End the Shut-Down

Unions representing employees of the Federal government rallied at the Federal Plaza, Dearborn & Adams in downtown Chicago at Noon on Thursday. This was part of a nation-wide series of demonstrations protesting the budget stalemate that has shut down portions of the government, leaving some workers at home and others still at work but all without pay.

The event was probably better characterized as a press conference on steroids. The crowd was not large, considering the number of workers affected in the Chicago metropolitan area, considering, indeed, the number of Federal employees based in the immediate vicinity of the demonstration: say about 150 attendees, give or take a few dozen. As a press conference, it was highly successful with a large turnout from TV, radio and print. Better still was the opportunity for journalists to interview affected workers as nothing makes a story like putting an individual face on it.

There will be a protest at Noon in Federal Plaza (Dearborn & Adams) every Thursday in Chicago as long as the shut-down continues.

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A sampling of some of the signs at the demonstration, shortly before the event. Photo by Roman.
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Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr., who also spoke. Photo by Roman.
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Photo by Roman.
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Susan Hurley of Chicago Jobs with Justice. Photo by Roman.
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It was good to see Jorge Mujica: well met! Photo by Roman.
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Charles Paidock, representing the Machinists’ Federal employees. Photo by Roman.
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It could happen. Photo by Roman
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I seriously love the hat. Photo by Roman.