While New Yorkers were focused on what happened on the Brooklyn Bridge this weekend, people in cities across the U.S. started their own Occupy protests.
They’re all being organised separately, but umbrella website OccupyTogether.org is tracking all planning meetings and protest launches.
We took a look at protests in some of the biggest cities and put together an overview for you here. Plus, there’s a look ahead. The protestors want to go International.
Occupy Chicago started on September 23rd for some protestors, and so far, they've had relative cooperation from authorities. During the day, there are around 30 people camped out at the The Federal Reserve, Willis Tower, and in Millennium Park. On nights and weekends protests can swell to a hundred or so.
Several hundred showed up for the inaugural weekend of Occupy Los Angeles and set up outside City Hall. The number has gone down to around 100 during the day, but they have a rally planned with the United Teachers of Los Angeles today at 4 PM PST. That should definitely give them a boost.
They have additional rallies scheduled throughout the week for those who can't stay all day.
Last Thursday, 6 people were arrested for participating in Occupy San Francisco after they rushed a Chase bank to protest foreclosures. Demonstrators have also marched in front of Goldman Sachs, Charles Schwab and Citi Bank. Another huge rally is planned for October 5th.
Occupy Atlanta held their first General Assembly yesterday at 5 PM. That was just a planning meeting, but there were a little over 100 people there. They plan to join forces with The Georgia Peace and Justice group for a rally on Friday, October 7th.
They've set two proposed points of unity:
1. Elected officials represent money and not people-we oppose political corruption.
2. Corporations are over-privileged and their rights are overdrawn-we oppose corporate personhood.
Occupy DC lunched this weekend in McPhereson Square. At most there were about 135 people protesting as they marched to the White House and held signs on K Street. On October 6th, They'll be joining the Stop The Machine (STM) protests in Freedom Plaza. STM organiser Kevin Zeese says that's expected to draw thousands
Until then, you can check out a video of the Occupy DC drummers here:
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