‘Occupy Chicago’ Protesters Keep Camp At Federal Reserve Bank

CHICAGO (CBS) — Those protests that shut down the Brooklyn Bridge and led to hundreds of arrests in New York City over the weekend are taking place in several other cities, including Chicago.

But as WBBM Newsradio’s Regine Schlesinger reports, in Chicago, the protests have been small-scale and orderly.

The “Occupy Chicago” protesters have been camped out in front of the Federal Reserve Bank at LaSalle and Quincy streets for 11 days. They beat their drums and chant their slogans against bank bailouts, austerity programs and corporate greed.

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LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Regine Schlesinger reports.

Sam Abrahamson, a student at DePaul University, is among the protesters. He says the group receives a polite reception from those going to work in the financial district.

“I see more smiles and nods, thumbs up, than I do frowns,” he said, “and that’s because a lot of those people who work at the Chicago Board of Trade, they took a hit in these financial times just as we all did; the same thing with the people who work at the Federal Reserve. You know, the only people who are really benefiting in these economic times are this tiny, tiny minority of rich people.”

Another demonstrator, day labor organizer Neil Rysdahl, says the protesters come from all walks of life.

“The diversity is mind-boggling. We have everybody from extreme left to conservative over here, and the basis of unity seems to be not political; more socioeconomic,” he said. “Workers are getting sold out. Bankers are getting bailed out. All these harsh austerity measures are coming down on people, and we’re seeing everybody else around the world standing up and fighting back.”

The protesters say they are inspired by the Arab Spring demonstrators who brought down governments in the Middle East, and by the European protesters who marched against debt crises and government austerity measures.

They are currently protesting 24 hours a day, with no definite end.

  • Just Axin

    Why are these protestors scared to take the fight to the politicians? The bankers, et al didn’t just dip into taxpayer funds for bailouts. They were handed over by Dems and Repubs. Go in front of your US Rep’s house and office and complain; it’s their fault.

  • Tea Party Hero

    You should be kissing the feet of wealthy, job creators, and thanking them for providing the jobs you all have.

    You should be ashamed of yourselves trying to “redistribute the wealth”, trying to take away hard-earned money from wealthy bankers and job creators, and give it to lazy, stupid young idiots like yourselves.

    • BIG D

      Actually the Fed protesters are all for the Free Market that has been desimated by the Fed who run everything

    • Terri Glass

      Thanks for calling me a liberal. I take it as a compliment.

      The definition of liberal: not limited to or by established, traditional, orthodox, or authoritarian attitudes, views, or dogmas; free from bigotry. Favoring proposals for reform, open to new ideas for progress, and tolerant of the ideas and behavior of others; broad-minded.

      If conservatives and tea partiers represent the opposite perspective…. well, you can figure that out for yourself.

      BTW- I see no need behind a screen name. COWARD.

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  • Gmartine

    The FED is the main culprit for the rich getting richer and bailed out while the rest of the world gets poorer and poorer. They give their friends trillions of dollars which devalues everyone’s dollars that are already in our pockets and food prices, COLLEGE prices and Healthcare prices skyrocket.

  • Big D

    Its amazing how this is hardly being covered by BIG MEDIA instead they are covering the Wallstreet group funded by Soros, calling for communism

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