2012 was a bit of an uneasy year for Chicago. Derrick Rose tore his ACL. Blagojevich went to prison. The Chicago Teachers Union went on strike for the first time in 25 years. And the decision to host the NATO summit meant thousands of ‘Occupy’ and anti-NATO members would both rally to protest.
On May 19th, the day before the summit, there were two large protests in Chicago. In Ravenswood and Downtown Chicago, I marched along with the protesters, capturing the environment from the middle of the roaring crowds. The protesters had a great variety of chant’s; ranging from the standard “We are the 99 percent!”, to all encompassing chants like “Fight back!”, to very specific phrases like “Give Obama prison time”.