As summer winds down, we’re transitioning into a lighter fall, and planning on taking some time off in October.
In an August recap, we want to give huge love to artists Melisa Stephen and E. Armea who included words from our poem Layleen’s Bill (With Revisions) in Chicago’s Black Trans Lives Matter mural in the Andersonville neighborhood. We also looped back to teach a specialized workshop based on Critical Resistance’s concept of abolitionist reforms to youth from Freedom Lifted. And finally, we were featured on the Groundings Podcast, discussing grassroots struggles for police and prison abolition here in the city, and their inherent opposition to the Black misleadership class. Check it out.
This month we’ll be leading a Trans & Queer Resistance to Policing workshop for our loves at Assata’s Daughters, and an Intro to Neoliberalism workshop to participants in the Economic Justice Summit for The National LGBTQ Workers Center. We’ll also be participating in a panel discussion on September 21st, hosted by the National Lawyers Guild, an expressly abolitionist legal aid association, on the significance of the growing demand to defund police and prisons across regions and geographies, as that demand is also being met with extreme violence.
Lastly, we want to show so much love to the fearless youth who fought all summer long for #PoliceFreeSchools here in Chicago. The (unelected) School Board voted again in late August to keep paying CPD millions to patrol public school hallways, despite the demands of youth, the testimony of experts, and the strong data to demonstrate the inherent violence of forcing contact between police and young people of color. Youth threw down for months, and their work will not be in vain. In the midst of horrific white supremacist violence, more eyes are opening to the unbreakable bonds between white nationalism and the police system in its entirety.
We will win #CopsOutCPS and #DefundThePolice.