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Massive protest to confront Trump during Chicago campaign visit

By Joe Iosbaker

Chicago, IL – Donald Trump is bringing his hate tour to the West Side of Chicago this Friday, March 11, with an evening rally at the campus of the University of Illinois (UIC).

On March 7, 100 student leaders from the Young Democrats, Students for Justice in Palestine, the Black Student Union, Muslim Student Association, Mexican Students of Aztlan, fraternities, sororities, the student government, and numerous campus groups met to plan a protest. According to Juan Rojas, Casandra Robledo, Usama Ibrahim and Nathaniel Lewis, leaders of the coalition, the message they will bring is, “Fight the hatred Trump is bringing to UIC.”

The protest will gather at 4:30 in the Quad at the center of campus, then march to the Pavilion, the arena where Trump and his racist followers will rally. The protest opposes Trump’s presence on campus, where a majority of the 30,000 students are oppressed nationality, including Black, Chicano and Puerto Rican; immigrants from Mexico, Central and South America; India and Pakistan; China, Korea, Vietnam, and the Philippines. In addition, perhaps 10% of the student body is Muslim.

Community groups, including the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, will join the protest. Frank Chapman of the Alliance explained that, together with the students, “We will fight back and we will win.”

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