December 14, 2012 |
Five people gathered outside AMC River East on Friday, donning horse masks and wielding signs in protest of "The Hobbit," the recent Hollywood blockbuster facing allegations of animal abuse and neglect after several animals died during its production. The protestors were with PETA and led by Katie Arth, a PETA campaigner. She said the goal of the day's rally was to inspire people to contact the film's director, Peter Jackson, and ask him to stop using live animals for his films and "utilize the great CGI he is already known for. " Jackson, for his part, has vigorously denied the accusations...
May 30, 2013 |
On Wednesday, President Obama was in town for a fundraiser, and I headed down to the Hilton Chicago on South Michigan to cover the Keystone protest. A couple things: 1) It's telling that despite the supposed scandals engulfing the president, I saw not one person with a sign that said anything about Benghazi, the IRS, the AP, or James Rosen. The conservative echo chamber is hard at work trying to get traction on any of these issues, but the President's poll numbers have not budged and outside of a hard core of Obama-haters, no one cares.
November 19, 2013 |
It couldn't be spelled out more clearly. "VENTRA SUCKS" reads a string of what appears to be more than 300 magnetic stripe CTA cards in a photo shared on Facebook late last night. It appears to be taped up with blue painters' tape at the Logan Square Blue Line stop. It's unclear if the makeshift protest is still hanging around, but it likely took quite a bit of effort -- and tape -- to express such emotion. "Saw this as I was getting on my bike at the Logan Station to ride home tonight," writes Deborah McCoy on Facebook.
April 3, 2013 |
Most protestors have a rallying cry. Matt Farmer's is more of a song. Farmer, an attorney, musician, and education policy writer from Rogers Park, has been critical of Chicago's plans to close more than 50 public schools this year. On Sunday morning, he put pen to paper and wrote a song to express that frustration. "Nine times six / Fifty-four / Schools gettin' closed / Like never before," the song, posted to YouTube at midnight on Monday, rhymes. "It's time to fight back / Rahm has gone too far. " The song takes jabs at Mayor Emanuel for...
May 9, 2012 |
The average Chicagoan might be dreading traffic, road closures and CTA reroutes during the NATO summit May 20 and 21. But Occupy Chicago member Marcus Demery is actually kinda psyched. "It's literally like waiting for a storm," said 20-year-old Demery of Hyde Park. "A beautiful storm, though. " For groups like Occupy, the NATO summit - which will draw leaders of NATO member countries - will be like a spring awakening. There will be mass protests, rallies, concerts and competing summits (one called "The People's Summit" runs May 12-13)
June 4, 2012 |
*** (out of four) The Mynabirds' frontwoman Laura Burhenn describes the band's sophomore effort "Generals" as a protest album - specifically, a concept album based on her political frustrations. That comes through loud and clear with lyrics like "I need a political job/ In a blue collar town/ So I can pay my rent" kicking off the title track. After a few listens, though, I found a lot more than political protest throughout the album. You'll get '60s pop in "Radiator Sister," electronic dance beats in "Body of Work" and peaceful indie melodies in "Greatest...