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Nearly 200 Chicagoans came out to support the Back the Blue rally, many holding American flags in support of American law enforcement.

‘Black Lives Matter’ counter-protest causes friction with ‘Blue Lives Matter’ demonstration

July 26, 2020

Separated by a metal fence and a line of police officers with bikes, Blue Lives Matter and Black Lives Matter demonstrators came to a standstill in the South Loop Saturday. Blue Lives protesters—many ...

Paint The City initiative supports local artists who ‘bring a little light back’

Artist Bryant L. Jones uses art as a creative outlet to spark conversations around important issues.

By Lauren Leazenby, News Editor

June 26, 2020

Black hands pray to “Heal the Hood” on a boarded-up currency exchange. A black-gloved fist is raised next to the words “Black Lives Matter” on the windows of a restaurant. A painting of a Black man ho...

Comedy Majors Eryn Burnett (left) and Nathan Hatfield (right) host a fundraiser livestream to raise money and support for Brave Space Alliance's Trans Relief Fund to provide economic relief payments for transgender, non-binary and intersex individuals.

‘Something Like a Livestream’ virtual fundraiser helps trans community impacted by the pandemic

June 26, 2020

While working together on the podcast "Something Like a Brother," senior comedy writing and performance majors Eryn Burnett and Nathan Hatfield found the transgender community has been especially affec...

The community opens up: Conversations about racism and the Black experience are 'uncomfortable,' sometimes traumatic

The community opens up: Conversations about racism and the Black experience are ‘uncomfortable,’ sometimes traumatic

June 25, 2020

George Floyd’s death felt like the death of a family member for Layla Broderick. Broderick, a junior marketing major, said conversations about the unjust killing of Floyd, a Black man from Minn...

 WBEZ-FM 91.5 and Vocalo 91.1 hosted a virtual event “Voices of the Movement: Black Activism and Organizing for Change” with a panel of black activists to discuss the historical fight for racial equity.

‘Voices of the Movement’: Black activists discuss power in organizing

June 24, 2020

After viewers enjoyed a few minutes of Childish Gambino’s song "This is America"—which highlights the unjust killing and violence against Black Americans—viewers and panelists virtually held a m...

One Million Man March celebrates Juneteenth with marching band and singing

One Million Man March celebrates Juneteenth with marching band and singing

June 21, 2020

Celebratory music from a marching band playing "When the Saints Go Marching In" could be heard from blocks away while close to a thousand protesters with vibrant signs for the "One Million Man March" ...

What to know when protesting; experts weigh in on the momentum of the movement

What to know when protesting; experts weigh in on the momentum of the movement

June 19, 2020

In 2018, the Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party celebrated its 50th anniversary, and⁠ the revolutionary socialist political organization had its own Bill of Rights, where No. 7 on their 10 p...

Drag March for Change addresses intersectionality of race, sexuality, gender

Drag March for Change addresses intersectionality of race, sexuality, gender

June 17, 2020

Led by local Chicago drag queens and kings, thousands marched across Boystown in full drag with glamorous makeup, voluminous wigs and sky-high platform heels—but it was not part of the neighborhood's...

Brandwagoning: Black Lives Matter movement is not a commodity or aesthetic for branding purposes — opinion

Brandwagoning: Black Lives Matter movement is not a commodity or aesthetic for branding purposes — opinion

June 15, 2020

Influencers and corporate brands have used protests for the Black Lives Matter movement as a live backdrop for photo opportunities, in some cases attempting to profit off of black culture rather ...

BREAKING: Faculty Senate Executive Committee offers message of solidarity, supports new Black Faculty and Staff at Columbia group

BREAKING: Faculty Senate Executive Committee offers message of solidarity, supports new Black Faculty and Staff at Columbia group

June 6, 2020

  With the intention of enacting change and offering support, the Faculty Senate is backing a new Black Faculty and Staff at Columbia group to provide "a space to discuss issues that impact Black ...

Opinion: America's pre-existing condition of racism does not excuse itself from accountability

Opinion: America’s pre-existing condition of racism does not excuse itself from accountability

June 3, 2020

The modern-day lynchings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd at the hands of police, intertwined with numerous displays of glaring entitlement from white Americans, have exposed that America...

A group of protesters destroy a police vehicle, slashing its tires and jumping on the dash to shatter the glass.

Columbia buildings damaged, thousands march downtown for George Floyd protests

May 31, 2020

Residents in the South Loop woke up to businesses and buildings damaged by broken glass, looted storefronts and spray-painted messages after protests escalated and riots broke out Saturday night. ...

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