League protesters at the north entrance to the Chicago Hilton, where many Personal PAC supporters entered [Photo by Sam Scheidler]
Twenty pro-life stalwarts gathered yesterday outside the Chicago Hilton on Michigan Avenue to protest an awards luncheon hosted by the radical pro-abortion lobbying group, Personal PAC. I arrived on the scene about a half hour before the protest’s scheduled start time of 10:30 a.m. to find another picket already in progress, which made for an interesting event.
Housekeepers at the hotel were on strike, demanding a contract, and dozens of them and their supporters picketed outside each of the hotel’s four entrances, banging pots and pans and chanting slogans through megaphones.
A Clash of Liberal Causes
The Personal PAC luncheon went ahead as scheduled, despite the labor picket going on outside, a cause for which the liberal supporters of Personal PAC might have been expected to have some sympathy.
In fact, labor organizers were aware of the luncheon and had a list of Democratic politicians expected to attend. They were prepared at all four entrances to take pictures of the politicians crossing the picket line for the luncheon. One of them gave a copy of the list to the League’s John Jansen and asked him to help identify the pols.
The labor picketers seemed to appreciate our mission. One of them crossed Michigan Avenue to find out what we were protesting for, and when I told her, she said, “We got your back.”
Abortion Boosters Face the Truth
Because of the dominating presence of the labor picketers, as well as some obstructing scaffolding next to main entrance, our pro-life group moved across the street to the east side of Michigan, where our signs would be more visible.
League protest of Personal PAC luncheon across Michigan Ave. from the Chicago Hilton [Photo by Sam Scheidler]
A detachment of a half dozen pro-lifers also took position at the north entrance, where cars enter. Many luncheon attendees saw the large graphic signs showing exactly what Personal PAC supports, as well as our signs reading Personal PAC = ABORTION and Stop Abortion Now.
The League’s Ann Scheidler entered the Hilton twice to do reconnaissance on the Personal PAC luncheon, verifying that the labor picket did not seem to be dampening attendance.
Actress Olympia Dukakis, cousin of failed 1988 Democratic presidential nominee Michael Dukakis, was the headline speaker at the event.