Protestors for Our Streets LUC took to Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus Sept. 1 for the 10th day of protests calling for Loyola to cut ties with the Chicago Police Department (CPD) and better support Black students.
The demonstration remained peaceful throughout and Loyola administrators told The Phoenix the school plans on meeting with organizers Sept. 2.
This was the first day of protests after seven people were detained by police while protesting near campus Aug. 29, The Phoenix reported.
Despite the light rain, a group of approximately 30 to 40 protesters gathered at the Loyola University Chicago sign on North Sheridan Road. They then marched through campus — chanting several things, including “hey hey, ho ho, CPD has got to go” — and then returned to the Loyola sign to hold signs supporting the movement while people drove by and honked.
Dorien Perry-Tillmon, who’s been a main organizer of this movement, was on campus and confirmed with Phoenix reporters he wouldn’t be participating in the Sept. 1 protest. He declined to comment further.
A group of between five and 10 CPD officers followed the demonstrators on bicycles as they marched through the Lake Shore Campus. Police presence at the protest was less compared to recent days of protest, according to Phoenix reporters at the scene.
Jane Neufeld, Loyola’s vice president for student development and Will Rodriguez, assistant vice president for student development and dean of students, addressed participants before the protest began, where they voiced their support for the movement and encouraged protestors to keep the demonstration on campus for safety.
“We support them, Black Lives Matter,” Neufeld told reporters. “We want to be here and want to make sure they’re safe.”
Neufeld also said university administrators are planning on having a “conversation” with organizers Sept. 2 about their demands and “recommendations put forth.”
“We’re doing everything we can to have a positive conversation,” Neufeld said.
Katie Anthony and Leen Yassine contributed to the reporting of this story.