Chicago to march November 2 in solidarity with Occupy Oakland

Support for Occupy Oakland. A November 1, 2011, email message from the Chicago Teachers Union headlined "Solidarity with Occupy Oakland" announced a rally in Chicago on the evening of November 2, 2011, in solidarity with Occupy Oakland, which will be holding a general strike that day. "Last Tuesday, unionists and activists around the nation were stunned to learn that Oakland, CA police had seriously injured Iraq-war veteran and Occupy Oakland activist Scott Olsen by firing a tear gas canister at his head and had then fired tear gas at fellow activists who rushed to help the injured veteran," the CTU wrote. "In protest, unions throughout the San Francisco Bay area are heeding Occupy Oakland's call for a general strike tomorrow, November 2nd and Occupy Wall Street has called on unions and Occupy activists across America to protest in a national day of action."

Chicago Teachers Union voted overwhelmingly at our October 19 House of Delegates meeting to support the Occupy Chicago movement and we urge educators to join the Occupy activists Wednesday, November 2 at 6pm at LaSalle & Jackson in their solidarity march.

Solidarity March. LaSalle St. & Jackson Blvd., 6 p.m., Wednesday, November 2, 2011


November 2, 2011 at 2:34 AM

By: John Whitfield

Chomsky -- Occupy the Future

Noam Chomsky, MIT Linguistics professor wrote "Occupy the Future" (here is an exerpt)

"For the first time in human history, there are real threats to the survival of the human species. Since 1945 we have had nuclear weapons, and it seems a miracle we have survived them. But policies of the Obama administration and its allies are encouraging escalation.

"The other threat, of course, is environmental catastrophe. Practically every country in the world is taking at least halting steps to do something about it. The United States is taking steps backward. A propaganda system, openly acknowledged by the business community, declares that climate change is all a liberal hoax: Why pay attention to these scientists?

If this intransigence continues in the richest, most powerful country in the world, the catastrophe won't be averted.

"Something must be done in a disciplined, sustained way, and soon. It won't be easy to proceed. There will be hardships and failures, it's inevitable. But unless the process that's taking place here and elsewhere in the country and around the world continues to grow and becomes a major force in society and politics, the chances for a decent future are bleak."

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