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Protesters vowing to build a large-scale protest movement to resist further attacks on immigrants, Muslims, women and other scapegoated targets of the Donald Trump campaign are holding a mass march that begins noon today at Chicago’s Federal Plaza, on the corner of Adams and Dearborn Streets.
Participants will march to Wabash Avenue and the Chicago River. As of early this morning, 13,000 people had already RSVPed on Facebook that they’re attending the event.
“The election of Trump will surely lead to a deep instability in society that will only endanger the most vulnerable among us,” said John Beacham, an organizer with the ANSWER Coalition and initiator of Chicago’s 10,000-strong protest the night after the election.
“It is inevitable that millions of people will actively resist a Trump administration,” Beacham continued in a press release. “A grassroots, fighting progressive movement will emerge to protect people victimized by the hard-right cabal that is set to occupy Washington. The aim of our protest on Saturday is to give voice and expression to the overwhelming majority of people in Chicago who utterly reject the open racism, sexism and bigotry of Trump.”
“Years of ‘dog whistle’ sloganeering by Republican primary opponents, and the bailouts of the banks and the mass deportations of immigrants by the Obama administration have paved the way for the far right, openly racist populism of Trump,” said Andy Thayer, co-founder of the Gay Liberation Network and one of the protest organizers, in the same release.
Besides ANSWER Chicago and the Gay Liberation Network, endorsers of the action include Black Lives Matter Women of Faith, La Voz de los de Abajo, People United Against Oppression, Freedom Road Socialist Organization, Party for Socialism and Liberation, and CODEPINK Chicago.
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