This month marks our five year anniversary facilitating for Chicago Desi Youth Rising’s summer leadership retreat! As such, on August 10th we will be teaching not one but three consecutive workshops for the South Asian youth organization: Intro to Prison Abolition, Linking Anti-Blackness & Anti-Immigration, and Intro to Neoliberalism. Phew! Our relationship with CDYR is one of our longest and most cherished in Chicago. We love this collective, and can’t wait to celebrate and throw down together!
We’re closing out our summer with Engage Chicago students with site visits to Little Village Environmental Justice Organization and Organized Communities Against Deportations. It’s been enjoyable to acquaint undergraduates with the ethic of abolitionist organizing, and exciting to watch them make their own connections with Chicago’s phenomenal youth organizers.
We’re moving this month, and our rent is about to go up. Our Patreon page is still live, so if you haven’t already, please consider becoming a monthly donor there. This would be especially helpful for covering our upcoming moving costs and higher rent. Thank you so much to those who are already patrons!
Finally, we’re excited to share that September 2nd-6th we will be an artist-in-residence with the Academy of Theater & Dance at the Amsterdam University of the Arts! While there we’ll be teaching a weeklong intensive to undergraduates from multiple disciplines entitled performance as protest/protest as performance, and will also remount our solo performance piece Dancer As Insurgent.
The next time we write to you, it will be from Amsterdam!
This past month, we taught two Queer & Trans Resistance to Policing workshops to young people through the Student Voice and Activism Fellowship, and at STOP Chicago. Next weekend (and for the fourth consecutive summer!) we’ll be facilitating several sessions for Chicago Desi Youth Rising’s annual retreat for young South Asian activists, focusing this year on Linking Anti-Blackness with Anti-Immigration and Intro to Prison Abolition. Chicago’s youth are some of the most critical and powerful in the world, and it’s an honor to share space with them as a facilitator.
Our article “There’s Nothing New About Not Calling 911,” which was printed in the August issue of In These Times magazine, is now available online. We published a second article with Black Youth Project, “Calls to #AbolishICE are counterproductive unless they are also a call to #AbolishPolice,” inspired by leadership from Organized Communities Against Deportations and Mijente. Follow these orgs to learn more about how you can contribute to ending detention and deportation for all immigrants, and about abolition in total.
Lastly, we’ll be premiering an excerpt of our new performance piece World After This One in late September at BRIC House in Brooklyn, NY! We’re sharing the evening with our longtime collaborator NIC Kay, who will be performing a new piece of their own. The showing is in conjunction with visual artist Mary Mattingly‘s apt exhibit What Happens After, imagining a post-militarized world. While World After This One is a work in progress, we’re looking forward to sharing what we’ve been building so far.
While at BRIC, we’ll also be teaching a short Intro to Voguing workshop in collaboration with House Lives Matter, an organization dedicated to lifting up leadership inside the ballroom community. We’ll share more info on these NY events as the dates grow closer!
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