The voices of the displaced were heard throughout Logan Square on Saturday as demonstrators shouted and chanted over a bed of drums and shakers, calling on Ald. Joe Moreno (1st) to stop the gentrification of the neighborhood.
Local advocacy groups Somos Logan Square, Centro Autonomo and Grassroots Illinois Action came together for an action titled, “Our Neighborhood is Not for Sale.”
The march started outside Moreno’s office, located at 2740 W. North Ave., and eventually moved on to the nearby Twin Towers development.
Antonio Gutierrez, development coordinator of Centro Autonomo’s housing project, says such actions are necessary because the alderman refuses to establish a dialogue with advocacy groups.
“We have tried to set up meetings, as we saw today [when] we went to his office,” said Gutierrez. “They just looked out, locked the door. They didn’t invite us in. That’s what we’re seeing with Joe Moreno, a closed-door policy.”