rally of CTU members, parents, community organizations who fight for social justice. Oppose 1% 'er's doomsday budget that will make education worse for kids and harm the workers. Over a thousand Chicago teachers have been laid off! A longer day that will not be a better day is being proposed by the Board. All of this and more will be on the table for the monthly meeting of the Chicago Board of Education. Educators, students, and parents need to make ourselves heard! If you want to speak, arrive before 7:00am.

No More! Rally to Demand an End to Police Violence!



Saturday, July 28, 12:00PM-2:00PM
Daley Center, 50 W. Washington St.

Join family members of police murder victims, Chicago police torture victims, and concerned community members as we say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!  We will not stand for the daily abuse and racist harassment of our brothers and sisters at the hands of the police.

Occupy Chicago Working Group Meetings

Social Media Committee

Saturday, July 21, 3:30PM-5:00PM
Jackson & Lasalle

Direct Action Working Group

Saturday, July 21, 5:00PM
Congress & Michigan, by the Bowman/Horse Statue

Coalition Against Corporate Higher Education

Sunday, July 22, 6:00pm-8:00pm
738 W. Fullerton.


Monday, July 23, 7:00PM-8:30PM
Congress & Michigan, by the Bowman/Horse Statue

September 23rd Working Group

Wednesday, July 25, 5:00PM
Congress & Michigan, by the Bowman/Horse Statue

Occupy Obama Working Group

Thursday, July 26, 6:00PM
Congress & Michigan, by the Bowman/Horse Statue

Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign Community Meeting

Thursday, July 26, 7:00PM-8:30PM
1401 E. 75th St (Dorchester&75th)

Occupy Yoga

Friday, July 27, 5:00PM
Congress & Michigan, by the Bowman/Horse Statue

Occupy the Date

Occupy Obama

Friday, August 31st through Sunday, September 2nd

#Mental Health Movement

Woodlawn Mental Health Clinic, 6337 S. Woodlawn 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 is a24/7 ongoing occupations at the above clinic.
Come out and help support the Mental Health Movement by spending some time at the 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 General Assembly

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

Occupy El Barrio General Assembly

Tuesdays 6:30PM-7:30PM
Plaza Tenochtitlan, 18th&Blue Island Ave.

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

Every Other Thursday (This Thursday!) 7:00pm-9:00pm
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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