Occupy Chicago Protesters March Through Downtown

CHICAGO (CBS) — Now that spring is here, the Occupy Chicago protesters are back.

Several hundred people participated in a Saturday march through downtown streets that ended in Grant Park, adjacent to Michigan Avenue and Congress Parkway.

The Occupy movement in Chicago never really went away over the winter. It helped to facilitate numerous protests, news conferences and rallies. Now, they hope to put some of the protesters’ energy to work.

Loren Taylor, of the Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign, said Occupy-related housing groups are seeking assistance from NATO protesters.

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“What we are asking is that for every day you come here protesting the NATO summit, you spend one day with us engaging in the community doing work for the community,” he said.

High on the list is fixing up foreclosed homes that have been abandoned by the banks that now own them. The Anti-Eviction Campaign, along with the Occupy offshoot Occupy Our Homes, hopes to fix up 100 abandoned homes and turn them over to homeless families.

Occupy Our Homes is urging families who would like to seek shelter as part of that program to visit the contact page of its Web site or call.

Protesters hoisted signs that read, “We’re back,” “Chicago Spring,” “Our economy has one foot in the grave,” and “Bunk of America.”

Veteran activist Ronald Schupp was among those who took pat, and said he believes that in its seven months of existence, the Occupy movement and its offshoots have helped to create awareness and positive change.

“We’re keeping this issues alive, such as homelessness, hunger, lack of education, lack of jobs,” he said. “It’s all bringing it out in the open. It keeps up the pressure on the system to make legitimate social change. That’s what we’re about.”

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  • Whiskey…Tango…Foxtrot

    You got to love these mindless left-wing sheep!!

  • Paycheck2paycheck

    I ‘Occupied’ a plate of food, and left it vacant

  • Mac Donald

    Several hundred? What happened to the millions that supposedly are part of Occupy?

  • Fed up

    The coalition of the lame, the lazy, the whiners and the perennial do gooders who waste their lives trying to get someone else to foot the bill for their lives and their causes. So Booooooring.

  • Silver

    Occupy has lost it credibility and sold it’s soul to the Devil. You chose to hook up with Jesse Jackson and support him on the Piettone Airport issue. This just shows you the economic misfits and nitwits associated with Occupy Chicago.

  • G-Lep

    How’s about they march east towards the LAKE… and keep marching!!

  • LM

    Yes, how horrible these Occupy people are! They have asked everyone to volunteer in their community, and they want to spend their time helping people who are getting evicted. Yes, we need to have them walk right into the lake and never come back. We can’t have anyone working for a better world or helping people! God forbid! I agree – they have devil souls.

  • oh brother

    These protesters are going to run everyone out of the Chicagoland/NWI area during the NATO summit and trash the city and then complain about how they were unfairly treated. They are treating the people who are paying taxes to cover their behinds and shelter them unfairly.

    This is my opinion. Most of the younger protesters were living off mommy and daddy until the money ran out and they were told to get a job. They are not happy about it.

    “Why can’t you be like your big brother Bob? Get a haircut and get a real job!!!” -George Thurgood

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