A small group of women wearing blue t-shirts with a heart-shaped American flag and the word “Indivisible” gathered at the Libertyville Metra Station Sunday, just minutes before boarding a train to a march in Chicago at Millennium Park.
Those attending the impromptu downtown rally were planning to march to the Trump Tower in response to a white supremacist rally Saturday in Charlottesville, Va. that also attracted counter-protests and turned violent. One woman was killed and 19 other people were injured when a car was allegedly intentionally driven into a crowd.
The members of Indivisible Lake County, a group resistant to the current national problems they say the Trump administration has incentivized, wanted to make their voices heard at the march, which they described as a peaceful way to show there are those who will stand against hateful oppression.
The goal is to “bring attention to the better side of humanity, which is love,” said Mary Edly-Allen of Libertyville.
On Sunday Edly-Allen held a sign that read on one side: “Dear Racist, Who taught you how to hate? Love, Humanity.” The other side read: “United we stand in love. Divided we fall by hate.”
Saying she felt traumatized watching images on TV of the Ku Klux Klan and white supremacist groups chanting racial slurs and acting defiant against the counter-protesters, Edly-Allen said this is a moment in time that requires mobilization and action.
“We’re revisiting hate all over again. And, just like with any other disease, it cannot be healed unless it comes…