Shut It Down: Trump Rally Edition
Chicago's youth led a movement to shut down Donald Trump's presidential campaign according to Alex Seitz-Wald of nbcnews.com. Ja'mal Green, Matthew Ross and Jorge Men were three of the many student and community activists behind the movement that took place on Friday night of March 12th. Green, a twenty year old activist and singer has been at the forefront of many of the movements in regards to the Laquan McDonald case according to Rollingout.com. With this particular movement, Green was able to get the word out that Trump was coming to talk at the University of Illinois at Chicago and help organize a resistance through a post on Facebook stating:
Meanwhile, Mena started a petition on MoveOn.org to get the university to cancel the event and Ross spread the word by promoting protest event pages.
But, little does the public know that Black Queer women of the @BLMChi and @Assatasdaughters movements were also behind the rally’s shut down. These two organizations have hit the ground running in response to the McDonald case by starting the #AlvarezMustGo and #ByeAnita campaigns in regards to Cook County, Illinois State's Attorney Anita Alvarez.
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According to thedailybeast.com’s Justin Glawe, Alvarez has a history of declining to file charges against police officers involved in fatal shootings and has cleared sixty-eight people in the last seven years to be exact. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Police Department have also come under fire from the Chicago community for how they investigate police shootings.
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An estimated 2,000 protesters from these various community and student activist groups, came together and organized designated meeting points both inside and outside the rally stated huffingtonpost.com. Also, the event that was supposed to start at 6pm was called off thirty minutes after both Trump supporters and protesters packed the building. This caused chaos leaving a few injured and arrested.
With such a surge of online responses to the actions that took place Friday night, this definitely proves that when people stand together for a greater cause changes can be made. If it were not for these determined and decisive young women and men, voices would not be heard and thoughts on important social and governmental issues would be ignored.
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