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Occupy Chicago began its occupation on September 23rd, 2011 at Jackson and LaSalle in the heart of the financial district. There was tension with Chicago Police almost instantly but there were eventually some concessions given to the group such as more parking space and no nightsticks busting heads! Since then it has been a kind of chess match between the occupiers and the police.

Members of Occupy Chicago decided to post an open letter to CPD thanking them for certain concessions and embracing Chicago Police as being part of the 99%. This sparked a debate within the OccupyChicago camp and attracted responses nationally especially since the police in other cities have been extremely violent. This is a conversation between First Voice co-producer Ze Garcia and “Sam” who wrote a response to the open letter first on the Anarchist News site.

You can listen to the interview here.

You can go to the Occupy Chicago website for more information. And stay tuned to our site for continuing coverage.Thanks