Happy New Year! May 2019 be a period of positive manifestation for each one of us.
We’re kicking off the year by leading a small series for queer Asian and Pacific Islander org Invisible 2 Invincible on January 15th. Together we’ll be pod mapping—an exercise for taking inventory of support networks and community resources in anticipation of moments of crisis. We’ll tie this into a larger vision for abolition, generating options for violence prevention and accountability that do not rely on police and prisons.
On January 25th we’ll be facilitating Chicago inJustice: anti-racist action and mass incarceration at McCormick Auditorium at Northwestern University from 5pm to 7pm. This open dialogue will unite youth and organizers in an exploration of what Ruth Wilson Gilmore terms “non-reformist reforms” for fighting mass incarceration. Undergrads and high school students will be in conversation with members of Chicago Community Bond Fund, and Black & Pink Chicago. Open to the public, this event will include opportunities for immediate action steps. Feel free to come through!
We’ve been fans of the AirGo Radio podcast for a minute, and it was such an honor to be a featured guest there just before the close of 2018. We sat down with Damon Williams and Daniel Kisslinger to talk about gentrification in Chicago, trans resistance, loving Blackness as key to global liberation, among many other things. You can check out the full episode here.
Shoutout to Mary Mattingly, whose exhibit What Happens After at BRIC House—where we premiered an excerpt of our in-progress performance piece World After This One in September—was named one of the top 15 art shows in Brooklyn for 2018 by Hyperallergic! We’re so grateful to Mary for including NIC Kay and ourselves in this project. Congrats!
Lastly, just before the end of 2018, we reached the $200/month goal on our Patreon page! Thank you deeply to all those who have become patrons and supported our work through this venue. We are working on finding ways to give back to you soon!