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(en) US, M20 Chicago: 30-Mile March

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Date Mon, 22 Mar 2004 10:57:31 +0100 (CET)

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The Walk Against War 2004, organized by the Chicago Anarchist, Anti-Authoritarian
and Autonomist Coalition (CAAAC), began with twenty people at 6:45 am on the far
South Side of Chicago. Black flags waved to the sound of drums as the march made it's
way on the sidewalk to Pilsen, stopping for a rally at 18th Street and Blue Island.
Here the march was met by a group of thirty fellow protesters and members of the Pilsen
Community. Speakers from the neighborhood brought a loudspeaker and tied the US
invasions around the world to the cuts in funding for healthcare, education and housing.
The Walk Against War reached the Education Not Empire Youth and Student Rally at UIC just
in time for a delicious meal served up by local Food Not Bombs groups. After the meal, the
Walk headed downtown, growing to over 300 people by the time it reached Michigan Ave.

Although organizers of the big march that gathered on Michigan
and Pearson tried to negotiate with the cops and march down
Michigan Ave., they finally gave in to the police and marched
down Chicago instead.

A portion of the march attempted to break away and get to
Michigan Ave. to bring the anti-war message to the busiest street
in the city. After attempts to push through the police, the
breakaway was turned around and it returned to the main march.
Three people were arrested.

The rally in Federal Plaza began at about 2 PM. The plaza was so
full that all of the marchers could not fit inside it. Total numbers of
marchers were between 5 and 10 thousand.

At the rally in the plaza, some protesters noticed signs held up by
members of ProtestWarrior. This right-wing group attempts to
infiltrate and disrupt protests and their message was not welcome
in the Plaza (see their website, www.protestwarrior.com).
Intervention by some of the people in the plaza caused all of the
ProtestWarrior signs to be taken down and destroyed. After their
signs were smashed, the right-wingers ran away from the
Anti-War rally.

The 30-Mile march was all over the news, and it was great to see
banners reading “Abolish the Wage System,” and
“Fight the Rich, Not Their Wars” on TV.

For photos, visit www.MidwestUnrest.net/m2004.html,
www.hackthissite.org/m20chicago, and

Link: http://www.MidwestUnrest.net

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