Protesters converged on the Prudential Building this morning, with a few
dozen making it past security and up the escalator towards the campaign
office of Barack Obama. They were organized by the Catholic Worker
Movement, presumably a sect of the Workers' Movement of Catholicism
(splitters!) Their message is "a week without Capitalism" and they
passed out Danish in front of the building. The point being,...here have
a breakfast roll with us, we're protesting global capitalism.
After a brief statement was made by the tall one who calls himself Reg,
the protesters in the lobby filed out in an orderly fashion, however Reg
and a few of his friends who had made it up to a 2nd floor balcony were
taken away in what they call a squadrol, or in 1960s parlance, a Paddy
The sidewalk people cheered Reg and his comrades, and broke into "This
Little Light of Mine" accompanied by a guy on a a slightly out of tune
Yamaha acoustic guitar, followed by a march east on Randolph where they
paused in front of the Randolph Inn where the people from the Daley
Center go for drinks after work and observed a moment of silence for Reg
and his fellow balcony friends. After that, they proceeded east on
Randolph towards the CTA Blue Line, where they discussed plans for the
afternoon, and where to get more Danish.
"We welcomed them to NATO," said an unnamed Chicago police lieutenant.
"It was a very calm situation, and nobody even raised their voices
except for Reg, and that's understandable since he was reading the
prepared statement. We weren't forced to pepper spray anybody, and
nobody got their fucking head cracked open with this riot baton because
they didn't give us any lip."