Hundreds of protesters marched to the home of Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Thursday to criticize her leadership of the Windy City. At the demonstration organized by over 40 organizations, including Black Lives Matter Chicago and the Chicago Teachers Union, progressive protesters grumbled that the far-left Democratic mayor failed the people of Chicago.
On the two-year anniversary of the mayor’s time in office, more than 300 protesters gathered outside Lightfoot’s home in the Logan Square neighborhood in Chicago. The demonstrators voiced their complaints about Lightfoot’s handling of several issues, including the coronavirus recovery, police reform, housing, education, the environment, and racial injustice.
Demonstrators held up report cards of Lightfoot’s performance, for which she received failing grades on all of the issues. One report card gave Lightfoot a letter grade of “F” for her policies regarding law enforcement, especially for not defunding the police.
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Protesters posted photos and videos of the demonstration on social media, using the hashtag #2Years2Much, a reference to her first two years in office.
“For the past 2 years, Lightfoot’s Administration has continued to ignore the demands of its people,” Black Lives Matter Chicago wrote on its Facebook page. “This administration has failed on multiple issues – from environmental justice to education to policing to housing and COVID recovery.”
Good Kids Mad City, one of the community organizations that organized the protest and is a group for ‘black and brown youth united in fighting to end violence in our cities,” posted a video on Twitter of demonstrators chanting, “F*** Lori Lightfoot!”
“We are here to deliver Lori Lightfoot her report card that says she has failed us in every possible way,” protester Oscar Gonzalez told WLS-TV.
“It’s not enough to be black, it’s not enough to be female, you gotta be right,” Tara Stamps, a veteran Chicago Public Schools teacher, told WFLD.
The Chicago Teachers Union tweeted that its 28,000 members are “grateful and honored to be standing alongside” protesters against the Chicago mayor.
Lightfoot responded to the protest by saying, “Look, I’m the mayor of the city. There’s always going to be people who are critical. There’s always people who are going to say we’ve fallen short.”
“I can say that I’m proud of the progress that we’ve made and excited to continue the hard work to roll up our sleeves and get things done on behalf of the residents of this city,” she added.
Lightfoot is also taking fire for her recent remark that she would only be doing interviews with “black or brown journalists.”