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Who are the activists behind the protests? Meet the Faces of the Fallout

Chicago Tribune logo Chicago Tribune 6/5/2020 By Chicago Tribune staff, Chicago Tribune
a group of people standing in a parking lot: Shaka Rawls, principal at Leo Catholic High School participates with his students in cleanup effort along 79th Street in Chicago on Thursday, June 4, 2020. © Zbigniew Bzdak / Chicago Tribune/Chicago Tribune/TNS Shaka Rawls, principal at Leo Catholic High School participates with his students in cleanup effort along 79th Street in Chicago on Thursday, June 4, 2020.

When the George Floyd fallout erupted, a nation heaved as people rose up to make their voices heard. Chicago was no different. The pictures and video from the scene showed many of the same images featuring amorphous masses of humanity, but those masses are comprised of people: mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, activists, friends. The ongoing Chicago Tribune series Faces of the Fallout takes you into the crowd to meet some of them, and let you learn about why they take part.

a little girl posing for a picture: D'Asia Hervey, right, holds her 7-month-old son Matthew with photographer Amber Marie Green Thursday, June 4, 2020, in Chicago. Green recently photographed mother and son at a protest. © Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune/Chicago Tribune/TNS D'Asia Hervey, right, holds her 7-month-old son Matthew with photographer Amber Marie Green Thursday, June 4, 2020, in Chicago. Green recently photographed mother and son at a protest.

Here are their stories.

Eva Maria Lewis

Eva Maria Lewis is a college student and activist who is part of an organization called On the Ground Chi, a coalition of young black and brown organizers trying to provide resources during this fight for justice and liberation.

Read her story.

Ciara Sillman

College student Ciara Sillman finds hope in the way this protest movement has taken hold.

a close up of a man wearing a hat and glasses: Shaka Rawls, principal at Leo Catholic High School participates with his students in cleanup effort along 79th Street in Chicago on Thursday, June 4, 2020. © Zbigniew Bzdak / Chicago Tribune/Chicago Tribune/TNS Shaka Rawls, principal at Leo Catholic High School participates with his students in cleanup effort along 79th Street in Chicago on Thursday, June 4, 2020.

Read her story.

LaSaia Wade

As the executive director of the Hyde Park LGBTQ center Brave Space Alliance, LaSaia Wade has helped provide hundreds of bottles of water to protesters, as well as food, first aid and support.

Read her story.

D’Asia Hervey

She didn’t want to bring her baby to the protest. But when she did, she saw people filling the streets for his future. We talk to D’Asia about going to her first protest with her mom, and her 7-month-old son.

a young girl sitting on a bench: 24-year-old D'Asia Hervey holds her 7-month-old son Matthew Thursday, June 4, 2020, in Chicago. © Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune/Chicago Tribune/TNS 24-year-old D'Asia Hervey holds her 7-month-old son Matthew Thursday, June 4, 2020, in Chicago.

Read their story.

Shaka Rawls

Leo Catholic High School principal Shaka Rawls talks about a cleanup effort he’s arranging for his high schoolers, as well as the fears and emotions he’s balancing during the city’s unrest over George Floyd’s death.

Read his story.

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a man standing in front of a building: LaSaia Wade, 33, founder of the black-led LGBTQ center Brave Space Alliance on the South Side at home in Sauk Village on Thursday, June 4, 2020. © Zbigniew Bzdak / Chicago Tribune/Chicago Tribune/TNS LaSaia Wade, 33, founder of the black-led LGBTQ center Brave Space Alliance on the South Side at home in Sauk Village on Thursday, June 4, 2020.

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a person standing in front of a brick building: Eva Maria Lewis stands outside her home Thursday, June 4, 2020, in Chicago. Lewis is part of an organization called On the Ground Chi, a coalition of young black and brown people who provide resources to those fighting for justice and liberation.

Eva Maria Lewis stands outside her home Thursday, June 4, 2020, in Chicago. Lewis is part of an organization called On the Ground Chi, a coalition of young black and brown people who provide resources to those fighting for justice and liberation.
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