Yesterday I wandered downtown in the rain and gloom to have a gander at the Occupy Chicago people. On the way I also bumped into Stand Up! Chicago which I had never heard of. Protests in Chicago are usually pretty small, I like to call this the City of Apathy, and I wasn’t expecting much for a rainy weekday.
The Occupy Chicago peeps are seen as a joke already by the upper class, I overheard an expensive suit on his cell phone saying, “What a waste of time, they’re protesting nothing”. Since I can’t resist being snarky and butting into other people’s conversations I loudly said “They’re protesting you, you’re the problem.”
I’m not a member of the movement but I’m curious and know where the fears are coming from. I live paycheck to paycheck and given how light work has been lately I often find myself leaving a half hour early since there is literally nothing to do. I lived without health insurance until I was 32. I live alone and have nowhere to go should I lose my job and be unable to find another one. I don’t have a fancy education and all my skills are on the job training. I’ve been working poor all my life and have been homeless twice, I don’t want to go back there.
Our government is broken, possibly beyond repair. Hell, our whole world is broken. There are no easy solutions and I for one have nothing to offer, the problems are so massive and are global in scale. So instead I’ll take pictures.
These are the people protesting corporations having “personhood” and running our country. They are your sons and daughters, sisters, brothers, lovers and parents.
The Chicago movement seems largely fueled by our local socialists and communists, a fact I find terribly funny since I was under the impression they were protesting big government. I know, I know, the real issue is our government is broken and owned by corporations. I’m all for a light socialist government but communism is an unattainable ideal contrary to human nature. Moving on…