About a hundred Loyola students took to the streets for the second consecutive day to demand Loyola cut ties with the Chicago Police Department (CPD) and better support students of color.
The protestors plan to return every day until Loyola meets their demands, organizer and Loyola sophomore Dorien Perry-Tillmon said.
“We are going to preach that Black lives matter and we need to start calling them out,” the 19-year-old film and digital media major said, addressing the crowd standing in the intersection of North Sheridan Road and Kenmore Avenue. “This is us calling them out and telling them to divest from CPD.”
This follows a summer of protests across the country sparked by the police killing of George Floyd in May. Loyola students started gathering to protest on campus Aug. 21 after Perry-Tillmon circulated a flyer with details for the event on social media, The Phoenix reported.
It’s unclear exactly what relationship Loyola has with CPD and how much of university funds are allocated to police, but this isn’t the first time students have called for Loyola to reevaluate. In June, several students created petitions calling for Loyola to sever its connections with CPD, including its university partnership program that offers officers discounted tuition for certain Loyola programs, The Phoenix reported.
The university didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment about the Aug. 22 protest.
The students gathered outside of Cuneo Hall at 3 p.m. and shortly after blocked traffic in the intersection of North Sheridan Road and Kenmore Avenue. Then, they moved west on Sheridan and claimed the intersection of Devon Avenue, North Broadway and North Sheridan Road, blocking traffic from all three streets.
The students continued marching through the area around Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus throughout the entire afternoon, stopping in intersections as they came across them.
“I think it’s really cool that there were people coming out again, it shows that we Loyola students actually care,” Perry-Tillmon said. “It’s very clear which students care and which students don’t. Obviously, we can’t get everyone out here, but we’re going to do our best to keep showing up and we’re not going to stop showing up until change happens around here.”