Protesters marched to the Chicago Board of Trade on Tuesday as part of the “Take Back Chicago” initiative. (Michael Epstein/Medill News Service)
Organizers addressed the crowds in English and Spanish (Michael Epstein/Medill News Service)
Demonstrators carried signs depicting City Hall’s close ties with corporations such as McDonald’s. (Michael Epstein/Medill News Service)
Organizations included the Chicago Teacher’s Union, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless and Disability Rights Action Coalition for Housing (Michael Epstein/Medill News Service)
Shouts echoed outside the McDonald’s store on South Financial Place (Michael Epstein/Medill News Service)
Protesters expressed discontent over school funding and closures. (Melissa Enaje/ Medill News Service)
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.