Where and when is the Chicago protest and what is the route?
The Chicago March for Our Lives protest will start with a rally at Union Park on March 24, at 11am. Protesters will then march through the neighborhood around the park. It is easily accessible via public transit, just off the Ashland station on the Green and Pink lines.
What is the "March for Our Lives" organization?
March for Our Lives is an activism group that is created by, inspired by, and led by students across the country who refuse to be witness to another mass shooting on a school campus. The group was formed by students who survived the horrific shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School, but the group is by no means exclusive to those students. It is a nationwide coalition aiming to end gun violence and enact gun control across the nation, especially in underprivileged neighborhoods that are disproportionately affected by gun violence. You can learn more about them here.
Why Chicago's focus on intersectionality?
LGBT youths, youths of color, and youths in underprivileged neighborhoods are disproportionately affected by gun violence, and their voices have been historically silenced and ignored by lawmakers. March for Our Lives Chicago aims to raise these voices up. Because Chicago is simultaneously one of the most diverse and one of the most segregated cities in the country, March for Our Lives Chicago has emphasized that its advocacy must be intersectional and inclusive in order to be effective.
What will the weather be like?
As of the time of this post, Weather Underground reports that the high will be 38 degrees, with a low of 29. There is also a 70% chance of snow, that will later turn into freezing rain. Winds will also be whipping at between 15 and 25 mph. Wear multiple layers (including hats and gloves), make sure your outermost layer is waterproof, and wear heavy boots.
Is there anything else I should bring?
It’s helpful at any protest scenario to be prepared. Bring your phone with you along with an external battery pack, so that you can both share your experience with the world and document the event. Read up on before you go: Right to Protest has a pretty good guide to staying safe while protesting. This is a peaceful protest, but be aware that there is always the possibility of encountering resistance or aggression. Other than that, we would recommend bringing plenty of protein-rich snacks both for yourself and for the other protestors, as well as a pocket full of hand-warmers to give out to people who are cold.