Occupy Elgin will gather from 1:00 PM till 2:00 PM at the corner of Kimball Street and Grove Avenue in Elgin on Saturday, October 22nd, 2016. Our message will be a call to make the Climate Crisis an Election Issue.
Below is the text of the flyer we will distribute. Click on the links for documentation and background.
Humans now face the most serious threat we have ever faced. Climate Change could destroy civilization as we know it. Hurricanes, floods, droughts, and wildfires will increase in intensity and frequency.Species we depend on will go extinct. Famine , wars, and human migration will increase as people flee for their lives. Just surviving will get quite expensive.
The US Defense Department says that Climate Change is a top threat to national security, a bigger threat than terrorism.
It may already be too late to stop a climate catastrophe. But if we act immediately and drastically, we could possibly avoid the worst outcomes.
Yet climate is barely mentioned in this campaign season, at the presidential level or even in races for Congress and the Senate. The candidates, the major political parties, and the media refer to it only briefly and casually.
That’s because the fossil fuel industry and the banks and hedge funds invested in them are making billions of dollars extracting fossil fuels from the earth. They don’t want to stop raking in those profits yet.
Below is the text of a flyer we will distribute at Occupy Elgin on Saturday, August 13th, 2016 from 1 PM till 2 PM.
There is no military response to terrorism. “ President Obama has said that several times himself. And yet he has recently launched military strikes in Libya in an effort to crush ISIS there.
ISIS is indeed an evil force, terrorizing and abusing the people in the territories it controls in the Middle East. More recently it has organized or inspired evil acts of terrorism within the US and Europe. But some of our allies, especially Saudi Arabia do equally barbaric things. For example, they behead people regularly. Yet we support them wholeheartedly. Our policy is hypocritical. Our own drone wars have killed at least two thousand people including hundreds of innocent civilians and many children over the past ten years.
Occupy Elgin will meet on Saturday, April 16th at the intersection of Kimball Street and Grove Avenue in Elgin from 1:00 PM till 2:00 PM. Please join us!
We will hold signs calling for an end to the budget impasse in Springfield. Below is the text of the flyer we will distribute.
End Illinois Budget Impasse!
The budget impasse in Springfield is causing great suffering throughout Illinois. Services to people with disabilities, people with mental health needs, the elderly, students, and the hungry are being severely cut because Illinois has no money available to pay for these services. . The governor refuses to negotiate with the legislature unless they accept his agenda stripping workers of their collective bargaining rights.
Occupy Elgin will gather on Saturday, March 26th, 2016 at the corner of Kimball Street and Grove Avenue in Elgin from 1:00 PM till 2:00 PM. Please join us. We will hold signs and distribute a flyer with the following text.
Choose Love! Oppose Racism!
Life has become harder for many Americans in recent decades. Unscrupulous politicians seize upon our frustration and give us someone to blame. People of a different race or religion become easy targets, along with refugees and migrants.
But the forces that make life difficult for White Americans are the very same forces that are driving refugees to our borders and pushing African-Americans into second-class citizenship. They are the same forces that want to keep us focused on the threat of terrorism and afraid of our Muslim neighbors. These forces are the multinational corporations and the wealthiest one-percent. It serves their purposes to keep us divided against one another. That keeps us from noticing that the economic system has been rigged against all of us.