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Thursday evening July 23, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois was Logan Square Lockdown. In the heart of the Logan Square neighborhood on the northwest side in Logan Square Park for over an hour people of all races, young and old, male and female came together. Before the demonstration started water and snacks were being given to attendees.
The Protest and Political Rally had 4 demands:
1. Justice for Miracle. Miracle Boyd was attacked by a City of Chicago Police Officer the week prior at a tense protest in which protesters attempted to tear down a statue of Christopher Columbus in Grant Park. 18-year-old recent Chicago Public School's High School Graduate Miracle Boyd suffered injuries and chipped teeth when she was hit in the face.
2. Defund Chicago Police Department.
3. 2% of Chicago Police Department Budget Be Allocated for the Peace Book Ordinance.
4. 75% of Chicago Police Department Budget Go Back into the Communities.
There were several speakers engaging the crowd. NBC, and other members of the media were present. Protesters were told do not engage with the police. Volunteer medical workers were available. There was also a small group dedicated watching the police near the protest to hold them accountable. After one hour protesters marched down Wrightwood Avenue toward the house of Chicago's Mayor Lori Lightfoot.
There a heavy police presence at the intersection of West Wrightwood Avenue and North Kimball Avenue near Chicago Mayor's Lori Lightfoot's home. Protesters gave each other umbrellas to protect themselves from the Chicago Police in case the situation got violent. There were some officers in riot gear. The large crowd estimated at over 1,000 played music and danced. The Village People's YMCA was played with the crowd chanting "Fuck CPD" for the chorus. The song Fuck Donald Trump by YG and Nipsey Hussle was played with chants of "Fuck Donald Trump." The news was announced Lori Lightfoot called for the removal of the Christopher Columbus Statue at Grant Park in the coming hours and crowd rejoiced.
© 2020 Angel Guzman
Mr. Happy from Toronto, Canada on August 06, 2020:
"tear down a statue of Christopher Columbus in Grant Park" - So, did it go down? It should go down, even if just for the mistake of thinking that North America was Asia lol jk
On a more serious note, I cannot celebrate Columbus. If I did that, I'd be celebrating the genocide of the First Nations people. Can't do that.
That "YG & Nipsey Hussle "FDT (Fuck Donald Trump)" track is alright. Here's one I like better: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FyJKzEKI_XM
This one is fire too: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FwCNXNsndB8
Keep up the good fight!! Muchas gracias mi amigo.
Sp Greaney from Ireland on July 26, 2020:
I think protests are becoming more common because people want to voice how dissatisfied they are with everything.
James C Moore from Joliet, IL on July 25, 2020:
Logan Square normally draws crowds for festivals this time of year. However, protest are necessary. It's how we peacefully make change.