Keep Your Kids Occupied Family Fair
The Think Tank at 1770 W. Berteau #207
Sat 12/17: Keep Your Kids Occupied Family Fair
On Saturday, December 17th, from 1pm-4pm, Occupy Chicago is holding its second “Keep Your Kids Occupied” family fair, an afternoon event with games, crafts, music, a bake sale, and much more. The event, organized by the Occupy Chicago Arts and Recreation committee, will be held indoors at the Think Tank Theater and is geared toward both families familiar with Occupy and those new to the movement. The 17th marks the three-month anniversary of the beginning of #OccupyWallSt, and will feature activities to teach children about social involvement and civic duty.
“Last month we had great turn out and lots of fun,” said Trina McGee, one of the organizers, “This KYKO is going to be even better! We’ve got all kinds of great stuff lined up, even a coloring book about Mayor 1% Emanuel that parodies How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”
The causes that the Occupy movement is fighting for directly affect children. Occupy Chicago has rallied with public school teachers to oppose school closings and budget cuts. Nationally as well as in Chicago there has been a push towards reclaiming foreclosed homes and putting homeless families with children back into them. And, if Newt Gingrich’s recent comments that child labor laws are “truly stupid” are any indication, the fight to protect children's rights is just beginning.
See Gingrich’s comments: http://www.suntimes.com/news/jackson/9397899-452/to-gain-workers-votesgi...
“I work and can’t afford a babysitter often, so I don’t get to join Occupy Chicago very much,” said Brian Murray. "I acknowledge that the Occupy movement is fighting for my kids’ future, working to ensure my child has breathable air, drinkable water, and some control over his future. My family appreciates this greatly.”
“Some people have too much stuff,” said his son Desmond, age 3, who was sad about missing last month’s KYKO fair. “They forgot how to share with the people who don’t have enough.”