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Stop Police Brutality solidarity march for Occupy the Midwest and OWS
Sunday, March 18th, 8PMFederal Reserve at Jackson & LaSalle, ChicagoPolice brutality has been running rampant against peaceful Occupy protesters across the US this week. In response, Occupy Chicago will be holding a rally against police brutality, and in solidarity with all groups in the Occupy movement which this brutality seeks to suppress.On March 17th, the six month anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, about 800 protesters held a celebratory party at Zuccotti Park, the birthplace of the American Occupy movement. At 11:30pm, police announced that they were closing the park, in direct violation of laws allowing access to the park 24 hours a day. Scores of police cleared the park with brutal tactics. A large group of protesters refused to leave, citing the accessibility laws, and police created a human chain around the protesters and proceeded with a mass arrest.Protesters did not plan to sleep at the park, but were committed to spending the night there. Police smashed one man’s head into a window so hard that the window was shattered. One woman, while in zip ties, had a seizure as protesters shouted for the zip ties to be removed in order to provide medical attention. The medical status of these protesters is unknown at this time. As of this writing, the Huffington Post reported that police didn’t have a full count of arrests, but some reports indicate between 25-100 arrests were made. Police blocked the park with metal barricades and it is unknown when they will re-open the park.This is not the first incident this week of using police brutality to suppress the Occupy movement. In St. Louis, the four-day regional Occupy the Midwest conference was in full swing, with over 600 Occupy protesters coming from at least 18 states to participate beginning March 15. Occupy protesters participated in rallies, marches, and workshops. Participants in Occupy the Midwest attempted to occupy a city park that night. The park closed at 10pm, and at 10:30pm Eddie Roth, the city’s director of public safety, announced that the protesters were not allowed to use the park due to lack of permit. As protesters were leaving the park and marching in the street, police violently assaulted multiple protesters using batons to their faces and pepper spray. Also, the tires of the Occupy media van were slashed. 15 protesters were arrested, with two sent to the hospital. All have since been released after bail was posted by donations solicited online. “In one move, the St. Louis police, effectively, assaulted at least 18 cities at once,” said Sugar Russell, Occupy Chicago member.Video of police misconduct: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/03/18/police-cops-medic-smash-window-glass-occupy-ows/Press releases from Occupy the Midwest: http://www.facebook.com/OccupytheMidwestPress?sk=notes

Sunday, March 18th, 8PM
Federal Reserve at Jackson & LaSalle, Chicago

Police brutality has been running rampant against peaceful Occupy protesters across the US this week. In response, Occupy Chicago will be holding a rally against police brutality, and in solidarity with all groups in the Occupy movement which this brutality seeks to suppress.

On March 17th, the six month anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, about 800 protesters held a celebratory party at Zuccotti Park, the birthplace of the American Occupy movement. At 11:30pm, police announced that they were closing the park, in direct violation of laws allowing access to the park 24 hours a day. Scores of police cleared the park with brutal tactics. A large group of protesters refused to leave, citing the accessibility laws, and police created a human chain around the protesters and proceeded with a mass arrest.

Protesters did not plan to sleep at the park, but were committed to spending the night there. Police smashed one man’s head into a window so hard that the window was shattered. One woman, while in zip ties, had a seizure as protesters shouted for the zip ties to be removed in order to provide medical attention. The medical status of these protesters is unknown at this time. As of this writing, the Huffington Post reported that police didn’t have a full count of arrests, but some reports indicate between 25-100 arrests were made. Police blocked the park with metal barricades and it is unknown when they will re-open the park.

This is not the first incident this week of using police brutality to suppress the Occupy movement. In St. Louis, the four-day regional Occupy the Midwest conference was in full swing, with over 600 Occupy protesters coming from at least 18 states to participate beginning March 15. Occupy protesters participated in rallies, marches, and workshops. 

Participants in Occupy the Midwest attempted to occupy a city park that night. The park closed at 10pm, and at 10:30pm Eddie Roth, the city’s director of public safety, announced that the protesters were not allowed to use the park due to lack of permit. As protesters were leaving the park and marching in the street, police violently assaulted multiple protesters using batons to their faces and pepper spray. Also, the tires of the Occupy media van were slashed. 15 protesters were arrested, with two sent to the hospital. All have since been released after bail was posted by donations solicited online. 

“In one move, the St. Louis police, effectively, assaulted at least 18 cities at once,” said Sugar Russell, Occupy Chicago member.

Video of police misconduct: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/03/18/police-cops-medic-smash-window-glass-occupy-ows/

Press releases from Occupy the Midwest: http://www.facebook.com/OccupytheMidwestPress?sk=notes

If you enjoyed the Hunger Games

I want you to ask yourself why. Does the thought of a justified and unified people rising up against a corrupt and tyrannical government naturally appeal to you? I think that idea appeals to most people, there’s something about the human spirit that relishes in revolution.

In America you live in a country that has killed more than a hundred thousand human beings in the past 10 years overseas. A nation that has continually, violently enforced our beliefs onto older and more successful cultures. A nation that has created multinational corporations that employ children on slave wages and give them cocaine and meth to make them work faster. A nation that is continually suppressing the movements of the people expressing their first amendment rights, most times with extremely excessive violence. A democracy in which the people’s voices have continually been overshadowed by corporate lobbyists and money. 

But there is hope. We are on the cusp of something incredible in America right now. Our very own Mockingjay is about to begin. Occupations all over the nation have lasted through the winter and are planning incredible things for the spring. In May, Chicago will be the apex of a revolution that will be written in history books that our children will read in their fully funded, completely reformed schools. 

If you enjoyed the Hunger Games, if you strive for justice and love and equality and freedom in your every day lives, reach out to your local occupation and make history happen in real life. Occupy is not a political group, you do not have to be a conservative or liberal or even educated at all about any of that. Occupy is a place for people to take America’s democracy back. 

The odds are ever in our favor. They’re 99 to 1. 

http://www.adbusters.org/blogs/adbusters-blog/tactical-briefing-25.html
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