by James R. Scott, The Chicago Times
May 21, 2021
Hundreds gathered in Logan Square Park on Thursday evening to protest against Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s litany of perceived failings as she hit the halfway point of her first year in office.
The rally, which was organized by members of the Chicago Teachers Union and local activist organizations, gave some of Lightfoot’s harshest opponents a platform to air their grievances.
Many condemned the mayor’s handling of Anjanette Young’s failed raid and the deadly police shooting of 13-year-old Adam Toledo, while others chastised her for failing to follow through on campaign promises.
Some of the marchers carried imitation report cards with failing marks as they marched from Logan Square Park to Lightfoot’s neighboring home. The marchers were stopped by a Chicago police barrier at Wrightwood and Kimball avenues, as they had been in previous rallies outside Lightfoot’s well protected home.
The mayor’s anniversary, according to Jazmine Salas, co-chair of the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Oppression, “is not a celebration . . . With Lori Lightfoot as our mayor, Chicagoans are living in a nightmare . . . What a farce she campaigned for office as a reformer.”
Similar remarks on other critical topics interspersed with impromptu dancing sessions accompanied by some of the shouts that became rallying cries during last summer’s rallies. The uprising’s spirit could be sensed all over the place.
Although the CTU is not a fan of the Mayor, many citizens will remember Lightfoot’s inaction (other than raising the bridges) during last year’s riots and looting that plagued the city. Some see this “celebration press conference”, which excluded some reporters based on their race, as a smoke and mirrors tactic by the Mayor to cover up failures.