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The Power Of Protest

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CBS 2's Steven Graves reports those who took to the streets in Chicago over George Floyd's death are pleased and relieved, but not completely content.

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BRAD EDWARDS: Those who took to the streets in Chicago over George Floyd's death are relieved. Protesters say the Derek Chauvin guilty verdict shows their work was not in vain. But they're telling CBS 2's Steven Graves their work is far from over. He's live in Daley Plaza. Steven.

STEVEN GRAVES: Yeah, Brad, one of those huge protests was held here last summer. You can expect the same this summer, as protesters, especially young people, tell me they are finding their voice and realizing there's power in it. When it came to the protest over George Floyd's killing this summer--

JAI SIMPSON: We all we got. You feel me? We all we got.

STEVEN GRAVES: Taylore Norwood and Jai Simpson organized and participated in too many to count.

JAI SIMPSON: Just being able to get people out and support, you feel me, the cause. That's a lot of power right there.

STEVEN GRAVES: And that power of protest played out in the thousands who chanted and held signs in Chicago and across the nation, all of it unapologetic.

TAYLORE NORWOOD: They understood that another, yet another Black man had been murdered by the police, and that usually nothing happened. And so now we are forcing them to listen.

STEVEN GRAVES: Simpson says it clearly played out in the conviction of former officer Derek Chauvin.

JAI SIMPSON: You got to do something. Because if all these people protesting, just imagine all the people that's gonna be protesting if they don't, they don't show him guilty.

STEVEN GRAVES: While Norwood says there's a bigger picture to consider.

TAYLORE NORWOOD: They definitely gave us Derek Chauvin and not the root of the problem.

STEVEN GRAVES: The root of the problem, she says, not the officers, but the system itself.

ASHLEY MUNSON: Yesterday was tough.

STEVEN GRAVES: Ashley Munson cried once in relief of hearing the Chauvin verdict.

ASHLEY MUNSON: But the second reason I cried was because we still got a lot of work to do.

STEVEN GRAVES: She arranged a massive peaceful Juneteenth rally in Chicago after seeing the rioting.

ASHLEY MUNSON: And I was like, rioting has played a big part in history and movements, right? And while some things I don't condone and won't condone, but I can't condemn somebody on how they respond to anger. And a lot of people are angry.

STEVEN GRAVES: It's not lost on Munson and others that the power of protest has played out over history. She thinks this time, the world had no choice but to listen during a year like none other, with COVID and the need for unity.

ASHLEY MUNSON: We've been fighting to be heard before we were born, right? And so it's important that we continue that legacy of folks like Dr. King and Malcolm X, and all the people that came before us.

STEVEN GRAVES: And these young people say social media was equally as important in this movement. Some groups that continue to push for the abolishing of police and reallocating funds to community programs, and then there was also that push to make a Juneteenth a national paid holiday. Reporting live here in Daley Plaza, Steven Graves, CBS 2 News.