On October 15, 2011, thousands marched from Jackson and LaSalle, to Congress Plaza, and attempted to establish an encampment, in solidarity with the larger Occupy movement. The City of Chicago responded by forcibly evicting Occupy Chicago from the park. Over the course of two weeks, the Chicago Police arrested 305 peaceful demonstrators. Members of Occupy Rogers Park, Occupy el Barrio, and Occupy Chicago will mark this important anniversary by holding a march on October 15th. The march will begin at Jackson and LaSalle, at 6pm, and will be followed by a rally, and an action, at Congress Plaza.
As we remember the repression Occupiers faced during the tent city evictions, and celebrate our recent court victory, we must remain mindful of the eviction and foreclosure crisis that is continuing to displace our neighbors, and damage the stability of our communities. Last year, Occupiers across the country locked arms, and resisted the destruction of the communities they had built together. This year, we will lock arms to resist the destruction of the communities we all Occupy. We will fight for the homes of our neighbors, and we will reclaim homes to help restore our damaged communities. Our efforts will not be singular or isolated.
This will be a year of resistance.
On O15, we will highlight the work that Occupiers, and other allied groups, are already doing to support those who are bravely Occupying foreclosed homes, and resisting eviction. We will also discuss how members of Occupy Chicago, and the neighborhood Occupations, can become more engaged in this struggle.
Sunday, October 7 is the 11th anniversary of the war on Afghanistan. UNAC has called for actions throughout the country around the weekend of October 5 – 7 to protest our continued war on Afghanistan and the threats of war directed at Iran and Syria (Please see the entire list of actions below–also available at www.October7Actions.net.)
We also want use this anniversary to protest the war at home. The U.S. has spent an estimated 4 trillion dollars on the wars abroad, which instead could have been used for education, healthcare, housing, and other human needs. The increased national security atmosphere caused by the wars has meant ever increasing, racist attacks on Muslims, immigrants and communities of color.
Add your actions planned for October 5th – 7th to the list by emailing information to UNACpeace@gmail.com or going to www.October7Actions.net. Or join an action in your area.
Click here to download the UNAC call for action on the weekend of Oct. 5-7, the anniversary of the war on Afghanistan
United National Anti-War Coalition (UNAC) delegation at anti-NATO march in Chicago May 20, 2012.
Lisbon Avenue & North Avenue, Milwaukee
– WE DEMAND JUSTICE for DEREK WILLIAMS – FEDERAL INVESTIGATIONS of MPD and the COVER-UP – CHIEF FLYNN MUST GO! LISBON & NORTH AVE
Sponsored by various community organizations.
2 p.m. protest at Milwaukee Police District 5, Dr. Martin Luther King Drive & Locust, Milwaukee
– JUSTICE FOR DEREK WILLIAMS AND COUNTLESS OTHERS
– THE ARREST OF VIOLATING OFFICERS AND THOSE INVOLVED IN COVER
– CALL FOR FEDERAL INVESTIGATION
‘Black & Brown’ unity march Nov. 12, 2011 in Milwaukee.
From a Sept. 27 email from the Walmart Warehouse Workers Organizing Committee:
We are warehouse workers from Elwood, Illinois where we move goods to the rest of the country for the nation’s largest retailer, Walmart. We are asking for your support in our fight for better jobs.
As it is now, we never know how long our shifts will be or even if we have a job at all. When we do get work, we often have wages stolen and can be fired for any reason, at any time. Many of us have been injured by broken equipment and heavy boxes, have become ill from harmful dust, and management often harasses and discriminates against women. With our livelihoods at stake, we cannot afford the fear of retaliation when reporting these grievances.
While working for poverty wages with no benefits, we could no longer take it. A group of us approached management with a list of our concerns including retaliation towards a co-worker who is suing over stolen wages. In response, management in the Walmart warehouse drove a forklift into our group forcing us to scatter or be hit, and then they threatened us and fired our leaders. That’s when we walked off the job in protest of these unfair labor practices.
Our work is invisible, and so are the horrible conditions we work under, but we need your help to expose what is happening at the Walmart warehouse and keep up our strike. We are growing and together we can put a stop to the abuse in Walmart’s distribution centers.
Please support our fight by contributing to our strike fund and signing our petition.
Warehouse Workers Organizing Committee
Walmart warehouse workers and supporters.
Milwaukee Matters, a grass-roots group, will convene a community meeting and screen the squad car video of Derek Williams’ death and police efforts to revive him at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Milwaukee Brotherhood of Firefighters Hall, 7717 W. Good Hope Road.
At Occupy The Hood and Occupy Milwaukee rally Oct. 29, 2011.
Protesters shout slogans during a demonstration outside Madrid’s Parliament, September 26, 2012. (Reuters/Sergio Perez) .