Just hours after the release of the Supreme Court decision which overturned Roe v. Wade and decimated more than 50 years of precedent, hundreds of people gathered at the Champaign County Courthouse to protest. The Party of Socialism and Liberation Champaign-Urbana hosted the emergency protest at Thursday evening. Several speakers from the organization roused the crowd with speeches ranging from personal experiences to raising energy with catchy chants before taking to the streets.


The protesting crowd wraps around the first intersection of the march, stretching back all the way to the courthouse, a red brick building with a clock tower. Photo by Brandi MV McCoy.Photo by Brandi MV McCoy.

The march began at Main and Broadway, heading west toward Lincoln where it turned south and then east on Green Street back towards the courthouse. Protesters held their hand-made or pre-printed signs as they chanted in advocacy of a person's right to bodily autonomy.

The march begins at the corner of Main and Broadway under a cloudy blue sky where masked and unmasked protesters start heading west on the sidewalk carrying hand-made and pre-printed signs. Photo by Brandi MV McCoy.Photo by Brandi MV McCoy.

The surrounding community engaged as well by honking their car horns in support and stepping out of their homes to join in chants of dissent. The crowd met back at the courthouse where speakers with PSL CU rallied for a revolution to defend our rights and freedoms.

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Top photo by Brandi MV McCoy.