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Update from Occupy Chicago.

Just got back from Occupy Chicago. Couple hundred people in front of the Chicago Fed. Cars driving by were constantly beeping and waving as they drove by. Many different groups there. Saw some Ron Paul folks, Vets against the wars, Obama supporters, some folks handing out a newspaper with a Karl Marx quote on front. I politely declined :) The focus was on greed and corruption. We need more Paul supporters and educational materials. On a very positive note, the police were very kind and even asked my eight year old son if he was going to lead the protest one day. The officers stopped traffic for our march and I heard from one of the Ron Paul guys that the police understand what is going on and most support the movement. Construction workers on a building the march passed, stopped and cheered. The police also appreciated the fact that this movement seems to be policing itself, meaning trouble-makers are being confronted by activists before police need to step in.
*Here is something troubling, on the ride home a news story came on the radio about the march. They reported the march was a protest for more "jobs" and was in support of Obama's federal jobs program. This is a lie. I was in the march and it was focused on corporate greed. Obama's federal jobs program was NEVER mentioned. The corporate media IS trying to label this movement for obvious reasons. So far Chicago is going well and growing. PLEASE get to your local events. This is critical.

Ron Paul on Occupy Wall Street:
“But I think that the majority of them think government is the problem and taxes are too high and they know that the Federal Reserve plays a role in this, which, of course, is something I agree with.”

Went down by the protests as well today

I'm not much of a protest person and I was on my way home from work so I didn't bring any signs or join in the march, but I just kind of hung out and observed and enjoyed what I saw was happening.

I would guess there are more progressives than libertarians in the crowd, but there were definitely both there, at least in the time I was there.

What I most enjoyed about being there more than seeing the people protesting, was the reaction of the people to the protesters. Lots of folks walking by, and lots of people honked their cars or buses or trucks as they passed by, some tourists took pictures from the frequent double decker buses that pass by (Sears Tower is just down the street), but even the ones who didn't honk or smile were forced to give the protesters attention and think about them whether it was thoughts of agreement or disagreement with them.

Because unlike the NYC protests where it's like a sort of a commune in a park I guess with a lot of people talking and hanging out, the Chicago occupation has the public constantly going right through it in terms of the public sidewalks and the streets of the T intersection where the epic LaSalle St. canyon (The last Transformers movie filmed here) meets Jackson Boulevard.

And about that intersection, it really is quite epic if you stop and think about it.

On one side of LaSalle St. you have the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and most protesters were across the street as if chanting at the Fed.

On the other side of LaSalle St. directly facing the Federal Reserve you have the Continental Illinois Bank Building. Until WaMu collapsed, Continental Illinois was the largest bank failure in American history.

And along JACKSON Boulevard you have the glorious Chicago Board of Trade building with her shining Ceres statue crowning the Art Deco skyscraper. While I'm sure the Ceres statue was chosen because she is the goddess of agriculture, the interesting thing about that goddess is that she was also the Roman goddess who protected the laws.

But anyway, OccupyChi may not be much now, but I wouldn't be surprised if folks are at it for quite a while, and even if they are quieter during the winner, I don't see this dying out if for no other reason than Chicago is playing host to G8 and NATO summits next year.

p.s. For Ron Paul folks who don't know this, the Illinois primary allows anyone to choose whatever party's ballot they want on the day of voting. They don't need to register with either party ahead of time.

reedr3v's picture

It is the people against the mainstream media

as lackeys of the fiat money source.

Thanks for your great, encouraging reports.

Let them spread their lies

because no one is falling for that crap now.

and Armyfree I am proud of you to Thank you. I remember seeing you posting the other day when we were arguing against some guy name markx or something about these marches.


I think people have known this for a long time and are getting better at gathering enough information to know when they are being told what to think.

"it's hard to be free, but when it works it sure is worth it." ~Janis Joplin

I'm proud of you Armyfree

Seems we need a bunch of signs to put in the camera?

MONEY AS DEBT with a red cross out
Obama Jobs = Slavery

Thank you for supporting Ron Paul.

Debbie's picture

Thanks very much for this report! I believe you said you were

heading for NY next - we will look forward to hearing more from you!


+1 for a Report with In'Sight.

Carry RP's Message - of Liberty, Freedom & Peace.
INitiate, move IN the masses.
To in'spire, be in'volved, get in'sight, gain in'fluence.

What a delightful trend!

A few seem to have gone and left feeling shut out, they were not allowed to co-opt the movement as they had hoped. Nor will y ou infiltrate it, so scratch that plan, too. Fact is, you don't really get to join it, either. You realize you are part of the 99%, or you know you are part of the 1%, or you are not quite to this new awareness yet. There is no special exemption percent. This is not a movement, it is an occupation. Are you an occupant of this earth? If so, you are either part of the 1% or the 99%. There is not even an "undecided" category, you just may have a case of "denial" going on.
It is still early, but this looks like a "100th monkey" situation to me, and to a lot of people who ACTUALLY GO TO AN EVENT.
THANK YOU FOR GOING! Thanks for sharing your experience, thanks for encouraging other DPers to jump in.

This is the article that got my posting privileges revoked:


Yes the 100th monkey. Exactly, where the heck have you been?

"Its easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled."
Mark Twain

Guys I keep seeing

you say stuff about 100th monkey....am I walking into an inside joke or something asking what this is?

reedr3v's picture

Parable of spontaneous learning once a

new behavior/idea is spread through a critical mass of a population.

You got it.

I heard a guy come up to a fella holding a sign, he asked "who is in charge?" The guy holding the sign smiled and said "no one".

Ron Paul on Occupy Wall Street:
“But I think that the majority of them think government is the problem and taxes are too high and they know that the Federal Reserve plays a role in this, which, of course, is something I agree with.”

I had a weird moment

I made a lot of noise in the GOP last election... but I have settled into my chicken ranchin' and try to get folks into aquaponics now. I found out about the march less than 24 hours before it happened. At the Capitol, there was only one guy in full "Anonymous" attire, and I mean he had himself covered. He walked up to me and said "I recognize you, you helped organize this, didn't you?"
I just laughed and said "No." But I so wanted to add "You must recognize me from my 'Ron Paul revolution' dossier photos... lol!

This is the article that got my posting privileges revoked:

Very inspiring!

Nice job.

That's the spirit

Thanks brother.