Occupy the Dream! MLK Day Brunch, Teach-in, Celebration and Public Meeting


Occupy Chicago, Occupy the Dream: Brunch and Teach-in 

Sunday January 15th, 1130am

Occupy Chicago is gathering at Multi Kulti (1000 N Milwaukee) in the morning for brunch and a teach-in after which we will travel as a group up to the Peoples Church (see below).


11.30am   Brunch 

12.00pm - 1.15pm  Teach-in at Multi Kulti organized by Occupy Chicago Education Committee 

1.30pm  Group leaves for People's Church, 941 W. Lawrence



Title: "Martin Luther King Jr and The Housing Struggle in Chicago, Then and Now"

Speaker: Keeanga Yamhatta-Taylor (North Western) 

A discussion about Rev. Martin Luther King Jr's 1966 campaign against slums in Chicago and the tenant and Black homeowners movement that was spawned in its aftermath. Between 1966 and 1969 the Chicago Tribune reported on more than 100 rent strikes and tenant actions in Chicago alone and much of this began with King and  the SCLC who initiated Unions to End Slums that arose in several West Side neighborhoods. The formation of tenant unions, rent strikes and eviction blockades that became central to the black struggle for housing justice in the 1960's are all lessons we can learn from in today's fight against evictions and foreclosure

Let us know if you plan on attending the brunch so we can get an approximate headcount for food. Additionally, if you cannot make it to brunch but will be meeting us to travel together, let us know that as well so we can account for you in possible bus plans.


Occupy the Dream! MLK Day Celebration and Public Meeting

Sunday, January 15 at 2:30pm at the People's Church (941 W. Lawrence)

Hosted by:  IIRON - Indiana Illinois Regional Organizing Network, SOUL - Southsiders Organized for Unity and Liberation, Northside POWER, The Northwest Indiana Federation and Occupy Chicago!

Come together with 1200 other people from across the Chicago are to celebrate the legacy of Dr. King and to continue his work of justice by holding Wall Street banks and corporations accountable! Elected officials from across the Chicago area will be there, including aldermen, state legislators, and federal officials. We will be asking them to commit in front of hundreds of their constituents to hold banks and other big corporations accountable. We need you to participate in this event so that our elected officials know they're being watched!

PLEASE RSVP as soon as you can! Numbers are important for transportation and food! 

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Occupy the Dream Week of Events

Occupy the Dream Week of Events
Civil rights leaders, African-American Faith organizations, and grass roots community organizations will join the Occupy Movement for a week of multi-cultural and interfaith/atheist events that hold our elected official accountable, seize foreclosed properties, and fight the Mayor’s “Sit Down and Shut Up” ordinances, which gravely impair the right to free speech, to peaceably assemble, and to petition our government for a redress of grievances, which are our Constitutional rights.
Sunday, January 15
11:30am-1:30pm * Multi Kulti, 1000 N Milwaukee
Occupy Chicago Event including brunch, sign making, and teach-in on civil rights. 
We will gather to energize and rally before moving as a group to the event. 
Teachin-in: Martin Luther King Jr and The Housing Struggle in Chicago, Then and Now
Speaker: Keeanga Yamhatta-Taylor (Northwestern University)
2:30-4:30pm * The People's Church, 941 W. Lawrence
IIRON Occupy The Dream Celebration and Public Meeting
Grassroots leaders from around Chicago and Northwest Indiana will call upon our elected officials to take action in the interest of the 99%.  Congressional representatives Jan Schakowsky (IL. 10), Jesse Jackson Jr. (IL. 2) and Pete Visclosky (IN 1) will be asked to commit to federal infrastructure and jobs legislation, a millionaires tax and a financial transaction tax. Several state legislators will be present to address the issue of corporate taxes in Illinois and other issues for the General Assembly.
Community Leaders will announce the week of actions, including the "We Shall Not Be Moved" Campaign to occupy homes in foreclosure and demonstrations at various big banks.
Occupy the Dream Celebration is sponsored by IIRON and its member organizations: Southsiders Organized for Unity and Liberation (SOUL), Northside P.O.W.E.R., the Northwest Indiana Federation and the IIRON Student Network.  Occupy the Dream is also endorsed by Make Wall Street Pay Illinois and Occupy Chicago.
Monday, January 16

3:00-4:30pm * Jackson/LaSalle in front of the Federal Reserve
Occupy the Dream Action
Join the Metropolitan Chicago area African-American Faith Community and Trinity UCC to protest fraudulent foreclosures and astronomical student debt. Bus transportation provided at Trinity UCC, 400 W. 95th St (boarding at 1:30pm, departing at 2pm)
Info: OccupyChi.org

4:30pm * Location TBA
Liberate the Southside: Re-occupation of a Vacant Home
Following the action at Jackson and LaSalle, we will go directly into the communities hit hardest by the foreclosure crisis and assist in the reclamation a boarded up home for a family in need.
Tuesday, January 17
9:30am-2:30pm * Chicago City Hall, LaSalle & Washington
Defend our Right to Dissent: Jan 17 Chicago City Council Committee Meeting
Chicago City Council committees are meeting to consider proposed ordinance changes that will crush basic constitutional freedoms, from free speech to the right to assemble and protest. While the immediate target is NATO/G8 organizing, the changes will be permanent -- and gut public expression that ranges from union pickets to Occupy Chicago protests. Send a message to aldermen that Chicagoans oppose Mayor Emanuel's assault on basic freedoms.
3:30 pm * 135 S. LaSalle.
IIRON action at Bank of America to Write Down Home Loans
IIRON will assemble at the Bank of America to demand that they write down the principal on the underwater mortgage of a homeowner, and all homeowners under water.
Wednesday, January 18

ALL DAY: Call Attorney General Lisa Madigan at 312-814-3000 and tell her to pullout of the 50-state settlement talks and hold the banks responsible for the full $700 billion in damages they causes in mortgage fraud.

6pm * Chicago City Hall, LaSalle & Washington

Rally at City Hall against Rahm Emanuel's proposed municipal code changes that would destroy the ability of the public to dissent and demand accountability of our officials.