Dear Member of the
International Olympic Committee:
It's August in Chicago and it's getting hot.
Our citizens are hot and angry about the state of our city's finances and the lies that are being told to us by our Mayor and City Council.
Today over 100 people, including mothers with their toddlers in strollers, marched at City Hall to protest the privatization of our city's parking meters and the waste of funds on the 2016 Olympics.
As reported online at The Expired Meter:Echoing throughout the canyon of buildings along either side of LaSalle St., where the chants of "No more meters!", and "Parking meters
no, Chicago yes!" around lunch time today, when protesters marched in
front of the entrance to City Hall.
Armed with signs and banners, and wearing hand decorated T-shirts
with anti-meter messages, the 80-100 people protesting meter
privatization and rates hikes, marched in front of the LaSalle
entrance to City Hall for about an hour.The protest was organized by three groups, including the People's Parking Meter Campaign an offshoot of ANSWER Chicago, South Chicago's Centro Communitario Juan Diego (CCJD) and anti-Olympics group, No Games Chicago.
"It's a great turnout," said Tom Tresser the head of No Games
Chicago, who believes potential 2016 Olympic games in Chicago, is
similar to the parking meter lease deal. "We're all in this together.
It's all privatization. Chicago would be turning over tax dollars and
property to a Swiss corporation," explained Tresser of the possibility
of the Olympics coming here.
The signs and banners carried a myriad of messages, but all
essentially focusing on the meter lease deal. The signs blared such
things as "No More Parking Meters," " Better Schools-No Olympic Games",
"Stop Parking Meter Rate Hikes," and "No Mas Parquimetros.
"It's a good turnout," said Robert Garcia from CCJD. "We could have
had more people. We
wanted to bring another bus load (of people)."During the course of the protest, cars and taxis driving by, would
periodically honk their horns excitedly showing support for the crowd,
which in turn made the crowd of protesters cheer in reply.
"That's been happening the entire morning," said Garcia turning his
head toward the honking drivers and gesturing at the curious
pedestrians stopping to get information fliers. "People are realizing
we can fight back. People think the parking meter contract is done and
can't do anything about it. But by people speaking out we can make a
Other bystanders didn't understand why all the fuss. "It's seems ridiculous to me," said a bystander watching the action.
"I'm in total agreement, that the parking meter privatization is an
outrage. It's an annoyance, but it (this issue) doesn't seem to deserve
the focus of attention right now with everything else going on in the
Asked if he thought the City Council members, in full session today
for the month of July, heard their chants, Garcia said, "I hope so. I
know they knew we were out here. Whether they react is a different
Currently, according to Garcia, there are no hard dates for a future
protest, but believes there will be more similar protests soon