UIC GEO Open Letter

Text of the letter follows:

University of Illinois at Chicago Graduate Employees Organization (UIC GEO)
Local 6297, American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO
815 W. Van Buren, Suite 203, Chicago, IL 60607
October 20, 2011

An open letter to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy and the Chicago City Council:

As trade unionists, we hold dear the right to organize, peaceably assemble and to engage in free speech. That is
why we are appalled at the arrest of more than 200 protesters from Occupy Chicago in Grant Park on October 15--
and why we demand that all charges be dropped immediately.

Since it began on Wall Street more than a month ago, the Occupy movement has inspired working people across
the U.S. and indeed, in countries around the world. That's because the Occupy movement has rightly focused
attention on the issues faced by union and nonunion workers alike: unemployment, inequality, poverty and other
social ills caused by the tremendous concentration of wealth in this country.

Occupy Chicago, led by young people whose future is threatened by economic decline, has done our city a service
by bringing the debate on these questions to the fore. They have done so peaceably, and they have the right to
establish an occupation in a prominent public place free from interference by police or politicians.

That is why we call on Mayor Emanuel, Police Superintendent McCarthy and the City Council to cease harassment
and arrests of Occupy Chicago activists and welcome this vital discussion to our city.

The Steering Committee of the UIC GEO





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