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Black Lives Matter banners unfurled in Evanston

A multi-racial group of Evanston residents painted and hung #BlackLivesMatter banners from the metra station tracks at Central Street and Greenbay Road and at the Evanston Farmers Market say they "demand that our city’s institutions center the voices and experiences of those most impacted by racism and white supremacy."

A spokesperson for the group said they want the signs to be more about the message than about the people who placed the signs.

"We placed the signs because we call for a reexamination of procedures and policies at all levels of city governance, and also a disinvestment in institutions that undermine the success and safety of Black Evanston residents," the spokesperson said.

"We have much more work to do here in Evanston to ensure justice and equitable opportunities for Black people in Evanston."

The sign was placed at Central Street to attract the attention of Northwest Evanston residents, who are almost exclusively white, and were out and about today--many of them stopping by the "Talking Whiteness on Central Street," event organized by a group of 30 mostly white Evanston Township High School (ETHS) graduates led by Ilana Marder-Eppstein, Blaire Frett, and Lydia Collins.

More about that event to come.


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