After repeatedly running into neighbors and friends at the Occupy Chicago protest, a group of Rogers Park occupiers decided to bring their message to the area.
A group of 50 occupiers rallied in front of The Glenwood Bar right off the Morse Red Line stop on Saturday. After, they rode the Red Line towards the Loop to join Occupy Chicago.
According to organizers, this was the first of weekly general assemblies that will meet in Rogers Park on Heartland Cafe‘s patio on Sundays at 3 p.m.
One organizer, Jim Ginderske, told Chicago Now:
Working class neighborhoods like [Rogers Park] are massively affected by the current economic circumstances, and many folks are more comfortable learning about Occupy in the community than by venturing downtown for the first time alone. We brought those factors together around public transportation because of the key role the Red Line plays in our neighborhood.
We held a mini-general assembly on the train, using the human mic. Nearly everyone talked about why they came, and for many it was their first ‘occupy’ experience. People that boarded while this was happening stayed in the car with us and several nodded along as people spoke. The train conductor even came on the intercom and welcomed us.
Downtown we joined about 500 other occupiers and participated in the citywide general assembly. There we discussed strategy, Movement organization, and relationships with other occupations. We also handed out specially-made ‘occu-pies’ that First Slice bakery donated at our event at The Glenwood.
Going forward, we will be hosting a weekly general assembly (GA) at 3 p.m. on Sundays in Rogers Park. Next week’s GA will be on the patio of the Heartland Cafe. This kind of neighborhood presence will be happening all over Chicago as this movement continues to grow.
The original of the story can be found on Chicago Now.