'I wonder for the future of my kids': 9 protesters in Chicago told us why they felt compelled to march after George Floyd's death

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  • More than 1,000 people gathered in Chicago's Rogers Park on Wednesday for a "Honk for Justice" rally supporting Black Lives Matter.

  • Participants held up signs reading "Silence is violence" as motorists beeped their horns in approval.

  • The rally was one of three scheduled for Wednesday by organizers Jocelyn Prince and Madison Kamp.

  • "It's really emotional to see people who don't look like me be this interested in anything concerning people that look like me," Aiko Rose, a 24-year-old black man, told Insider.

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After a weekend of violent clashes between police and demonstrators in Chicago, protests in the city have taken a more peaceful tone this week.

On Wednesday afternoon, more than 1,000 people gathered in Rogers Park for a "Honk for Justice" rally, "providing visibility on the street corner for the Black Lives Matter movement," according to a Facebook invitation from organizers Jocelyn Prince and Madison Kamp.

At around 4 pm, a crowd gathered along North Sheridan Road.

Demonstrators gather on North Sheridan Road at West Greenleaf Ave in Chicago's Rogers Park, on June 3, 2020.

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Some waved signs reading "I can't breathe" and "Silence is violence." Others banged on pots and pans.

"I like the feeling of all of the support in the Rogers Park neighborhood," Gregory Daniels, a 55-year-old African-American elementary school teacher, told Insider. "I feel like this is the beginning of a new movement in our country."

Eventually, the group moved south, shutting down Sheridan Road and Clark Street as the marched. After circling the neighborhood for another hour, the crowd dispersed.

Some went home, while others headed to a rally in Bronzeville outside Chicago Police Department headquarters.

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We spoke with participants at the Honk for Justice rally to find out why they were there.

Emmanuel Nwamo (in blue mask) immigrated from Nigeria 11 years ago to Rogers Park. He is a father to two kids — a boy, 7, and girl, 6 — and runs his own transportation company.

Emmanuel Nwamo

Tobi Ewuosho, holding a blue fist, has lived on the North Side his whole life. He just graduated from Alabama State University and is pursuing a career in professional basketball.

Tobi Ewuosho

Jonathan Rivera bangs a pot next to a police squad car.

Jonathan Rivera

Katie Cheatham (back turned) works for an educational publishing company.

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Aiko Rose, in striped tank top, lives in Rogers Park.

Aiko Rose

Gregory Daniels (in Obama shirt) is an elementary school teacher in Evanston. He has lived in Rogers Park for decades.

Gregory Daniels

Jennifer Clark with her son Elijah Perry, 6.

Jennifer Clark, 48

Kim Erwin (not pictured) is a design strategist in healthcare. She used to live in Rogers Park but now lives nearby in Evanston.

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Alfredo Sanchez Duarte was born in Mexico and immigrated to the US when he was 4.

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Jonathan Ballew honk for justice rally
Jonathan Ballew honk for justice rally
Jonathan Ballew honk for justice rally

A police van parked near the rally in Rogers Park.

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Participants at the Honk for Justice rally in Rogers Park, Chicago, on June 3, 2020.

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