While spectators packed the sidewalks normally filled with weekend shoppers, underneath the “L” tracks on Lake Street a handful of veterans from the Chicago chapter of Veterans for Peace held court, handing out stickers with peace messages to anyone who would take them and waving their own flag.
The group was protesting what it called the militarization of the city’s youths — pointing to schools that push students toward the military — as well as local police departments.
“We want to make sure these kids see us,” said Erik Lobo, a Navy veteran and retired police officer who grew up in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood.
“We want these people to know, these kids to know, that the military isn’t the way to go.”
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