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West Ridge Protest Friday Will Take Over Busy Street Corner

The West Ridge demonstration is the fourth in a planned series of protests centered in busy North Side neighborhoods.

Lance Ewing, 29, and Johnathan Sims, 27, march during a June 1 Black Lives Matter protest on the North Side.
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WEST RIDGE — The fourth in a series of North Side street corner protests will take place Friday in West Ridge. 

The protest will be 4-6 p.m. at the corner of Western Avenue and Pratt Boulevard, where demonstrators will gather to advocate for Black Lives Matter and seek justice in the police killing of George Floyd. Attendees will remain at the intersection rather than march through the neighborhood. 

This is the fourth street corner protest on the North Side this week. Organizer Jocelyn Prince has also held the demonstrations in West Town, Uptown and Rogers Park, where a large crowd gathered near Loyola Park Wednesday. 

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Prince, a veteran political organizer who has worked on campaigns for Barack Obama and other politicians, said she wants to bring demonstrations to neighborhood settings, where more people might be inclined to participate. 

“This sort of thing, anyone can do. We’re encouraging everyone to provide some visibility to the movement,” said Prince, a Rogers Park resident. 

The event will take place rain or shine, and those heading out are encouraged to bring signs, noisemakers and wear masks. Those wishing to remain socially distant are encouraged to drive by the intersection and honk their car horn in solidarity. 

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