Stand Up! Chicago & Occupy Chicago in ‘Jobs, Not Cuts’ protest

Chicago joined protests in cities across the U.S. Thursday, staged to mark two months since the launch of the national Occupy Wall Street movement. In Chicago, CCH leaders joined Stand Up! Chicago and Occupy Chicago in a rush-hour “Jobs, Not Cuts” protest that drew more than 1,500 marchers.

Forty-six people were arrested in an act of civil disobedience on the LaSalle Street Bridge. CCH Organizing Director Jim Field was among those arrested.

The march moved to LaSalle and Jackson, in front of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME).

“Corporations like CME are making billions, and still asking the state for a new $100 million corporate tax break, yet the state is cutting back on homeless services, health insurance, and jobs. Someone needs to call attention to the craziness. It needs to stop,” Field said.

-Lindsey Wallem and Anne Bowhay, Media