Someone in the Chicago Board of Trade dropped leaflets on top of “Occupy Chicago” protesters Wednesday afternoon as they rallied alongside unions in the city’s financial district.
“We are Wall Street,” the leaflet said. “It is our job to make money.”
“Go ahead and continue to take us down, but you’re only going to hurt yourselves,” it continued. “What’s going to happen when we can’t find jobs on the Street anymore? Guess what: We’re going to take yours.”
“Do you really think we are incapable of teaching 3rd graders and doing landscaping?” the leaflet asked. “We aren’t dinosaurs. We are smarter and more vicious than that, and we are going to survive.”
While the group is protesting against the consolidation of economic and political power, they have not stated they want to abolish Wall Street. Their proposed list of demands includes specific policy changes, such as reinstating the Glass-Steagall Act, repealing the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy and campaign finance reform.
The protesters have also called for a financial transaction tax.
Previously, Chicago traders dropped flyers on the protesters that said, “We Are The 1 Percent Paying For This, You Are Paying For 1 Percent Of It.”
“Occupy Chicago” began on September 23, when around 20 people gathered at Willis Tower and then marched to the Federal Reserve Bank to show their solidarity with the “Occupy Wall Street” protesters in lower Manhattan.
Since then, dozens to hundreds of protesters have demonstrated day-after-day at a busy corner outside the Federal Reserve Bank, in city with a history of cracking down hard on civil disobedience.
More than 300 people have been arrested for trying to set up tents in Grant Park, leading “Occupy Chicago” protesters to confront Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Deputy Chief of Staff Felicia Davis inside Chicago’s City Hall on Tuesday.
Representatives from the group are meeting with city officials to discuss a permanent location for the demonstration.
Watch video, courtesy of independent YouTube reporter John Sheehan, below:
Updated at 9:18pm ET to mention financial transaction tax.