…and here I review Occupy Chicago (Sunday, October 9, 2011)
What’s going on in America? Occupation. Amanda and I knew of the Wall Street occupation on its first day; we’ve followed alternative press reports as the occupation spread to other cities; on Sunday, October 9, we decided to head to Chicago’s financial district (Jackson and LaSalle) to see the local occupation for ourselves.
The problem can be simply stated. Policies are written by corporations. The policies are then sent to Washington for approval. Each policy first and foremost benefits the corporate writer. Why? Because corporations run the system. But the system wasn’t established so corporations could get behind the wheel and drive. We must push them out of the car and regain the driver’s seat. “Why,” you ask, “won’t our elected politicians just push the corporations out?” Politicians are now corporate servants. We have to regain control of our politicians and make them push. Hence we are forced to occupy our own public domains to put the required pressure on our politicians; our interests must again be our elected politicians’ interests.
There were musicians. There were bicycles. There were signs. People were calling the problem out by its name. The weather was perfect. I highly suggest you visit your nearest occupation, even if just for a half an hour. Your presence is a weight on some politician’s shoulders; become a stone.