Take Back Chicago takes on the Chicago Loop

By Melissa “Missy” Enaje

Community members from twenty local non-profit organizations and unions rallied in downtown Chicago on Tuesday to push for a higher minimum wage, Chicago Housing Authority reform and an elected school board.

Brandon Johnson, Chicago Teacher’s Union organizer for the “Take Back Chicago” rally said the group chose Veteran’s Day to highlight a lack of funding for a variety of local programs.

“While our veterans are serving to protect the interest of this economy, back here at home we’re not being serviced,” Johnson said. “Schools are being closed, health clinics are being closed, folks are losing their homes.”

Johnson and others marched over half a mile from the James R. Thompson Center on 100 W. Randolph St. to the Chicago Board of Trade on 141 W. Jackson Blvd.