Saturday in the park: A behind the scenes look at Occupy Chicago

Saturday in the park: A behind the scenes look at Occupy Chicago
Flickr/Gary Eckstein
Saturday in the park: A behind the scenes look at Occupy Chicago
Flickr/Gary Eckstein

Saturday in the park: A behind the scenes look at Occupy Chicago

As Occupy Chicago heads to the winter, much has been asked about their need for a permanent space to set up shop. Mayor Emanuel and the city of Chicago have declined the Grant Park option and talks with the mayor and city officials have produced little result.

This past Saturday night, Occupy Chicago did not try to occupy Grant Park for the first time in weeks. They marched to Congress plaza, but dispersed before the park closed (that’s when arrests happen). One protester suggested that the protest was against financial forces, not the police. So what is next for the movement?

To get a better understanding of what the protesters are doing day to day, we sent freelance videographer Grantlin Banks to give us a behind-the-scenes look at the organization and the encampment. Everything from training, to drums, to marching, to their hand signals and communication. It’s a look at die-hard protesters on a chilly Saturday night, when there are no arrests (and therefore, less media):