Activists converge on Rahm Emanuel’s home for Fourth of July protest

By David Edwards
Thursday, July 4, 2013 15:22 EDT
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Protest at Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's house (Facebook)
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Dozens of activists angry over austerity measures in Chicago used their Fourth of July holiday to demonstrate at the home of Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

As of Thursday afternoon, over 400 people had indicated on a Facebook event page that they would be attending the “Block Party to Fight Austerity at Rahm’s House.”

“Let’s gather at Chase Park (Ashland and Leland) at noon, then march over to Rahm Emanuel’s house for a street dance party to celebrate citywide resistance to budget cuts and other austerity measures that hurt poor and working people in order to make the super-rich even richer,” the organizers wrote.

The group told WMAQ that the event would include music, dancing and speakers.

“At a time when working people are already struggling to make ends meet, Mayor Emanuel is eliminating thousands of jobs across the city every year,” organizer Greg Goodman explained to the station.

On a live audio stream, demonstrators could be heard chanting, “One Term Mayor!”

Listen to this live audio from aaroncynic.

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[Photo: Facebook/"Block Party to Fight Austerity at Rahm's House"]

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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