Chicago Coalition Against War & Racism
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Chicago Coalition Against War & Racism (CCAWR) was formed in September 2001 to protest the imminent United States invasion of Afghanistan. CCAWR gained a foothold in Chicago street politics and rose to prominence when it organized a rally at Federal Plaza the day after the U.S. invaded Iraq on March 20, 2003. During that protest, 15,000 Chicagoans marched and took over Lake Shore Drive in a direct action that led to national news on the major networks, and 900 arrests by the Chicago police. Since then, CCAWR has organized and collaborated on projects ranging from conferences, to street protests, to national mobilizations, to counter-recruitment against the military.