On the front lines with Occupy Chicago

It is an occupation, and occupations are often not pretty. No one criticized frontline soldiers for being dirty. Even if that was true, and in 3 weeks covering the movement daily I can attest that it is not, these are soldiers in a peace-war to take back control of the nation from those who have leveraged and sold it out. 

 This is the people’s occupation against the actual redistribution of wealth that has already taken place in this country. If you believe the propaganda about those occupying spaces around the nation and world, ask yourself if you and the people you know are struggling more today in relation to the historic and unprecedented accumulation of wealth by a small number of corporatists and economic looters.

That 1% has been redistributing the wealth for three decades now. Only when the American people assert their right to reclaim what was stolen do they call that redistribution. By that perverse logic, a parking ticket, a license, a levied fine is redistribution. Right wing radio in Chicago claims daily the movement is fading. Today, holding their daily congress, I found the backbone of the effort, those stalwart and intransigent souls who hold the ground as their transient colleagues come and go, were in this for the long haul.

A Vietnam Veteran speaks before the Occupy Chicago citizen's congress, an open forum to organize, focus and strategizeAbout 200 attended Friday's OccupationAn organizer addresses fellow patriots. Occupy Chicago has been a non-violent protest despite acts of intimidation and efforts by authorities to disrupt and undermine the movement.

 

Protesters are in this for the long haul

 

 

 

About 900poundgorilla

W.C. Turck is a Chicago playwright and the author of four widely acclaimed books.His latest is "The Last Man," a prophetic novel of a world ruled by a single corporation. His first novel, "Broken: One Soldier's Unexpected Journey Home," was reccommended by the National Association of Mental Health Institutes. His 2009 Memoir, "Everything for Love" chronicled the genocide in Bosnia and the siege of Sarajevo. His third book "Burn Down the Sky" is published exclusively on Amazon Kindle. It was in Sarajevo at the height of the siege where he met and married his wife, writer and Artist Ana Turck. FOX NEWS, ABC, CBS News, the Chicago Tribune and The Joliet Herald covered their reunion after the war. He helped organized relief into Rwanda during the 1994 genocide. Turck has been a guest on WMAQ-TV, WLS in Chicago, WCPT, WBBM radio, National Public Radio, Best Of the Left and the Thom Hartmann show. He has spoken frequently on Human Rights, Genocide and Nationalism. In 2011, his play in support of the Occupy Movement, "Occupy My Heart-a revolutionary Christmas Carol" recieved national media attention and filled theaters to capacity across Chicago. He remains an activist to the cause of human rights and international peace. View all posts by 900poundgorilla

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