Occupy Chicago joins national protests at Fed Reserve banks

January 16, 2012

Associated Press

(File Photo/Linda Paul)
Occupy Chicago protestors near the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago along LaSalle Street during the Fall of 2011.

The "Occupy the Dream" coalition is calling for a National Day of Action to mark Martin Luther King Day today.

Leaders are calling for demonstrations outside all 13 Federal Reserve Banks across the country.

Two members of the coalition's national steering committee, Benjamin Chavis Jr., and the Reverend Jamal Bryant, say the effort will be led by prominent members of the African American clergy, Occupy Wall Street participants, students and others concerned about income inequality and economic justice in America.

Bryant says Occupy Wall Street has snatched the torch of Dr. King and reignited in America the flame that was seen in Tunisia and Egypt -- to spotlight poverty as a critical issue.

In Chicago, Occupy protesters plan to meet at 3 p.m. Monday at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago at Jackson and LaSalle where they plan to protest foreclosures and student debt.

Meanwhile, Occupy el Barrio is scheduled to hold a news conference today on civil liberties at 24th and Oakley, and Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn visits the Rev. Corey Brooks who is camping on the roof of a vacant South Side hotel at 66th Street and King Drive.