The Occupy Chicago General Assembly voted to put its support behind the Occupy Festival. The festival is being organized autonomously by SolidClarity LLC. Half of all after-cost proceeds will go to Occupy Chicago.
The Occupy Festival will take place on May 12th and 13th, 2012 in Chicago’s Union Park. The Occupy Festival will be an event which incorporates music, art, community and social awareness which will channel the momentum of the thousands of individuals who will be looking to peacefully organize within the city of Chicago during the month of May in a positive and constructive way. The festival will also act as a fundraiser for the occupy movement by donating at least 50% of net profits for actions to bring greater awareness to the issues which we face as a community and society at large.
According to the Daily News, at least 20 Occupy Wall Street protesters have been arrested this afternoon. A group of protesters marched to Citibank at 555 LaGuardia just after 11 a.m. this morning with NYPD shadowing them. They report that one protester’s hands were bleeding as he was pulled into an NYPD van. [Updates Below]
Hundreds of protesters who had gone to Washington Square Park for a mid-day General Assembly came to the bank to support the arrested marchers when they heard the reports. “We’re coming here in solidarity with them to protest what I am sure were their illegal arrests,” Josh Wiles, 27, a teacher who lives in Bedford-Stuyvesant told the News. The demonstrators who weren’t arrested there are now on their way uptown to Times Square for another General Assembly and the Occupation Party this evening.
Update 4:45 p.m.: The NYPD has announced that 24 people altogether were arrested at the Citibank incident earlier today. They were all charged with criminal trespass, while one was also charged with resisting arrest. Many of those protesters had gone to the bank to close their accounts.
Update 5:00 p.m.: Marchers are still walking slowly to Times Square mostly without incident. But according to witnesses, the NYPD just confiscated the press pass of an Italian journalist “with Italian TV, covering the march. Accused of failing to remain on sidewalk.” Reporter Allison Kilkenny described an NYPD white shirt ashaving “ripped the press pass off Italian camerman’s neck.”