From Wall Street to Lasalle Street to Main Street, the Occupy Together movement has swept the nation. The efforts recently spread to downtown Naperville when protestors marched down Washington Street gathering supporters of their ideas. Occupiers say the government caters to the power of corporations, or 1% of the population, and they want that to change. Steve Alesch helped organize the event in Naperville, and some of the other occupations spreading across DuPage County.
“Last week we had an occupation in Aurora,” said Alesch. “I can already see this is bigger, it keeps growing. We had about 25 in Aurora. We’re going to easily pass that up.”
Occupiers hope that by protesting, the government will change the way it operates and listen to the people, instead of corporations.
“The system is broke,” said Alesch. “They only seem to care about the 99% at election time but not when they’re making policy.”
To spread the news that protestors would be occupying Naperville, organizers created a website and Facebook group. Zachery Fall heard about the event, and decided to help get the word out by creating the Occupy Naperville Twitter account.
“This effects everybody,” said Fall. “I’m very passionate about making sure everybody gets informed.”
In Naperville, protestors ranged in age, but in the more than 500 cities across the globe that are now occupied recent college graduates are leading the way.
“We have so many people coming out of college that are in their early 20s that cannot find a job or if they can find a job, they’re underemployed,” said Alesch. “They don’t have medical insurance. The American Dream seems to be busted for them and they’re not seeing a future.”
And in hopes of creating futures for themselves these young people are hitting streets across the country.
Organizers plan to occupy Naperville every Saturday until their message is heard. To learn more, visit www.occupynaperville.org.
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