In a bold move to occupy Grant Park, the Occupy Chicago movement is marching from the city's financial district Saturday night to set up a new home base in Grant Park.
The group is also calling on the Chicago Police Department to drop the charges on the 175 people who were arrested last week in a show of action at Grant Park.
After the arrests last week, the Ocupy Chicago movement is returning to attempt to set up a home base in Grant Park tonight once again along with a coalition of union members from the Chicago Teachers Union, Machinists 126, National Nurses United, SEIU*, Stand Up Chicago, UE, Workers United, and others.
Last Sunday morning, several protesters were arrested around 1 a.m. after being warned that the park closed to the public at 11 p.m.
“Freedom of speech doesn’t stop at 11 p.m.,” says Chris Clouds, who has been participating in Occupy Chicago since its start. “We are determined to exercise our constitutional right to assemble, day and night, as part of an international Occupation movement that seeks to take money and corporate interests out of politics, in order to institute real democracy, and put power back into the hands of the 99%."
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