More than 1,500 protesters from all over the region converged on the West Side Tuesday, to rally against everything from corporate excess to failing schools to immigrant deportations.
“America is on the wrong path and no longer cares about its people, only about corporate greed, deportation, and self-interest over the whole,” said Janice Solomon, who came to Union Park with Iglesia Unida de Cristo in Berwyn for a May Day rally.
Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said the rally so far had been peaceful. No arrests were made as of early afternoon.
“It’s going to be a good day,” McCarthy said. “People have the right to exercise their First Amendment rights, and we’re going to protect them. I hope the weather cooperates.”
Police and protesters estimated the attendance at between 1,500 and 2,000 people.