Although No Games Chicago was the only source of research, data and community input critical of the 2016 bid there was a startling lack of interest by the local media on just who we were and why we were opposing the bid.
Months later, this short but lively profile of No Games organizer and spokesperson Francesca Rodriguez appeared in the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy’s newsletter.
“It completely eclipsed my life,” said Rodriquez of the whirlwind experience. “It was such a polarizing issue. If I told people I worked in this protest, they would look at me like I said something blasphemous.” But Rodriquez emerged armed with tangible community organizing and communications skills, equipping her just in time for her foray into formal public policy studies.”