On inauguration day, January 20th 2017, there were several protests in Chicago starting in the afternoon and going into the night. I went to the protest slated to start in the evening in front of Trump Tower to see what it was all about.
There was a somber tone, yet passionate and outraged. A dense fog even made the air feel heavy. Despite the underlying sentiment, there was a powerful sense of resolve and solidarity among an incredibly diverse crowd. Young and old, able bodied and disabled, white, black, transgendered, gay, people who’ve served their country, students looking to protect their futures and everything in between.
The people on their daily commute home honked their horns in unison with the crowd’s chants and hung out their windows to high five protestors as they passed.
In my head, I kept hearing the song from Les Miserables:
Do you hear the people sing?
Singing a song of angry men?
It is the music of a people
Who will not be slaves again!
When the beating of your heart
Echoes the beating of the drums
There is a life about to start
When tomorrow comes!
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