Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2018-02-21
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Anti-Trump/Pence protest held in Loop
by Vern Hester
2017-11-06

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

      More Photos


On Nov. 4, Refuse Fascism hosted a protest rally and march in downtown Chicago calling for the removal of President Donald Trump and Vice President Michael Pence from office. The event also marked a kick-off of protest actions that will take place in 22 U.S. cities every day until the goal is met.

The rally and march started at Federal Plaza at the corner of Dearborn and Adams streets and—after a full program of speakers—attendees marched down State Street in the light rain and gathered at Trump Tower. This rally and protest did not focus on one group, but hosted many disenfranchised groups under one umbrella.

Reginald Sawyer, of The Chicago Two-Spirit Society, said in his speech, "We the people have the power, not him [meaning Trump]." Christina, a high school student said, "I could get by if I keep my mouth shut. I'm 5'2, I go to school, I'm white and unless I come out as a lesbian they won't bother me. But I can't stand by and watch my trans friend who is afraid to leave her house after the November electons. I have to get involved and protest." Dr. Edward Ward said, "When you kill Black children in the streets, it is a human-rights violation. When you destroy LGBTQ communities, it is a human-rights violation. When you destroy and rip apart Latino families and communities, it is a human-rights violation. We are not compromising on any of these issues."

The Rev. Greg Greer of Freedom First International said, "What you are calling [an ideal] America is a myth. I would give my life for this cause." Jazz musician Juli Wood prefaced her message with Martin Niemoller's poem, "First They Came for the Socialists" while Noche Diaz of The Revolution Club elicited cheers when he said, "I want to make one thing clear: I am not a musician but when Trump and Pence are gone, I will sing and dance like never before."

Refuse Fascism spokesperson Tricey Morelli said after the event, "So many people are trying to wait for the upcoming elections, but in 2018 it will be too late. Fascism moves quickly and our freedoms of speech are being attacked routinely with this administration. The Trump administration is trying to normalize fascism and we are aiming to get those people waiting on the sidelines to get involved and refuse fascism on all levels."

With a police escort, the contingent—which included roughly 300 people—chanted, cheered and sang down a busy wet afternoon on State Street without incident. No arrests were made at the event.

Upcoming protest rallies that Refuse Fascism is sponsoring include a Protest for the Oppression of Women and LGBTQ People that will be held Thursday, Nov. 9, at the corner of State and Jackson streets.


facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email




Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

Leaders note Trump District Court nominee's anti-LGBT slant 2018-02-21 - Civil-rights leaders from across the country condemned the Trump administration's nominee for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, Gordon ...


Gay News

CBA to honor Lori Lightfoot Feb. 28 2018-02-21 - Lori E. Lightfoot, of Mayer Brown LLP, and Larry R. Rogers Jr., of Power Rogers & Smith, will be honored with the Chicago ...


Gay News

MOMBIAN Fighting for kids against religious exemption laws 2018-02-21 - As a growing number of states allow child welfare agencies to discriminate against LGBTQ prospective foster and adoptive parents and LGBTQ youth in ...


Gay News

NATIONAL Trans foster-child bill, Black queer artist, breast-feeding first 2018-02-20 - In California, transgender foster children would be guaranteed access to healthcare specific to their unique needs under a bill announced by San Diego ...


Gay News

Advocates: Transmission laws hinder HIV/AIDS prevention efforts 2018-02-20 - Laws that penalize intimate partner contact wherein one person has failed to inform the other that they are HIV-positive are viewed by many ...


Gay News

State 'License to Discriminate' Bills Threaten LGBT Access to Services 2018-02-18 - ( New York, February 19, 2018 ) — The rash of new "religious exemption" laws passed by state legislatures around the United States ...


Gay News

Chicagoans Unite to Rally and March for Gun Reform 2018-02-17 - CHICAGO — Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Women's March Chicago, and Indivisible have joined forces to lead a rally and ...


Gay News

Clarence Darrow Symposium to mark 80 years since Darrow's death March 13 2018-02-17 - Tuesday, March 13, the Clarence Darrow Commemorative Committee marks two contributions by famed "attorney for the damned" Clarence Darrow: marking the 80th anniversary ...


Gay News

Lawyers group responds to reports of Fla. shooter's white nationalist ties 2018-02-15 - WASHINGTON, D.C. — Kristen Clarke, President and Executive Director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, issued the following statement Thursday ...


Gay News

Lambda files suit in union case 2018-02-14 - Lambda Legal—joined by the Human Rights Campaign, National Center for Lesbian Rights, National LGBTQ Task Force and PFLAG—filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the ...


 



Copyright © 2018 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.