CHICAGO–(ENEWSPF)–January 12, 2012. Occupy Chicago announces the following events in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King’s day of celebration and public meeting:
Sunday January 15th, 1130am
Occupy Chicago is gathering at Multi Kulti (1000 N Milwaukee) in the morning for brunch and a teach-in after which we will travel as a group up to the Peoples Church (see below).
12.00pm – 1.15pm Teach-in at Multi Kulti organized by Occupy Chicago Education Committee
1.30pm Group leaves for People’s Church, 941 W. Lawrence
Title: “Martin Luther King Jr and The Housing Struggle in Chicago, Then and Now”
Speaker: Keeanga Yamhatta-Taylor (North Western)
A discussion about Rev. Martin Luther King Jr’s 1966 campaign against slums in Chicago and the tenant and Black homeowners movement that was spawned in its aftermath. Between 1966 and 1969 the Chicago Tribune reported on more than 100 rent strikes and tenant actions in Chicago alone and much of this began with King and the SCLC who initiated Unions to End Slums that arose in several West Side neighborhoods. The formation of tenant unions, rent strikes and eviction blockades that became central to the black struggle for housing justice in the 1960’s are all lessons we can learn from in today’s fight against evictions and foreclosure
Let us know if you plan on attending the brunch so we can get an approximate headcount for food. Additionally, if you cannot make it to brunch but will be meeting us to travel together, let us know that as well so we can account for you in possible bus plans.
Occupy the Dream! MLK Day Celebration and Public Meeting
Sunday, January 15 at 2:30pm at the People’s Church (941 W. Lawrence)
Hosted by: IIRON – Indiana Illinois Regional Organizing Network, SOUL – Southsiders Organized for Unity and Liberation, Northside POWER, The Northwest Indiana Federation and Occupy Chicago!
Come together with 1200 other people from across the Chicago are to celebrate the legacy of Dr. King and to continue his work of justice by holding Wall Street banks and corporations accountable! Elected officials from across the Chicago area will be there, including aldermen, state legislators, and federal officials. We will be asking them to commit in front of hundreds of their constituents to hold banks and other big corporations accountable. We need you to participate in this event so that our elected officials know they’re being watched!
PLEASE RSVP as soon as you can! Numbers are important for transportation and food!