Chicago protests against police brutality, racism take many forms in Loop, South Side and suburbs

Peace march uses house music to unite Chicago, fight injustice

ByAlexis McAdams and ABC 7 Chicago Digital Team via WLS logo
Sunday, June 14, 2020
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Dozens of people walked together for the House Music Peace March Saturday, June 13, an effort to fight injustice and unite Chicago.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- For the third straight weekend, protesters took to the streets across Chicago and its suburbs.

Saturday's House Music Peace March used song and dance to address issues plaguing the nation, the city and the black community.

"We will not accept police brutality," said DJ and minister Farley Jackmaster Funk. "We are here on a positive note and we are going to have a peaceful protest."

The One House-One City group made their way from the South Loop to Buckingham Fountain, playing music and picking up some supporters along the way.

"The world is realizing that racism is a problem in America and across the world," said protester Wallace Gator Bradley.

A moment of silence and a dance, called the George Floyd slide, was used to bring attention to the call for justice in the Minneapolis police killing.

"We want to cross that line of racism," Farley Jackmaster Funk said. "I made a song called 'Get the Knee off of My Neck.'"

In the wake of chaos and destruction across the city, the group wanted to focus on resetting the mood in Chicago, looking for solutions to heal and rebuild.

"All of this starts at home, with the community," activist Andrew Holmes said.

"Kids matter too," said protester Coalani McCollough. "It is not just adults who have to be doing this."

Some families helped their children take a stand Saturday. A kids protest against racism was held on the city's South Side.

Parents and their children marched from Mandrake Park in Oakland to the steps of Rainbow PUSH headquarters.

The event was hosted by the Chicago chapter of Jack and Jill of America, an organization of mothers dedicated to nurturing future African American leaders.

A protest against police brutality kicked off downtown at 3 p.m. They gathered at Michigan Avenue and Madison Street, and marched through the Loop.

As the march for change continues in Chicago, a peace vigil was also held at Wilder Park in Elmhurst.

"How long will they protest? A week? Two weeks? Then fizzle out?" asked Farley Jackmaster Funk. "I hope that this will go on as a war, a war against injustice and racism."