CHICAGO — There are several protests and vigils planned in reaction to the police killing of George Floyd across Illinois.
In Chicago, a caravan is planned to Federal Plaza in the Loop on Saturday. From the Facebook event:
Yet another murder of an unarmed Black person in the month of May. George Floyd in Minneapolis; Ahmaud Arbery in Atlanta; Breonna Taylor in Louisville. These murders are outrages that demand justice and national protest. We stand in solidarity with the uprising in Minneapolis.
The recently refounded National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression calls upon all its members, comrades, friends and allies to join in a national day of protest on May 30th, 2020. In Chicago we’ll car caravan to arrive in the Loop at 2:00 PM CST.
Read the entire call to action here: https://naarpr.org/updates/national-alliance-calls-national-day-of-protest-may-30th/
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We will be protesting to stop the racist murder and violence that this administration has willfully unleashed. Not only is the government standing by as COVID-19 ravages African American, Latinx and Indigenous communities—inciting mass Black death with their calls to reopen the economy, but the police and racist vigilantes continue to brazenly hunt and kill Black folks while they sleep in their beds and on open roads in broad daylight. We protest the genocidal policies of government that have allowed city and county jails, federal and state prisons, juvenile detention jails, and immigrant detention centers to become hot beds for COVID-19 infections and death camps for millions.
#FreeThemAll #FreeGeraldReed #MassReleaseNow #JusticeforGeorgeFloyd #BlackLivesMatter
In Decatur, protesters will gather for a Justice Walk that starts at the Decatur Civic Center on Monday, June 1. In the Facebook event, organizers have asked participants to bring a sign, wear a mask and socially distance.
Indivisible Aurora will hold a rally on Sunday, May 31, at the Aurora Police Department. The rally starts at 3 p.m. The organizers have said that the rally is to “protest the excessive force, police brutally, and racial profiling against the poor, oppressed, and disenfranchised in our community.
Indivisible Shawnee in southern Illinois shared a vigil being held at Carbondale’s Turley Park on Sunday, May 31. Organizers are asking people to bring a candle and socially distance.
Springfield’s protest will be on Monday, June 1, at 3 p.m. at the Lincoln statue in downtown.
UPDATE: Friday, May 29
A second protest is planned in Springfield at the Sangamon County Courthouse on Sunday. From the Facebook event:
Black Lives Matter SPI would like to invite the City of Springfield to participate in a Solidarity Procession for Breonna Taylor, Reasjon Reed and George Floyd along with countless other men and women murdered at the hands of law enforcement.
The Procession will take place this Sunday, May 31st at 12:30pm.
Please meet at the 9th & Adams parking lot across from the BOS Center at 12:30pm. A member of Black Lives Matter SPI will help facilitate the vehicle lineup. The Procession will begin promptly at 1pm.
A map of the procession route will be provided to participants upon their arrival. Please be sure to follow the route and instructions provided to ensure the safety of all participants. It is also very important to abide all traffic lights and signs while en route.
We encourage everyone to decorate their vehicles and create signs to show love, support and hope for the cause.
We ask that everyone remain in their vehicles for the duration of the procession in light of the current Covid 19 pandemic.
A protest in the Joliet/Plainfield area is planned for 2 p.m. on Friday.
UPDATE: Friday, May 29, 9:43 p.m.
A March for Justice is planned for Daley Plaza in Chicago on Saturday, June 6, at 11 a.m.
From the Facebook event:
We will march to end Police Brutality
We will march because #blacklivesmatter
We march for justice for George Floyd and his Family
This march will be peaceful
we will gather in Daily Plaza and march the city streets as we see fit to show our solidarity against gruesome and horrid injustice like this
Please wear your mask
i’ve looked into this and where we are gathering for the march is completely legal and in a spot where you do not need a permit to protest ! please remember these are peaceful demonstrations
signs and mantras will do
if you intend on destroying public property please know that is illegal and you will face the consequences per city of chicago
i am not responsible for those choosing to attend
i am not responsible for those who refuse to be peaceful
if you plan on rioting do NOT attend this event it should be 100% PEACEFUL!!!!! AS THAT IS MY INTENT
i want us all to be as safe and educated as possible! and keep our city clean and intact as we show our solidarity
We will add more events as we hear about them.