The well-planned protest in Chicago that shut down a Donald Trump campaign rally from taking place Friday at the University of Illinois Chicago's campus was led by the city's Latino, Black and Muslim activists.
After learning that Trump would be speaking on campus, a group of students and faculty asked the university to cancel the rally, given Trump's racist rhetoric.
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However, the university denied their request. This encouraged several student groups, including the Black Student Union, Muslim Student Association and the Fearless Undocumented Alliance to organize a mass anti-protest.
The groups began by organizing on Facebook and other social media as well as an online petition site called Moveon.org, which donated printed signs, urging students and other supporters to “help stop Trump.” Other organizations eventually joined the group, including Black Lives Matter and Assata's Daughters.
The anti-Trump protesters met a couple of hours before the presidential hopeful was due to speak on a different part of campus, then marched to the UIC Pavilion, carrying a banner saying “Trump makes America hate. Our students make America great.”
But that was not all, the protesters had pre-arranged that some 2,500 of them would be on the street outside but hundreds more clandestinely waiting inside.
They waited amongst Trump supporters – people wearing “Hillary for Prison” and “Bomb the Hell out of ISIS” pins, and chanting “Build that wall!” “U-S-A!” and “We want Trump!”
They were silently biding their time until Trump started to speak, at which time they would each stand up, chanting, disrupt the speech and build to a crescendo. Their motivations were to peacefully interrupt the candidate.
But that time never came, since Trump's security somehow got wind of the massive crowd of protesters who infiltrated the rally, and canceled the speech.
According to one organizer with the Latino group Mijente, who was at the Trump rally, protesters celebrated the shut down. Some started chanting “We stopped Trump” while others sung the lyrics to the Kendrick Lamar song, “We Gon' Be Alright,” which has become an anthem of the Black Lives Matter movement, the organizer told Color Lines.
Activists also said that this will not be the last protest.