Fighting for our freedom, America was founded upon the ideals that every person could become wealthy and make a decent living. Creating something from nothing, millions of our ancestors left everything on their last vestige of hope and traveled to this country for the renowned American Dream.
That dream has become extremely convoluted in the corporate dynamics of gain and greed that make up our current economic and political system.
With the imbalance of wealth in our country, the middle class is falling away, comparable to a third world.
People are slaving away to make ends meet, with the mindset that hard work is the greatest virtue of our establishment.
Where is it getting anyone any longer?
With inflation rising, people are losing their homes, jobs and everything they have known. Their attempts to build their “American Dream” have dissipated in our failing economy.
Why in such a recession are major banks making higher profits?
Thousands were gathered yesterday to march through the streets of Downtown Chicago. The destination was a Mortgage Broker’s party that was happening.
Occupy Chicago has occurred daily for a week and a half. As a sister to Occupy Wall Street, it started with 15 people, gaining momentum, there were thousands in attendance.
People of all ages and races were gathered, representing the 99%.
Echoing through the streets
“People over profits.”
“The banks were bailed out, the people were sold out.”
“We are the 99%” was heard.
This country was founded upon the voice and strength of the middle class.
A question that I continually ask is, how can we choose what we are inherently born into?
How many of us desire wealth, and how many attain that 1 percentile?
Our system is erroneously flawed. People are given a head start miles in front of another based on class, money and status. As our population rises, the bottom will keep growing, while the wealthy buy their way into the dwindling top.
The upper echelons of society are bred from a young age, given the best opportunities, attending the most prestigious schools and academies.
A topic I will elaborate upon in much more detail further on.
Where does happiness fit in with our worldly system?
Why are we lead to believe satisfaction is contained in accumulation of materials, titles, promotions, and money?
Hope has gone out the window for so many Americans in a competition that is leaving people empty and forsaken.
So many are unhappy in our society, including the uber wealthy.
To the politicians, corporations and system I ask:
Why is there such blatant selfishness masquerading as care for our people?
A friend and I spoke with the police officers as they were surrounding everyone. We expressed to them, we love you, thank you, you are a part of the 99% with us.
They started smiling as they were forcing us all off the streets, it made me feel a bit like a sheeple, at least we got them to smile ; )
I spoke with a local news reporter, asking her why the occupations have taken so long to be broadcasted, while something like the Casey Anthony story is blasted on National News?
Are the corporations behind what is spun much more than we think?
This will catch wind of being a movement for all the people and will be unstoppable.
She pondered a moment, smiled and told me that was an extremely valid point. Then added
“Unlike national news, the local news does it’s best to catch wind of what is truly happening, in an unbiased way.”
A summary of the General Assembly’s statement:
The Occupation is not in line with any political party. Far beyond that, it is about being human with the people of the world uniting. It is our world, our time to take it back for all of us.
There was a declaration that was read, taken from Occupy Wall Street. It addressed the economic imbalances and inequalities of our corporate and political system.
Here is a copy of the Wall Street version, there were some additions for Occupy Chicago.
At the end there was a chance for everyone in attendance to come up and speak their truth. It was stated that this is about the people, spreading to cities worldwide.
I left before it was finished, with a feeling of hope.
This is a pivotal time in the history of Humanity, a time when we can all come together to create a real change for the future of our race. I am happy to be a part of this.
the revolution has begun.
6 thoughts on “Occupy Chicago”
Unbelievable. Kudos and such.
I think that this video of Bishop James Alan Wilkowski speaking at Occupy Chicago on Monday, October 31, 2011 may be relevant to the discussion.
Thank you for sharing!
Very insightful and inspiring. Way to go!
Thank you so much !!!