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Occupy Chicago Wed Oct 26 2011

A Small Token of Support for (or Against) #OccupyWallStreet

Busy Beaver Button Co. has created buttons for both sides of the #OccupyWallStreet issue. The 99% 1-inch buttons glow in the dark, and are a very affordable 10 for $7. The 1% buttons, on the other hand, are made with 24-karat gold and cost $100 apiece. That's not to say the 1-percenters can't get a deal: the price drops to $99 each if you order 50 or more.

#occupywallst buttons

Fifty percent of the profits from the sale of 1% buttons will go to the Association House of Chicago, a nonprofit settlement house in Humboldt Park providing health, education and social services to recent immigrants and families in need.

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Eli / October 26, 2011 12:02 PM

It's not 10 for $7--the site won't let you order less than 50.

Frank J. Schneider / October 26, 2011 12:11 PM

Even Though I'm Part Of The 99%, I Really WANT A 1% Button - I'm Aspirational That Way!

Andrew Huff / October 26, 2011 1:09 PM

Eli, you might have spotted the order estimate field -- the actual shopping cart field is at the bottom of the page.

Eli / October 26, 2011 1:21 PM

It looks like they've fixed it now.

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Parents Still Steaming, but About More Than Just Boilers

By Phil Huckelberry / 2 Comments

It's now been 11 days since the carbon monoxide leak which sent over 80 Prussing Elementary School students and staff to the hospital. While officials from Chicago Public Schools have partially answered some questions, and CPS CEO Forrest Claypool has informed that he will be visiting the school to field more questions on Nov. 16, many parents remain irate at the CPS response to date. More...


Substance, Not Style, the Source of Rahm's Woes

By Ramsin Canon / 2 Comments

It's not surprising that some of Mayor Emanuel's sympathizers and supporters are confusing people's substantive disputes with the mayor as the effect of poor marketing on his part. It's exactly this insular worldview that has gotten the mayor in hot... More...

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