Portage and Jefferson Parks Unite for Black Lives

June 12, 2020 - 5 PM – 6 PM

5425 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago, IL

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For too long, Black people in our community, in our city and in our country have suffered violence and brutality at the hands of police and our systems of government. Please join neighbors in Portage Park and Jefferson Park for a demonstration in support of Black Lives and against racism.

We unite in solidarity, but also to hold our alderman accountable.

Alderman Jim Gardiner has said nothing regarding the murder of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, or other Black people who have been killed by police or white supremacists in recent months. He has remained silent on where he stands on CPAC, a proposed ordinance that would empower communities to hold our police system accountable. He has shown that he is unwilling to speak up on behalf of ALL of his constituents.

We demand that Ald. Gardiner address these murders. We demand that Ald. Gardiner comes out against police brutality. We demand that Ald. Gardiner say their names.

We will start at 45th Ward Alderman Jim Gardiner’s Office for a brief rally followed by a march to the 16th Precinct CPD headquarters at 5151 N. Milwaukee. To facilitate safer, socially distanced participation in the demonstration, we are urging all participants to wear masks for the entire event. There will also be a car caravan that follows marchers after the rally to the 16th precinct headquarters.

This will be a peaceful protest. We want to amplify the voices and unite in solidarity of Black members of our communities. If you demonstrate any signs of hate speech, inciting violence, harassment of attendees, or destruction, you will be asked to leave.

Stay tuned for details in the discussion section.