The Statue of Libery proclaims
“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
We, the people of the United States, are choking on the unemployment rates, stuffed in racist, classist landfills, wandering the streets looking for a future.
We are the huddled masses.
We are the wretched refuse; we are cast ashore by unemployment; we are homeless because of debt; the tempests of corporation and government have tossed us to be dashed on the rocks.
There is no golden door for us.
There is no future for us in the current state of this country.
We only have our voices, our bodies, and each other. Instead of complaining in private, take your conversations, your ideas, and your heartbreak to the streets. Join us in Chicago as we take back the city and the future for our own dreams and goals.
Join us Friday, September 23 starting at 9 am at the Willis (formerly Sears) Tower. For more information, see occupychi.org Follow us on twitter #occupychi
Supporters of Adbusters.org and Anonymous are raging against New York City’s Wall Street with increasing success. From occupywallstreet.org, the requirements, the people’s demands, our requirements for our society are breaking the chains that shackle us. We have only one demand: an ultimatum for a better life.
· “On September 21st, 2011, Troy Davis, an innocent man, was murdered by the state of Georgia. Troy Davis was one of the 99 percent. Ending capital punishment is our one demand.
· On September 21st, 2011, the richest 400 Americans owned more wealth than half of the country’s population. Ending wealth inequality is our one demand.
· On September 21st, 2011, four of our [NYC] members were arrested on baseless charges. Ending police intimidation is our one demand.
· On September 21st, 2011, we determined that Yahoo lied about occupywallst.org being in spam filters. Ending corporate censorship is our one demand.
· On September 21st, 2011, roughly eighty percent of Americans thought the country was on the wrong track. Ending the modern gilded age is our one demand.
· On September 21st, 2011, roughly 15% of Americans approved of the job Congress was doing. Ending political corruption is our one demand.
· On September 21st, 2011, roughly one sixth of Americans did not have work. Ending joblessness is our one demand.
· On September 21st, 2011, roughly one sixth of America lived in poverty. Ending poverty is our one demand.
· On September 21st, 2011, roughly fifty million Americans were without health insurance. Ending health-profiteering is our one demand.
· On September 21st, 2011, America had military bases in around one hundred and thirty out of one hundred and sixty-five countries. Ending American imperialism is our one demand.
· On September 21st, 2011, America was at war with the world. Ending war is our one demand.
On September 21st, 2011, we stood in solidarity with Madrid, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Madison, Toronto, London, Athens, Sydney, Stuttgart, Tokyo, Milan, Amsterdam, Algiers, Tel Aviv, Portland and Chicago. Soon we will stand with Phoenix, Montreal, Cleveland and Atlanta.
We’re still here. We are growing. We intend to stay until we see movements toward real change in our country and the world.
You have fought all the wars. You have worked for all the bosses. You have wandered over all the countries. Have you harvested the fruits of your labors, the price of your victories? Does the past comfort you? Does the present smile on you? Does the future promise you anything? Have you found a piece of land where you can live like a human being and die like a human being? Join us.”
On September 23, join us as we stand in solidarity with the other 99 percent of the oppressed. Join us as we Occupy Chicago. Stand together Friday, September 23 starting at 9 am at the Willis (formerly Sears) Tower. For more information, see OccupyChi.org. Follow on Twitter @occupyChicago #occupyChi
For more information on Occupy Wall Street, see OccupyWallStreet.org or follow on Twitter #OccupyWallStreet and @OccupyWallStreetNYC
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