Protesters at todays Take Back Chicago rally
  • Protesters at the Take Back Chicago rally

As protesters gathered at the Daley Plaza this afternoon, someone with a megaphone began the familiar call-and-response: “What do we want?”

“What do we want today?” a young organizer near the front replied quietly.

For weeks now, downtown has been awash with protests about one thing or another. The march this afternoon was part of a series of demonstrations organized by Take Back Chicago, a coalition of community and labor groups. Yesterday the protests centered around housing—21 participants, including five women over 55, were arrested for trespassing. Today they were about schools.