Remember that November 5th is the official “Move Your Money” day. We here at Anti-Stasis have already taken steps to bank at local institutions, no matter how inconvenient that may end up being.
This just in. The good folks at the Prop Thtr are hosting a two-day benefit for the Occupy Chicago Legal Defense Fund. This is at least partly in support of Occupy Chi’s attempts to secure a permanent home, as Rahm Emanuel and the CPD continue their own attempts to bash and diffuse the movement.
This may be one of the most important and informative articles of the last few years to detail why we are where we are now. Simon Johnson, former chief economist for the IMF, describes how America’s reaction to the 2008 financial crisis is virtually indistinguishable from those he witnessed firsthand in corrupt “emerging market” oligarchies faced with similar crises:
Of course it’s supposed to be a ha-ha gotcha moment, or a confrontational fuck you to protesters, but this little number effectively sums up why people are taking to the streets to oppose the stinky, nefarious elitism of Wall Street.
In another let them eat cake moment the Chicago Board of Trade dumped employment applications on Occupy Chicago protesters. Ostensibly telling them to get a job.
Employment applications for McDonalds, that is. Little does the Chicago Board of Trade know, they’ve done a terrific job of summarizing—and symbolizing—exactly what’s wrong with the current system. Thanks for the perfect symbolism, guys.
Shot some footage at the Occupy Chicago rally 10/27/11, on assignment from Mad As Hell in America. Some really great people, united in a cause. I wish you and I could meet them all. There was a little bit of rain, which hindered the shoot for a while, but it enabled me to set down the camera and join the march to Grant Park, where Jesse LaGreca showed up afterward to give a rousing speech. Later, we were informed that somebody’s dog (previously or now named Solo) had been abandoned after his owner was arrested by the CPD. People carried that dog around, one pair of arms to another. I hope that dog found a place to keep warm last night. I’m sure he did.
I will return to this.