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kpete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-14-11 09:25 PM
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CONDI & PAULSON SHUNNED: Occupy Chicago Scores Direct Action Victory
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MONDAY NOV 14, 2011 1:01 PM
The Steady Occupation: Occupy Chicago Scores Direct Action Victory

The University of Chicago announced earlier today that a planned lecture featuring Condoleezza Rice and Henry Paulson had been called off due to an unforeseen scheduling conflict. Originally set for this evening, the event attracted the ire of the universitys students and members of the ongoing Occupy Chicago movement.

Occupy Chicago had planned to "Un-Welcome" Rice and Paulson, saying "Many... Occupy Chicago members are students at the University of Chicago and plan on attending this event." At least one tweet, by the Occupy Chicago Outreach Committee, specificed this would involve a rally & mic check.

The mic check refers to the now commonplace means of communication at Occupy events across the nation, also known as the human microphone or people's mic, in which listeners repeat the speakers words so as to amplify his or her message (ironically, Occupy Chicago uses the people's mic in General Assemblies less often than some Occupy locations).

The technique has quickly turned into a tactic for activists seeking to protest events, exemplified earlier this month when 60 activists from Stand Up! Chicago, some of them also Occupy Chicago members, disrupted a speaking event featuring Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.). It is likely that tonight's protest would have followed a similar two-part structure, with University of Chicago students eligible to attend the event staging a protest inside while a larger Occupy Chicago presence rallied outside.
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