Skyscraper Protest: Activists Halt Accenture Tower Escalators in Ceasefire Demand
In a dramatic display of dissent, scores of peace activists, predominantly Jewish, staged a protest at Chicago’s Accenture Tower on Monday.
The demonstrators strategically positioned themselves on the steps of the skyscraper’s escalators, disrupting the morning commute and calling for an immediate ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.
Not In Our Name: Jewish Activists’ Bold Stand
The protesters, numbering in the hundreds, wore black shirts with the powerful message “Not In Our Name” emblazoned.
With facemasks and massive signs, they draped the escalators on the building’s second floor, creating a visual spectacle.
The signs conveyed a dual message, urging an “end to the siege on Gaza” and compelling onlookers to “mourn the dead.”
Ceasefire Chants Echo: Blockade on Accenture Tower Escalators
The procession, marked by passionate chants of “Ceasefire! Ceasefire!” echoed through the second-floor lobby as the crowd remained steadfast, forming a blockade on the escalators leading to the upper floors. Dozens of adults remained stationed on the escalators, obstructing access to offices on the third floor, intensifying the impact of the demonstration.
Growing Protest: Accenture Tower Scene Unfolds
The protest unfolded shortly before 10 am, creating a hectic scene as workers at 500 West Madison were likely still filing into the building.
By 10:55 am, the procession had grown, with hundreds seated at the base of the escalators, armed with signs and vocalizing their demand for an immediate ceasefire.
Peaceful Protest Amidst Tension: Accenture Tower Standoff
As the protest continued, news crews captured the scene, and the crowd’s message remained peaceful. Despite the intensity of the demonstration, the atmosphere, as of 11:10 am, remained peaceful, with minimal police presence.
However, signs carried by some protesters labeled the current IDF operations in Gaza as a “genocide,” reflecting the depth of sentiment among participants.
National Context: Biden Administration’s Stance on Israel-Gaza Conflict
As widespread protests against Israel’s bombardment of Gaza unfold in cities like New York and Los Angeles, the Biden administration grapples with the delicate balance of increasing humanitarian aid to Gaza while supporting the Israeli war effort.
The president has faced calls to pressure Israel into a ceasefire, but the administration has focused on deploying troops and defense systems to the region, maintaining a nuanced approach to the conflict.