Three years ago today on October 22, 2011, the 99% gathered in downtown Naperville to hold Wall Street accountable for their crimes against the American economy. Inspired by the Occupation of Zucotti Park in New York City—mere blocks from Wall Street—Occupy Naperville formed and assembled in peaceful solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement.
Our first action was at the PNC Bank at the corner of Ogden Avenue and Washington Street.
Since then, we have met continuously every Saturday in Naperville and have joined in solidarity with Occupy Chicago and the Chicago Spring; Occupy Elgin to save teachers rallies and have marched with March Against Monsanto and the NATO protests in Chicago.
We have also collected hundreds of pounds of food for food pantries including a Loaves & Fishes donation drive as well as continuing donations for DuPage Pads.
On Saturday, January 21st 2012 we held a mock funeral of democracy in protest of the Citizens United Vs. F.E.C. ruling on its two year anniversary and also occupied the 2012 St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
Our efforts have since expanded to fight for a clean environment and a ban on Fracking as well as working tirelessly to get money out of politics through Move To Amend. We asked the Naperville City Council to pass a resolution to call for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to get corporate money out of OUR elections (they ignored us) and in the 2012 election, we get a ballot question for Lisle Township that passed and voters 63% said yes we should amend the constitution. We also petitioned for a ballot question in the same election for the city of Warrenville and that also passed by 65%.
Occupy Naperville continues to meet every Saturday to protest and discuss issues and strategize in our General Assembly.
We will continue until we end the corporate dominance of our society
WE ARE THE 99%