Chicago students protest high college costs. Eight arrested.
Moral Monday on October 24 2016: In the first student led Moral Monday action in Chicago, students marched from Congress Plaza to Michigan Ave and Adams in downtown Chicago. Eight people then blocked Michigan Ave in both directions by chaining themselves together in two groups. When arrested they went limp and were dragged to the police wagon.
Students are drowning in debt, losing MAP grants and being denied access to financial aid. Public schools mainly serving Black, Latinx and low-income students; like Chicago State University and Northeastern Illinois University, are facing staff layoffs and even possible closures.
Undocumented students can't even access what little state financial aid there still is. Meanwhile, Gov. Bruce Rauner continues to veto budgets and put profits for his wealthy 1% friends and donors over the needs of students, families, and all people in Illinois.
Corporations continue tax dodging instead of investing in the public good. According to Fair Economy Illinois, two-thirds of Illinois corporations pay no state income tax.