R3 AGAINST WHITE SUPREMACY
On August 19, 2017, we held vigil and rally outside the monument to slaveholder Stephen A. Douglas which is in the middle of the historic Black community of Bronzeville. The City locked the gates before we arrived. We spilled over into the street outside the park and blocked the intersection.
300 protestors from a variety of groups and communities joined with speakers from immigration rights, anti-police/ state violence, and radical Jewish orgs. We ended by reading the names of the 123 enslaved people that Douglas “owned.” He used part of his wealth to help found the University of Chicago and student activists from the Chicago Reparations Working Group joined us and gave some history about the site.