No response so far, two weeks later. Please contact me if there's any progress in forming the legal team and/or taking legal action on behalf of OccupyChi.
Or, maybe this wasn't a GA approved action/request from OccupyChi? I wasn't there on 10/31.
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Sent: Monday, October 31, 2011 9:25 AM
Subject: URGENT ALERT AND REQUEST FROM OCCUPY CHICAGO
URGENT ALERT --OCCUPY CHICAGO IN NEED OF PRO BONO ATTORNEYS TO HELP
GUIDE THEM IN THEIR NEXT STEPS FORWARD
No matter what you're hearing from the corporate media, Occupy Chicago
is made up mostly of young people who have been disenfranchised by the
system. They are non-violent. They care about this country. Many
are college grads with no place to go with their degrees, no one to
hire them. Others are people who have tried and can't find work,
having looked for months if not years. For that matter, many members
are employed but realize that the current system will never reward
their labor, will never hold the taxes that they pay to ensure
retirement, security, or even the basic infrastructure that a healthy
country needs. They are intelligent, involved, and see no other way
to take back the country from corporate ownership than to stand their
ground until money is not the prime mover in our dysfunctional system
Occupy Chicago is composed of people from many backgrounds. There are
many Democrats, a lot of people who had never participated before in
politics, some libertarians, a few Republicans, and many others, with
various political and economic theories. Occupy Chicago is not a
group of trouble makers who are trying to stir up unrest, no matter
what you're hearing. Every group has their fringe hangers-who the
media likes to picture as the entire movement. Because the people of
Occupy Chicago are dedicated to social justice in our country, they
take care of many of the homeless in downtown Chicago, who the
Corporate media then try to spin as representative of the group in
general. The truth is that they care--they really care about this
country and our future. We have a Constitution and a Bill of Rights,
which is being sidestepped by a corporate-owned Supreme Court.
Most of us are part of the 99% and know in our hearts that we could
easily lose our benefits, our retirement savings, everything, if we
don't help these young people and don't become part of the solution
ourselves. They are fighting our battles for us and we need to be
there for them.
There are many law-students in the ranks of Occupy Chicago. The
determinative 21st century legal issues about liberty and oppression
are going to be decided in the upcoming cases involving the Occupy
Together movement. As they move into their next stage, with many
excellent ideas as to how to go forward, they need experienced
attorneys to guide them in civil litigation and also to make sure
everything they do is legal.
PLEASE STEP UP AS SOON AS POSSIBLE TO
HELP THEM WITH PRO-BONO LEGAL ASSISTANCE.
Again, thanks so much for your help.
Sharon Sanders - 312-371-5405; email@example.com
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It also appears that several persons who were arrested are of the belief that a concerted or collective defense would be the best approach but no consensus so far has emerged about the pending cases.
As long as the people who were arrested have an opportunity to speak with lawyers who have no interest in the cause other than providing faithful legal assistance, it would seem the best option is to make certain that all persons know and understand where and how they can obtain legal assistance regardless of their ability to pay.
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