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Occupy Chicago to Join Unions Monday | NBC Chicago ›

Anti-Wall Street protesters in Chicago will march with labor unions demanding jobs for the masses.

Occupy Chicago will rally with several unions participating in one of five Take Back Chicago marches scheduled for Monday afternoon, according to an Occupy Chicago press release.

The demonstrators plan to gather outside the Federal Plaza on Adams and Dearborn demanding a solution to the unemployment crisis, according to a release.

More than 7,000 people are expected to join in the protests focused on housing, education and job creation, according to Take Back Chicago.

Occupy Chicago and the Chicago Federation of Labor say they want to get the attention of the Mortgage Banker’s Association Annual Convention and Expo and the Futures and Options Expo, both taking place in Chicago this week.

There is a really important distinction between who is joining whom. This is something I think has been lacking, and I’ve seen it first hand in talking about “outreach” in Occupy New Haven. The idea is often that some group starts doing some work (or thinks they’re the ones who started it, as is the case at least with Occupy New Haven), and then is told they aren’t diverse enough, so they step back and decide to “include” other people. But the original group remains central, and other people are supposed to feel blessed by being included.

Anyway, I’m glad to see that an “occupation” (can’t really use that word comfortably on already occupied land) is instead asking to be included in work already being done, and, at least it seems, asking how they can support that work, instead of telling other people why they should join or care about their “occupation.” That mentality needs to be happening here.

Wisconsin Democrats attempt coup-by-recall


  • yes Wisconsin Democrats have filed papers to recall several GOP State Senators, hoping to flip control of the chamber to the Democrats and block Governor Walker’s union-busting bill
  • eight Republicans in Wisconsin’s upper chamber are now at risk of losing their jobs (Wisconsin law states that officials must serve for a year before being eligible for a recall) source

» This just in: The Democratic Party has grown a spine. At least the Wisconsin Democratic Party, that is: They’re supporting a grassroots effort to recall eight (!) GOP State Senators. If at least three of them are recalled and replaced by Democrats, control of the State Senate will flip, and Scott Walker won’t have the votes for his anti-union bill. The gambit might work, too, as several of the Republicans in question won election by very narrow margins, and would by no means be guaranteed survival in a recall. Union powerhouse SEIU has thrown their weight behind the effort, and we wouldn’t be surprised if the AFL-CIO does, too. This already-big story is getting huge.

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I Hate This Mess: Media largely ignores massive Wisconsin protests on Saturday ›

Yesterday approximately 70,000 to 100,000 people attended a protest at Wisconsin’s Capitol Square in opposition to Governor Scott Walker’s (R) Budget Repair Bill despite.  The crowd woud be impressive on any day, but was even more so yesterday given the weather conditions which included snow and temperatures well below freezing.  Despite these facts, the national media largely ignored the protests yesterday.  The websites of Fox News, CNN, and even MSNBC decided to focus on other issues for the entire day.  The cable news networks barely mentioned the Wisconsin protests yesterday on television, choosing instead to run with recorded programs and other stories.

The Wisconsin protests have now been sustained for over two weeks, much longer than any single protests against “Obamacare’ or “the bailouts” over the last two years.  The Wisconsin protests are also larger than anything the Tea Party has been able to produce.  The large crowds in Wisconsin are even more impressive considering the fact that the protests deal with only a state issue, whereas Tea Party rallies often dealt with national issues.  Tea Party rallies with just a few thousand attendees frequently received national coverage.  Political pundits spoke of the Tea Party as a movement sweeping over the nation.  Fox News went as far as to promote some of the Tea Party rallies.  Politicians, both Democratic and Republican, were constantly asked about the power of the Tea Party.  On February 19th a crowd of about 2,000 to 5,000 Tea Party protesters went to Madison, Wisconsin as a “counter protest” to the anti-Walker protests.  By all accounts the anti-Walker crowd at that rally greatly outnumbered the Tea Party crowd, yet again the national media chose to emphasize the smaller Tea Party protest.


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Wisconsin protesters blocking the stairs to the State Senate

In Wisconsin today, more school districts are closed because teachers and students are out protesting their union-busting governor. The Senate Democrats who fled the state rather than give Republicans a quorum to vote on Gov. Scott Walker’s “budget repair bill” are still gone. And people keep posting tiny clips like the one above, amazed by the display of unified, peaceful outrage.

times when i actually feel patriotic

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Overnight at Capitol. Sign says “Stay in Capitol.”. If you know anyone who lives in WI tell them to go to Madison to register at the Capitol to give testimony against the bill. As long as that is going on we can keep the capitol occupied. Supporters for Walker and Tea Party People are being bussed in tomorrow. We need everyone who cares about unions to be at the Capitol at noon tomorrow. Keep the momentum going!!! Don’t give up! I have a couch you can crash at if you aren’t allergic to cats. 5 days straight of protesting. 10,000 + people every day. Don’t stop until they shut down the bill. Keep going! Keep fighting!

Y’all are amazing.

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