CHICAGO – Eight protesters were arrested at The Bank of America Financial Center at 135 S. LaSalle St. downtown on Tuesday afternoon. More than a 100 people gathered to protest the Trump administration’s proposed cuts to HUD.
The event is part of a series of events billed as Resist Trump Tuesdays sponsored in Chicago by the Jane Addams Senior Caucus.
Like most Tuesdays since Trump has been inaugurated the group met in the Southeast corner of Federal Plaza at Jackson and Dearborn. The assembled crowd listened to speakers give personal accounts of their housing needs and told of HUD provided assistance that helps them make ends meet.
After the brief rally the protesters took to the streets
to march by the Ralph H. Metcalfe Federal Building at 77 W. Jackson Blvd. where the Chicago HUD office is housed leaving large “We Love HUD” on the windows.
The march culminated at the financial center where eight protesters blocked the revolving doors on LaSalle, attempting to prevent entry to the building.
The organizers chose this location because Heritage Foundation board member Anthony Saliba’s office is there. The speakers easily connected the Heritage Center’s policy goals with the budget proposed by the president.
Chicago Police moved their paddy wagon from its initial placement on LaSalle Street adjacent to the protest to the back entrance of the bank lobby on Clark.
This is a common tactic of the police, which they use to minimalize the impact of the protesters’ civil disobedience by separating the arrests from the visible action of the protest.
The police had trouble getting at least one protester, Debra Miller, in the police vehicle because it wasn’t handicap-accessible and they said that CPD doesn’t own a step stool. After several minutes an SUV was sent, and the more than dozen assembled officers thought the SUV would work better for Miller than the paddy wagon. They were unable to get her into the SUV,
despite rather rough looking assistance, and had to wait another ten minutes for a standard police cruiser “with a cage” to be deployed to the scene, which Miller was finally able to access.
Miller took the opportunity provided by the 20-minute delay to inform passersby and onlookers about the protest and continue to share her message of “No cuts to HUD!” (Watch her epic schooling in the videos below; she does not disappoint.)
The Jane Addams Senior Caucus will meet again next Tuesday at Federal Plaza.
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