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Forum Post: May 21: Occupy Chicago Celebrates People Power at Boeing!

Posted 6 years ago on May 21, 2012, 4:54 a.m. EST by gamm789 (-10)
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Occupy Celebrates Victory of Non-Violent Direct Action with March to Boeing, All-Day Rally: People Power Stops the War Machine as Boeing Corporation Directs Employees to Stay Home, Shuts Down!

9am - Gather in Union Park, Lake & Ashland

10am - March to Boeing Company, 100 North Riverside Plaza

Occupy Chicago will serve breakfast and rally at Boeing all day

Occupy Chicago and members of the international Occupy Movement will hold a joyful, celebratory march and day-long rally at the Boeing company on May 21st in Chicago. We are hosting a victory party, complete with food, clowns, dancing and music after calls to protest the Boeing company on May 21st resulted in the company directing employees to stay home this Monday, effectively shutting themselves down.

We will march from Union Park at 10am, and plan to celebrate the power of non-violent direct action at Boeing all day. Our call to action shut down the Boeing war machine, and we'll be in front of the company celebrating our victory. It's a party, and Chicago is invited. Join celebration!

You can expect to see crowds of people from all walks of life dancing in the streets, listening to live music, and celebrating the power of anti-war voices outside the Boeing corporation tomorrow. When the people of the world said they would speak out against Boeing and the NATO war machine, their voices were heard, and Boeing shut itself down. We're excited to celebrate tomorrow.

In 2001, Boeing moved its headquarters to Chicago in a plan that stole over $60 million and 20 years worth of free rent from Illinois taxpayers. In 2010 Boeing made over $4.5 billion, yet in the past three years they have managed to avoid paying taxes. In 2010 they received a federal tax subsidy of $1.56 billion. This cost the State of Illinois $65 million in revenue. This money could have been used to serve an additional 16,000 Medicaid clients, provide Medicare Part B coverage to 13,000 seniors, provide 36 million meals to the hungry, or create 1,625 living wage jobs for the unemployed. Instead this money was given to Boeing in the form of corporate welfare by our elected officials.

In total, Boeing has received over 12 billion dollars [ this figure is grossly understated: http://www.usaspending.gov/search?form_fields={%22search_term%22%3A%22boeing%22} ] from the US Department of Defense to produce war machines, which are used to terrorize communities and murder innocent civilians all over the world. These tools of destruction are produced using prison labor, allowing Boeing to make weaponized products for pennies on the dollar. When not using non-prison labor, Boeing goes out of it's way to bust unions, even moving factories across the country to stifle worker's rights. Boeing production facilities are continually found to be massive polluters, leading to the company being listed as one of the top 50 corporate criminals responsible for environmental destruction.

Occupy Chicago invites all Chicagoans and the citizens of the world who have gathered in our city to oppose the NATO war machine to attend the non-violent march and celebration at the Boeing company tomorrow.

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[-] 6 points by francismjenkins (3713) 6 years ago

I think Boeing is a primary manufacturer of drones.


Not to mention their recent attempts at union busting ... so these guys are ripe to hear the voices of the people who's lives their activities affect. Thank you for your service Occupy Chicago, and please keep up the excellent work.

[-] 2 points by johnny99 (11) 6 years ago
[-] -1 points by DKAtoday (33496) from Coon Rapids, MN 6 years ago

Good article. Thanks johnny99.


Yes there are other corporate white collar criminals.

Worse the government seems to treat them as just a normal cost of doing business.

WTF ????????????

All White collar criminals need to be charged and prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

White collar crime has become very pervasive due to the fact that it is not punished.

WallStreet almost totally killed the economy of the USA and the worlds economy along with ours. They are the most visible of white collar criminals right now but they are far from the only ones.

This culture of acceptable white collar crime with it's multimillion's ( Billions ? ) of victims must be brought down.

[-] 2 points by johnny99 (11) 6 years ago

Please don't post any kudos to my comments, DKAtoday. You are a pro-regime forum plant, and I don't want anybody thinking I'm part of your Democratic Party cheerleading squad like that VQkag loser.

[-] 2 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 6 years ago

I get excited about NO WAR cheerleaders

but Dennis Kucinich will have to do something to stop existing wars to sway me

[-] -1 points by DKAtoday (33496) from Coon Rapids, MN 6 years ago

My My My - who did you used to be before getting booted through the door.

Are you trying to set-up cover before you go anti forum?

Some of the slickest attackers set-up a false front then try to introduce poison - such as calling for an Article V convention when the public is in no way ready to support it or defend it and so would leave the Constitution open for theft and destruction by the Koch's and their supporters the other greedy corrupt criminals like on WallStreet.

[-] 5 points by johnny99 (0) 35 minutes ago

Please don't post any kudos to my comments, DKAtoday. You are a pro-regime forum plant, and I don't want anybody thinking I'm part of your Democratic Party cheerleading squad like that VQkag loser. ↥twinkle ↧stinkle reply permalink

[-] -2 points by DKAtoday (33496) from Coon Rapids, MN 6 years ago

BTW - I love your current sock puppet solidarity.

Vote down contributors by gang attack.

Vote up BS comments of one incarnation of the same individual with the other sock puppets of the same individual.

Pretty pathetic.

Are you looking to own the best comments board with BS self voted comments?

[-] 0 points by ClaraSprings (91) 6 years ago

OWS has its own drone called the Occucopter. It's a radio controlled helicopter that takes photos at various protests. If you can't beat em, join em.


[-] -2 points by Cubs101 (-49) 6 years ago

i love the drones , especially when they blow up a muslim terrorist. By the way private companies can build factories where ever they want, and Unions can't stop that. Unions shouldn't be in the business of destroying companies.

[-] 2 points by francismjenkins (3713) 6 years ago

Don't you have alligators to wrestle or some shit? Will you swamp people please stop interrupting intelligent rational thinkers trying to have an adult conversation? I mean, I think we need a charity to get you guys some coloring books (to better occupy your time) :)

[-] -1 points by DKAtoday (33496) from Coon Rapids, MN 6 years ago

LOf'nL - coloring books - occupy time - AHhHAhahaha

[-] -3 points by Cubs101 (-49) 6 years ago

i think that you've got it wrong. it's liberals like you who are uneducated, poor and stupid. Conservatives are the winning team now. Those toothless people that you meanly make fun of, well, they are voting for Obama to get their free stuff.

[-] 3 points by francismjenkins (3713) 6 years ago

Give me a break dude. You people have sex with family members, play with snakes on Sunday, and don't believe in dentists (so stupid isn't your only problem). The republicans should just go for broke (and stop denying it). Their slogan should read: "Stupid people, UNITE" ....

Oh know honey, is that evolution (and his evil twin, calculus) -- hide the children :)

But seriously, the one good thing about a Romney campaign will be the South Park episodes.

[-] -2 points by Cubs101 (-49) 6 years ago

again, you are describing democrats. look who votes for democrats you moron, and nothing against them, but they are the bottom of society, people who can't make it on their intelligence.

[-] 3 points by francismjenkins (3713) 6 years ago

Oh come on, conservatives (I mean real deal red neck conservatives) are some of the most bizarre bunch of [insert expletive] I can think of (in America at least). Sure there's weird liberals, but you don't have very many savage liberals; and on average, liberals seem far more willing to scrutinize their own assumptions ... but I don't equate liberal with political affiliation.

[-] -2 points by Cubs101 (-49) 6 years ago

look at the loons in Chicago on Sunday, your liberal brother and sisters, they are strange and violent liberals. I don't see Pelosi, Obama or Reid scrutinizing their on assumptions, they are left wing ideologues. For that matter look at all the liberal college professors in the ethnic study programs. do you think that they scrutinize their assumptions of victim hood of all minorities? No.

[-] 2 points by francismjenkins (3713) 6 years ago

Errr ... all those gosh dang smart people. How dare they make fun of me for having sex with relatives and playing with snakes on Sunday. I love how conservotards whine about unfair treatment when we merely point out obvious facts, like they're a giant army of stupid people. Chicago cops only prove there is a such thing as "urban" white trash.


[-] 1 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 6 years ago


[-] 0 points by Cubs101 (-49) 6 years ago

you might want to check out your sleeping habits, being tired during the day may be a bad sign.

[-] -3 points by VQkag (930) 6 years ago

Power to the people! Support OWS. Vote out union busting politicians

[-] -3 points by danzer (-51) 6 years ago

The unions are worthless. The union leaders are interested in personal power, and how much money they can get from union dues.

[-] -2 points by VQkag (930) 6 years ago

Unions are the only leverage workers have against the 1%. I guess you support the 1%. Then they have you fooled into doing their bidding. We are the 99%. We fight for you! Support OWS. Vote out pro norquist politicians

[-] -3 points by shoozTroll (17632) 6 years ago

You don't know a damn thing about unions.

Not a thing.

You should back away now.