Aaron Cynic writes at Chicagoist:
They may be leaderless, but the lack of a central authority figure does not make those participating in Occupy Chicago goalless. On Friday, a small group of spirited individuals took to the streets to demonstrate, educate and occupy the space in front of the federal reserve, in solidarity with similar actions happening on Wall Street in New York City.
Since Sept. 17, activists have occupied the street, demanding some pretty big changes. As of today, occupy movements have sprung up in dozens of cities throughout the country, and though they face the rolling eyes of a public that’s seen many a movement spark and burn out, they’re not so easily dissuaded.
“I want my vote to count more than the amount of money I spend. For my fellow citizens and I, I want our opinions to matter more than a giant conglomerate.” They may seem lofty and idealistic, but the words from South Side resident Justin reflect a growing sentiment across America that the democratic process has become so entangled with big
business, the needs of the average American have fallen well past the wayside.
Walking with about a dozen demonstrators through the Loop Saturday, we passed plenty of curious onlookers. While the majority of passersby may have only given a fleeting thought to the signs and shouts of Occupy Chicago, more than a few onlookers waved and smiled in support. I saw more than sympathy in the eyes of those that stopped to talk with those camped in front of the Federal Reserve. I saw empathy.
I saw the same frustration building behind the eyes of people who also didn’t have an exact outlet for their frustration. Charlie, from Chicago’s western suburbs found that in front of the Federal Reserve.
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