Street-Pix \\ Ryan L Williams

THE BLACK BLOC

A group of Chicago riot police prepare to attack.

THE LIGHT BRIGADE

Creativity & technology provide powerful statements with the Overpass Light Brigade, a growing collection of locally organized activists who use brilliant LED lights on letter boards to get their message across.

PEACE PLEASE

An Anti-NATO protester stands in line with Chicago Riot Police, juxtaposing the ridiculousness of the militarized response to a crowd filled with idealistic children.

WE AND I

Chicago-based activists hold custom made lightboards high above their head to spell out their hopes and dreams.

MOTHER & DAUGHTER

A young mother and one of her twin daughters rests during a rally to highlight the need for healthcare in Chicago as mental health clinics are shut down in response to bugdet shortfalls, real and invented.

THE LIGHT

A horseback mounted Chicago Police officer watches as Occupy Chicago protesters attempt a permanent settlement under what they simply called "The Horse."

FREEDOM OF SPEECH

At Slutwalk 2011, a woman expresses herself in the warmth of the noon sun.

LOVE NOTE

This card was found wedged underneath The Bowman, at the site of Chicago's 2011 Occupy protests.

TEACHING MOMENT

Thousands of teachers went on a week-long strike in the second largest school system in the United States, an event which ultimately cost the Chicago Public School system's CEO his job.