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December 1, 2011 | By Jen Kim, For RedEye
I'm not camped out in front of the Federal Reserve Bank, nor am I marching across downtown Chicago with my fellow compatriots, even though I am more than 99 percent sure I should be. After all, I am a fervent supporter of ending tax breaks for corrupt financial institutions - not to mention the creation of more jobs, universal health care and an annual wealth tax imposed on the very rich (i.e., not me, ever). In fact, I agree with nearly all the unofficial demands put forth by Occupy Wall Street and its noisy conglomerate of protesters across the globe.
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November 19, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
It couldn't be spelled out more clearly.  "VENTRA SUCKS" reads a string of what appears to be more than 300 magnetic stripe CTA cards in a photo shared on Facebook late last night. It appears to be taped up with blue painters' tape at the Logan Square Blue Line stop. It's unclear if the makeshift protest is still hanging around, but it likely took quite a bit of effort -- and tape -- to express such emotion. "Saw this as I was getting on my bike at the Logan Station to ride home tonight," writes Deborah McCoy on Facebook.
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SPORTS
May 17, 2012 | By Bag Boy, For RedEye
So, some doofus at City Hall actually scheduled a NATO summit the same weekend the Cubs are hosting the White Sox. No worries for me. I was planning a weekend of protests anyway. Mine, however, were relegated to more important issues regarding baseball in Chicago. Here's a brief rundown of this weekend's events. All times are CST and approximate, and may in fact never happen. We'll see. Friday 9 a.m., Clark and Addison: Protesting the fact the Cubs can't hold a lead.
NEWS
May 30, 2013 | Stephen Markley
On Wednesday, President Obama was in town for a fundraiser, and I headed down to the Hilton Chicago on South Michigan to cover the Keystone protest. A couple things: 1) It's telling that despite the supposed scandals engulfing the president, I saw not one person with a sign that said anything about Benghazi, the IRS, the AP, or James Rosen. The conservative echo chamber is hard at work trying to get traction on any of these issues, but the President's poll numbers have not budged and outside of a hard core of Obama-haters, no one cares.
NEWS
December 14, 2012 | By Adam Lukach, @lucheezy and RedEye
Five people gathered outside AMC River East on Friday, donning horse masks and wielding signs in protest of "The Hobbit," the recent Hollywood blockbuster facing allegations of animal abuse and neglect after several animals died during its production. The protestors were with PETA and led by Katie Arth, a PETA campaigner. She said the goal of the day's rally was to inspire people to contact the film's director, Peter Jackson, and ask him to stop using live animals for his films and "utilize the great CGI he is already known for. " Jackson, for his part, has vigorously denied the accusations...
NEWS
May 30, 2013 | Stephen Markley
On Wednesday, President Obama was in town for a fundraiser, and I headed down to the Hilton Chicago on South Michigan to cover the Keystone protest. A couple things: 1) It's telling that despite the supposed scandals engulfing the president, I saw not one person with a sign that said anything about Benghazi, the IRS, the AP, or James Rosen. The conservative echo chamber is hard at work trying to get traction on any of these issues, but the President's poll numbers have not budged and outside of a hard core of Obama-haters, no one cares.
NEWS
November 19, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
It couldn't be spelled out more clearly.  "VENTRA SUCKS" reads a string of what appears to be more than 300 magnetic stripe CTA cards in a photo shared on Facebook late last night. It appears to be taped up with blue painters' tape at the Logan Square Blue Line stop. It's unclear if the makeshift protest is still hanging around, but it likely took quite a bit of effort -- and tape -- to express such emotion. "Saw this as I was getting on my bike at the Logan Station to ride home tonight," writes Deborah McCoy on Facebook.
NEWS
April 3, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
Most protestors have a rallying cry. Matt Farmer's is more of a song. Farmer, an attorney, musician, and education policy writer from Rogers Park, has been critical of Chicago's plans to close more than 50 public schools this year. On Sunday morning, he put pen to paper and wrote a song to express that frustration. "Nine times six / Fifty-four / Schools gettin' closed / Like never before," the song, posted to YouTube at midnight on Monday, rhymes. "It's time to fight back / Rahm has gone too far. " The song takes jabs at Mayor Emanuel for...
NEWS
May 9, 2012 | By Georgia Garvey,RedEye
The average Chicagoan might be dreading traffic, road closures and CTA reroutes during the NATO summit May 20 and 21. But Occupy Chicago member Marcus Demery is actually kinda psyched. "It's literally like waiting for a storm," said 20-year-old Demery of Hyde Park. "A beautiful storm, though. " For groups like Occupy, the NATO summit - which will draw leaders of NATO member countries - will be like a spring awakening. There will be mass protests, rallies, concerts and competing summits (one called "The People's Summit" runs May 12-13)
ENTERTAINMENT
June 4, 2012 | By Sara Stewart and RedEye Sound Board
*** (out of four)   The Mynabirds' frontwoman Laura Burhenn describes the band's sophomore effort "Generals" as a protest album - specifically, a concept album based on her political frustrations. That comes through loud and clear with lyrics like "I need a political job/ In a blue collar town/ So I can pay my rent" kicking off the title track. After a few listens, though, I found a lot more than political protest throughout the album. You'll get '60s pop in "Radiator Sister," electronic dance beats in "Body of Work" and peaceful indie melodies in "Greatest...
NEWS
April 3, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
Most protestors have a rallying cry. Matt Farmer's is more of a song. Farmer, an attorney, musician, and education policy writer from Rogers Park, has been critical of Chicago's plans to close more than 50 public schools this year. On Sunday morning, he put pen to paper and wrote a song to express that frustration. "Nine times six / Fifty-four / Schools gettin' closed / Like never before," the song, posted to YouTube at midnight on Monday, rhymes. "It's time to fight back / Rahm has gone too far. " The song takes jabs at Mayor Emanuel for vacationing in Utah during the closure...
NEWS
December 14, 2012 | By Adam Lukach, @lucheezy and RedEye
Five people gathered outside AMC River East on Friday, donning horse masks and wielding signs in protest of "The Hobbit," the recent Hollywood blockbuster facing allegations of animal abuse and neglect after several animals died during its production. The protestors were with PETA and led by Katie Arth, a PETA campaigner. She said the goal of the day's rally was to inspire people to contact the film's director, Peter Jackson, and ask him to stop using live animals for his films and "utilize the great CGI he is already known for. " ...
SPORTS
May 17, 2012 | By Bag Boy, For RedEye
So, some doofus at City Hall actually scheduled a NATO summit the same weekend the Cubs are hosting the White Sox. No worries for me. I was planning a weekend of protests anyway. Mine, however, were relegated to more important issues regarding baseball in Chicago. Here's a brief rundown of this weekend's events. All times are CST and approximate, and may in fact never happen. We'll see. Friday 9 a.m., Clark and Addison: Protesting the fact the Cubs can't hold a lead.
NEWS
May 9, 2012 | By Georgia Garvey,RedEye
The average Chicagoan might be dreading traffic, road closures and CTA reroutes during the NATO summit May 20 and 21. But Occupy Chicago member Marcus Demery is actually kinda psyched. "It's literally like waiting for a storm," said 20-year-old Demery of Hyde Park. "A beautiful storm, though. " For groups like Occupy, the NATO summit - which will draw leaders of NATO member countries - will be like a spring awakening. There will be mass protests, rallies, concerts and competing summits (one called "The People's Summit" runs May 12-13)
NEWS
December 1, 2011 | By Jen Kim, For RedEye
I'm not camped out in front of the Federal Reserve Bank, nor am I marching across downtown Chicago with my fellow compatriots, even though I am more than 99 percent sure I should be. After all, I am a fervent supporter of ending tax breaks for corrupt financial institutions - not to mention the creation of more jobs, universal health care and an annual wealth tax imposed on the very rich (i.e., not me, ever). In fact, I agree with nearly all the unofficial demands put forth by Occupy Wall Street and its noisy conglomerate of protesters across the globe.
NEWS
May 9, 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.
NEWS
June 20, 2012 | By Waymon Hudson and For RedEye
It's that time of year again. Pride is in the air around the world for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and ally community now that June has arrived. Parades, festivals, music, parties, shirtless boys, dykes on bikes, and more rainbows than you can shake your high heels at will abound in cities all over the country. As always, it is a time for celebration, community and visibility. Yet now, more than ever, LGBT Pride celebrations need to be something more. We need to put the politics back in Pride.  We need to be asking people to not only celebrate our...
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