I saw the protests on the news at 4:30 and just read your blog. Some protesters were chanting about peace and profit while others were blocking store and mall entrances.
You and I are pensioners who will get a check on December 1st
Some of the people in those stores will see less in their pay because of commissions lost today, while others who rely on tips for a living might not have enough carfare to get home tonight. Keep up the good work and maybe next year the protesters will need Metra to get to the stores.
– Bob Busch
You have written comments to this blog dozens of times. Sometimes you have written to agree with me. Sometimes you have written to disagree. It’s all good.
I hope that we don’t disagree that the murder and the cover-up of the murder of Laquan McDonald is worthy of protest.
If you don’t agree with me that the actions of the police officer, police Superintendent McCarthy, Anita Alvarez and Rahm were protest-worthy, than the tactics of the protest are really not the issue that divides us.
I do believe that. It is why my family was marching up North Michigan Avenue on Friday.
So let’s talk about protest tactics.
We marched from Michigan and Wacker to the Water Tower. I didn’t block any doors. But that was only because I didn’t know that some of my fellow-protesters were doing it. I would have done it if I knew about it. It would have given me the chance to talk face-to-face to folks doing shopping. I would have talked to them about the tale of our two cities: A city of those who can afford to shop at Ralph Lauren and those who can barely afford Aldi.
A third of our city lives below the poverty line.
I would have talked to them about police violence and the school-to-prison pipeline.
I love engaging people in conversation about important things. Some engage back. Some don’t. It’s all good.
I know that the North Michigan Avenue retailers made a big deal and expressed their sudden concern for their employees’ income loss.
The truth of the matter is that they have made a mess of things all by themselves. For all but the wealthiest, the economy sucks and those retailers can’t sell their stuff. Sales are down and it isn’t because protesters blocked their doors for a few hours on Saturday.
I saw some rich white lady in a fur coat on TV last night complaining that her right to shop had been violated. She looked silly. Heartless. All that was missing was her saying, “Let them eat cake.”
Protests disrupt things. That’s the idea.
When Martin Luther King led the Montgomery bus boycott in 1955, people lost money.
When the UAW shuts down an automobile company, workers at all the suppliers are laid off even though they are not on strike themselves.
As a teacher, when you went on strike, families of the kids you taught had their lives disrupted. They didn’t choose that to happen. But it was necessary.
You don’t like the tactics that young people chose to show their righteous moral outrage?
Do something else.
If we both agree that what happened to Laquan McDonald is wrong and that the cover-up is wrong, than get out there and organize around the tactics that you think are better.
If we don’t agree?
See ya later,