Community leaders from all over Chicago, including members of the Chicago Westside Branch NAACP and Rev. Ira Acree, pastor of Greater St. John Bible Church in Austin, converged in front of City Hall on Sept. 29 to “demand a seat at the table in the mayor’s office,” according to literature demonstrators circulated before the march. 

“The community should have a voice in how the city is governed in regards to police reform. Right now there is a silent movement to keep the door closed,” the literature reads. “Stand with us to demand that the door be opened and a seat be provided to those who will be affected the most by police reform or the lack thereof. Police reform is for the people; it should be by the people.”