There were two marches during the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) day of action on Friday. Everyone heard about the one that drew tens of thousands into the streets of Chicago to demand greater funding and accountability for the city’s public schools. Different community groups, organizations and ally groups also joined the CTU’s call to action. The march people didn’t hear about took place after the larger first march. It was much smaller but equally intense.
There was little media coverage of the phalanx of protestors in the CTU action who started a second more radical march at the completion of the sanctioned march. This march was rapidly formed and the protestors made their way towards the North Lake Shore Drive in order to shut it down. CPD immediately detained anyone who attempted to cross their line, exhibiting a bit of “pain compliance” as they rammed the crowd back with their bicycles and horses. Several were arrested and detained. Traffic was snarled to a stop in both lanes for a while, frustrating rush hour commuters. The marchers were dispersed after takedowns and arrests
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