Five years ago, an odd funeral procession wended its way through the streets of Chicago. “We started at a church, and had a service,” recalls Nancy Aardema, executive director of the Logan Square Neighborhood Association, the human services nonprofit that organized the funeral. “And then we marched through our alderman’s street fair until we got to the center of Logan Square. We had 300 people, all walking single file.”

“I personally cried. That is how powerful the funeral was,” she says.

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