Saturday Aug 29 at 11:00am to Sunday Aug 30 at 11:00am
In the Park at the NE corner of Marine Drive & Wilson Avenue
West of the Lake Shore Drive & Wilson Avenue Viaduct
Tent City in Uptown: A Sleep Out and Protest
The park district, law enforcement and local leaders continue to displace the homeless under the lake shore drive viaducts and along the lakefront parks. We see these attacks as part of a larger strategy pushed, most notably by Alderman Cappleman, to eradicate the homeless from the Uptown neighborhood entirely. Many of those who are now being harassed once had housing that was bought up and flipped by local developers with the help of local city officials. In protest along with the homeless themselves, we will be sleeping out in tents to bring light to this war waged by the city on Uptown’s most vulnerable. This protest will call for more low-cost housing in the neighborhood, an end to harassment of social services and shelters by the alderman and city, an end to the mass evictions of those who are near homeless, inclusive people based development, an end to the mass removal of the homeless under the viaducts and in parks.
Bring a tent, sleeping bag, or shopping cart and set up camp with us. We’ll be on the grass, under trees, wherever. Make sure there’s room to pass, so no blocking the sidewalks, simply be a presence to show solidarity with the homeless. Bring protest signs if you are able to.
Protest with us as long as you can. Feel free to bring food if you have any to share!