'Fund Communities, Defund Police' Community Groups Protest Outside City Council

Craig Dellimore
March 13, 2019 - 1:35 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Voices of protest were raised before Wednesday’s Chicago City Council meeting over several controversial matters before the aldermen.

Groups like activist Amisha Patel's Grassroots Collaborative brought crowds to City Hall to rail against expected votes on a Police and Fire Training Academy on the West Side, the $6 billion Lincoln Yards development on the North Side, and a warehouse project in Little Village.

"It is unacceptable that this administration is forcing votes that black and brown and working people will literally be paying back for a lifetime," Patel said.

Alderman Carlos Ramirez Rosa had a warning for some of his colleagues. 

"City Council, sometimes it seems like you only understand things that are crude. Vote with the community today or whether it be in four weeks or four years we will vote you out," Rosa said.

One of Rosa's colleagues called him a phrase WBBM Newsradio will not repeat.