More than 200 demonstrators marched down Cottage Grove Ave. on Chicago's South Side Wednesday night to the University of Chicago Medical Center. The protesters demanded the hospital open a Level 1 trauma center.
While chanting “how can you ignore while we’re dying at your door,” the group
left two mock coffins covered in flowers across outside of the hospital on 58th Street. The demonstration came just
hours after a state hearing hosted by state Sen. Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago) to discuss
the lack of a trauma center on Chicago's South Side. Calling the area a
“trauma desert,” community groups and activists say a South Side trauma center would
“People wouldn’t have to travel as far,” said
Zan Adams, co-founder of RISE Chicago, a member group of the Trauma Center
Coalition, and organizer of the demonstration.
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