The Occupy Chicago protesters have taken their protests to city hall: Chicago City Hall. The protesters have become frustrated with the recent arrests by Chicago Police. The protesters are taking their frustrations out on Mayor Rahm Emanuel, as they demanded to speak to the mayor, chanting, “We want Rahm now.”
Frustrated over the arrests earlier this month of more than 300 people who were trying to spend the night in Grant Park, Occupy Chicago members marched to City Hall on Wednesday and delivered a petition to Mayor Rahm Emanuel demanding that protesters be allowed to camp at the park.
About 150 protesters representing Occupy Chicago and the Coalition Against NATO/G8 War & Poverty Agenda marched along LaSalle Street and gathered in front of the mayor’s fifth-floor office at City Hall, where they demanded a meeting with Emanuel with chants of “We want Rahm now!”
The mayor did not meet with the protesters, but a mayoral aide spoke to them. A petition was presented to the aide with over 12,000 signatures and protesters also want permits for the upcoming G8 and NATO summits in the late spring of 2012.
“Occupy City Hall” resumed at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday to demand charges be dropped and city permits be allowed for protesters to occupy a permanent city location without arrests. They submitted a petition with 12,533 signatures from people in Chicago and around the world, said Micah Philbrook, a press liaison for the Chicago movement.
Protesters also want Emanuel and Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy to acknowledge their request for permits to demonstrate “within sight and sound” of the G8 and NATO summits in May 2012 in Chicago.
What the protesters ultimately want is a permanent home base and they are negotiating with City’s Corporation Counsel. Meetings discussing the matter are expected to take place on on Thursday.
CHICAGO–(ENEWSPF)–October 26, 2011. Occupy Chicago announced today that their legal representatives, the National Lawyer’s Guild (NLG), will be meeting with the City’s Corporation Counsel this Thursday to discuss a permanent, round-the-clock location for the Occupation’s home base.
“Last Friday, our General Assembly voted to empower our legal representatives, the National Lawyer’s Guild (NLG), to meet with City authorities, says Cathy “Sugar” Russell from Occupy Chicago. “We have seen comments from City Hall in the press, claiming we refuse to work with them. This is not true. Last week, we invited the Mayor and his staff to attend our General Assembly, and they declined. We are dedicated to open discourse, and securing a permanent home for our movement.”
When asked why a 24/7 location for the Occupation is needed, organizers said, “This movement is about building community, and for that to happen, we need a home. We’re creating a forum for discussion, where grievances can be aired, engaging in the kind of constructive debate that no longer takes place in politics, or in the media. We are beginning a conversation about how to put power back in the hands of ordinary people, taking it away from corrupt politicians and corporations. Together, we will create a new system, built on social and economic equality.”
Despite the arrests, the protests in Chicago have been non-violent.
John is the author of an award-winning book, the 2010 Winner of the USA National Best Book award for African-American studies, published by The Elevator Group Mr. and Mrs. Grassroots: How Barack Obama, Two Bookstore Owners, and 300 Volunteers did it. Also available an eBook on Amazon. John is also a member of the Society of Midland Authors and is a book reviewer of political books for the New York Journal of Books