Few Turn Out for Occupy Bread Line

Morale was low on a blustery Friday, but Occupy Chicago pledges to continue fight

View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print

    NEWSLETTERS

    TK
    Michael Kaplan
    A protester dressed in Depression-era garb led a march down LaSalle Street Friday.

    It looks like there is an Occupy hangover.

    A day after hundreds of people marched through the loop as part of a national "Day of Action," a total of 12 people showed up for Friday's planned protest of a state bill which gives tax breaks to the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) and the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE).

    The demonstrators intended to form a Depression-Era breadline down LaSalle street from their headquarters at Jackson Street to the James Thompson Center which houses Illinois State Offices and Governor Pat Quinn.

    Protesters Snake Through Loop, Snarl Evening Rush

    [CHI] Protesters Snake Through Loop, Snarl Evening Rush
    Event was similar to those happening in more than 30 cities across the country in a national "Day of Action" commemorating two months since the start of the "Occupy Wall Street" movement.

    Instead, they marched single-file down the street and passed out fliers reading "kill the bill".

    "We're mainly a working class movement," said one Occupy Chicago participant. "The reality of the situation is that many of us our working at noon on a Friday. Unless they're unemployed."

    With numbers sparse, organizers debated whether to hold the march at all. Meanwhile, the wind tore down LaSalle blowing a cart carrying the movement's posters and signs every which way.

    "If the signs blow off the cart, the police will pick them up and throw them away," one Occupy Chicago protester said.

    Still, Occupy Chicago organizers are intending to keep the movement alive through the winter. Last week, the group passed a proposal at its General Assembly to ally with labor unions, student activists and seniors' organizations in an effort to hold daily events, actions and teach-ins during the winter.

    The group also has more than $21,000 dollars in donations, according to their website.

    Thursday's march was part of a larger national effort to commemorate two months since the start of the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York.

    Forty-five protesters were taken away by police, but not handcuffed, after a peaceful, 30 minute sit-in demonstration on the La Salle Street Bridge.