Saturday, October 15, 2011

Occupy Chicago List of Demands. This Occupation or Protest Session Adds to the List.

'Occupy Chicago' to Participate in Week of Action Finale

Labor activists to march from Federal Plaza to Occupy protests

By Michael Kaplan
|  Friday, Oct 14, 2011  |  Updated 11:04 AM CDT

'Occupy' to Participate in 'Week of Action' Finale

Protesters from various unions and labor groups have participated in the week of protest.

Chicago's official week of protest is coming to an end.

Activists from Stand Up! Chicago will gather at the Federal Plaza Friday before marching to the Federal Reserve building to join Occupy Chicago protesters. The demonstration marks the end of the Take Back Chicago Week of Action.

More than 150 people from the coalition of labor unions, neighborhood councils and job advocacy groups plan to participate in the event.

On Monday, thousands of labor union members joined Chicago anti-Wall Street protesters as they marched through downtown in a joint effort to demand jobs for the masses.


Occupy Chicago's list of demands

October 16, 2011

1. Pass a bill to reinstate Glass-Steagall, a safeguard separating banks' commercial lending and investment operations. "Its repeal in 1999 is considered the major cause of the global financial meltdown of 2008-09," the group states.
2. Repeal Bush-era tax cuts.
3. Prosecute "the Wall Street criminals who clearly broke the law and helped cause the 2008 financial crisis."
5. Pass the Warren Buffett rule on fair taxation, close corporate tax loopholes, prohibit hiding funds offshore.
4. Overturn a 2010 Supreme Court decision that allows corporations "to contribute unlimited amounts of money to campaigns."
6. Give the Securities and Exchange Commission stricter regulatory power, strengthen the Consumer Protection Bureau and help victims of predatory lending whose home loans have been foreclosed.
7. Take steps to limit the influence of lobbyists and eliminate the practice of lobbyists writing legislation.
8. Eliminate (the) right of former government regulators to work for corporations or industries they once regulated.
9. Eliminate corporate personhood.
10. Insist the Federal Elections Commission "ensure that political candidates are given equal time for free at reasonable intervals during campaign season."
11. Pass the Fair Elections Now Act.
12. Forgive student debt.
Source: Occupy Chicago

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