Chicago’s Trump Tower has become a hotspot of local protests in recent months for obvious reasons. Given all of the president’s controversial statements and policies and the mostly-liberal ideology of the city, the stretch along the Chicago River has become even more of a high-traffic area than it already was.
The latest example of the area’s growing buzz came this past Friday as nearly 1,000 protestors gathered for a Trans Liberation March, according to The Chicago Tribune.
The march came during a time of crisis for the trans community after four trans women, Keke Collier of Chicago as well as Chyna Doll Dupree, Ciara McElveen and Jaquarrius Holland of Louisiana, were all killed within two weeks of each other.
Chants of “Say their name!” could be heard coming from the crowd that carried signs that read “Black Trans Lives Matter” and “Trans Liberation.”
“Here in Chicago, this direct attack on our trans siblings will not go unanswered,” Stephanie Skora, an organizer with the Trans Liberation Collective, said. “We will take to the streets, and loudly, proudly, and fiercely make our voices heard as we struggle for our own liberation, and the liberation of all oppressed peoples!”
Speakers criticized the Trump administration for rescinding President Obama’s directive that protects transgender students in schools. Time was also taken to demand an end to solitary confinement and an overall cut on the use of prisons and police.
Take a look at some photos and videos from the march below:
— Lucie H. Macías (@LucieHMacias) March 4, 2017
— BLACK POWER ranger (@MalcolmLondon) March 4, 2017
— Tyler LaRiviere (@TylerLaRiviere) March 4, 2017
— rebekah frumkin (@jeansvaljeans) March 4, 2017
— Deivid Rojas (@furiosarojas) March 4, 2017