Women wearing pink "pussy" hats will fill the streets of Chicago today.
The hats are a jab at President Donald Trump who was recorded bragging about grabbing women by their genitals without consent.
The protest is the left's shot across the bow to President Trump; it symbolizes resistance to his misogyny, racism, and a range of his proposed policies.
Chicago is a perfect location for this protest. It is the site of one of Trump's great towers, a phallic paean to himself. Trump also used Chicago to help himself get elected. The city's terrible violence, he argued, illustrated the need for a return to "law and order."
Chicago is also a place where the great schisms in American life, politics, and capitalism are always on display. It is hyper-segregated; terribly violent; and starkly divided into rich and poor.
It is no wonder, then, that Chicago has long been a site of political protest and upheaval. Here are some images from a few of Chicago's iconic protests. Through the years the issues are shockingly similar: race; policing; war; and class conflict.
Haymarket Square, 1886
In May of 1886, the entire city was gripped by strikes calling for an 8 hour workday. After the police killed strikers at the McCormick Reaper Works, a group of workingmen assembled in Haymarket Square to vent their anger. During that meeting, an unknown culprit hurled a bomb at policemen standing by. Seven men were convicted of a conspiracy to throw the bomb.
In 1894, workers who lived in the company town of Pullman struck when the company cut their wages but refused to lower their rents. All the while, the Pullman Palace Car Company kept paying a dividend to investors. The American Railway Union leader Eugene Debs, in turn, called on ARU members to strike in sympathy with the Pullman employees. Railroad traffic ground to a halt until federal troops broke the strike.
Memorial Day, 1937
Hundreds of people sympathizing with striking steel workers marched on the Republic Steel Mill on Memorial Day in 1937. A thin line of police blocked their path. Feeling threatened, they fired on the crow, killing ten and injuring thirty.
Martin Luther King Jr. March, 1966
In the summer of 1966, Martin Luther King Jr. went to Chicago to lead a campaign calling for better housing and integration of northern neighborhoods. He encountered fierce opposition, as shown in this short video.
Grant Park, 1968
In 1968, the Democratic Party held its national convention at the Congress Hotel beside Grant Park. Protesters flocked to Grant Park to express anger over Lyndon Johnson's support for the Vietnam War. Chicago police attacked the protesters.
Iraq War Protests, 2003-2004
When President Bush launched the invasion of Iraq, Chicago became the site of one of many large scale protests in cities across the globe.