Take Back Chicago Rally Expected To Bring Thousands To City Streets

What started out as a small but devoted group of Occupy Chicago protesters has grown in recent weeks–and an event being held Monday afternoon could finally bring national attention to what is happening on the streets of Chicago.

Take Back Chicago will bring organizations such as Stand Up Chicago, Occupy Chicago, National People’s Action, the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, the Chicago Teachers Union, the Chicago Federation of Labor, the SEIU, Chicago Jobs With Justice, Action Now, the Illinois Hunger Coalition, Southside Together Organizing For Power, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless and the Lakeview Action Coalition together for five separate feeder marchers that will converge into a giant rally.

Organizers say their goal is to “begin taking back the jobs, homes, and schools stolen from us by the greed of big banks and big business.” They also hope to draw attention to the “bad actors” of the financial industry. Housing advocates will meet outside the
Hyatt Regency Hotel, where the Mortgage Banker’s Association 98th Annual Convention and Expo is taking place.

The rally comes after Occupy Chicago released a list of demands, calling on the federal government to repeal the Bush tax cuts, investigate and prosecute “Wall Street criminals,” overturn the Citizens United vs. U.S. ruling, among other requests.

“When we join our voices with organized labor on Monday, believe me, they’ll hear my demands,” Occupy Chicago’s Tom Hawk said in a statement. “It’s time to take back power from the greedy 1%, funding school and job programs for the 99% of Americans left behind by the country’s fiscal policy.”

Occupy Chicago held “Peacekeeper/Civil Disobedience Training” Monday morning, and some participants are expecting arrests.

As Progress Illinois reports, U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky is expected to participate in the housing march and speak to the crowd about the foreclosure crisis. MoveOn.org will also lead a march with college students and activists “to rally for the reinvestment of ‘corporate welfare’ in education and local communities.”

More than 7,000 people are expected to attend the rally, which kicks off at 4 p.m., according to organizers. One jobs march will depart from Federal Plaza (Adams and Dearborn), the other jobs march will depart from Daley Plaza (Washington and Dearborn), the homes march will kick off at the Hyatt Regency (Wacker and Stetson) and the schools marches take off from the Hilton (Balbo and Michigan) and the Chicago Board of Trade (Jackson and LaSalle).

Stay tuned to HuffPost Chicago for more coverage of the Take Back Chicago rally and Occupy Chicago.

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