‘Occupy Chicago’ to Participate in Week of Action Finale

Labor activists to march from Federal Plaza to Occupy protests

Michael Kaplan

Chicago's official week of protest is coming to an end.

Activists from Stand Up! Chicago will gather at the Federal Plaza Friday before marching to the Federal Reserve building to join Occupy Chicago protesters. The demonstration marks the end of the Take Back Chicago Week of Action.

More than 150 people from the coalition of labor unions, neighborhood councils and job advocacy groups plan to participate in the event.

On Monday, thousands of labor union members joined Chicago anti-Wall Street protesters as they marched through downtown in a joint effort to demand jobs for the masses.

One person was arrested and has been charged with one count of aggravated battery for punching an officer. Several were cited for not getting out of the way when instructed.

The protests on Tuesday coincided with the Mortgage Bankers Association of America conference and about 19 were arrested for minor offenses, including walking into the Bank of America building.

On Wednesday, demonstrations spread to City Hall where advocacy groups joined with the Mental Health Movement to protest Mayor Rahm Emanuel's budget proposal to privatize city health clinics.

While Friday marks the end of Stand Up! Chicago's official protest week, Occupy Chicago protesters plan to continue their demonstration. They have "occupied" the intersection of LaSalle and Jackson for 22 days.

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