I talked at the Chicago GA ant marched with them tonight

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I talked at the Chicago GA ant marched with them tonight

Post by DavidArens on Sun Oct 23, 2011 12:46 am

My experience at the Chicago GA
I went down to the GA meeting Sight at Jackson and lasalle, I openly had the image of the 99 declaration working group on my leather bag on both sides, I got there at about 3:15 and listened to a black civil rights speaker, then they asked people to riase there hand if they wanted to be 0n the stack and speak, I raised, but it seems you really need to seek the person out to get on the stack so I did, There was a gilr who spoke of the 2200 dead students in mexico who were killed by the government down there and they covered it up, don't know if the numbers are right, but this was seen as one other thing that people needed to know about, A guy naned Alex then spoke about MR. norman a black runner from austrailia who was instumental in raising the Awareness of civil rights in the US, I was next, I got up there and said I am part of the 99 percent, I am also part of a declaration working group online and the American Peoples new ecnomic Charter TAPNEC (For all you put downers I didn't get any flack from anyone and I made contact with someone from the Occupy together .ORG, everyone should become a memebr with that site it is setup brilliantly, OK and I said we can all come together on the occupy chicago , can all come togehter for those of us who cant come down here because of work , join us online we are puuling together to present our demands to congress, we need to come togehter at a national level not just the local level, and get online to do that on YAHOO, and on Linked in. I got no blocks no down fingers, I am not saying that they said we endorse everythin gyou say, but we are welcome to speak at any GA. I then stayed around for the march to the Horse. there was a decent Police presence about 10 officers and 80 people, part of the OWS and part of a police brutality march, it just happens Rahm emanuaelle has invited the G8 and is honoring some police about 10 blocks away from the Occupy Chicago Gathering Site The anti police brutality group went to protest there about 6:15 The crowd swelled from 6:00 to 7:00 to about 2000, then it seemed to get a little bigger when we marched downtown to the Horse statue The police presence had exploded, but someone in occupy chicago has been in contact with the police, and has organized a slow marh down to Michigan, the horse statue ironically is next door to the congress hotel and the congress parkway, and sist acress the street from Roosevlet university. The police presence on getting to the park was huge, anout 20 to 30 bicycle cops and about 20 to 30 walking cops I was about 10 feet from the front of the march up to the horse statue, From my taling to others who were there last week, the crowd was smaller by about a 1000 They then announced that tonight wasn't going to be a poliocy night, and they were going to stay the night, I have to leave at 8:30 or so to get back home, Had a few long conversations on the way home with people and exchanged numbers with some people, I have a job and I cannot afford to get arrested. It apears Chicago has enacted a new permit that is required to occuppy a public space overnight, this kind of flies in the face of the first ammendment and since they allow all the tents to stay overnight for the taste of Chicago, it is really his way of limiting the freedom of speech. Good Luck to all those that I marched with. MAny didn't know about our website, or the work being done by others, I hope some large group comes together nationally. Resounding thoughts were )People before Profits We are the 99% we are the people we are united and we are not leaving. The banks were bailed out we were sold out, and one that I was not in favor of How we going to fix this is tax the rich, how we going to end this , tax the rich, this is no the answer alone, we must change the system, our goals must be beyond the current system to get us to rise up and take our governemtn back we must chang eht system.
That is my first report from Occupy Chicago I am one of the 99%
David Arens - Marcher with Occupy Chicago - All honor and glory to those who keep the gathering alive, the drummers, the speakers, the organizers, this is awesome. alot in chicago may be arrested tonight, because someone is trying to put limits on their freedom of speech, I need some lawyers to weigh in on the chicago thing, in how it compares to the first ammendment. Good night and we must win this fight!

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Re: I talked at the Chicago GA ant marched with them tonight

Post by nobud on Sun Oct 23, 2011 1:34 am

David that was an awesome write up, thanks for sharing your experience and for putting a positive face on our group.

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Re: I talked at the Chicago GA ant marched with them tonight

Post by Guest on Mon Oct 24, 2011 4:02 am

Thanks for the feedback! Good to hear that people are starting to think about this.

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