“We demand an end to the economic system based on exploitation, subjugation, alienation, & domination. Capitalism. To be more precise; an end to the corporate state nexus because the market has never been free; it is subsidized and manipulated by the instruments of the state.”
-A person choosing to remain anonymous as part of #OccupyChicago
#OccupyChicago enters day 4 emulating the thousands in NYC protesting a ‘failed’ economic system as part of the movement #OccupyWallStreet. #OccupyChicago started on Friday September, 23 with some 50 protesters taking a stand outside the Federal Reserve, adjacent to the Chicago Board of Trade on Jackson and Van Buren in Downtown Chicago. By nightfall some 7 people made the decision to camp outside, in solidarity with #OccupyWallStreet and the masses worldwide rising up to reclaim an oft distorted word, democracy.
#OccupyChicago purposely resists party-politics and ideology. It emphatically rejects a concept of leadership. Although some individuals insist “proper revolutionary leadership” is essential if the movement is to succeed, the dynamic of this culture has united under the mantra of “fighting against corporate abuse of democracy in solidarity with our brothers and sisters around the world.”
Even as the NYPD brutalized peaceful dissent on the streets of New York- unequivocally proven by dozens of viral YouTube videos and first-hand testimonies- resulting in some 80 arrests #OccupyWallStreet seems undismayed, calling Sunday a day of healing, discussion and preparation. It is now entering its 11th day with many more #occupy movements spreading nation-wide: #OccupyLA, #OccupyFlorida, #OccupyMinneapolis, #OccupyDenver, #OccupyDC among many others which you can keep track of at Occupy Together. There is strength in numbers but as we have seen in New York City thousands of relentless occupiers have incited those who protect & serve to live up to their institutional duty of protecting the interests of the opulent minority from the rising tide of a majority thirsty for inclusion.
Opening the floodgates of #occupation was the Arab Spring, thereafter spreading to Spain, Israel, Chile, and now-finally-the impetus of anger and frustration has spilled out to these American streets. Yet a movement cannot consolidate on anger alone- the creative solutions for this social project we aspire to- government by the people- can only be fed by the presence, conversations, and solutions proposed by a popular culture of resistance which today reject the ‘corporate-state nexus’ in favor of participation in social and economic policy.
#OccupyChicago is acquiring more of a structure with General Assemblies planned for 10am 3pm and 10pm with “culture and recreation” taking place at Millenium Park at 7pm. Today’s 3PM General Assembly discussed the growing relevance and importance of committees based on talent, passion, and interest. If you would like to organize in the Media committee-I would, let’s talk- you should hit us up here at First Voice. My e-mail is email@example.com and I would love to hear from you.