Black Lives Matter

Marianna Bacallao, WVIK News

Two former employees of a McDonald's restaurant in Rock Island are suing for racial discrimination. The lawsuit filed today in federal court alleges managers cut Black employees' hours and referred to both Black workers and customers as "ghetto" and "lazy." 

iMatter Rally 2020

This Sunday, the Quad Cities will join a nationwide movement to support Black youth.  At Douglas Park in Rock Island, a hundred local Black men will participate in iMatter Rally 2020.   

Marianna Bacallao, WVIK News

Formed over a summer of Black Lives Matter protests, a Quad Cities civil rights organization is now advocating for another personal freedom—the right to bear arms. The group, We F.I.G.H.T. protested against a recent gun rally in Davenport, but this Saturday, it's holding one of its own. 

Marianna Bacallao, WVIK News

Dozens gathered outside the Bettendorf Police Department on Saturday to protest police brutality. This rally was just the most recent of several demonstrations planned by a new civil rights organization in the Quad Cities called We F.I.G.H.T. 

Marianna Bacallao, WVIK News

An out-of-state white nationalist group mailed flyers promoting racial segregation to LeClaire, Iowa. In response, locals organized a peaceful protest outside city hall.  


A protest against police brutality will be held in downtown Davenport tomorrow. Local residents are invited to bring signs and listen to speakers outside the Davenport Police Department. 

Western Illinois University Interim President Martin Abraham is not mincing words when it comes to systemic racism in Macomb.

Some graduates of a small high school in western Illinois will gather Thursday - not for a reunion but to hold a Black Lives Matter event in their hometown. They'll hold a rally and march in the village of Sherrard in Mercer County near the Quad Cities.

QC Solidarity Marchers Demand Change

Jul 8, 2016
Quad Citians marched from the Rock Island Police Department to the Davenport Police Department in a solidarity march.
Lacy Scarmana / WVIK

About 250 people gathered Friday evening to march from the Rock Island Police Department to the Davenport Police Department. The Quad Cities March for Solidarity was the first of its kind in the Quad Cities area to support to the Black Lives Matter movement. The march coincided with demonstrations across the country in the wake of two videos this week showing the shooting deaths of black men by police officers.

Citizens Organize Peaceful QC March For Solidarity

Jul 8, 2016
Protesters marched in St. Paul, Minn. following the death of Philando Castile.
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Thursday night, dozens of people gathered at Life Church in East Moline, Ill. for prayer and an open forum in the aftermath of the shooting deaths of two black men this week by police officers in Baton Rouge and a town near St. Paul, Minn. The citizens who gathered at the church organized the Quad Cities' first Black Lives Matter march.