Protesting police brutality, and demanding environmental justice, a group from the organization “Bridges//Puentes: Justice Collective of the Southeast” carried their message on bicycle through the heart of Chicago’s heavily polluted, and economically ravaged, 10th Ward. Starting off at 86th Street and Commercial Avenue, in the parking lot of the Mission cannabis dispensary (which is still shuttered after being looted during the initial George Floyd protests of late May), the demonstrators pedaled across the 95th Street bridge, down Ewing Avenue and Avenue O, before ending up at Mann Park in the Hegewisch community. A number of stops were made along the way to discuss, among other issues, a recent decision allowing the problematic scrap metal operation, General Iron, to relocate to the southeast side from its rapidly gentrifying north side neighborhood. Demands were also made to reform police oversight and remove police officers from daily duty inside Chicago Public School buildings.
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