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A brief history of Occupy

May 09, 2012|By Georgia Garvey, RedEye

The Occupy Chicago movement was inspired by the Occupy Wall Street protests in New York City, but has a history of its own. RedEye gathered some of the relevant dates in Occupy protests over the last 10 months.


July, 2011: Anti-consumerist activists "Adbusters" propose a protest related to the financial sector's responsibility in the global recession, among other issues. On a poster created by Adbusters, the hashtag #occupywallstreet is used.

Sept. 17, 2011: The first "Occupy Wall Street" protest happens in Zuccotti Park in New York City's financial district. Demonstrators set up camp there and live in tents.

Sept. 23, 2011: Chicagoans began to gather in the financial district downtown, particularly at the intersection of Jackson Boulevard and LaSalle Street, in solidarity with protesters in New York.

Oct 16, 2011: About 175 people are arrested for refusing to leave Grant Park after its closing time.

Oct. 23, 2011: About 130 Occupy Chicago protesters trying to camp out in Grant Park are arrested. About 3,000 people had attended an earlier rally at Michigan Avenue and Congress Parkway.

Jan. 2, 2012: Occupy Chicago approves a statement of "Who We Are" that lays out the aims of the organization to end "corruption and corporate influence in government."

April 14, 2012: The 99 Percent Spring, training in "nonviolent direct action" for protesters, begins.

May 1, 2012: Occupy members join protesters as part of May Day events in major cities in the U.S. and internationally.

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