Quick Chicago snapshot

December 3, 2014 | Revolution Newspaper | revcom.us


Wednesday, December 3– The situation is changing rapidly. Masses of people  are shutting down traffic in New York City. Rage and realization that the system has actually let more murdering pigs walk free. And Eric Garner’s murder was captured second by second on video for the world to see. Ten days after the grand jury in St. Louis, Missouri refused to indict the cop that murdered Mike Brown.

Here in Chicago, there is similar anger but as yet not as many people have the same burning feeling that “we must act NOW!” that flows so deeply tonight in New York. Nevertheless, a spirited street-corner rally held downtown at rush hour brought forth a dozen or so people, many joining on the spot.

A young Black woman told revcom.us, “It’s just the injustice everywhere. I don’t really think that the system is set up to help people of color, Black or brown. It’s the injustice. Like the sign says ‘Who do you call when the police attack us?’ But I think that if we all realize we’re human first, things can change. But we do need to have a change.”

A young Mexican woman started testifying in Spanish about the horrific disappearance of 43 students in Ayotzinapa, in the state of Guerrero in Mexico. She had just come from a rally at the Federal Building a block away, in solidarity with the huge struggle of the people in Mexico demanding the return of the students who had been kidnapped by a drug cartel, with the active assistance of the local authorities and police. One of the major demands of the people there is the resignation of the Mexican president. She saluted the struggle of the people in the United States and added “we demand that these people be returned alive, because they were alive when they were kidnapped.”

The rally then turned into a march that went up and down the sidewalk, calling out to shoppers and to people on their way home from work.

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