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HAPPENING NOW: Black youth organizers and ally organizers halt Trump rally traffic with "#ByeAnita #DumpTrump" blockade
Black youth urge Chicagoans to refuse support for Anita Alvarez in the March 15th, 2016 primary election.
Chicago 3/11: Right now, March 11, 2016 at 5:30pm, organizers from Assata's Daughters, Black Lives Matter: Chicago, OCAD, and CLAW are halting traffic to disrupt the Chicago rally for Trump held at UIC in protest of two fiercy anti-black candidates for political office, Trump for the presidential nominee and Anita Alvarez for Cook County State's Attorney.
Today's action is the latest in a series of protests organized by Black youth targeting Anita Alvarez for her record of covering up police murder, criminalizing survivors of domestic violence, and supporting police terror in black communities.
Black youth organizers are calling attention to the high stakes of the primary election, linking Anita Alvarez's record of anti-blackness as top prosecutor in Chicago with Trump's white nationalist, fascist agenda. Both Trump and Alvarez condone, encourage and support violence against Black communities.
We see a direct link between Trump's overtly racist white nationalist campaign and Anita Alvarez's record of filling jails and prisons with black bodies using dogwhistle tough-on-crime rhetoric. We do not want a future where Anita Alvarez or Donald Trump hold decision-making power over our lives. We demand that Alvarez Must Go. We stand against Trump and his rabidly anti-black base of supporters; we will not allow him to rouse white supremacists seeking to cause bodily harm to black people, as has happened time and again at many of his rallies across the country.
We urge Chicagoans to vote out Anita Alvarez on March 15th. Black lives and black futures depend on it.
This is one of several actions in recent weeks coordinated by young Black organizers from Assata's Daughters and Black Lives Matter: Chicago. Statements from previous #ByeAnita actions:
Elementary School Students Stage Get out the Vote Action to say "Alvarez Must Go!" | 3/9/16
Black organizers and allies disrupt Southside St. Patrick's Day Fundraiser for Anita Alvarez, demand #AlvarezMustGo | 3/1/16
Video: Black Organizers and Allies Disrupt Alvarez Fundraiser |3/1/16
Black Youth demand #AlvarezMustGo at SA forum | 2/24/16
Black youth organizers disrupt Anita Alvarez fundraiser | 2/24/16
Black Youth Demand #AlvarezMustGo | 2/23/16