Activism · Chicago · Police Violence · Poverty · Racism

On Disruption…

On the first day of the new year, a coalition of organizers from Black Lives Matter: Chicago, Assata’s Daughters, Southside Organizing Together for Power, and BYP100 traveled around to different restaurants  in Lake View and Wicker Park during the brunch hour as BlackBrunchChi, where they “disrupted” the brunch of the mostly White patrons to create… Continue reading On Disruption…

Activism · Chicago · Community

2015…

This year has been full of ups and downs. Much to celebrate, but also much to mourn. Over 20 trans women, most of them trans women of color, have been murdered this year, an increase from 13 trans women killed last year, despite the increased mainstream public attention towards issues impacting trans people and to trans… Continue reading 2015…

Activism · Chicago · Police Violence · Racism

for the young, gifted & black of Chicago…

Young Black people in Chicago are amazing. They are brave, fierce, radical and loving. They continually show up and show out in solidarity with victims of police violence. Young Black people in Chicago are in the streets right now protesting the murder of Laquan McDonald by a police officer. As the mayor, CPD, media, and… Continue reading for the young, gifted & black of Chicago…

Chicago · Community · Criminal Justice · Feminism · Police Violence · Racism

disappeared mothers

Yesterday morning, I, along with about 50 other people, held a vigil outside of Division 17 of Cook County Jail, the division where pregnant women and women struggling with addictions and mental illnesses are incarcerated. Hosted by Moms United Against Violence and Incarceration, we remembered and showed love to mothers who are not able to… Continue reading disappeared mothers

Activism · Chicago · Criminal Justice · Police Violence · Racism · Violence

Chi2Baltimore

I constantly stayed refreshing my Twitter feed this weekend as people in Baltimore protested the murder of Freddie Gray, a 25 year old Black man, who was stopped, arrested, herded into a police van for a “rough ride”, and emerged from that police van with his spine severed and voice box crushed. He spent a… Continue reading Chi2Baltimore

Activism · Chicago

Bearing the Burden

At my previous job’s biannual all staff meeting, there was much discussion of what impact Illinois’s newly elected Governor Bruce Rauner would have on not only that organization, but all social services and public organizations across the state. Now we know. Governor Rauner did what many who work with and on behalf of marginalized and… Continue reading Bearing the Burden