Join the Occupy Chicago Education Committee for the following events:
You Can’t Make Half a Revolution: Women’s Liberation is Central to Occupy
Facilitated by Brit Schulte & Erica Friscioni
Date / Time: Friday, Feb. 3 from 3:00 - 4:20 p.m. @ 500 W. Cermak, Room 700
This talk will examine the economic, physical, and sexual violence that is part of the woman experience under Capitalism and the ways in which we unite and fight these injustices.
Whose Schools? Our Schools!: Repairing the State of Disunion in Higher Ed, a panel discussion featuring:
Date / Time: Friday, Feb. 3, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m., 500 W. Cermak, Room 700The Coalition Against Corporate Higher Education has framed our troubles well: “Corporate warriors and their policy-makers in state and federal government are steadily undermining higher education, turning what was once a public good into yet another means of private gain.” Administrations are looking to corporate consultants to help them navigate austerity, the majority of classrooms are staffed by the academic equivalent of day labor, and tuition skyrockets alongside student debt. This is a crisis that cannot continue. This panel will begin with a discussion of the current state of affairs in higher education and steer into a tactical planning session that will emphasize solidarity between all people affected by our education system and empower us all to make positive changes in our own schools.
- Diana Vallera, President of P-fac (part-time faculty union), Columbia College Chicago
- John Casey, PhD, adjunct @ UIC & co-author of “We Are Not Contingent: An Adjunct Manifesto”
- Sarah Wild, former USCC (United Staff of Columbia College Chicago) member
- Ben Schacht, graduate student @ DePaul and CACHE (Coalition Against Corporate Higher Ed) member
- David Skattebo undergraduate with $56,000 debt and CACHE member
The Occupy Wall Street movement traces its origin to a call to action in the Vancouver-based magazine Adbusters.
Hey you redeemers, rebels and radicals out there,
Against the backdrop of a global uprising that is simmering in dozens of countries and thousands of cities and towns, the G8 and NATO will hold a rare simultaneous summit in Chicago this May. The world’s military and political elites, heads of state, 7,500 officials from 80 nations, and more than 2,500 journalists will be there.
And so will we.
On May 1, 50,000 people from all over the world will flock to Chicago, set up tents, kitchens, peaceful barricades and #OCCUPYCHICAGO for a month. With a bit of luck, we’ll pull off the biggest multinational occupation of a summit meeting the world has ever seen.
And this time around we’re not going to put up with the kind of police repression that happened during the Democratic National Convention protests in Chicago, 1968 … nor will we abide by any phony restrictions the City of Chicago may want to impose on our first amendment rights. We’ll go there with our heads held high and assemble for a month-long people’s summit … we’ll march and chant and sing and shout and exercise our right to tell our elected representatives what we want … the constitution will be our guide.
And when the G8 and NATO meet behind closed doors on May 19, we’ll be ready with our demands: a Robin Hood Tax … a ban on high frequency ‘flash’ trading … a binding climate change accord … a three strikes and you’re out law for corporate criminals … an all out initiative for a nuclear-free Middle East … whatever we decide in our general assemblies and in our global internet brainstorm – we the people will set the agenda for the next few years and demand our leaders carry it out.
And if they don’t listen … if they ignore us and put our demands on the back burner like they’ve done so many times before … then, with Gandhian ferocity, we’ll flashmob the streets, shut down stock exchanges, campuses, corporate headquarters and cities across the globe … we’ll make the price of doing business as usual too much to bear.
Jammers, pack your tents, muster up your courage and prepare for a big bang in Chicago this Spring. If we don’t stand up now and fight now for a different kind of future we may not have much of a future … so let’s live without dead time for a month in May and see what happens …
for the wild,
Culture Jammers HQ
Occupy Chicago has a new home! Open House tomorrow for volunteers. Congrats!
Rally speakers emphasize similarities between civil rights leader’s message then and protest movement today
Religious and civil rights leaders joined forces Sunday with the Occupy Chicago movement, urging those fighting for economic and political equality to remember the passion and purpose with which the Rev.Martin Luther King Jr. helped change the country.
King’s message and “solutions for a community and a nation in crisis are as relevant today as when he uttered them some 40-plus years ago,” said the Rev. Dwight Gardner, the keynote speaker Sunday afternoon at a rally and public meeting at The Peoples Church of Chicago in the Uptown neighborhood.
The event — dubbed Occupy the Dream and organized by several religious and social organizations — drew people from throughout northeast Illinois and northwest Indiana. The crowd filled the auditorium’s three seating levels and cheered as various speakers discussed King’s legacy and praised the Occupy movement and others pushing for large-scale societal change.
Although King is remembered for his leadership of the American civil rights movement, he would undoubtedly support the Occupy movement and other people trying to effect social change, said Joyce Haskell, who attended the event with other members of Jubilee Faith Community Church in Country Club Hills.
“He would want justice for everyone,” Haskell, 57, said as she waited to board a bus back to her church after the rally. “Now, it’s not even black rights anymore. It’s American rights. The rich should not be taking over America.”
Monday, January 16
10am-3pm-Occupy Our Homes Launches City-Wide Effort To Reach Out To Homeowners Facing Foreclosure For Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Location for Meeting points/Training Sessions:
WEST SIDE: 10:00 a.m: 2655 N. Melvina Avenue (a home under foreclosure).
SOUTH SIDE: 10:00 a.m: Sankofa Fight Back Center For Human Rights, 1401 E. 75th Street.
NORTH SIDE: 11:00 a.m: Rogers Park Community House, 7463 N. Ridge Blvd. A coalition of Chicago community groups begin a city-wide canvassing effort targeting homeowners facing foreclosure and the neighborhoods affected.
Occupy the Dream Action
Location: Jackson/LaSalle in front of the Federal Reserve
Join the Metropolitan Chicago area African-American Faith Community and Trinity UCC to protest fraudulent foreclosures and astronomical student debt. Bus transportation provided at Trinity UCC, 400 W. 95th St (boarding at 1:30pm, departing at 2pm)
Liberate the Southside: Re-occupation of a vacant home
Location: TBA at 3pm Rally.
Following the action at Jackson and LaSalle, we will go directly into the communities hit hardest by the foreclosure crisis and reclaim a boarded up home to give it to a family in need.