Dear Mayor Slay and Chief Isom,
My name is Natalie and I’m a member of Occupy Chicago. Please know that I only speak for myself and am not claiming to represent the opinions of Occupy Chicago or any other Occupations. I am, however, a sister in the global revolution of citizens united to restore power to the people and remove corporate influence over the state, among other initiatives.
On Thursday, March 15, 2012, I watched a livestream feed of Occupy the Midwest and saw my Occupy family smashed with cold police batons as they attempted to comply with illogical regulations regarding public land, space specifically bought and maintained with taxpayer dollars. Simply, I watched footage of senseless violence wrought against activists as they crossed the street, attempting to obey police orders to disperse from Compton Hill Reservoir Park. I watched my Occupy family brutalized, lead away in handcuffs with blood oozing down their faces.
According to an article by Brandie Piper of KDTV, “Police said the protesters yelled and cursed at police as officers asked them to leave. The protesters walked into the intersection, which police said blocked traffic on Grand.”
By the logic of your actions that night, free speech became a rationalization for pummeling fellow human beings. The actions of your riotous police squad have revealed your fear. If 120 dedicated students, workers, parents, brothers, and sisters are such a threat to your grasp of power, your grip must be sliding out of your hands quicker than we Occupiers realized. It is easy to react in violence and only demonstrates your lack of control and unwillingness to cooperate with us to broker a peace where we can achieve our goals.
When you dress in your suit or uniform, maybe you think those clothes create an insulation between yourself and common decency. When you deny us our rights to freely assemble and then crush our bones, you are unwittingly chipping away at your own power structure. By making and treating us as your enemy, you only ensure that our struggle is righteous and just. You only prove that this world needs Occupy to improve it so conversation can freely occur, so transgressions like this never happen again.
We will continue to fight you, and anyone like you, with the idea of creating a world where state sanctioned violence is impossible.
We will continue to fight you in the streets. We will continue to analyze your supporting actions toward Monsanto, a company which causes global poverty and discord. We will continue to oppose your complacency towards the face of capitalist monstrosity Bank of America, which helped create a false housing bubble and then evicted your constituents and the citizens you swore to serve and protect from their homes.
We will fight you in the courts, because your actions of assault and violence are criminal, and any attempts to silence our voices are unconstitutional.
We will fight you until we win.
The choice is up to you. You can choose to work with us and allow for compromise on all sides. You can accept the compromises when created, as we did when we chose to peacefully leave Compton Hill Reservoir Park and crossed the street.
Or you can continue to attack us.
The decision is yours. Either way, we will continue to fight.
With all the dedicated peace and nonviolence that is the backbone of my family,