An offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street movement will be occupying Naperville, if only for a few hours every Saturday for an indefinite period of time.
The first protest by Occupy Naperville will be held on Saturday morning starting at the PNC Bank at Ogden Avenue and Washington Street. Protesters will then march south to Jefferson Avenue and Main Street.
The gathering will begin at 10 a.m. with protesters begining their march at 10:30 a.m. The protest will be held every Saturday, “until corporate dominance over our government has ended,” Steve Alesch, the lead organizer who is also a Warrenville Park District Board Commissioner said in a news release.
Along with well publicized events held in Chicago, protests in suburban areas are starting to take place with some recently being held in Elgin and Aurora, according to a news release from Occupy Naperville.
The Occupy Wall Street protest began in early September with demonstrations and occupation of Zuccotti Park in the Wall Street District of New York City. The occupation is supposed to highlight corporate influence on democracy. The protest catch phrase is “We are the 99 percent.” The movement is growing more politically organized and gaining support from unions, according to a story in The Washington Post.
Those involved with the movement have asked that protesters maintain a peaceful assembly, according to the Occupy Naperville Meetup site.
Learn more about Occupy Naperville.