Chicago Women Got in Formation and Got Arrested
Written by Tamara M. on 3 May 2016
Using their bodies and voices for instruments of change, black women from several organizations chained themselves together and blocked streets in Chicago that disrupted NFL draft activities. Taking style cues from Beyoncé’s “Formation” video, the ladies were decked out in black berets and black jackets to protest yet another officer-involved shooting and cuts to Chicago’s educational system. An officer involved in a 2012 shooting, Dante Servin, has been acquitted of murdering Rekia Boyd, while Servin was off-duty. Not only were charges dismissed against Servin, but he still has a job.
Another issue for the women is the fact that education is not a priority in the Windy City. In fact, 300+ employees were fired from Chicago State University last week. This comes after report after report shows that Chicago’s educational system is inadequate and severely lagging.
In all, 17 women were arrested for getting in formation to inspire change and demand justice for an unfair and unequal justice and educational system. Getting in “Formation” is more than just a song, but a way to unite for a common cause for the betterment of community.