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Occupy Chicago 9/30/11 & Some Protest History

Uploaded by on Oct 2, 2011

I went downtown Friday night to capture some history both todays Occupy Chicago and the great beer hall riot from the 160 years ago. Chicago has a rich tradition of protest and demonstration.

     One of the first and most violent was the Lager beer riot in April of 1885. It all started when a Levi Boone ( a nephew of Daniel) was elected mayor in 1855. His party was anti immigrant, anti-Catholic and anti booze. They were known as “the know nothings” a forerunner to todays tea party. One of his first acts in office was to increase the licence fees on taverns 600% and close them on Sunday. The Germans who like their beer were not happy and felt they were being targeted. When the first Sunday came they ignored the law and a large number were arrested. A hearing was held for the prisoners on April 21 at the old Chicago courthouse.

On this site now sits the Federal building which we see in the video from the corner of Clark and Adams. At this hearing about 500 supporters showed up,some of them carrying rifles. They were headed off by the police and sent back to their enclave just north of the Chicago river.

Later they returned with reinforcements and began crossing the Clark street bridge. As they were crossing the bridge was raised stopping the marchers and trapping some on the south side. A battle ensued where one protester was killed and many on both sides were injured. In the end the mayor Boone backed down giving the protesters a victory.

And here we are in the 21st century and the sounds of protest still ring out in the loop. Over the years the issues have evolved instead of the right to drink on Sundays people are looking for economic justice. It’s an inspirational group of people that are have come together to try and do something about what is going on in this country. It is open to anyone that wants to join and take part in the discussion. They deserve your support.

For more info.

For more videos from the various occupations under way and explore some of the issues visit our YouTube station Mindsi2 / Occupation TV http://www.youtube.com/user/Mindsi2?feature=mhee


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