Best Signs From the Solidarity Against White Supremacy Rally (PHOTOS)

Substantial and serious division has always been a part of the American experience. It goes as far back as declaring independence on Great Britain and fighting a revolution for the ideals stated in that document. While it ebbs and flows between strong unity (WWII, 9/11 are great examples) and contentious divisiveness (1960s, the Civil War), we're usually all on the same page when it comes to some basic human rights and civil liberties.

Sadly, 2017 is not one of those times. The cold-blooded murder of Heather Heyer in Charlottesville, VA was the most publicized in a string of neo-fascist terrorist attacks in the United States. Even after this deplorable tragedy, a poll showed that about 9% of the voting public (roughly 22 million Americans) still believed that Neo-Nazism and white supremacy are acceptable. 

Genuine hatred and simple bigotry actually has a seat at the table of mainstream political discussion, and Heyer died because of it. It's astounding that we even need to hold an event entitled Solidarity Against White Supremacy, but unfortunately that's where we are as a country right now. 

Solidarity Against White Supremacy is part of the National Weekend of Solidarity, a national effort to show support for community members planning to protest hate groups and other racists in San Francisco and Berkeley on the weekend of August 26-27. (update: violence breaks out in Berkeley)

The rally was held today at 2pm at Federal Plaza where several hundred gathered to condemn fascism, the KKK, Neo-Nazis, the Alt-Right and other groups in the white supremacy basket of deplorables. The activists then marched to near Trump Tower, stopping at the corner of Wabash and Wacker Avenues.

“While many are prompted to protest the egregious responses of Trump, Rauner and others to the fascist hate and violence in Charlottesville, we also recognize that this hate has deep institutional roots in our country, and many of the policies pursued by politicians of both parties reinforce, rather than diminish it,” said Jaquie Algree vice president for external relations of SEIU Healthcare Illinois & Indiana.

“Depriving schools serving primarily Black and Brown youth of the music, art, sports and other programs enjoyed by wealthier, whiter students, closing public mental health clinics, slashing social services relied on by women and people of color, attacking unions, deporting millions of immigrants – all these are policies that reinforce the racism and other hate highlighted in Charlottesville.”

Rally marching to #trump #tower #trumptower #chicagogram #chicago

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Just about every Chicago march, no matter what the cause, concludes at Trump Tower, which is fitting for several reasons. He is, after all, the most powerful individual in the free world, and he has many long standing issues with with the city of Chicago, stemming from a petty grudge against Barack Obama that he simply won't let go of.

What better way to try and get your message to a hostile narcissist than to present yourself in front of a building with his name on it?

In addition to the gallery of protest signs here in this post, you can see more images and signage from the rally at my Instagram (@paulmbanks) and Twitter (@paulmbanks) accounts.

Additionally, I published posts collecting photos of the best signs from several other Chicago rallies held this year. Click below where linked in order to check those out.

-March for Truth

-Rumps Against Trump (video from this one went crazy viral)

-March for Science 

-Tax March

-Women's March

Paul M. Banks runs The Sports Bank.net and TheBank.News, which is partnered with News Now and Minute Media. Banks, a former writer for the Washington Times, NBC Chicago.com and Chicago Tribune.com, currently contributes regularly to WGN CLTV and Chicago Now.

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