Organizers Plan "Black Christmas" Protests for Chicago's Magnificent Mile

Photo: Chris Sweda; Chicago Tribune

Photo: Chris Sweda; Chicago Tribune

Protesters in Chicago plan to take over the Magnificent Mile on Christmas Day in an attempt to disrupt last minute holiday shoppers and bring attention to what they feel is an inadequate response by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to recent police shootings by the Chicago police department. 

Dubbed “Black Christmas,” organizers of the protest hope to mimic the effect that their protests had a month earlier when they took to the streets after Thanksgiving. 

Gregory Livingston, of the group Coalition for a New Chicago, stated, “We know there will be a lot of last-minute Christmas Eve shoppers. We hate to be disruptive, but we hope to once again affect economics on Mag Mile to appeal to the merchants, and appeal to Emanuel on his cover-up and sequent actions that he needs to step down.”

Recent protests in Chicago have been inspired by the judge-ordered release of a video depicting the shooting death of Laquan McDonald by Chicago officer Jason Van Dyke. Van Dyke was subsequently charged with murder.

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