“We Belong Here” – A Day With Occupy Chicago

Occupy ChicagoAaron 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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  • Rob

    I’m very thankful of all the reporting your giving this uprising.

    • Redacted

      Indeed. Although uprising is a bit misleading. The typical American weighs over 900 pounds and considers getting out of bed to be strenuous exercise.

      Actually, maybe this is an uprising.

  • Rob

    I’m very thankful of all the reporting your giving this uprising.

  • Anonymous

    Indeed. Although uprising is a bit misleading. The typical American weighs over 900 pounds and considers getting out of bed to be strenuous exercise.

    Actually, maybe this is an uprising.

  • Hadrian999

    i feel sorry for anyone that belongs in chicago

  • Hadrian999

    i feel sorry for anyone that belongs in chicago

  • Atlet

    Sorry but it’s not leaderless. That’s a romantic image that plays into our Hollywood dreams of the little guy spontaneously rising up in a widening upheaval. “#OccupyX” is just a SEIU mobile marketing/PR initiative. (One that’s been very successful, though – SEIU’s PR firm will probably win a Silver Anvil from the PRSA for this.) Not to say one should disagree or agree based on that, just observing reality. 

    (Pro Tip – leaderless, spontaneous uprisings don’t feature professionally printed signs.)

  • Atlet

    Sorry but it’s not leaderless. That’s a romantic image that plays into our Hollywood dreams of the little guy spontaneously rising up in a widening upheaval. “#OccupyX” is just a SEIU mobile marketing/PR initiative. (One that’s been very successful, though – SEIU’s PR firm will probably win a Silver Anvil from the PRSA for this.) Not to say one should disagree or agree based on that, just observing reality. 

    (Pro Tip – leaderless, spontaneous uprisings don’t feature professionally printed signs.)

    • Anarchy Pony

      “(Pro Tip – leaderless, spontaneous uprisings don’t feature professionally printed signs.)”
      They also feature beheadings, which at this point I would consider a pro rather than con…

      • Atlet

        LOL, good point. Actually, in seriousness, the PR agency that brainstormed this idea obviously took a page from the USGov manual – I notice most of these groups are lionizing Gene Sharp as this love and doves luminary the OccupyX protesters should follow (Sharp is the CIA-linked ‘expert’ in non-violent protest whose tactics were used to train the 2000 “Serbian Youth Movement” OTPOR [since revealed to have been financed by U.S. Embassy Belgrade by the Times back in ’02] to overthrow that government).

        One would imagine a real spontaneous eruption of unrest wouldn’t be centered around the teachings of a fairly well known and obvious government-linked Active Measures expert.

        Anyway, this is all a pretty good plan. If I were head of Predictive Internal Threat Analysis at the CIA I might imagine that – in the face of  burgeoning public discontent – it would be better to support a rump protest movement so I could gently channel that restlessness toward non-violence and peace and meaningless sit-ins rather than a repeat of Red October …

        • Anarchy Pony

          Makes sense. God forbid the people do anything to actually effect real change or threaten the power of the establishment. PR has got to be one of the worst developments in human history. And if you look back on its history you’ll find that its pioneers were also hip deep in the government or major corporations.

          • Atlet

            You don’t have to look deeper than last week –

            http://adage.com/article/agency-news/fleishman-hillard-s-pr-challenge-backing-fracking/229841/

            – only the strategic ad campaign now, Ad Age reports, but possibly extending to creative PR in the future. IOW, two years from now there will be students and the unemployed being mobilized through an “experiential multi-faceted organic marketing campaign” to protest wind farms in support of fracking. Disinfo will carry stories about the mainstream media not covering this grassroots movement from young people who are fed up with the bird deaths brought about by wind farms, etc. Downtown Houston will be occupied. “Public awareness activations” will be secured through “strategic management of YouTube video seeding” etc. … all just like the SEIU OccupyX PR campaign or the Spiderman IV PR campaign, etc., etc.

          • Atlet

            A few months prior to the pro-fracking/anti-windmill campaign there’ll need to be a brainstorm session in a conference room on Madison Avenue. The campaign will need a catchy slogan that can be branded in the future as “the battlecry of a generation” along the lines of “I am the 99%” … perhaps something like “I soar like an eagle.”

          • Anarchy Pony

            Sometimes I ask myself why I keep on living. This shit is ridiculous. In a world where crap like that is acceptable, I gotta wonder…

          • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

            If this happens I quit life.

          • Anarchy Pony

            All I can think of is: Can you stop the world, I’d like to get off.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7EMEQ5WSDZMS4XFUY5BLXTT5BY mrpuma2u

      Please state your specific evidence that SEIU is “controlling” occupy chicago.  I could claim you are a paid poster from some Koch brothers subsidiary, and would have as much evidence of that as you do of SEIU control of the movement.  How many days have you gone down and talked to people that are involved with this movement?

  • Anonymous

    “(Pro Tip – leaderless, spontaneous uprisings don’t feature professionally printed signs.)”
    They also feature beheadings, which at this point I would consider a pro rather than con…

  • Atlet

    LOL, good point. Actually, in seriousness, the PR agency that brainstormed this idea obviously took a page from the USGov manual – I notice most of these groups are lionizing Gene Sharp as this love and doves luminary the OccupyX protesters should follow (Sharp is the CIA-linked ‘expert’ in non-violent protest whose tactics were used to train the 2000 “Serbian Youth Movement” OTPOR [since revealed to have been financed by U.S. Embassy Belgrade by the Times back in ’02] to overthrow that government).

    One would imagine a real spontaneous eruption of unrest wouldn’t be centered around the teachings of a fairly well known and obvious government-linked Active Measures expert.

    Anyway, this is all a pretty good plan. If I were head of Predictive Internal Threat Analysis at the CIA I might imagine that – in the face of  burgeoning public discontent – it would be better to support a rump protest movement so I could gently channel that restlessness toward non-violence and peace and meaningless sit-ins rather than a repeat of Red October …

  • Anonymous

    Makes sense. God forbid the people do anything to actually effect real change or threaten the power of the establishment. PR has got to be one of the worst developments in human history. And if you look back on its history you’ll find that its pioneers were also hip deep in the government or major corporations.

  • Atlet

    You don’t have to look deeper than last week –

    http://adage.com/article/agency-news/fleishman-hillard-s-pr-challenge-backing-fracking/229841/

    – only the strategic ad campaign now, Ad Age reports, but possibly extending to creative PR in the future. IOW, two years from now there will be students and the unemployed being mobilized through an “experiential multi-faceted organic marketing campaign” to protest wind farms in support of fracking. Disinfo will carry stories about the mainstream media not covering this grassroots movement from young people who are fed up with the bird deaths brought about by wind farms, etc. Downtown Houston will be occupied. “Public awareness activations” will be secured through “strategic management of YouTube video seeding” etc. … all just like the SEIU OccupyX PR campaign or the Spiderman IV PR campaign, etc., etc.

  • Atlet

    You don’t have to look deeper than last week –

    http://adage.com/article/agency-news/fleishman-hillard-s-pr-challenge-backing-fracking/229841/

    – only the strategic ad campaign now, Ad Age reports, but possibly extending to creative PR in the future. IOW, two years from now there will be students and the unemployed being mobilized through an “experiential multi-faceted organic marketing campaign” to protest wind farms in support of fracking. Disinfo will carry stories about the mainstream media not covering this grassroots movement from young people who are fed up with the bird deaths brought about by wind farms, etc. Downtown Houston will be occupied. “Public awareness activations” will be secured through “strategic management of YouTube video seeding” etc. … all just like the SEIU OccupyX PR campaign or the Spiderman IV PR campaign, etc., etc.

  • Atlet

    A few months prior to the pro-fracking/anti-windmill campaign there’ll need to be a brainstorm session in a conference room on Madison Avenue. The campaign will need a catchy slogan that can be branded in the future as “the battlecry of a generation” along the lines of “I am the 99%” … perhaps something like “I soar like an eagle.”

  • Anonymous

    Sometimes I ask myself why I keep on living. This shit is ridiculous. In a world where crap like that is acceptable, I gotta wonder…

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    If this happens I quit life.

  • Anonymous

    All I can think of is: Can you stop the world, I’d like to get off.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7EMEQ5WSDZMS4XFUY5BLXTT5BY mrpuma2u

    Please state your specific evidence that SEIU is “controlling” occupy chicago.  I could claim you are a paid poster from some Koch brothers subsidiary, and would have as much evidence of that as you do of SEIU control of the movement.  How many days have you gone down and talked to people that are involved with this movement?

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