Seven Illinois activists participated in civil disobedience late Monday afternoon during a Chicago “Moral Monday” protest against Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposed budget cuts.
As part of the protest, a few hundred clergy and grassroots activists with Fair Economy Illinois marched from the Thompson Center to 131 S. Dearborn St., the downtown office building of Citadel LLC. The hedge fund firm’s founder and CEO Ken Griffin has given Rauner millions in campaign donations.
Seven protesters, including five religious leaders, were taken into Chicago police custody after refusing to leave the Citadel building lobby, where they held up a banner reading, “Rauner/Griffin. Fair Budget Now! No Cuts! Tax the Rich!” […]
During the demonstration, activists chanted, “Love thy neighbor as thyself. Tax the rich and share the wealth.” They also staged a “die-in” outside the Citadel building while the seven protesters were being put into police vehicles.
The Catholic Church in Illinois, particularly the Chicago Archdiocese, is incredibly wealthy. They pay NO taxes. Many of these “charity” services that are being cut could easily be provided and funded by the church. Anybody care to guess what kind of commitment to do this we’ll get from these “moral” servants of the church? I’ll be listening at Mass this Sunday to see if they’ll be making a collection to continue these services that the state can no longer afford (sound of crickets).
Oh yeah, I forgot. The church has certain “legal issues” they’re paying tens of millions every year to remedy. I guess that squeezes their charity budget…
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The same Ken Griffin who shamed his peers and called them out by name for taking corporate welfare from the state and failing to pay a fair share of taxes?
Zell was more deserving, even if the idea of protesting a private citizen who generally avoids the media is troublesome.
They only got six people to participate in this farce? Why did it even deserve press coverage? If this shows the level of support from parishoners for “taxing the rich” and “stopping the cuts”, seems like opposition is pretty weak for Rauner.
Good effort, but there will be no taxing of the rich under these Republicans or Democrats now in power in Illinois. They’re for the rich. The millionaire’s tax failed. Democratic efforts towards a progressive income tax over their past decade of ultra-power in the state have been laughable.
If honest, these protestors would be shouting “tax the middle class-more.” Because that’s where it’s going–with how much being the only uncertainty.
AB: Unless you are privy to Catholic Church accounts, and can demonstrate otherwise, I am fairly certain that the Chicago Archdiocese is asset rich and cash poor.
There is simply no way that they could provide the social services they provide under state support, without that support. Their revenues, especially from collections, have been declining for years. Their declining attendance drives that. They have tradeoffs to make with closing facilities and selling property, versus the demands of local communities.
Your comment on too much cash being eaten up in legal settlements is well-taken.
–This is a country of laws. You don’t just disobey them because you disagree with them or think your cause is just.–
Yeah, hear that, Gandhi and Martin Luther King? Sit down and shut up!
PG, a little reading on the philosophy and practice of non-violent civil disobedience might do you some good. It has proven to be much preferable to some of the alternatives you see in play around the world that involve things that go “boom.”
Civil Laws are not holy Laws. Civil Laws are not captive to the word of God, but our conscience’s are. When there is no violence I support any measure that calls us our conscience out into the open. March on!
To add onto Word’s thoughts, it will be important to track how big these protests grow. If this turns into a mass movement, bringing many hundreds or thousands to the Citadel Center, it could have a real impact. To do this, they will have to drop the tax the rich screams and demand a bipartisan resolution that respects the concerns of both sides.
Well, it’s not supposed to rain here for a couple of days, so that’s a start. Can take a break from building my ark. I’ve already got at least two mosquitos the size of mastodons in my back yard to stock it.
The Fourth is upon us. I wouldn’t be expecting any mass protests for a while.
BTW, I’ve been to that building a number of times and always marveled at the tastelessness of that lobby with its tacky faux gold winged victory copy statue. It finally serves a purpose…backdrop to a protest on income inequality!