Protesters Take A Stand At DeKalb's 'Peace Corner'

Feb 9, 2017
Laen Neal

A DeKalb street corner that is popular with protesters is seeing renewed action.

“Peace Corner” has been the site of anti-war protests since the U.S. war in Afghanistan. Throughout the last two presidential administrations, activists would gather at the corner of 1st Street and Lincoln Highway to protest the wars. A group of high school students recently took to the spot to show their discontent with the new administration.

“Respect our existence or expect our resistance.”

Asher Lowrey is a sophomore at DeKalb High School, and one of the organizers of the protest.

Voices for Creative Non-Violence /

A 125-mile walk from Chicago to Thomson ends Saturday for a group protesting solitary confinement. 

Voices for Creative Non-Violence holds a rally outside Thomson Prison, where the federal government plans to add as many as 19-hundred isolation cells. The group’s co-coordinator Kathy Kelly says she hopes Thomson residents will join their rally.  She says she sees this as “the beginning of an opportunity to learn more from people in this little town of 600.”

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Religious protesters from a group out of Terre Haute, Indiana, demonstrated on Northern Illinois University's campus yesterday. Members of The Campus Ministry USA shared controversial views against pre-marital sex and homosexuality while picketing on Martin Luther King Jr. Commons.

The group is Christian-based, but is not affiliated with a specific church.

Protesters angered over a film that ridiculed Islam's Prophet Muhammad fired gunshots and burned down the U.S. consulate in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, killing one American, witnesses and the State Department said. In Egypt, protesters scaled the walls of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, and tore and replaced the American flag with an Islamic banner.

Thousands of caregivers, child protection workers, and police officers represented by the AFSCME will hold a statewide “Day of Action” Thursday. The events will demonstrate opposition to Governor Pat Quinn’s budget cuts.  Employees of the Singer Mental Health Center will hold a protest Thursday afternoon at Rockford's Zeke Giorgi Center. The Singer facility is targeted for closure.

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