People’s Climate March in Chicago: Today 4/29, Noon-4pm


April 29, 2017 @ Noon
Federal Plaza (230 S Dearborn)

March for our climate + our communities.

Rally @ Federal Plaza (230 S Dearborn), then march to the Trump Tower
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Editor’s Note — The information in this post is provided by the March organizers, Food and Water Watch – Midwest and the Chicago Group of the Sierra Club.

Things to Wear/Bring:

  • Weather-appropriate clothes
  • Water bottle & snacks
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Friends/family/neighbors
  • Note: If you are bringing drums, please wait to use them until after the rally starts. The American Indian Center is starting the rally with a drum ceremony, and has asked to only have drumming occur after that opening ceremony has ended.

Plan for March:

Rally at Federal Plaza starts at noon. From there we’ll march north to the Trump Tower. When we arrive across the river from the Trump Tower we’ll hold hands along the river between State + Michigan to show that we’re standing together to protect our communities, land, water, and air. The rally is permitted and we have communicated with law enforcement about the march route. We’ll have environmental justice and frontline communities lead the march.

What is an environmental justice community?

Low income communities and communities of color are disproportionately impacted by pollution. These environmental justice frontline communities have a long history of organizing to combat pollution and other threats to people’s well-being, and are key to providing leadership in building real solutions to achieve climate justice. We’re grateful to the environmental justice and frontline organizations who’ve been involved in building this march! They will be leading the march, joined by residents from environmental justice and frontline communities. If you live in a environmental justice or frontline community, please join marchers near the front!


We’re marching for our communities + our future. Read our demands here.  These demands were shaped by the needs and voices of environmental justice communities.

Who is speaking?

  • Sarina DiMaso, American Indian Center
  • Octavius Hayes, Clean Power Lake County
  • Nancy Meza, Little Village Environmental Justice Organization
  • David Hunt, Food & Water Watch
  • John O’Grady, AFGE Local 704
  • Cheryl Johnson, People for Community Recovery
  • Melissa Cardoza + Karla Lara, Environmental Justice Leaders from Honduras
  • Delia Barajas, Ixchel -Berwyn + Cicero
  • Naomi Davis, Blacks in Green
  • Troy Hernandez, Pilsen Environmental Rights and Reform Organization
  • Jose Olivia, Food Chain Workers’ Alliance
  • Bryant Williams, Southeast Environmental Task Force
  • Sheilah Garland, National Nurses United
  • A worker organizing with the Fight for Fifteen

Local Organizations Endorsing the March:

Action Corps Chicago
AFGE Local 704
Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments
American Indian Center
Animalia Project
Autonomous Tenants Union
Blacks in Green
Blue-Green Alliance
CARE-Sexual Health Advocacy
Cause for Concern – Indivisibles
Chicago Jobs with Justice
Chicago Democratic Socialists of America
Chicago 350
Chicago Sinai Enviroment Committee
Chicago Strategies
Chicago Teachers Union
Chicago Youth Alliance for Climate Action
Chi Youth Nations
Circle Pines Center
Clean Power Lake County
Climate Justice Alliance
Climate Reality Project
Conceivable Future
Congregation of St. Joseph
DeKalb Stands with the Women’s March Chicago
Democratic Party of Evanston – Environment Action Group
Desert Storm Think Tank and All Veterans’ Advocate
Earthy Robot
Elgin Green Groups
Elmhurst Cool Cities Coalition
Faith in Place
50th Ward Green Party
Fight for Fifteen
Food & Water Watch
Food Recovery Network
Fox Valley Citizens for Peace & Justice
Frack Free Illinois / Chicagoland Oil By Rail
Friends Who March
Go Green Illinois
Go Green Northbrook
Greater Oak Park Democratic Socialists of America
Grower’s Guild
Habitat 2030
Illinois Green Party
Indivisible Chicago
Indivisible Illinois
IXCHEL Environmental Justice in Cicero & Berwyn
Justice for All
350 Kishwaukee
Little Village Environmental Justice Organization
Loyola University Chicago Mycology Club
Mom’s Clean Air Force Illinois
Moving Forward Chicago
National Nurses United
Natural Resources Defense Council
New York – Chicago Bullet Train
Nuclear Energy Information Services
Oak Park ClimateAction Committee
Parliament of the World Religions
People for Community Recovery
Pilsen Environmental Rights and Reform Organization
Physicians for Social Responsibility
Presbyterian Peace Fellowship
Refuse Fascism Chicago
Rising Tide
Rohingya Culture Center
Roosevelt Institute at DePaul
Ruthless Readers Book Club
Save Our Illinois Land
Sierra Club
Southeast Environmental Task Force
Southeast Side Coalition to Ban Petcoke
Student Environmental Alliance of Loyola University Chicago
Students For Reproductive Justice
Students for Worker Justice (Loyola Chicago)
The People’s Lobby
Unitarian Universailist Advocacy Network of Illinois
UChicago Resists
Union of Concerned Scientists
Unitarian Universalist Church of Elgin
World Wildlife Fund


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