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Occupy Chicago: Our Country!

Nancy Bechtol | Illinois, United States

Organization: American Press Association

Occupy Chicago. 2011. taking it to the streets. Michigan Ave march brought thousands from the diversity of Chicago peoples in protest, proclaiming 'people before profits', 'where is my bailout', Wall Street needs adult supervision' and addressing social, economic and human rights issues . ©2011 Nancy Bechtol

Chicago marches as part of the Occupy Movement.
The masses of humanity from all walks of life, all ages,including many with their children, numbered in the thousands.to take back jobs, homes and schools.in the grim economic climate globally. Additionally, the Unions came out in full force downtown 2011. shot on location- Daley/Picasso Plaza, Federal Plaza, Thompson State of Illinois Bldg, and Michigan Ave. Includes Chris Drew, artist, silkscreening art patches in front of the Art Institute of Chicago, for marchers and the public

The following organizations have been involved with the Occupy Movement in Chicago: Jobs With Justice, United Auto Workers,National Peoples Action, National Domestic Workers Alliance, MoveOn.org, New Organizing Institute, Movement Strategy Center, The Other 98%, Service Employees International Union, AFL-CIO, Rebuild the Dream, Color of Change, UNITE-HERE, Greenpeace, Institute for Policy Studies, PICO National Network, New Bottom Line, Veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement, SNCC Legacy Project, United Steel Workers, Working Families Party, Communications Workers of America, United States Student Association, Rainforest Action Network, American Federation of Teachers, Leadership Center for the Common Good, UNITY, National Guestworker Alliance, 350.org, The Ruckus Society, Citizen Engagement Lab, smartMeme Strategy & Training Project, Right to the City Alliance, Pushback Network, Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, Progressive Democrats of America, Change to Win, Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, Campaign for America's Future, Public Campaign Action Fund, Fuse Washington, Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment, Citizen Action of New York, Engage, United Electrical Workers Union, National Day Laborers Organizing Network, Alliance for a Just Society, The Partnership for Working Families, United Students Against Sweatshops, Presente.org, Get Equal, American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, Corporate Accountability International, American Federation of Government Employees, Training for Change, People Organized for Westside Renewal (POWER), Student Labor Action Project, Colorado Progressive Coalition, Green for All, DC Jobs with Justice, Midwest Academy, The Coffee Party, International Forum on Globalization, UFCW International Union, Sunflower Community Action, Illinois People's Action, Lakeview Action Coalition, Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada, International Brotherhood of the Teamsters, Resource Generation, Highlander Research and Education Center, TakeAction Minnesota, Energy Action Coalition, Earthhome.us.
MoveOn.org Civic Action and Chris Drew, artist,, silkscreening art patches in front of the Art Institute of Chicago, for marchers and the public, Uptown Multicultural Arts Center.

2011 was the beginning of the Occupy Movement which is universally known. As a Chicagoan and a APA freelance photojournalist, I took to the streets several times to capture the Occupy Chicago as the people took to the streets. I looked at the faces of diversity, intensity, and humanity and saw impactful moments which are here for history. The people shall prevail.

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