Occupy Chicago: Die-In Commemorates Two Month Anniversary of Occupy Movement

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Occupy Chicago: Die-In Commemorates Two Month Anniversary of Occupy Movement
 
CHICAGO 11/17/11 5:45pm – Thousands have gathered at Jackson & LaSalle to participate in Occupy Chicago’s N17 mass action, as we commemorate the two-month anniversary of the Occupy movement, and stand in solidarity with all of the Occupations around the country facing evictions, repression, and police violence.
 
All of Occupy Chicago’s N17 actions are non-violent. As always, we will employ peaceful methods of speaking truth to power.
 
Jackson and LaSalle is Occupied. Occupiers just held a ‘die-in’ in front of the Federal Reserve, falling to the ground and refusing to move. The human mic was used by the Occupy Chicago Direct Action Committee to deliver a eulogy, which says:
 
“We gather here today to mourn the death of poor and working people, of the middle class, of the 99%. Everyday people cut from their services, denied their power, subdued from their democracy. The powers called for austerity measures, telling us to tighten our belts while they fastened them around our necks. The wealthiest among us walk free, without charge for their crimes, without responsibility. They foreclose our homes, deny us employment, segregate our neighborhoods, saddle us with debt. They deny our children good schooling, and argue that none of us have responsibility to our neighbors, our brothers, our sisters. And what is more we have all remained silent, allowing them to do this.  We have remained silent and let them condemn and execute the poor, the working, and the middle class, the 99%. This is the fate of everyday people. Let them rest, while the 1% destroy peace. These people are US. ALL OF US. Their death is OUR death, their pain is our pain. Their STRUGGLE is OUR STRUGGLE. We can no longer be bystanders. It's time we raise our voices in testimony against the criminals that condemn them! We MUST resist austerity, rebuild the economy, and RECLAIM OUR DEMOCRACY.It's time we stand with these deceased, with EACH OTHER, TOGETHER.”

After the die in, Occupiers completely encircled the Board of Trade, and are continuing to rally.
 
“We stand in complete solidarity with Occupy Wall Street,” said Megan Groves, an Occupy Chicago committee volunteer. “We are going to tell the world that you can raid a camp, but you can’t destroy a movement. We aren’t going anywhere, we’re going everywhere!”
 
For the Facebook invitation to Thursday’s event, see: http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=302706959748654
 
For more information about Occupy Chicago, see OccupyChi.org, follow on Twitter @OccupyChicago or #

OccupyChi, or visit facebook.com/OccupyChicago
 
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GOD BLESS

It's wonderful to see people finaly take a stand. We need to take back our country. GOD BLESS ALL of you out there on the front lines. The city's are useing the excuse of unhealthy conditions and drug use as a reason to try and disasemble the rally's. People are not stupid and know this is just an excuse to try and brake this up but it is ONLY going to make it stronger. I wish i could do something to help, to not do anything about what's going on in this country you are as guilty as the people doing it. We all need to stand up and take our country back.

 

 

 

There Are Lots of Ways to Help!

13 ways to participate in Occupy Chicago!

1) Occupy: Even if you can only come by for an hour or two, head over to Jackson & LaSalle.  If you can, bring a sign, an instrument, and/or hot drinks to share.

2) Donate: Visit OccupyChi.org to make an online donation, or to see an updated list of items requested by the Occupation.

3) Facebook: Help us spread the word by clicking "Share" on our posts about rallies/marches/protests, important info, or things we need. Or, join the discussion by commenting on our posts.

4) Twitter: Follow @OccupyChicago, re-tweet posts, and help us get our hashtags trending.

5) General Assembly: Attend our meetings, held every day at 1:30pm at Jackson & LaSalle, and 7pm at Michigan & Congress. The 7pm GA is when we vote on proposals.

6) Call Local and State Authorities: State and local authorities, including the Office of the Mayor and the Chicago Police Department, keep count of how many calls they get supporting Occupy Chicago. Check our web site, Facebook, and Twitter for these calls to action.

7) Teach-ins: Visit OccupyChi.org for a full list of educational events that are free to attend.

8) Solidarity Actions: We participate in actions held by our allies almost every day, in locations all around the city and suburbs! Find these events at OccupyChi.org or on our Facebook page.

9) Message Boards: At OccupyChi.org, register to take part in discussions about the activities of our committees, and comment on/suggest changes for proposals being brought before the general assembly.

10) Local Occupation: Start an Occupation in your neighborhood or suburb! Rogers Park, Naperville, and Homewood have all held Occupation events.

11) Join a Committee: If you want to speak to the media about our Occupation, organize educational events, plan actions, make flyers and signs, or focus on another area within the movement, there is a committee for you! Contact information for all committees can be found at OccupyChi.org.

12) Word-of-Mouth: Talk to your friends, family, and co-workers about your support for Occupy Chicago. Let them know they are part of the 99%!

13) Comment on Media Articles: Search for “Occupy Chicago” on Google News for articles about the movement. Post your views in the comments section, or write a letter to the editor.

Thank you so much for being part of Occupy Chicago!  This movement's success depends on people like YOU!

GOD BLESS

It's wonderful to see people finaly take a stand. We need to take back our country. GOD BLESS ALL of you out there on the front lines. The city's are useing the excuse of unhealthy conditions and drug use as a reason to try and disasemble the rally's. People are not stupid and know this is just an excuse to try and brake this up but it is ONLY going to make it stronger. I wish i could do something to help, to not do anything about what's going on in this country you are as guilty as the people doing it. We all need to stand up and take our country back.

 

 

 

Pics

The pics/videos of the event aren't on the facebook. Where can we find them?