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Protesters turn onto Wabash Avenue chanting “The people united will never be defeated.

Chicago students stand in solidarity for police-free campuses

August 2, 2020

Students from eight Chicago universities and colleges, and others from schools outside the city, came together for a block party to demand police-free campuses and celebrate strength in numbers. ...

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" ...

A Chronicle photojournalist recounts her experience at the front lines of a Hong Kong protest

A Chronicle photojournalist recounts her experience at the front lines of a Hong Kong protest

January 24, 2020

  HONG KONG—For seven months, activists have taken to the streets of Hong Kong by the millions to battle a controversial extradition bill, facing arrests, tear gas and, in some cases, death. ...

Thousands of marchers make their way down Adams Street during the Chicago Women's March, Saturday, Jan. 18.

Chicago’s fourth Women’s March, in photos

January 19, 2020

Thousands gathered in Grant Park for the fourth Chicago Women's March, which began in 2017 in reaction to the inauguration of President Donald Trump. The Saturday, Jan. 18 march—which will be ...

March for Life Chicago claims to be the largest pro-life event in the Midwest. Over 8,000 were in attendance during 2019's march.

Chicago’s March for Life attracts anti-abortion supporters, counter-protesters and white nationalists

January 15, 2020

Editor's Note: In this article, sources refer to abortions as pertaining to women. The Chronicle acknowledges that abortion is applicable to all people, regardless of gender identity.   ...

Eleuterio welcomes marchers to Calumet Park in Chicago, Oct. 26.

Moms Demand Action walk the path of gun sales from Indiana to Chicago

October 28, 2019

A group organized by Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense in America journeyed from Hammond, Indiana, to Chicago Saturday for the March to Illinois. The march highlighted the issue of cross-state gun sales...

Members of the Chicago Tap Theatre perform in

Columbia alumnus featured in Sweet Tap Chicago show

March 1, 2019

Uniquely choreographed tap dancing is set to a mix of rock, soul and R&B for Chicago Tap Theatre's Sweet Tap Chicago show.Taylor Mallory, a 2010 music business alumnus, is the main vocalist and emce...

St. Pauls United Church of Christ, 2335 N Orchard St, and UCAN hosted their 5th annual Polar Peace March Jan. 20.

No matter temperature, Polar Peace March walks to stop violence

January 24, 2019

“Stop the violence, start the love.”This was the chant approximately 300 people marched to Jan. 20. on a day when temperatures fell below 20 degrees. The Polar Peace March lived up to its name.Despite...

Maximizing Value on Vacation

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July 23, 2018

I’ve been working hard in school for a long time now. With my senior year looming and my career set to start after that, it looks like I’m going to keep working hard for the foreseeable future. I need a break! So I’m looking to take a big vacation — probably to Hawaii, if I can afford it. But that’s a pretty big “if!” I really want to take a serious vacation, but I don’t have a ton of money right now, and I don’...

Thousands march for immigration policy reform

July 11, 2018

More than 50,000 people gathered at Daley Plaza in sweltering heat June 30 to protest a controversial immigration policy that allows separating families at the southern border.The Families Belong Together march was hosted by 15 organizations, including Indivisible Chicago, Amnesty International and the National Immigrant Justice Center.Protestors that rallied in Daley Plaza were joined by more than 710 events nationwide, including protests in New York City, Washington D.C. and Granbury, Texas.Speakers included Father Michael Pfleger, a social activist, Colleen Connell, executive director of the ACLU of Illinois, Oscar Chacon, co-founder and executive director of Alianza America—a Latino immigrant advocacy group—and Jean Mishima, president of the Chicago Japanese American Historical Society, among others. “When we turned ourselves into immigration, I was told my 18-year-old daughter was too old. In that moment [we were] separated, in that moment I began to cry,” said a Salvadoran asylum seeker to her translator as she spoke on stage. Her name was withheld from the public for privacy reasons. “My daughter is still in there, and I am here.” Virginia Martinez, a speaker at the event who visited a detention center in Dilley, Texas, described the conditions of the detention center as having “inadequate medical and psychiatric services.”Martinez recounted stories of women awakened by border agents kicking them, and mothers wrapping their children in blouses and placing them between their legs to keep warm in the frigid holding cells.“We are completely outraged at what has happened to this country,” said Neal Spira, 67, a protestor and dean of the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. “The acceptance of immigrants in the U.S. is fundamental to having a free and vibrant society and we don’t want it taken away.”Demonstrators marched south on Clark Street to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement field office,101 W. Congress Parkway.Protestors chanted “stand up, fight back” and “abolish ICE” as they moved through the streets.In response to growing backlash against the policy, President Donald Trump signed an executive order June 20 designed to allow families to stay together, even when detained. The executive order does not end Trump's "zero tolerance" policy of arresting anyone who crosses the border illegally, nor does it address the 2,300 children who have already been separated.U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw issued a nationwide injunction June 26 that blocked ICE from separating families and ordered those separated be reunited within 30 days. It also requires the government to reunite children under the age of five with their parents within 14 days, and let children speak with their parents within 10 days.Some protestors, such as Bilal Mujahid, 42, a security professional and protestor at the event from the west suburbs of Chicago, are unsatisfied with the action because children still remain separated.“The executive order came out to [prevent the separation of children], but there are still thousands of children in [prison]-like conditions,” Mujahid said. “How can we, as Americans let that happen?” 

“Gun Ballet,” an exhibit that demonstrates the aestheticism of violence in games, will be on display March 2–June 24 at VGA Gallery, 2418 W. Bloomingdale Ave.

Dancing with digital death

May 4, 2018

Through a nondescript set of doors, down a drab side street lies “Gun Ballet,” an explosive art exhibition nestled neatly inside the Video Game Art Gallery.The gallery, located at 2418 W. Bloomingdal...

“Clued In: An Improvised Murder Mystery” is playing at The Blackout Cabaret on Thursdays April 5–May 31, then moving to Judy’s Beat Lounge Saturday’s June 2–30, both at 230 W. North Ave. 

Can I have a ‘Clue’?

April 1, 2018

In a dimly-lit cabaret, a detective interrogates individuals, hoping to solve a murder in “Clued In: An Improvised Murder Mystery,” an audience participation-themed entertainment.Performing at The B...

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