Demonstrators blocked traffic at Congress and Clark for about an hour to demand immigration reform and a halt to deportations.
A few quick shots in front of ABC7 studios from the Anonymous “Million Mask March” this evening in Chicago. Similar demonstrations took place in cities across the globe.
Last week I was in DC for the Dinner and Bikes tour I’ve been traveling with this month. We got in town the night before the event, so I had some extra time during the day before our event. I managed to hook up with demonstrators from Good Jobs Nation, low wage workers who are fighting for better, living wages. After a loud and boistrous march and rally through Union Station, we took the streets for awhile on a march to the Cannon Building, where a hearing was taking place.
Yesterday more than 200 people rallied and marched along the Magnificent Mile in Chicago to demand a higher minimum wage. They sung revised Christmas carols at a few locations in one of the city’s busiest shopping districts and walked the sidewalks chanting “we can’t survive on $8.25.” The day culminated in a sit-in at the intersection of Michigan Ave and Pearson where more than 20 were arrested and issued citations for blocking traffic.
On October 15, 2011, hundreds of activists were arrested in Chicago’s Grant Park after attempting to set up an Occupy encampment. Last month, a judge dismissed charges against 90 activists who filed suit that the charges were unconstitutional. On October 15, 2012, members of Occupy Chicago and a coalition of other activist groups, joined by the Overpass Light Brigade, marched through the loop and held a “free speech festival” on the site of the original arrests in order to mark the anniversary as well as highlight an anti-eviction campaign.