A coalition of students and their supporters from New York University and The New School chant "show me what democracy looks like" as they march towards Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011 in New York. The marchers joined hundreds camped at the park in the Occupy Wall Street Protest, which started on Sept. 17 with a few dozen demonstrators who tried to pitch tents in front of the New York Stock Exchange and has since grown into a nationwide movement. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
If you’ve missed out on the Occupy Chicago rallies so far, your chance to march against the banks will come Monday, at the Take Back Chicago! March, when as many as 7,500 protestors are expected to demonstrate outside the Mortgage Bankers Association’s 98th Annual Convention & Expo, at the Hyatt Regency.
The Expo will be a big event, with sessions keynoted by Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, political whiz David Axelrod and humorist Dave Barry. The band Chicago will perform for the conventioneers on Tuesday.
The demonstrators will ask Congress to raise taxes on the financial services industry.
“We must target additional revenue for investment in public services and critical infrastructure that will create jobs and stimulate private investment in job creation,” said Curtis Smith, President of Lakeview Action Coalition. “Serious living wage job creation is the fastest way to fix the economy - America is not broke, but our economy is broken.”
Here’s the schedule for Monday’s marches, which will begin at five separate locations:
WHEN: Monday, October 10 (Columbus Day), 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: Feeder marches at five locations:
Hyatt Regency (Wacker & Stetson) National Peoples Action—Pay Us Back - Outside of the Mortgage Banker’s Association 98th Annual Convention and Expo. Testimonies from people who are unemployed and have lost their homes. Visuals: A fleet of 40 activists dressed as Robin Hoods will kayak the Chicago River and convene on Stetson and Wacker, Marching Band, Puppets and signs.
Federal Plaza at Adams/Dearborn
Daley Plaza at Washington/Dearborn
Chicago Board of Trade (Jackson & LaSalle) The Chicago Teachers Union is Taking Back Our Schools from politically connected developers, pseudo school reformers and people who want to destroy public education in Chicago. Our students deserve a world class education—one that includes a rich, broad coherent curriculum, adequate facilities, appropriate funding, ample resources and qualified professionals in the classrooms. Join our members as we march against corporate greed, political indifference and misplaced public policy. Visuals: Marching band, signs and banners.
Hilton Chicago (Balbo & Michigan) College students and MoveOn activists are converging outside the Futures & Options expo to demand that corporate welfare be reinvested in our schools and communities. Visuals: Marching band and puppets.