Activist announce plans to shut down the Kennedy on Labor Day

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The Kennedy Expressway (Photo credit abc7chicago.com)

Crusader staff report

Activist Gregory Livingston plans to shut down the Kennedy Expressway on Labor Day against the wishes of Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Labor Day is September 3.

During a press conference on Wednesday, August 22, Livingston unveiled the route for the protest. The mile-long march will stretch from Cumberland Avenue to East River Road. The march will likely cause headaches for drivers trying to get to the airport during the busy holiday weekend. Livingston said the march will demand that Mayor Emanuel resign and activists play a role in police contracts.

“Chicago has become a Killing Field,” said Livingston in a statement. “Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson on Monday said Chicago’s Crime is out of control and that CPD can only do so much. Over-Policing was attempted and so far, yielded less than satisfactory results.

“We must disrupt the Airline Companies on Labor Day in order to get the Emanuel Administration to finally respond to the need for the Desegregation and Equitable Allocation of Assets including the $24 Billion O’Hare Expansion Project; Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Political Euphemism ‘2 Different Investment Strategies’ is Dogwhistle politics for the economic segregation that engenders Chicago’s metastatic violence. We must remove an administration that engineers and perpetuates Chicago’s legacy of being the ‘most racially segregated city in America’.”

Livingston said the group plans to meet at 11:30 a.m., September 3 at the Cumberland Avenue entrance ramp and start the march on the Kennedy at 12 noon.

The march will be the third demonstration this summer where activists shut down the Dan Ryan and Lake Shore Drive to call attention to spiraling gunfire in the city’s low-income neighborhoods on the South and West Sides.

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