In solidarity with the Occupy Wall St. movement in New York, local events have been held in Champaign-Urbana. On October 8, the annual Unity March was organized by Jobs With Justice, CU Citizens for Peace and Justice, and a newly-formed organization Occupy 217. They marched through downtown and temporarily occupied Chase Bank.
Elizabeth Simpson, Carol Ammons, and Brad Donalds (left to right) fill out withdraw forms to get back their portion of the bailout funds handed out to Chase Bank.
On October 15, some 350 people marched and held a rally in Westside Park.