Here’s where we will be at from Occupy Chi:
MONDAY, JANUARY 16
Occupy the Dream Action
Location: Jackson/LaSalle in front of the Federal Reserve
Join the Metropolitan Chicago area African-American Faith Community and Trinity UCC to protest fraudulent foreclosures and astronomical student debt. Bus transportation provided at Trinity UCC, 400 W. 95th St (boarding at 1:30pm, departing at 2pm)
Liberate the Southside: Re-occupation of a vacant home
Location: TBA at 3pm Rally.
Following the action at Jackson and LaSalle, we will go directly into the communities hit hardest by the foreclosure crisis and reclaim a boarded up home to give it to a family in need.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 17
Defend our right to dissent: Jan 17 Chicago City Council Hearings
Location: Chicago City Hall, LaSalle & Washington
Chicago City Council committees are meeting to consider proposed ordinance changes that will crush basic constitutional freedoms, from free speech to the right to assemble and protest. While the immediate target is NATO/G8 organizing, the changes will be permanent — and gut public expression that ranges from union pickets to Occupy Chicago protests. Send a message to aldermen that Chicagoans oppose Mayor Emanuel’s assault on basic freedoms. Attend the City Council hearings on 1/17, and spread the word!
Chicago SDS is circulating this SDS national statement:
July 7, 2011
Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) is calling on SDS members, students, and youth to travel to Washington D.C. on July 28-31st to participate in the conference and march to Save Our Schools organized and endorsed by a diverse & growing group of organizations (www.saveourschoolsmarch.org).
Why We Are Marching
Students for a Democratic Society has been fighting back against cuts to education for years, leading struggles on campuses across the country. We believe education is a right, not a privilege. We believe that students should not have to suffer fee and tuition hikes so that top administrators can maintain their six-figure salaries. We believe faculty and campus workers should not be subject to mandatory furloughs to maintain wasteful and unbalanced budgets. We believe that ethnic, women’s and LGBTQ programs are NOT expendable. We say, “chop from the top!”, that cuts should be made to top administrators with bloated salaries. We want student, worker, and faculty control over the university; the Board of Regents should not be in control of our futures and lives. We will not stand by and do nothing while the quality of and access to education is diminished, while our schools are privatized, and while K-12 public schools face similar attacks.
SDS Presence at the Conference and March
SDS will be leading TWO workshops at the conference in the morning of Friday, July 29th : 1.) “The Attacks on Anti War Activists and New McCarthyism”
10:30am-11:30am and Workshop 2: “Unification of Students, Workers, and National Movements” 11:30am-12:30pm. Please join us for these workshops at the American University in Washington, D.C. – rooms TBD. We will also have an SDS speaker at the march on Saturday, speaking on behalf and to the position of national SDS.
If you are looking for a ride with a SDS chapter in your area, or if you have space in your car, leave a comment on this article and let folks know, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about how to meet up with SDSers in D.C. See you in the streets!
The Chicago Committee Against Political Repression held a press conference and protest outside of the Dirksen Federal Building on May 25. Members of Chicago SDS were there, as well:
For more information, visit: http://www.stopfbi.net/2011/5/19/fbi-and-la-county-sheriff-raid-veteran-chicano-activist-carlos-montes