Chicago march on expressway

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  1. ChiefGator

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    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/...pfleger-violence-protest-20180706-story.html#

    The bottom line for this is that they made a deal to just block two lanes so that at least some could continue with their lives and jobs. That was not good enough so they blocked all the lanes for a while. They insisted that this is to get attention, and now action will happen. Just what action is never really discussed other than say more money and more government.

    Comment as you desire, detail follows:

    After the march ended about 12:30 p.m., Pfleger, wearing a T-shirt with a picture of three blue clenched fists and the words “Enough is enough” and “Peace Now!!” below his clerical collar, disputed there was an agreement in place for a partial expressway shutdown. He said Rauner “tried to be an obstruction.” Pfleger also said Johnson served as an intermediary between march organizers and the state police, negotiating for protesters to have access to all lanes.

    “He stepped up,” Pfleger said. “… We gave them three weeks’ notice of what we were doing, figure it out!”

    Before the march, Jackson said he hoped the march would focus on the need for more investment in certain communities including rebuilding homes, and keeping schools and hospitals open.

    As the march stalled during the pavement negotiations, he asked the crowd, “Hands up, who’s ready to go to jail?” Protesters’ hands rocketed into the air.

    “This day is your day,” Jackson told the demonstrators, and the nearby protesters repeated after him in a chant. “Our mission, shut the highway down, our mission, first-class schools … our mission, stop guns and drugs from coming in, and jobs going out.”

    Gun violence in the city remains a stubborn problem, although the number of shooting victims in Chicago has dropped since reaching a 20-year high in 2016. Two people were killed and six others were wounded Friday and early Saturday in shootings across the city, Chicago police said.

    Demonstrators began their slow march onto the expressway shortly before 10:30 a.m., entering the Dan Ryan at the 79th Street ramp. Thousands walked slowly on the grassy shoulder beside the northbound lanes of the Dan Ryan. Some ducked under the Chicago Skyway sign.

    “The blood of Jesus!” shouted Delores Bailey, mother of 15-year-old Demario Bailey, who was fatally shot in 2014. “Put the guns down, keep the Bible up!”

    “Teenagers get up front!” someone else shouted.

    Wearing a T-shirt that read “The struggle is real,” Clarita Bingley, a South Sider, called the mass gathering “beautiful” and thanked the police for being at the event.

    “We need to sit down and listen to everything of people and hear their needs, and listen without hollering at each other," Bingley said. “We need our children to have the same education as this child and that child, and then when they graduate, we need them to have the same opportunity to get those jobs.”

    An array of voices
    Earlier, demonstrators gathered near 79th and State streets. Some hoisted signs that read “NO MORE DRUG WAR” and “NO GUNS,” with an illustration of a handgun crossed out. Another sign read “They Don't Care About Us,” with pictures of Emanuel and Rauner on each side. Some of them held up signs with the names of homicide victims. One person banged a drum.

    The crowd also consisted of several elected officials, including U.S. Rep. Danny Davis of Chicago, whose 15-year-old grandson, Javon Wilson, was shot and killed on the South Side in 2016.

    The Rev. Harolynn McIntosh, dressed in bright white robes, sat in her wheelchair in the lot near the expressway, waiting for the march to start.

    “Every time I turn on the news and a child has caught a bullet ... that hurts my heart because they’re not going to fulfill their dreams,” said McIntosh, who worked at Chicago Public Schools for about 30 years and serves as a reverend at a South Side church.

    McIntosh was joined by Charles Taylor, a 17-year-old from Evanston who met her by chance as the protesters gathered. Taylor agreed to push her wheelchair down the Dan Ryan.

    “I’m really just showing support and making sure change comes,” he said.

    The marchers were young and old, and the crowd was made up of a diverse blend of races and ethnicities.

    “The violence has to stop,” said Natalia Barrera, who attended the demonstration. “We need to spread love, not blood. It doesn’t matter if you live on the North Side, South Side, West Side, East Side, the point is this is our city at the end of the day.”

    ‘Enough is enough’
    After the protest, Tracey Brumfield held up a poster at Marquette and State with pictures of her 26-year-old son, KeShawn Slaughter, who was shot and killed in April 2017 in the far South Side’s West Pullman neighborhood. The poster also had a message written on it: “Enough Is Enough. Stop Violence.”

    “These guns need to be off these streets,” Brumfield said. “I feel like some of the parents, y’all need to check these kids’ rooms. Check under these beds. You know what I’m saying? Guns be right in your house. You don’t even know.

    “Don’t be your kids’ friends. Check their phones. Check their beds. Check their dresser,” she continued. “Check them when they come in. They could be holding the guns … for somebody else. They don’t know. I feel they’re out here, they’re doing all this killing and stuff. You’ve got a mama. You’ve got siblings. You’ve got kids of your own. But you want to take somebody else’s life? No, no. It doesn’t go like that.”

    Marvin McNeal said he came to the march “because of all the shooting and the killing and the lack of jobs for our community.” He said he’s spoken to grieving families from his church, where he’s a parishioner, who lost loved ones to violence. McNeal, of the South Side, said he hopes the march will “wake up the entire city,” including elected officials.

    But not everyone was on board with the protest. There was plenty of grousing about Pfleger’s tactics on social media, and many questioned the decision to inconvenience drivers by blocking one of the area’s busiest expressways.

    Activist Jedidiah Brown spent time getting the word out and encouraging people to be a part of the protest, but by Saturday morning, he said he was disillusioned by what it turned into.

    “We’re desperate for solutions, but I think it’s time we start having real conversations about what’s going on,” he said by phone as the protest was in full swing.

    Saturday’s march on the expressway is not the first time a Chicago highway has been disrupted by demonstrators. A 2016 protest on the Dan Ryan blocked traffic for about five to 10 minutes in response to the deaths of two African-American men who were killed during confrontations with police in Minnesota and Louisiana. And Lake Shore Drive has been the scene of several recent protests.

    The next move, Pfleger said, is for concerned citizens from communities most beset by violence to sit down with Emanuel and other officials to discuss how to get more jobs and other resources to these neighborhoods.

    Angela Campbell, 48, brought three of her children to the march, ages 10, 9 and 5. Her nephew was killed in Chicago last year, and she was protesting with him in mind. Bringing her children along serves to amplify the message, she said.

    “If they don’t want to listen to adults, maybe they’ll see with our children,” she said. “This is our future.”
     
  2. Slug

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    It's funny how people want to ban guns, but fail to talk about the real issue, which is the people pulling the trigger.
     
    • Concrete Helmet

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      A centuries old experiment showed that when rats overpopulated a confined area they turned to cannibalism......They don't need more jobs in the city....they need more people to move out of that sh!thole…..
       
    • ChiefGator

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      I also wonder how you can make any deal with people who change the deal as they go. Sort of how you can't trust Rocket Boy, but need to keep a gun to his head to assure compliance.
       
      • TLB

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        I see two points. First, as you describe, a deal was made and then broken (though the minister leading the protest says in the article there was no deal). I don't agree with allowing demonstration on a national highway, but they got that, and then expanded it to shut down the northbound lanes entirely once on site. I'd be in favor of arresting those who went beyond any agreed disruption space...but I'm also ok letting this go as the net effect of such arrests would be more public vs gov't antagonism that wouldn't solve anything.

        The second, and bigger point IMO, is that the people of CHI stepped up and are saying they have had enough. Yes, you have Rev. Jackson :crazy::rolleyes3: saying they need more gov't
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        But more importantly, if you read quotes for the citizens...they are putting it back on their fellow community to own the change - check your kids (read their phones, check them for drugs/guns, etc) which is exactly what many of us have been asking for them to do for a long time - OWN your own destiny, and stop waiting for someone else to come in and fix it. Aside from Rev. Jackson waiting for a hand out, I see the community looking at the next step (now that they have attention in the local media) as being community engagement to improve their situation. The only part I struggle with is the mayor whom I have zero confidence in and how he fits. He seems to have fought with the governor (who wanted the protest kept OFF the highway) and seems to have supported the protest in general...and yet, is a big cause of the problems to date. I can see pandering for positive media attention to seek re-election, but he's still the same shmuck who, if he hasn't led them into worse conditions, at a minimum has not improved the CHI situation.

        I also love that the cops and (primarily black) protesters worked together on setting this up safely, and executed it safely, and even had the chief of police with the protest leaders at the front of part of the march. Unity, not division, for solving community issues.
         
        • Blacklabgator

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          You ever notice they don’t try that on I-75 ?
           
        • Slug

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          How many others besides me are cheering anytime those protesters get smacked by a car?
           
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            I never understood what’s so difficult about moving out of the projects. Is it necessary to live in the inner city in order to collect welfare and be a parasite? Plenty of other places to do it.
             
          • oxrageous

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            This is actually a good question. If you aren't working and collecting welfare, you can do that almost anywhere.
             
          • -THE DUDE-

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            **** that...keep them there. when they shut down the cabrini green projects which was the worst of the worst they moved them to other cities like where i am originally from (bloomington-normal) and suddenly like magic more and more gang violence moved in. Keep them confined. But i get what you are saying anyone that doesn't want to live that live could easily move somewhere else that is not a major city to find affordable housing and jobs. Just have to adjust to that particular places lifestyle and not bring the project lifestyle there. You know...fit in
             

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