Several hundred protesters gathered outside the home of Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, complaining she has disappointed the city.
Protesters used the hashtag #2Years2Much to share images and videos of the rally on social media as the mayor celebrated her second anniversary in office.
According to Fox News, images on social media show that protesters on Thursday, May 20, with signs that offer Lightfoot “F” grades in education, COVID-19 recovery, police reform, housing, and other areas.
Activists gather near Lori Lightfoot’s home to protest the mayor’s policies and actions Thursday in Chicago. The anniversary of Lightfoot’s two years in office come as she faces mounting problems over crime, policing, turnover in her office and ongoing battles with CTU. pic.twitter.com/iWBIVrOTFT
— armando l sanchez (@mandophotos) May 21, 2021
This evening, more than 200 people marched through Logan Square in protest of Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s second year in office. Organizers spoke of “broken promises” on police accountability, environmental justice, public education, housing and other issues. pic.twitter.com/oxb5FUzMYW
— Taylor Moore (@taylormooresays) May 21, 2021
“It’s not enough to be black, it’s not enough to be female, you gotta be right,” Tara Stamps, a veteran Chicago Public Schools teacher, said during the protest, according to the Washington Examiner.
According to the Facebook event page information, the march was funded by 40 community organizers, including the Chicago Teachers Union, Black Lives Matter Chicago, Illinois Raise Your Hand, GoodKids MadCity, among others.
“For the past 2 years, Lightfoot’s [a]dministration has continued to ignore the demands of its people,” the event page reads. “This administration has failed on multiple issues—from environmental justice to education to policing to housing and COVID recovery. Join over 30 organizations in calling out Mayor Lightfoot on her [two-]year anniversary and demand that she fulfill her broken promises.”
In a tweet on Thursday, the Chicago Teachers Union said that its members are “only grateful and proud to be standing alongside” protesters.
Lightfoot boasted 150 achievements since taking office, Fox 32 reported on Thursday, May 20. The mayor also unveiled a $10 million plan to develop the city’s parks, libraries, and community gardens.
“Chicago Works Community Challenge serves as our city’s latest step in the mission I set out to accomplish two years ago, which is to deliver the investments and change our residents need in order to thrive,” Lightfoot said in a Thursday statement.
She added that the plan would be based on “community input,” much like “many of the other programs” her administration has implemented “over the past two years.”
Lightfoot attracted backlash earlier this week when she said she would only offer interviews to black and brown reporters on the anniversary of her inauguration.
She appeared to confirm the practice on Twitter.
“It’s a shame that in 2021, the City Hall press corps is overwhelmingly White in a city where more than half of the city identifies as Black, Latino, AAPI or Native American,” Lightfoot wrote on Wednesday. “Diversity and inclusion is imperative across all institutions including media. In order to progress we must change.”
The announcement caused criticism on both sides of the aisle, including from former congresswoman and fellow Democrat Tulsi Gabbard, who demanded Lightfoot resign.
Mayor Lightfoot’s blatant anti-white racism is abhorrent. I call upon President Biden, Kamala Harris, and other leaders of our county—of all races—to join me in calling for Mayor Lightfoot’s resignation. Our leaders must condemn all racism, including anti-white.
— Tulsi Gabbard 🌺 (@TulsiGabbard) May 21, 2021