Fanning the Flames: The Freedom Project Blog


Free Tibet!

By Shawn Healy

This cold and raining morning, hundreds of protesters passed before the Freedom Museum on Michigan Ave in downtown Chicago. As you probably know, Tibetan monks have taken to the streets over the past week in protest of religious intolerance, political oppression and environmental destruction in the sacred Himalayas.

As China established a midnight deadline on Monday for the uprising to end, sympathetic gatherings across the globe have transpired. The Dalai Lama went to so as to promise an immediate resignation should the protests turn violent. China has accused him of fomenting trouble with the Beijing Olympics on the horizon this summer.

In Chicago, participants willingly exercised their freedom to peacefully assemble in public as protected by the First Amendment. Please enjoy these pictures of the scene on the ground brought to you by Five Freedoms Intern Winne Monu.


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Managing Director

McCormick Freedom Project

Shawn is responsible for overseeing and managing the operations associated with the McCormick Freedom Project. Additionally, he serves as the in house content expert and voice of museum through public speaking and original scholarship. Before joining the Freedom Project, he taught American Government, Economics, American History, and Chicago History at Community High School in West Chicago, IL and Sheboygan North High School in Wisconsin.

Shawn is a doctoral candidate within the Political Science Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he received his MA in Political Science. He is a 2001 James Madison Fellow from the State of Wisconsin and holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science, History, and Secondary Education from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

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About Fanning the Flames and the McCormick Freedom Project

Fanning the Flames is a blog of the McCormick Freedom Project, which was started in 2006 by museum managing director Shawn Healy. The blog highlights the news of the day, in hopes of engaging readers in dialogue about freedom issues. Any views or opinions expressed on this blog represent those of the writers alone and do not represent an official opinion of the McCormick Freedom Project.

Founded in 2005, the McCormick Freedom Project is part of the McCormick Foundation. The Freedom Project’s mission is to enable informed and engaged participation in our democracy by demonstrating the relevance of the First Amendment and the role it plays in the ongoing struggle to define and defend freedom. The museum offers programs and resources for teachers, students, and the general public.

First Amendment journalism initiative

The Freedom Project recently launched a new reporting initiative with professional journalists Tim McNulty and Jamie Loo. The goal is to expand and promote the benefits of lifelong civic engagement among citizens of all ages, through original reporting, commentary and news aggregation on First Amendment and freedom issues. Please visit the McCormick Freedom Project's news Web site, The Post-Exchange at

Dave Anderson
Vice President of Civic Programs
McCormick Foundation

Tim McNulty
Senior Journalist
McCormick Freedom Project

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