#IStandWithChicago …. Great organizing job! Lessons for the next time.
Simon Nyi (left) with Alyssa Greenberg (right) | CREDIT: USED WITH PERMISSION
On Friday night, so many protesters descended upon a Donald Trump rally at the University of Illinois-Chicago that the Republican presidential front-runner canceled his appearance, citing security concerns. Violence broke out inside and outside the rally, with Trump quickly criticizing the “thugs who shut down our First Amendment rights.” Conservative commentators avidly defendedTrump, saying that it was a shame that protesters — also making use of their First Amendment right — had shut him down.
Thousands of protesters from all over the city, led by black, Latino, and Muslim activists, spent days organizing the protest, motivated by Trump’s incendiary remarks about communities of color and religious minorities. Organizations “tapped into existing networks of pro-Bernie Sanders and Black Lives Matter activists,” as NBC News explained. Representatives of student groups from the Black Student Union and Fearless…
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