By Eric Burgher
Reporting from Houston
“No ban, no wall, Houston is for all.”
Those chants echoed in the streets of downtown Houston Saturday as hundreds of anti-Trump protesters hoped to steal a momentary spotlight at one of the biggest events in professional sports, Super Bowl LI.
The protest began at City Hall and made its way to the outer edge of NFL Live, an interactive football fan experience. It was a show of combined effort from several different Houston-area groups Saturday, including “Resist Trump, Resist Hate,” “Standing Rock,” “Black Moms,” “Houston Area Progressives,” and “Socialist Alternative,” all marching together as #ResistHouston.
“We are here today to stand together and unify against the divisive politics of Donald Trump,” said Brian Harrison, a lawyer and one of the organizers for Socialist Alternative. “During his campaign, he attacked virtually every kind of human being there is. With his policies, he has now attacked Muslims and immigrants and women. We must stand united in opposition.”
By Alex Ortiz
During the afternoon of Nov. 20, a group of some 15 protesters walked down a closed off streets at Kedzie Avenue and 111th Street in Mount Greenwood on the city’s far southwestern edge. It was a cool but clear day — perfect for a large demonstration. Residents looked on while standing on their front lawns. Many had confused faces, while others shook their heads disapprovingly. Continue reading
By Harry Huggins
Video by Nikita Mandhani and Bian Elkhatib
Thousands of protesters gathered outside GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump’s rally at the University of Illinois at Chicago Pavilion Friday afternoon and evening. As fellow protesters inside disrupted the event and eventually contributed to its postponement, the outside protesters chanted insults about Trump and his supporters for hours.
Helicopters circled and police on horseback and bikes penned protesters in a corner outside the rally’s entrance as protesters shouted:
“No Trump! No KKK! No fascist U.S.A.!”
“Trump, Trump, you can’t hide! We can see your greedy side!”
“Stop Donald Trump!”
Miguel Del Toral, who helped organize the protest, said that organizers had little time to plan a response, so he called on a wide range of communities within UIC and Chicago to work together.
“We want to show Trump that hate speech, sexism, racism, is not tolerated on this campus,” Del Toral said.
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Protesters at Donald Trump’s rally openly criticized his words and policies as racist. (Harry Huggins/MEDILL)
Students from DePaul University joined protesters at UIC to shut down Donald Trump’s rally. (Harry Huggins/MEDILL)
UIC students gathered on their quad before protesting the Donald Trump rally. (Harry Huggins/MEDILL)
Ethan Viets Van-Lier leads student protesters in chants and poems before the Trump rally Friday. (Harry Huggins/MEDILL)
By Aryn Braun
Four days before Tuesday’s primary election, Chicago dumped Donald Trump.
Instead of the Trump rally at UIC Pavilion going as planned Friday evening, thousands of protesters went undercover, posing as Trump supporters to gain entrance and blindsiding those thousands who were excited to see their candidate speak.
‘We have a large city with a diverse people who understand systemic oppression.’
— Student Tess King
Earlier, crowds on both sides were peaceful. With a line wrapped around the block, Trump supporters streamed into the UIC Pavilion when the doors opened at 3 p.m. The UIC campus was crawling with media and police. Trump supporters either turned their backs to the media or faced them openly, wanting to be on camera.
By Xuanyan Ouyang
Parents who took their kids to the protest march for Peter Liang in Chicago said it was not just for Liang, but also for the equal rights of the future generations of Asian-Americans.
Over a thousand people marched in downtown Chicago as a part of the “biggest-ever Asian-American” protest in the U.S. history. They were calling for justice for former New York City officer Peter Liang. Liang accidentally shot Akai Gurley during a patrol in 2014.
Liang was convicted of manslaughter recently, making him the first police officer in New York found guilty for a police-involved shooting in a decade. Rage among the Chinese-American community triggered protests in more than 30 cities across the U.S.
Photo at top: Lei Zhao, Jiajia and their daughter among the protest crowd. (Xuanyan Ouyang/Medill)
By Shanshan Wang
Thousands of people, mostly Chinese-Americans, marched in downtown Chicago Saturday, calling justice for former NYPD officer Peter Liang, who was convicted of manslaughter in the fatal shooting of a black man in 2014.
The protesters chanted along the way, holding national flags, signs and banners with slogans conveying the message that selective justice is not justice, and that Liang is a scapegoat. Many of them have been following the news and sharing the protest information on WeChat, the most popular social media platform among Chinese community.
On Saturday, throngs of protesters, many from Chicago’s Chinese American community, decried the guilty verdict in the police shooting trail of Peter Liang in New York. Liang was convicted of shooting Akai Gurley, an African American, in 2014 while on the job as a New York City cop. Many protesters said race is not an issue here and that their main appeal was to have justice in law. However, at least one black woman insisted black lives matter. (Yunfei Zhao / MEDILL)
Continue reading One bullet, two victims: Protesters rally for convicted NYPD officer
By Harry Huggins
On a freezing cold Thursday morning, a dozen protesters gathered outside a Blue Line station in Logan Square. They handed out flyers to the commuters sidling by them, and they chanted.
“We are many! We are tough! Ten percent is not enough!”
Continue reading Logan Square Protesters Fear Gentrification
By Hannah Gebresilassie
Who wants breakfast?
Not ministers and activists in Chicago.
In light of the controversy surrounding the fatal police shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald and Cedrick Chatman, also 17, religious leaders say they will join activists in a protest on Friday morning outside of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s planned private commemorative breakfast of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Bishop Tavis Grant of Greater First Baptist Church, along with activists and 50 to 60 ministers in Chicago, are boycotting the event because they find it “gratuitous.” Activists plan to try and keep others out of the breakfast by locking arms in front of the entrance.
Instead of hosting a breakfast, the mayor’s office should be out in the community helping the homeless, Grant said.
“[Dr. King’s] last days were not spent eating a nice breakfast in a 5-star hotel,” Grant said in a phone interview, adding he feels Dr. King would commend them for taking a stand against poverty.
By Jenny Lee and Jenny G. Zhang
Min-Ah Cho feels like the last 20 years have been wasted.
Cho visited Chicago for a demonstration last Wednesday to protest a recent settlement reached by the foreign ministers of Japan and South Korea to end the two countries’ long-standing dispute over Japan’s sexual enslavement of thousands of women, known as “comfort women,” during World War II.
Under the so-called “final and irreversible” Dec. 28 resolution, Japan issued an apology and pledged 1 billion yen ($8.3 million) for a reparations fund. In return, South Korea promised to refrain from further criticizing Japan over the issue and to consider addressing Japan’s wish to remove a statue honoring the women from in front of the Japanese embassy in Seoul.