Hello Labor Committee,
Feb. 28 working group is asking for your support for the STOP the Suppression of the Occupy Movement national call and Chicago action on Feb. 28. See Occupychi website post at
http://occupychi.org/direct-action/event/stop-suppression-occupy-movement or facebook event at http://www.facebook.com/events/171647302947369/. Your committee endorsement is needed to put this on website front page.
Occupy Chicago GA voted unanimously to endorse the “Call for Mass Action to Stop the Suppression of the Occupy Movement.” The Call has also been endorsed by Occupies Wall Street, Cleveland, Houston, and St. Paul & Minneapolis, and the Chicago Feb. 28 action is endorsed by Midwest Anti-War Mobilization and Coalition against Nato/G8 (CANG8). Thousands of individuals have signed the Call at http://www.dontsuppressows.org/.
Write Feb28wg@gmail.com with your ideas. Please come to next Feb 28 working group meeting at 6pm Wed at Cermak before the GA to develop plans.
Additionally, it’s urgent to act on Feb 28 in order to oppose the severe clampdown being put in place for the G8 and NATO summits. We must set the record straight in society that the repression against Occupy over recent months was unlawful and completely intolerable. Otherwise it will be much harder for the voices of the 99% to be expressed in the streets when the global 1% descends on Chicago in May.
STOP the Suppression of the Occupy Movement!
Tuesday, Feb. 28, 4pm rally-5pm march
Gather at LaSalle & Jackson
Stand with the Occupy Movement!
No Rubber Bullets—No Beatings—No Tear Gas—No Mass Arrests
Drop All the Charges Against Occupiers
Overturn Rahm Emmanuel’s “sit down & shut up” ordinances
From “Call for Mass Action to Stop the Suppression of the Occupy Movement.”
To put the matter bluntly, but truly: the state planned and unleashed naked and systematic violence and repression against people attempting to exercise rights that are supposed to be legally guaranteed. This response by those who wield power in this society is utterly shameful from a moral standpoint, and thoroughly illegitimate from a legal and political one.
Now this movement faces a true crossroads. Will it be dispersed, driven into the margins, or co-opted? Or will it come back stronger? This question now poses itself, extremely sharply.
- Lou Downey
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