It’s summertime, which means it’s the busy season!
We’re back working with Northwestern University’s Engage Chicago program from June through August. We’ll be accompanying undergraduates in the Community Organizing concentration on weekly site visits to various grassroots organizations around the city—including Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Chicago Freedom School, and others. The eight-week session kicks off on June 27th. We’ll keep you updated on the journey here.
We’re also returning to our loves at PASO West Suburban Action Project on June 10th to teach a Queer and Trans Resistance to Policing workshop in Spanish. PASO recently expanded their membership from exclusively Melrose Park residents to include their neighbors in Berwyn and Cicero. We’ll be helping introduce new members to PASO’s commitments to police abolition and trans and queer inclusion in the fight for immigrant justice.
On June 15th we’ll be leading a daylong retreat for our comrades at Organized Communities Against Deportations, focusing specifically on developing structures for group decision making, and reflecting on some of the collective’s recent campaigns. We had an amazing time teaching a workshop on Linking Anti-Blackness with Anti-Immigration to OCAD’s community leaders last month, and we’re grateful to be back supporting core organizers.
Beginning this month, we’ll be posting monthly updates about upcoming workshops, projects, and performances here in our News section! You can sign up to receive notification of these updates with the button at the bottom of this page. We hope you’ll follow us and stay posted!
At the end of May we taught two Abolition 101 workshops to the amazing young people at Brighton Park Neighborhood Council‘s annual Youth Summit at the University of Illinois at Chicago, in conjunction with the #NoCopAcademy campagin. Last week, we facilitated our first ever Queer and Trans Resistance to Policing workshop entirely in Spanish to community members at PASO West Suburban Action Project in Melrose Park, with the support of Arianna Salgado. It was an important challenge—one which was met with enthusiasm from the community—and we look forward to offering more bilingual workshops in the near future.
Starting at the close of June, we’ll be partnering with Engage Chicago to offer a series of summer workshops and site visits to undergraduates at Northwestern University and other local colleges, focused on community organizing and gaining a deeper understanding of the wide range of resistance movements happening across our city. More info around what those workshops will look like, and the specific organizations we’ll be visiting, will be coming next month.
There are performances, workshops, and other exciting events coming up in the fall that we’ll be announcing here as the dates approach. Sign up so you can be the first to know! If you have any of your own questions or inquiries in the meantime, feel free to contact us here.
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