All in Demonstrations

Fire & Fury II

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Chicago is shrouded in dense ground fog.  It is difficult to identify buildings just two or three blocks down the avenues.  Fog obscures, but it also amplifies colors, which brings a certain clarity to the urban landscape.  It creates a mysterious whirl in the air.  

Fire & Fury I

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So when the Lord blesses us with a day or two of January temperatures in the forties, we hit the streets.  Today, it was Grant Park and the Women's March.  Some 300,000 people showed up, breaking last year's attendance number by about 50,000 people.

Gutsy Protest

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I was headed downtown today to photograph the cold.  As the 146 bus approached the Wrigley building I noticed, to my delight, a demonstration across the Michigan Avenue, in the plaza that abuts the Tribune Tower and the international style building just south of the Tribune.

Alt T Delete

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Today, somewhere between 200 and 400 people marched from Federal Plaza to the intersection of Wacker and Wabash (Chicago's official anti-Trump demonstration site) to protest the weekend's events in Charlottesville and President's Trump's multiple responses to it.  Clearly his 2-hour old comments from the lobby of the Trump Tower in New York City added fuel to the fire.

Public Art

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On Monday of this week, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events installed a statue by Chicago artist Scott Reader across the river from the Trump Tower.  As is evident, the statue is simply the words "Real Fake" in gold lettering.  Quite appropriate for anything associated with President Donald J. Trump.

Gay Pride Parade

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Everyone knows what happens in Chicago on the last Sunday in June: The Gay Pride parade.  Having lived on the periphery of Boystown for over two decades, I've been to my share of Gay Pride parades.  Each year the parade is a little more corporate and a little less outrageous, reflecting the mainstream acceptance of gay people.

Trumpers

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Today, I saw what I perceive to be my first pro-Trump rally in Chicago.  Ostensibly the rally was to protest the possibility that Sharia law would be instituted in the United States, but at the end of the day, at least some of those present were Donald Trump supporters who were making a symbolic stand  in front of the bronze statue of an 11-foot high George Washington on the northwest corner of Wacker and Wabash.  Not surprisingly, a group of counter-protesters was in place at the northeast corner, which often serves as the locus for Trump protests in Chicago.

 

Covfefe

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Covfefe made it into the demonstration lexicon at Chicago's March for Truth today.   This was the poster of the day, even though the Photoshopping is less than desirable.