Chicago- May 19, 2012 Occupy Chicago and other Occupiers held an Anti-capitalist March today. It started at 6:30 pm protesters met at a statue commemorating the international labor movement in Haymarket Square at Randolph and Desplaines on the Near West Side.
Thousands of police, state and federal authorities met protesters at the intersection of State and Washington and several other intersections as protesters made their way down state.
“State and Washington was nothing but blood and Billy clubs,” said a scared and tired protester after she broke away from the on slot.
The day started with me checking into the Occupy Wall Street live stream while I waited for my nephew johnny and his girlfriend Chrissy to arrive so we could PATCO it over to the Chinatown bus and get our May Day on. Chinatown bus doesn’t accept credit cards and since we were all buying the tickets on one credit card and hadn’t brought enough cash we went around the corner to Greyhound and bought one way tickets to NYC.
"Banks get bailed out, schools get sold out!" Though Occupy Philly had been active during the winter, today's May Day event to shut down Wells Fargo felt like the spring rebirth of the movement. The actions drew attention to the many negative impacts the bank has had on our city.