The following is a post from Ysabel, one of our seventh-grade students. Regardless of whether you agree with the protest, Ysabel is an enthusiastic young citizen and I applaud her for not only being active at a young age but am proud of her for wanting to share. Have an example of your own? Share it!
On January 21st, 2017 in Chicago was a Women’s March. I participated in this march for women’s rights. Next to the Washington D.C. protest, the Chicago protest was the second largest with 150,000 to 250,000 people attending. I talked to one of the people who helped organize the march. When asked why she choose to help organize this march, she replied that she “would actually try and do something positive and get people involved in a way that was meaningful for change.” People marched for many things including civil and individual rights. Some signs that we saw were for reproductive choice, LGBT rights, Women’s Rights, Black Lives Matter, and many more. The speakers at the rally also spoke out about many issues. Channyn Lynne Parker, a Transgender Activist and Translife Project Manager said, “As a child I loved Wonder Woman, but nothing could prepare me for standing in front of 150,000 of them.” Eman Hassaballa Aly, a Muslim community Activist said she didn’t want to be discriminated against for what she wore. Ari Afsar, Karen Olivo, and Samantha Marie ware, from the cast of Hamilton, spoke and sang at the march. Due to the size of the attendance, the marching part was cancelled so the people at the rally started their own march. Michigan Avenue was completely closed off. We marched together as one to stand up for our rights and to send the message that we won’t stop fighting. A representative from the ACLU read a poem by Assata Shakur, “It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win. We must love each other and support each other. We have nothing to lose but our chains.” Women’s March