Chicagoans Mobilize for Counter-Inaugural Protests
18 Jan 2005 08:58 GMT
With only two days remaining before George Bush is sworn in for a second term as President, Chicagoans from across the city are making last minute travel preparations to join the tens of thousands expected to converge in Washington DC on January 20 for a day of diverse counter-inaugural protests against the Bush Administration's right-wing agenda.
The J20 actions will include a permitted presence along the Inaugural parade route, marches and rallies across the city, direct action, and a non-violent anti-war "die-in" in front of the White House. Momentum around counter-inaugural organizing has surged in recent weeks, despite unpredecented restrictive security measures [ map ] designed to intimidate dissent and a massive military and law enforcement mobilization -- including the Chicago police.
A bus caravan organized by the Chicago Organizing Coalition - Counter-Inaugural will leave for DC on Wednesday, January 19th, at 5:30 PM and return on Friday morning, Jan 21st. For those unable to travel to DC, Southsiders for Peace are organizing a local counter-inaugural rally and march on J20 at 3:30 PM, starting at the corner of 95th and Western Ave. Stay tuned to CIMC and DC-IMC for continuing coverage.