In a move that shouldn't surprise anyone, Occupy Wall Street protests have morphed into a grass-roots movement across the country, the latest of which is Occupy Chicago. Given the outstanding fall weather and continuing economic malaise engulfing the country, Chicago experienced not just one march (the earliest being in the morning in the Windy City's financial district) but several.
Coinciding with the tenth anniversary of the war in Afghanistan, protestors of Occupy Chicago heard speeches not just about economic problems but also wars abroad and other topics related to global issues (such as the Palestinian situation). Protestors marched to the Prudential Building, site of the Obama Reelection Campaign headquarters.
While the protests in Chicago were modest, reports the Chicago Tribune, who numbered the participants at about 700, clearly this is a sign of citizen frustration across the country. Protests in a number of other cities, as well as the continuing Wall Street action, is likely to continue. Although it's unlikely to provoke any real change in and of itself, the Occupy Chicago protests, like others, are giving leaders in this country a clear message. They are fed up.