|Snoopy, seen here sleeping peacefully in Grant Park, would|
rather support Occupy than sit in a pumpkin patch this year.
That's because Snoopy, the lovable little pup owned by Charlie Brown, the Charlie Browniest of all Charlie Browns ever, has decided to avoid the meaningless but fun event of sitting in the pumpkin patch, waiting for the Great Pumpkin, for a more lucrative cause. "I've decided to join Occupy Chicago and bring some national attention to the cause after the arrests they have experienced there," Snoopy told us by barking in Morse code. "Lord knows those protestors need as much help as they can get these days."
Snoopy tells us his mind was made up about the change of Halloween plans because he was especially disturbed by what he saw in Oakland. "It's just a shame that people are not allowed to protest peacefully," he woofed. "To fire upon a crowd that contained children... it was enough to make me want to bite one of their hands off."
Snoopy says that the practice of your First Amendment rights is a high priority for him, no matter who you might be. "Charlie Brown might be a blockhead," Snoopy barked, "but even blockheads deserve the right to be heard."
Micah Philbrook, an Occupy Chicago protestor, says the boost from Snoopy might help get the protestors a permanent site to protest where they won't have to worry about arrests. "The city of Chicago is attempting to shut us down at every turn," said Philbrook. "Having someone with the star power of Snoopy to join us is... well... it's special. I hope it will do great things for us and the movement worldwide."
Linus van Pelt tells us that he is quite disappointed, but understands. "Snoopy loves people and hates seeing people get hurt," he said. "I'm sure it'll be a great thing and maybe he'll join us next year, even if he laughs at me every year for writing the Great Pumpkin."
We attempted to speak with the Chicago Police Public Information Officer, but were denied access. Philbrook tells us that he's not surprised by that. "Chicago PD is just looking for an excuse to end us," he said. "They're not going to give us any credibility whatsoever. Snoopy will change that, though. Snoopy is awesome."