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The annual Unity March took place on Saturday, Oct. 8, a march that this year was organized by Jobs With Justice, CU Citizens for Peace and Justice, and a newly-formed organization Occupy 217. The march began in front of the WEFT radio station in downtown Champaign and ended at Chase Bank. A photo gallery of the march appears below.
After receiving $98 million in bailout money, Chase cut 14,000 jobs.
A group of demonstrators walked into the Chase bank for a temporary occupation.
An advertisement invited visitors, "Get Your Cash Back."
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.
One of the principal organizers of the march was David Johnson, host of the Illinois Labor Hour on WEFT, 90.1. He holds up his withdrawal form.
Members of the GEO joined in the march, among them organizer Aaron Johnson-Ortiz. Here he leads a chant, referencing the Chase bank advertisement, "Get Your Cash Back. We Want Our Cash Back."
Demonstraters left the bank just in time before Champaign police finally showed up.
Man holds sign denouncing modern day robber barons.